RE: Further education - what are other tech writers doing?

Subject: RE: Further education - what are other tech writers doing?
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
To: Lois Patterson <loisrpatterson -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 01:29:32 +0000

That sounds very intriguing. Very nice!

By the way, I find myself torn between technologies vs. domain knowledge.

A lot of cutting-edge technologies are very marketable, but it seems to me that domain knowledge is more important or carries more clout.

An example would be, in my company's industry of medical devices (where there are a lot of bio-related Ph.D.s), learning some biological science, or lab techniques, or FDA stuff, or even bioinformatics.

Doesn't have the same pizazz as Node.JS, but I'm conflicted about what are the really long-term skills. Of course, the sciences are always changing, and on the other hand who would have guessed that UNIX is still very relevant today.

But since your subject matter seems to be software/systems, it certainly makes sense to be studying these things, even if you don't get to apply it right away.

Steve


On Tuesday, August 09, 2016 11:22 AM, Lois Patterson wrote:

Python because we are using Sphinx and reStructuredText and have a build system based on Python, plus we have various ways to use Python in respect to the actual product.
Hadoop is not immediately applicable.Â

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com> wrote:
How are you applying technologies like Python and Hadoop to your work?

Thanks,

Steve


On Monday, August 08, 2016 3:26 PM, Lois Patterson wrote:

I've been discussing this subject with other tech writers.

In my small team, we've variously taken recent courses in Python, Java, JavaScript, SQL, Web development, Node.JS, and Hadoop. Although it's certainly possible to learn these on your own, we found taking actual classroom courses helpful.

I recently started the Machine Learning Specialization from Coursera, which is of course challenging.

Is anyone working on an additional degree or certification on the side?
Following a prescribed self-study regimen? What are you doing to keep learning new technologies?

Lois Patterson

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