Increasing need for coding among astronomers

This Wired article makes me think of @starstryder and helps me understand in retrospect why she and I have chatted so much about programming and tech over the years despite our very different fields. Given the data intensive nature of modern astronomy, this pressure to bring more capabilities from the realm of software development, from big data to machine learning, is hardly surprising. Kind of makes me want to find some volunteer opportunities to help where I can.

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So my choices for programming tasks recently have been a project using a stack I consider out-dated, a project that is effectively a UI developer’s playground, or personal projects. No wonder I end up working on the last pretty much all the time.