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ScaleOut Adds Data-Parallel API
Jan 19 | Kay Ewbank
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ScaleOut Software has released a new version of its in-memory data grid with new features for .NET developers and a new API for data-parallel computing. 



Android Wear 2.0 To Launch In February
Jan 18 | Mike James
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It is difficult to get excited about smart watches. They present problems that make it hard to find a killer app. Android Wear 2.0 might just change that with its standalone, no phone needed, mode of operation. 



Libraries For Learning To Code
Jan 18 | Sue Gee
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Google has announced funding for an initiative that aims to equip librarians with the skills needed to deliver coding programs in public and school libraries across the USA.



Where to Find Top Women Coders
Jan 17 | Janet Swift
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We are made constantly aware of the gender gap in software development. The profession is so male dominated as to be a deterrent to many potential entrants, both male and female. HackerRank has now done an analysis of the data it collects through the programming contests to reveal which country has the most skilled female developers.



Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3
Jan 17 | Harry Fairhead
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Raspberry Pi is a huge hit, but not so much in the serious world of industrial IoT. The new Compute Module 3 might just change this.



Gogland Go IDE
Jan 17 | Kay Ewbank
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 JetBrains has announced a commercial IDE that extends the IntelliJ platform with the coding assistance and tool integrations for the Go language.



//No Comment - Is Parallel Programming Hard; Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete & The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains
Jan 16 | Alex Armstrong
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Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?  

Column Subset Selection Is NP-complete

The Balance Attack Against Proof-Of-Work Blockchains: The R3 Testbed as an Example



Big Increase in AI, Cognitive and Cloud Computing Patents in 2016
Jan 16 | Janet Swift
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IBM and Samsung head the charts for most US Patent grants in 2016. Which comes top depends on whose statistics you choose, but more interesting is what the patents relate to.



Lego Launches Boost Programming Set
Jan 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Lego has announced a building and coding set designed to let kids control their models and add movement and sound.



Image Compression With AI
Jan 14 | David Conrad
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Google has just announced an image compression method that is revolutionary in more ways than one. Basically it relies on an AI algorithm to sharpen parts of the image based on what is already there. 



January Week 2
Jan 14 | Editor
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Do you have better things to do than scour the internet for news? No problem! If you need to know what's important for the developer, IProgrammer Weekly puts the unmissable bits together in a handy digest. 



Top 10 From Around The Web: JavaScript Web Development Resources
Jan 13 | Ian Elliot
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The I-Programmer team originates a lot of stuff and reports a lot of news, but there's far more out there than we can possibly cover. So from time to time we trawl through other people's blogs to find posts of interest.



Serverless JavaScript
Jan 13 | Nikos Vaggalis
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We recently joined in an interesting two-hour long conversation about Serverless JavaScript led by Steve Faulkner of Bustle who answered questions on Bustle, the Shep framework, the mindset behind the AWS Lambda infrastructure, and related topics.  



Python In Go - Introducing Grumpy
Jan 12 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has developed an experimental Python runtime for Go that translates Python code to Go, then runs the code in the Go runtime.



European Parliament Votes On Legal Status Of Robots
Jan 12 | Mike James
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There are some people who dig coal and there are others who argue about what color it should be. Is it just too early to be talking about a robot's status as an electronic person? Is this just a way to look like something useful is being done?



IoT Home Inspector Challenge
Jan 12 | Sue Gee
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Smart home technology is intended to make our homes more more convenient to control and better protected. An unwanted side-effect is that the devices used introduce an easy way for hackers to take over. Recognizing this danger, the US  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge.


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Book Review


Test-Driving JavaScript Applications
Tuesday 17 Jan

Author: Dr. Venkat Subramaniam
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1680501742
Print: 1680501747
Kindle: B01MQGX4CA
Audience: JavaScript programmers
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

This is a book that looks at how to use automated testing to improve the quality of your code. 


 

Featured Articles


CSS For Programmers - Building a Custom CSS Button
David Conrad
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CSS - it's all about presentation and style, the sort of thing designers worry about, not programmers. In fact CSS is more important than HTML5. After all, it actually controls how the UI looks and even how it behaves. If you plan to build a custom control then it is CSS you need to learn.



Android Adventures - Static Fragments
Mike James
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It really does matter how you add a Fragment to a UI. Static and dynamic Fragments are not equal because the system treats them very differently. It is important to know how they differ and how to use Fragments in each mode. In this chapter of our intermediate-level book the focus is on static fragments.



What PHP Does
Alex Armstrong
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PHP is a language that creates web pages, but exactly how does it do this? If you know some HTML, you might be wondering what PHP have to do with it and how it integrates into a web page. In this article we look at the idea behind PHP. 



How to Authenticate a Device in the Industrial Internet of Things
Jayson DeLancey
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When it comes to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), device security offers a very distinctive set of challenges. This tutorial provides a hands-on guide to authenticating devices on the GE Predix platform.



JavaScript Data Structures - Array Object
Ian Elliot
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When JavaScript was first introduced to the world it didn't have a dedicated Array data structure - it simply didn't need one, but it got one nevertheless!

Here we look at the Array object, which is easy to use, but can cause a lot of confusion if you don't think about it in the right way.


 

Unhandled Exception!
File Transfer
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Is this a solved problem yet? How can it be the 21st Century and still not be solved? Even if you do manage to transfer the file what is the chance the end user has an app that can open it. "Look for an app in the App Store" has become a way of marketing apps, not opening files.

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Book Watch

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IOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 6th Ed (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)
Thursday 19 Jan

This sixth edition of the Big Nerd Ranch guide to iOS programming has been updated for Xcode 8, Swift 3, and iOS 10. Aaron Hillegass takes you through the concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications, to give you the know-how and confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.

<ASIN:0134682335>



Network Security Assessment, 3rd Ed (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 18 Jan

Subtitled "Know Your Network", the idea behind this book, now in its third edition, is to show you how to assess network security by attacking it yourself. Author Chris McNab shows you the tools and techniques that professional security analysts use to identify and assess risks in government, military, and commercial networks.

<ASIN:149191095X>



wxPython Cookbook (Leanpub)
Monday 16 Jan

wxPython is a GUI toolkit that can be used with Python 2 and 3. In this cookbook Michael Driscoll has over 50 tips, tricks and answers to questions for those who want to use it to create cross-platform desktop user interfaces. It is aimed at users of both Python 2 and 3 who also have a basic understanding of wxPython.

 <ASIN:B01MZ4NGHS>



Practical Data Science with Hadoop and Spark (Addison Wesley)
Thursday 12 Jan

This book shows how to solve real data science problems with Hadoop and Spark. Authors Ofer Mendelevitch, Casey Stella, and Douglas Eadline draw on their experience with Hadoop and big data to bring together everything you need: high-level concepts, deep-dive techniques, real-world use cases, practical applications, and hands-on tutorials.

<ASIN:0134024141>



C# 6 for Programmers (Prentice Hall)
Wednesday 11 Jan

In this book in the Deitel Developer series, Harvey Deitel teaches programming and explores Microsoft s C# 6 and .NET by presenting concepts in the context of 170+ fully coded and tested apps, complete with syntax shading, code highlighting, code walkthroughs, program outputs and software development tips.</p>

<ASIN:0134596323>



Laravel - Up and Running (O'Reilly)
Monday 09 Jan

The Laravel PHP web frameworks offers speed, simplicity, and a large ecosystem of tools that can be used to build new sites and applications with clean, readable code. In this practical guide, Matt Stauffer starts with a high-level overview and examples to help experienced PHP web developers get started with Laravel quickly.

<ASIN:1491936088>



CSS3 Pocket Primer (Mercury)
Thursday 05 Jan

If you're comfortable with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and you want to learn CSS, you're the ideal reader for this book by Oswald Campesato. The book is part of the Pocket Primer series, and is accompanied by a DVD with code, videos, and graphics included. This Pocket Primer serves as a starting point for deeper exploration of CSS3.

<ASIN:1938549686> 



Test-Driving JavaScript Applications (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday 04 Jan

The subtitle of this book is Rapid, Confident, Maintainable Code, and author Dr. Venkat Subramaniam shows that whether you use Node.js, Express, MongoDB, jQuery, AngularJS, or directly manipulate the DOM, you can test-drive JavaScript, repaying your investment in writing tests with code that's predictable and cost-effective to change.

<ASIN:1680501747>



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