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Mozilla Goes Its Own Way On Web Components
Dec 18 | Ian Elliot
Mozilla has decided not to stick strictly to standards in implementing Web Components. When you look a little more carefully at what is going on it seems to be inevitable that it has to break out of the standards.
Skype Translator Cracks Language Barrier
Dec 18 | Sue Gee
Skype has started to roll out the "first phase" of its live speech translating feature. It is between Spanish and English for now and there is also text translation for instant messaging in more than forty languages.
Dr Dobb's Bites The Dust After 38 Years
Dec 17 | Mike James
If you don't know Dr Dobb's - or Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia - then you probably missed out on a great era of computing. Sadly this iconic publication has just announced that it is closing and the reasons are worth exploring.
Deep Learning Chess
Dec 17 | Alex Armstrong
Usually chess playing programs take a search approach to finding good moves, but why not see if a deep neural network can do the job without the need to hand tune game algorithms.
Asterix DB – Big Data Management System
Dec 17 | Kay Ewbank
A new database designed specifically for managing semi-structured information has been made available in beta form.
Go 1.4 gets Android support
Dec 16 | Kay Ewbank
A new version of Go has been announced by Google with support for developing native Android apps along with better garbage collection.
Google Drops Google Earth API
Dec 16 | Ian Elliot
Google isn't one to keep something it doesn't want hanging around just in case someone else still wants it. So another API bites the dust. You have one year to - do what exactly? There is no alternative to migrate to.
Microsoft Buys HockeyApp
Dec 15 | Kay Ewbank
Microsoft has acquired the analysis and app distribution service HockeyApp.
Create 2 Roomba That Doesn't Suck
Dec 15 | Lucy Black
iRobot's Roomba is the iconic robot vacuum cleaner - but it leads a double life, moonlighting in STEM education. The company has just launched Create 2, an updated model for those interested in hacking robot behavior.
Intel Announces IoT Platform
Dec 15 | Harry Fairhead
Intel is competing with most other big companies for a slice of the Internet of Things (IoT) but it has the advantage of covering both ends of the problem - the Internet and the Things.
Astro Pi - What Can A Raspberry Pi Do In Space?
Dec 14 | Harry Fairhead
UK school pupils are being challenged to write Rapberry Pi apps or experiments to run in space, using an Astro Pi board loaded with sensors and gadgets.
StreetPong - Makes Waiting For Traffic Fun
Dec 13 | Kay Ewbank
If you get bored waiting for the lights to change so you can cross the road at pedestrian crossings, technology may have a solution for you.
December Week 2
Dec 13 | Editor
If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on I Programmer to sift through the news and uncover the most relevant stories. Our weekly digest gives a handy summary. This one is for December 4-10.
Cryptoy - Code-Making App From GCHQ
Dec 12 | Sue Gee
The UK's national security agency, GCHQ, has launched an Android app that lets you explore codes and cryptography. It is intended to inspire school students to be interested in STEM subjects.
Qt 5.4 Released
Dec 12 | Kay Ewbank
The latest version of the Qt framework has been released with revamped and renewed web support.
The New Android Compilers - Meet Jack And Jill
Dec 12 | Harry Fairhead
The new compiler toolchain, Jack and Jill, were included in the recent release of Android SDK 21.1, but only now has Google explained what they are are and what they do.
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Book Review of the Day
eCommerce in the Cloud
Wednesday 17 Dec
Author: Kelly Goetsch
Aimed at: IT managers and ‘web architects’
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank
If you want to learn about scalable ecommerce will this book help you?
There's an Arduino for that!
The Arduino is an ideal way to delve into the realm of embedded programming - or the Internet of Things. Here's a fun introduction to the basics that will get you started without fear of creating any burning electronic components.
Mojolicious In Conversation With Sebastian Riedel
Our journey into the world of Perl's Web frameworks would not be complete without Mojolicious. So Nikos Vaggalis talked to Sebastian Riedel, Mojolicious mastermind and the original founder of Catalyst.
Database The Prolog Way
Prolog - is it just a blast from the past only of interest to AI and strange language enthusiasts? Or could it just be the ultimate NoSQL database capable of things that are difficult to do without it. In this article we write a remarkably short Prolog program that can route find on London's Tube network.
This week's xkcd cartoon points out an unsolved problem - users and file systems. If you are a programmer then a hierarchical file system should be as natural as recursion but.. for users? Well they never seem to know where their files are. This is the reason mobiles don't have user oriented file systems and we all know how that works out...
More cartoon fun at xkcd a webcomic of romance,sarcasm, math, and language
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Time Series Databases (O'Reilly)
Thursday 18 Dec
Time series data is of growing importance, especially with the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things. This concise guide shows you effective ways to collect, persist, and access large-scale time series data for analysis. You’ll explore the theory behind time series databases and learn practical methods for implementing them. Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman provide a detailed examination of open source tools such as OpenTSDB and new modifications that greatly speed up data ingestion.
Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids (No Starch Press)
Wednesday 17 Dec
An introduction to Ruby with the help of wizards and dragons. Using a playful, illustrated tale Codeademy's Eric Weinstein teaches kids aged 10+ (and their parents!) how to program in Ruby in a fantastical journey following the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet. Along the way, you'll meet colorful characters from around the kingdom, like the hacker Queen, the Off-White Knight, and Wherefore the minstrel.
Bulletproof Android (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday 16 Dec
With the subtitle "Practical Advice for Building Secure Apps" and in the distinctive Developer's Library, Godfrey Nolan has "battle-tested" best practices for securing android apps throughout the development lifecycle. Using detailed examples from hundreds of apps he has personally audited, the author identifies common “anti-patterns” that expose apps to attack, and then demonstrates more secure solutions.
Swift in 24 Hours (Sams)
Monday 15 Dec
In the Teach Yourself series, B J Miller helps you quickly master Swift’s core concepts, structure, and syntax and use Swift to write safe, powerful, modern code. In just a few hours you’ll be applying advanced features such as extensions, closures, protocols, and generics.Examples show you how to apply what you learn. Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills and notes and tips point out shortcuts and solutions.
Introducing Python: Modern Computing in Simple Packages (O'Reilly)
Friday 12 Dec
Easy to understand and fun to read for beginning programmers as well as those new to the language. Author Bill Lubanovic takes you from the basics to more involved and varied topics, mixing tutorials with cookbook-style code recipes to explain concepts in Python 3. End-of-chapter exercises help you practice what you’ve learned. You’ll gain a strong foundation in the language, including best practices for testing, debugging, code reuse, and other development tips.
Black Hat Python (No Starch Press )
Thursday 11 Dec
When it comes to creating powerful and effective hacking tools, Python is the language of choice for most security analysts. With the subtitle "Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters" Justin Seitz explores the darker side of Python's capabilities—writing network sniffers, manipulating packets, infecting virtual machines, creating stealthy trojans, and more. Insider techniques and creative challenges throughout show you how to extend the hacks and how to write your own exploits.
Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday 10 Dec
Peter J. Jones sets out to help experienced Ruby devs write more robust, efficient, maintainable, and well-performing code. Drawing on nearly a decade of Ruby experience, he offers practical advice for each major area of Ruby development, from modules to memory to metaprogramming. Throughout, he uncovers little-known idioms, quirks, pitfalls, and intricacies that powerfully impact code behavior and performance. Each of the 48 items contains specific, actionable, clearly organized guidelines; careful advice; detailed technical arguments; and illuminating code examples.
Learning Chef (O'Reilly)
Tuesday 09 Dec
Get a hands-on introduction to the Chef, the configuration management tool for solving operations issues in enterprises large and small. This guide for developers and sysadmins new to configuration management, shows how to automate the packaging and delivery of applications in your infrastructure, allowing you to build (or rebuild) your infrastructure’s application stack in minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks. After teaching you how to write Ruby-based Chef code, Mischa Taylor and Seth Vargo go through Chef tools and concepts, using detailed examples throughout.
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