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Alan Hylands

Solver of difficult data problems. Builder of online things. And offline things.

Location Northern Ireland Joined Joined on  Personal website https://simpleanalytical.com twitter website

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Which game are you playing right now?

I've been watching the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last D...

Digital Nomad: the Golden Ticket?

The clip of the kids walking in on their dad on the BBC int...

When it comes to Data, the customer is always wrong - The Four Horsemen of the Assumption Apocalypse

Excellent work.

10 Ways To Get Active In The Data Community

I may occasionally take pride in my work, but nothing comp...

Tips on Designing a Million Dollar Dashboard

Start small. Have you got a data source to work from? Plan ...

Tips on Designing a Million Dollar Dashboard

Great post. I'm hoping to see greater design practices evolvi...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

Virtual high fives on both points. We have to take the lon...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

I'm a great proponent of the "data science is a VERY broad ...

My privacy setup 🔐

Excellent article David. I'm becoming ever more concerned a...

What was your win this week?

Went to the Irish Fitness Industry Awards last weekend with...

I'm changing my job title to Data Librarian.

She called Moby out for being a sleazy creep around her whe...

I'm changing my job title to Data Librarian.

After Natalie Portman's recent comments, I'm definitely put...

Solo developer & life project management

I'll second this option. I've got a collection of Trello bo...

I don't know how to create a website

I think a lot of us who have put in a few (too many) years ...

What are you "old enough to remember" in software development?

Yeah right Ben, your "first" websites? We've all seen your...

What are you "old enough to remember" in software development?

So many good memories in this thread. Few of mine: Early ...

Personal Blogs: Don't Call it a comeback!

I have to tell you one of the coolest things for me is goo...

Get to know a database integrator / Ask Me Anything!

Great point about exercise Helen. That's going in as a ques...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

Not familiar with the package but I'll put it on my list to...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

:-D If I had a penny for every time my wife managed to use ...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

That sounds spot on Matt. It gives you room to showcase you...

Get to know a database integrator / Ask Me Anything!

Don't miss this one folks. Katie goes into a TON of detail ...

How To Build Your Data Science Career Change Action Plan

Don't worry John. (Clears throat nervously) I'll be there f...

Tell me about a time you messed up

Damn right. It's not about never making mistakes, it's all ...

Tell me about a time you messed up

Sounds VERY familiar. Lost count of the number of "heart dr...

Determining the worth of one-off Reporting.

Been through that whole spectrum of emotions in a similar p...

Why is No One Talking About Razzle?

I read the headline and thought I'd stumbled onto the wrong...

The Tale of the 1,000+ Hour Side Project

Great reminder that side projects are often more about the ...

Fewer Dashboards, More Analysis

I think you are spot on with that conclusion. The more we a...

I'm Engineering Director at a Fintech(have experience creating apps using Django/Ionic/Docker/AWS(ton of it), Ask Me Anything!

Thanks Levi, appreciate the answers. It's a very interestin...

Q&A with Helen Anderson, BI Data Analyst and Technical Consultant

How boring would life be if all career paths were straight ...

I'm Engineering Director at a Fintech(have experience creating apps using Django/Ionic/Docker/AWS(ton of it), Ask Me Anything!

What size of data team overall are you working with and what ...

I am a PHP Developer, recently moved to Ireland, working at Grafton str now :) Ask Me Anything!

It's a great city for tech jobs these days. Lot of big comp...

Open Banking and what it means for African startups

The use of USSD apps is fascinating. I've worked in banking...

I am a PHP Developer, recently moved to Ireland, working at Grafton str now :) Ask Me Anything!

How are you finding Dublin in comparison to Hungary?

Q&A with Helen Anderson, BI Data Analyst and Technical Consultant

I agree completely James. I think we need to bust the myth ...

What year did you start in tech?

Also around 2001. I'd graduated in Accounting the year bef...

Fathom: An Open Source Google Analytics Alternative

Paul Jarvis is one of the team behind Fathom so been meaning ...

Which fictional character best describes your job role?

If you can do the weather control part can you come to Nort...

Lessons in my First Month of Active Blogging

I hear you on the "staying on brand" problem. I started wri...

Which fictional character best describes your job role?

Excellent Molly, I think Liam's character will push buttons...

Not Failures, Just Currently Uncompleted Projects

Can take a long time to learn that lesson Daragh but you're...

What is the most unique place you have worked from?

The anxiety levels amongst Dev.to members will rise exponen...

Not Failures, Just Currently Uncompleted Projects

Now I wish it was!

Not Failures, Just Currently Uncompleted Projects

How embarrassing. Wordpress let me see the Projects page as...

What is the most unique place you have worked from?

Amen to that. For me it put the final nail in the coffin of...

What is the most unique place you have worked from?

That's just asking for trouble!

What is the most unique place you have worked from?

We travelled around France and Italy for a month in summe...

25 years of coding, and I'm just beginning

I think it says a lot about the tech industry in general wh...

Starting With SQL

Great to see a shout out for modern web devs to learn more ...

Cross post blog posts to dev.to?

Glad you enjoyed the blog. Without SQL and pilfering ideas ...

Cross post blog posts to dev.to?

That's what I've started to do since I started blogging and w...

What Should I Do If My BI Project Gets Ignored?

"Data is easy to wrangle, people aren't :)" Never a truer ...

How to revive my career?

You've really got two options: 1) Get up to speed in a new...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to 2019...

Great story Lisa, I'm sure a lot of us can relate to many o...

But This Is The Way We’ve Always Done It

Total nightmare is right. I approach the whole job as an it...

Fighting The Fallacy That Everyone Wants (And Needs) Self Service BI

I can feel their pain to an extent. If I have to use an int...

Dealing With Shiny New Object Syndrome and Boardroom Buzzword Bingo

Taking me right back to my GCSE History days and the Indust...

How To Deal With The Urgent! Urgent! Urgent! Boy Who Cried Wolf

For me,the name dropping and running to your manager behind...

Veruca Salt And The Just Give Me Everything Routine

All sounds very familiar Helen! Over the years I've tried p...

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