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Survey Reveals American Public Suspicious Of Tech
Apr 20 | Janet Swift
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The American public is split down the middle over whether they would be prepared to ride in a driverless car and whether computers will match humans when it comes to creating works of art.



LiquidFun Is Fun!
Apr 19 | David Conrad
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Forget simple 2D physics. Why not add some fluid excitement to your game? LiquidFun is an easy to use physics simulator that includes fluid and soft body simulation. 



April Week 2
Apr 19 | Editor
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Too busy to keep up with the news? If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through the stories, uncover the most relevant, and deliver the highlights each week.



Drones On Demand
Apr 18 | Harry Fairhead
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Now this really is an interesting iOS app. Gofor is a new company that is promoting the idea of drones on demand. You want to take the ultimate selfie? Scout ahead to see if the road is clear or just find a parking space? You need an on-demand drone and a mobile app. 



F12 Changes With Windows 8.1 Update
Apr 18 | Kay Ewbank
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The F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer, have been updated by Microsoft to accompany the new releases in IE11.



Red Hat Project Atomic Is A Docker Host
Apr 17 | Alex Armstrong
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Distributing your complex app is getting some assistance from Red Hat in the form of a cut-down operating system that acts as a docker host. 



Azure Intelligent Systems Service
Apr 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is adding a new cloud service to Azure for managing machine-generated data from sensors and devices.



Mozilla Wants To Recommend The Best Tools
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Mozilla is putting together a core set of tools and recommendations that it considers the most useful for making Web apps and is asking for input from the developer community.



Windows 8.1 No Longer Supported - UPDATE
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8.1 Update 1 that was released on April 8th is being treated as a "new servicing/support baseline". What does this mean?



Power To The Developer
Apr 16 | Janet Swift
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A new study of developers in the US shows that far from being nerdy and misunderstood underlings in business organizations, developers are emerging as a new power class.



Windows Dev Center Open For Universal Apps
Apr 16 | Mike James
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Windows Phone Dev Center is now open for publishing "universal apps". Sounds impressive - what does it deliver?



Kivy App Contest 2014
Apr 16 | Sue Gee
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The theme for the second application development contest organized by Kivy has been announced and you now have a month in which to code and submit your entries.



Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta
Apr 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is improving the support for Python in Visual Studio with the release of Python Tools for VS 2.1 beta.



New Chrome Features
Apr 15 | Ian Elliot
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Chrome 34 has been released and Chrome 35 is available in beta. What do these new releases have on offer for devs?



PredictionIO - The Easy Recommendation Engine
Apr 14 | Alex Armstrong
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One of the most common applications of AI or advanced stats, depending on how you look at it, is the recommendation engine. All too often the first impulse is to build your own - but it's tough and there is a ready made solution in the form of PredictionIO. 



Microsoft Rolls Out New App Pricing
Apr 14 | Lucy Black
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Without prior notice to developers who have apps on sale there, Microsoft has introduced a new pricing structure for the Windows Store noting that this "may impact" your app pricing.


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Book Review of the Day


Beginning Arduino 2nd Ed
Friday 18 Apr

Author: Michael McRoberts
Publisher: Apress, 2013
Pages: 424 
ISBN: 978-1430250166
Aimed at: Arduino beginners
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

A beginners guide to the Arduino - but what sort of beginners? Beginning programmers? Beginning hardware experts? Beginning electronics experts? All three?


 

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Getting Started With Azure Linux VMs
Mike James
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If you are a Visual Studio user there are lots of advantages to making use of Azure as your Virtual Machine host. In this article the general ideas of using Azure and how to work with Linux VMs is described.



.NET Regular Expressions in depth
Mike James
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If you think regular expressions are trivial and boring you've not seen the whole picture. Here we reveal that in .NET they are amazing powerful and not to be missed.



C# Guru - An Interview With Eric Lippert
Nikos Vaggalis
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Eric Lippert's name is synonymous with C#. Having been Principal Developer at Microsoft on the C# compiler team and a member of the C# language design team he now works on C# analysis at Coverity.


 

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Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and Java Script (Microsoft Press)
Monday 21 Apr

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-482-and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of building Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level.

<ASIN:0735676801>



Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python 3 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Sunday 20 Apr

For anyone who wants to understand computer programming. Code along with the book, writing programs to solve real-world problems as you learn the fundamentals of programming using Python 3. Paul Gries, Jennifer Campbell and Jason Montojo have updated their previous book (see our review), incorporating lessons learned over 5 years of teaching Python to people new to programming.

<ASIN:1937785459>



Theory of Fun for Game Design (O'Reilly)
Saturday 19 Apr

Now in full color, the 10th anniversary edition of this classic book takes you deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they share with traditional games such as checkers. At the heart of his exploration, veteran game designer Raph Koster takes a close look at the concept of fun and why it’s the most vital element in any game.

<ASIN:1449363210>



Pro Windows Phone App Development, 3rd Ed (Apress)
Friday 18 Apr

The Windows Phone 8 platform provides a remarkable opportunity for Windows developers to create state-of-the-art mobile applications using their existing skills and a familiar toolset. This 3rd Edition, helps you unlock the potential of this platform and create dazzling, visually rich, and highly functional applications for the Windows Phone Store and bring you up to speed on the new features the Windows Phone 8 API provides.

<ASIN:1430247827>



Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (Microsoft Press)
Thursday 17 Apr

In this pocket-sized guide, William R. Stanek delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field.

<ASIN:0735682577>



Speaking Javascript (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 16 Apr

Axel Rauschmayer helps you approach the language in four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. For more experienced JavaScript programmers a reference covers language features in depth and there are sections on JavaScript's relationship with other languages and on tools and libraries.

<ASIN:1449365035>



Making Java Groovy (Manning)
Tuesday 15 Apr

A practical handbook for developers who want to blend Groovy into their day-to-day work with Java. Ken Kousen starts by introducing the key differences between Java and Groovy and how you can use them to your advantage. Then, he guides you step-by-step through realistic development challenges, from web applications to web services to desktop applications, and shows how Groovy makes things easier.

<ASIN:1935182943>



Institutionalization of UX 2nd Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Monday 14 Apr

This Step-by-Step Guide to a User Experience Practice examines the following questions for organizations: How do you build user-centered design into your culture? What infrastructure do you need in order to make UX design faster, cheaper, and better? How do you create the organizational structure and staffing solution that will support UX design over time?

<ASIN:0321884817>



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