Support for working and learning from home

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#1 Fri, 2015-11-27 23:27
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Support for working and learning from home


Dear Folks--
I am not a programmer and have never taken a programming course. (My background is in law and economics -- I was Director of the Sustainable Economics Program at Redefining Progress, before it went bankrupt, where I was one of the architects of California's cap on greenhouse gas emissions). I am nonetheless working, more or less full time, on a large open-source software project using the PostgreSQL database database and the R statistical programming language. I am learning both how to use a database and how to program as I go along, and it has proven much more difficult than I anticipated when I started. I am an older dog and this is a newer trick than I originally believed. My difficulty has mainly been with self-discipline and work habits rather than intellectual limits per se. I'm working on my own, from home.

My project is to build free, open-source software to enable people with ordinary computers to ask and answer questions about inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and its history, causes and consequences, using the best available data. These data sets are mainly very large, or at least too large to look at with a spreadsheet. I am hoping ultimately to create a national online community of persons interested in these questions and using this software, to share results and improve the code. Though I'd love for anyone to use it, I am particularly interested in providing a tool that would be useful to research staffers at small to medium-sized advocacy nonprofits and to academics beyond the usual (i.e. PhD economist) suspects.

I'd love to find people familiar with, or also learning, R or PostgreSQL, who I could talk to; also people interested in my project. And, while I don't expect this, I'd be delighted meet anyone who finds my project sufficiently intriguing, whether as a programming exercise or on the basis of substance, that they would be interested in exploring opportunities for collaboration.

I'd be interested in offering my home as a co-working space to others of any skill level who are looking for peer support to boost their productivity. I can offer an attractive, well-lit, book-lined space with a big table that can comfortably fit seven people, and an adjacent open space that could seat that many again, with a little rearrangement of furniture. I usually play some kind of music, mainly classical and new age, because I find it helps my focus (though I could use earphones if need be). I can offer tea, access to a kitchen, and if someone is working through the lunch or dinner hour I'd be happy to share whatever I cook for myself.

I look forward to meeting folks. If anyone wants to reach me directly, you can e mail me at TowardVictory at gmail dot com.

Peace & Joy, Andrew H.

Sun, 2015-12-27 06:11
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I want the code for an inventory sales management. Can anyone help?

Thu, 2015-12-31 20:35
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I don't know of any, but you might find some here:
https://www.google.com/search?&q=open+source+sales+inventory+management+...

Mon, 2016-03-28 17:29
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I'm a JD too. Friday was my last day at my law job. Now I plan to learn to code full time. Your project looks interesting. I look forward to meeting you at the next Code Self-Study meeting and learning more about it. -Lindsay

Mon, 2016-03-28 17:30
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Andrew,
I'm a JD too. Friday was my last day at my law job. Now I plan to learn to code full time. Your project looks interesting. I look forward to meeting you at the next Code Self-Study meeting and learning more about it.
-Lindsay