Thinkabit World of Work and Robocrafting Labs

The mission of the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, is to serve Washington, D.C. area students, teachers, administrators, parents, and collaborators in technical career exploration and the hands-on electronic and programming foundations of IOT and Smart Cities sensors, actuators, and data collection and analysis. In doing so, we are preparing our future STEM workforce and our increasingly diverse, technology-driven community for jobs that may not yet exist. VT-Thinkabit will work with like-minded teams, organizations and individuals interested in promoting curiosity, innovation, creativity, and students’ self-actualization and self-determination.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Girls' CyberJutsu STEM Programs Return

Typically on the second Saturdays of each month, these programs introduce girls to everything from computer repairs to robotics to wearable technology over 9 months.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Our new logo is available.

Any partners using our old logo can (and should) update as soon as possible.  We're happy to help with a vector version.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Programming Languages used at Work

This may under-represent a trend toward Python reported elsewhere.

Tech Pros Name Programming Languages They Use at Work

Many entities track the popularity of programming languages, but their sources of data are sometimes a bit obscure. A new survey of tech pros in the enterprise space gives us a better idea of who is using which language.

Cloud Foundry queried ‘IT Decision Makers’ (or ITDMs) on which languages were in use at their companies. It allowed for more than one language to be listed by those tech pros, and then weighed the responses as a percentage. It says over 25 languages were mentioned, but over half “are used so infrequently as to receive a single-digit percentage.”

As you can see in the chart below, Java is king. More tech pros report using Java than any other language. Another popular option: JavaScript, which made the largest percentage gain (three percent) in the 5-6 months between Cloud Foundry’s surveys. C++ also shows improved use.

But some popular languages fell short, too. Python reported the largest percentage dip on the list,