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February NYC Women Inspire Tech Event postponed until March 28

February 26th, 2013

Hi ladies- due to scheduling conflicts, we will be postponing this month’s NYC Women Inspire Tech event until Thursday, March 28.  More details to follow soon- our apologies for any inconvenience. 

Posted in Events, Talener Blog

Current Events: Big Data- "What's going on over there in 2013?"

February 13th, 2013

Several weeks back, shortly after the frantic rush surrounding Thanksgiving weeks “Black Friday” holiday, I read what I found to be an intriguing and informative article.  Apparently, consumers spent over 700 million dollars on the web on products in 2011 on Black Friday alone.  This past Black Friday, consumers spent well over one billion on products bought online.  One of the main reasons why this change occurred was actually attributed to the rise in big data.  More and more companies have begun to aggregate large amounts of data related to consumer’s shopping preferences, what types of products they buy, how much they are looking to spend and where the point of sales actually takes place- i.e., store-front, online, catalog, etc.  More and more folks are buying items online these days, and these consumer driven advertisements based on what types of things people want, are only driving things home further. Aside from retail, Big Data is used all over the map.  In the defense space, corporations like Raytheon and Mitre to spot and assess areas of vulnerability and risk.  Healthcare organizations use big data to improve care and increase the likelihood of finding cures for deadly diseases through research, pharma enhancements and sickness prevention.  Government agencies use aggregated big data for law enforcement purposes, and financial companies use it to spot market trends, look for key indicators for growth amongst investment opportunities.

Why is Big Data used and what are examples?

Big Data is defined as data sets that are so large and complex, that it’s impossible to process using a traditional database (i.e. SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Database.)  Aforementioned industries use big data because they have so much information to process, and need their information to be accurate and precise, and simply cannot rely on a regularly-sized database.  Technologies like NoSQL (MongoDB and CouchDB) are used by many start-ups in the mobile or consumer driven advertising space to increase their information available to better target consumers for their goods.  Saas, Cloud and Distributed Systems are also used as a form of big data, especially in the enterprise space.  Technologies like Hadoop and Hive are used in Java, .Net and Open Source environments to structure large data sets as well.  Cassandra was invented by Facebook to keep track of all their member preferences, likes, friend lists and groups.

Big Trends for 2013

Big data figures to be relevant in 2013 in the following areas:

1.)    Bigger impact in the B2B collaboration space

2.)    More relevant, consumer driven mobile advertising

3.)    Increased privacy- more and more folks are buying online, their credit card and social security info are on the web more now than ever.  Big data will work to protect that information.

Posted in Current Events

Why Python?

February 11th, 2013

Why do programmers prefer Python over PHP, Perl, or Ruby? Python is an Open Source language that many developers love to work with because of how ‘simple and easy’ it is to use. Python can be used with many different programs and is a language that runs quickly.

  • Python is a programming language.
  • Let’s you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively.
  • Python will allow you to see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs.
  • Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.
  • Python is free to use because of its OPL- Open Source License
  • Python supports multiple programming paradigms including object-oriented, imperative and functional programming styles.
  • It features a fully dynamic type system and automatic memory management, similar to that of Scheme, Ruby, Perl, and Tcl.
  • Python is often used as a scripting language.

 “Python is flexible”

-The language itself is a flexible powerhouse that can handle practically any problem domain. Build your own web server in three lines of code.

-Build flexible data-driven code using Python’s powerful and dynamic introspection capabilities and advanced language features such as meta-classesduck typing and decorators.


“Python is fast”

-Python lets you write the code you need, quickly.  And, thanks to a highly optimized byte compiler and support libraries, Python code runs more than fast enough for most applications.


“Python plays well with others”

-Python can integrate with COM.NET, and CORBA objects.

-For Java libraries, use Jython, an implementation of Python for the Java Virtual Machine.

-For .NET, try IronPython , Microsoft’s new implementation of Python for .NET, or Python for .NET.

-Python is also supported for the Internet Communications Engine (ICE) and many other integration technologies.


 “Python runs everywhere”

-Python is available for all major operating systems: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS/2, Mac, Amiga, among others. There are even versions that run on .NET and the Java virtual machine. You’ll be pleased to know that the same source code will run unchanged across all implementations.


 “Python is friendly… and easy to learn”

-Python comes with complete documentation, both integrated into the language and as separate web pages. Online tutorials target both the seasoned programmer and the newcomer. All are designed to make you productive quickly.


“Python is Open”

-The Python implementation is under an open source license that makes it freely usable and distributable, even for commercial use.



-a web framework designed to help you build complex web applications simply and quickly and is written in the Python programming language.

Some of its key distinguishing features include:

  • very clear, readable syntax
  • strong introspection capabilities
  • intuitive object orientation
  • natural expression of procedural code
  • exception-based error handling
  • very high level dynamic data types
  • extensive standard libraries and third party modules for virtually every task
  • extensions and modules easily written in C, C++ (or Java for Jython, or .NET languages for IronPython)
  • embeddable within applications as a scripting interface


Overall, Python is known to be a clear and easy language to learn and often favorited by open source developers. Many finance and start-up companies are known to choose Python over other languages. Below is a site that compares the PHP, Ruby, and Python. The site shows the differences between the purposes as well as certain examples of sites built off of these programming languages.

Posted in Company News, Talener Blog

WIT Los Angeles

February 4th, 2013

Picture and Post Provided by: Stephanie Gencur

Last night, Talener LA hosted a great Women Inspire Tech meet up with 27 women in attendance! Designers, engineers, and project managers gathered in our office to hear our guest speaker, Julie Uhrman, the CEO and founder of OUYA.

We started the night with a group discussion based on an article titled “What was the Big Dell Deal?”, which discussed a controversial emcee at the international Dell conference in Copenhagen. The emcee encouraged the participants at the conference to strive to keep the women out of the technology industry. The emcee stated with pride that “there are hardly any girls here today, and I’m happy to see that.” The question that we asked the women that attend the meet up was “How would you react if you were at the conference. Would you stand up and try and make a statement, leave the conference, or just sit and watch the emcee discriminate against women?”

After the group discussion on the article, we had our guest speaker take the floor. Julie started by sharing how she would have handled the situation if she were at the conference. She told us that she would have stayed because if she left, she would have given the emcee exactly the reaction he wanted. After, she shared her story of how she founded OUYA. She addressed the challenges she has experienced in her career thus far not only as a female in a male dominated industry, but also as a founder revolutionizing the male-oriented gaming industry. To close the night, Julie had an open floor Q&A. We want to thank Julie for sharing her insight and experiences! (The concept of OUYA alone is inspirational!)

Our next WIT meetup will be on Feburary 28th from 7-8pm! Bring your girlfriends!

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