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Festo's Ants And Butterflies
Mar 28 | David Conrad
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Every year around this time of year Festo builds some amazing robot or other - last year it was a kangaroo. What could it possibly do to top previous amazing devices? What about some even more amazing robotic insects.



March Week 4
Mar 28 | Editor
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Feeling overwhelmed and confused by too much news?   If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through all the news, uncover the most relevant stories and deliver the highlights each week.



F8 - What's New For Facebook
Mar 27 | Lucy Black
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Mark Zuckerberg announced the Facebook Messenger Platform at this week's F8 conference. It will let devs build apps that integrate with Facebook Messenger, a service used by more than 600 million people.



DARPA Wants Analog To Boost Super Computer Performance
Mar 27 | Harry Fairhead
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The first practical computers were analog computers and now DARPA thinks that we might be able to speed things up by bringing them back.



MonoGame - The New XNA
Mar 27 | Mike James
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There are lots of programmers still bitter about Microsoft's decision to shut XNA down on PC and Xbox. If you still have XNA assets the good news is that MonoGame is a good stand in.



Dart Changes Course - No Longer To Be Native In Chrome
Mar 26 | Ian Elliot
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Google has backtracked on its intention to integrate the Dart VM into Chrome and instead the Dart team will concentrate its efforts on compiling Dart to JavaScript. Is this a downgrade of Google's plans for Dart or a new realism?



$1Million Turing Prize Awarded To Database Innovator
Mar 26 | Sue Gee
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The ACM has announced that MIT's Michael Stonebraker is the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award as a "pioneer in database systems architecture."



Microsoft Launches Azure App Service
Mar 26 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has launched a new cloud-based service for Azure that provides a single service for building mobile and web apps. It also contains existing tools and services including Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services.



Microsoft Finally Decides What To Call Metro Apps
Mar 25 | Mike James
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At last it does seem that Microsoft has decided what the proper naming for its new non-Win32 apps should be. Why has it taken so long and what does it tell us?



GNU Manifesto Published Thirty Years Ago
Mar 25 | Alex Armstrong
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It was in March 1985 that Richard Stallman first set out his belief in the ideal of Free Software with the publication of the GNU Manifesto.



Apple Buys And Closes FoundationDB
Mar 25 | Kay Ewbank
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Industry watchers say Apple has bought FoundationDB, though neither company is saying anything official about the acquisition.



GitHub Introduces Licenses API
Mar 24 | Janet Swift
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GitHub recently introduced its Licences API, available in Preview. It also presented some statistics about license usage over its history.



Windows 10 SDK Now Available
Mar 24 | Mike James
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In a surprise move Microsoft has made an early version of the Windows 10 SDK available to download and test. Now we really find out what the new "universal apps" are all about.



Mozilla Developer Network Fellowship Program
Mar 23 | Sue Gee
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Mozilla has launched its MDN Fellowship program with the aim of developing apps, API descriptions and curriculum on the Mozilla Developer Network. Apply by April 1st if you are interested.



Largest Payout Ever At Pwn2Own 2015
Mar 23 | Alex Armstrong
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Finalists in last week's Pwn2Own contest amassed a total of $557,500 in bounty by revealing 21 security vulnerabilities. Mozilla has already updated Firefox 36 to fix three critical bugs.



dotnetConf 2015
Mar 23 | Mike James
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If you missed the online dotnetConf earlier in the month then don't worry because all of the videos are now available for you to watch at your leisure.


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Book Review Of The Day


Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3
Wednesday 25 Mar

Authors: Microsoft Dynamics AX Team
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Pages: 864
ISBN: 9780735685109
Print: 073568510X
Kindle:B00M6XD290
Audience: Developers wanting to create ERP apps using Dynamics AX
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

 

If you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics AX what will this book do for you?


 

Featured Articles


JavaScript The Language With Two Names
Ian Elliot
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You have to feel sorry for JavaScript it doesn't even have a name to call itself by. Why is JavaScript such a fragmented entity and does it matter? With ECMAScript 2015 about to be announced as a final standard, now is a good time to consider the names of the web's favorite language.



AI and Games Pioneer, A L Samuel
Historian
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One landmark that stands out in programming history, is the first computer game. It wasn't space invaders and it wasn't anything to do with Mario. It was written by a man whose work dated from the dawn of the computing era, Arthur Lee Samuel.



Android Adventures - Working With Layouts
Mike James
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Choice of Layout is vital to an Android UI. The Layout. is what allows you to position and generally arrange other components. A good understanding of what the different Layouts do for you can make the difference between an easy and a difficult UI. 


 

Unhandled Exception!
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One day when we have a truly high level language, or perhaps lots of them, programmers will not remember what binary is and this will not set us apart any more. Something else will - but not binary.

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Dart 1 for Everyone (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Thursday 26 Mar

Google's Dart language makes programming for the Web simpler, faster, and more powerful. Since it's first printing Chris Strom's introduction has been completely updated for Dart 1 and the ECMA standard, with new sections on new Dart features like method cascades, event streams, and class constructor syntax, this book wastes no time in immersing you in the finer points of this powerful and surprisingly beautiful language.

<ASIN:1941222250>



Data Science and Big Data Analytics (EMC Education Services)
Wednesday 25 Mar

With the subtitle "Discovering, Analyzing, Visualizing and Presenting Data", this book covers the breadth of activities and methods and tools used by data scientists. It focuses on concepts, principles and practical applications that are applicable to any industry and technology environment, and the learning is supported and explained with examples that you can replicate using open–source software.  

<ASIN:111887613X>



Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices (O'Reilly)
Tuesday 24 Mar

Claiming that PHP is experiencing a renaissance, this guide shows how PHP has become a full-featured, mature language with object-orientation, namespaces, and a growing collection of reusable component libraries. Josh Lockhart, creator of the Slim Framework for PHP and PHP The Right Way, an initiative to encourage PHP best practices, reveals these new language features in action.

<ASIN:1491905018>



Data Visualization with JavaScript (No Starch Press)
Monday 23 Mar

You've got data to communicate. But what kind of visualization do you choose, how do you build it, and how do you ensure that it's up to the demands of the Web? Stephen A. Thomas shows you how to use JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to build the most practical visualizations for your data. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualizations and will quickly have you building basic visualizations, like bar, line, and scatter graphs.

<ASIN:1593276052>



Oracle PL/SQL By Example (Prentice Hall)
Friday 20 Mar

Let Benjamin Rosenzweig and Elena Rakhimov teach you all the PL/SQL skills you’ll need, through real-world labs, extensive examples, exercises, and projects.Their 5th edition has been fully updated for the newest version of PL/SQL and covers everything from basic syntax and program control through the latest optimization and security enhancements.

<ASIN:0133796787>



Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business in Linked Data (Wiley)
Thursday 19 Mar

Richard Brath and David Jonker bring graph theory out of the lab and into the real world. This guide shows you how to exploit graph and network analytic techniques to enable the discovery of new business insights and opportunities.In full color, the book describes the process of creating visualizations using examples from sports, finance, marketing, security, social media, and more and gives guidance toward pattern identification and using various data sources, including Big Data.

<ASIN:1118845846>



Statistics Done Wrong (No Starch Press)
Wednesday 18 Mar

Good research needs good statistics. But statistical analysis is tricky to get right, even for the best and brightest of us. In this pithy guide to statistical blunders in modern science,  Alex Reinhart will show you how to keep your research blunder-free. You'll examine embarrassing errors and omissions in recent research and begin your quest to reform the way you do statistics.

<ASIN:1593276206>



You Don't Know JS: Async & Performance (O'Reilly)
Monday 16 Mar

No matter how much experience you have with JavaScript, odds are you don’t fully understand the language. As in his other books in this series, Kyle Simpson dives into trickier parts of the language that many JavaScript programmers simply avoid. Here you will explore old and new JavaScript methods for handling asynchronous programming, understand how callbacks let third parties control your program’s execution and address the "inversion of control" issue with JavaScript Promises. 

 

<ASIN:1491904224>



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