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Windows Source Now In A GIT Repository
May 26 | Sue Gee
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Microsoft is well on the road to transferring the Windows codebase to a single Git repo hosted on Visual Studio Team Services. This has involved scaling Git to extremely large projects and teams with a project called "Git Virtual File System".



GoKa Stream Processing For Kafka
May 26 | Kay Ewbank
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There's a new library for writing distributed stream processing applications in Go backing them with data in Kafka. GoKa aims to reduce the complexity of building highly scalable and highly available microservices.



Commemorating the Creator of Prolog, Alain Colmerauer
May 25 | Sue Gee
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Alain Colmerauer, who was at the center of the research group that originated the logic programming language Prolog, passed away on May 12, 2017 at the age of 76.



Github Announces Marketplace
May 25 | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub is launching a new Marketplace designed to help you find and buy tools to extend your workflow. This means you can get new tools without the need to create multiple accounts or set up separate payment methods.



AlphGo Defeats World's Top Ranking Go Player - UPDATE
May 25 | Sue Gee
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AlphaGo has now won two of three games against the world’s number one player, Ke Jie, at the Future of Go Summit, taking place in Wuzhen China. Although this means Alpha Go has taken the match, the third game will be played on Saturday.



Android Studio 3
May 24 | Mike James
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Google I/O is a place where new things are announced and just occasionally you get the feeling that the new thing was rushed out to meet the artificial deadline. With Android Studio in a bit of a mess, version 3.0 arriving in the Canary Channel feels a bit like a rush job.



Graphcool Eases Your Way Into GraphQL
May 24 | Nikos Vaggalis
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GraphQL, dubbed by many as REST's successor, is a query language in which you can query database driven, JSON schema-exposed APIs. The problem is that because it is so different from REST, getting the hang of GraphQL when starting out is not that easy. 



Why Deep Networks Are Better
May 24 | Mike James
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Why is it that deep neural networks are better even though we have known for a long time that anything a deep network can compute can also be computed by a shallow network? Physicist Max Tegmark and Mathematician David Rolnick have a reason for us.



Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator Reaches Preview
May 23 | Kay Ewbank
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An accelerator for Amazon DynamoDB has been released in a public preview. The accelerator, called DAX, is a fully managed caching service that sits in front of your DynamoDB table to improve the performance on read-intensive workloads, so long as your app fits with eventually-consistent results. 



Java Turns 22 Today
May 23 | Jamie Mercer
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Can you believe that Java was first publicly launched 22 years ago? Few could have. foreseen that the language would go on to be such an influential part of computing and still remain relevant over two decades later. This is especially so when you take into consideration the humble beginnings of Java and its original intentions.



Google Improves Firebase Analytics and Open Sources SDKs
May 22 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has announced that its Firebase client libraries, for developers creating realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web, are being open sourced, and that Firebase Analytics is getting new features. 



AWS Chatbot Challenge
May 22 | Sue Gee
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A contest to build a chatbot that understands, and responds with, natural language and does something useful, such as booking a hotel or answering queries, is underway on Devpost. The chatbot must run on Amazon Lex and AWS Lamba and be deployed to a messaging platform like Slack, Facebook, or Twilio.



Button Feedback With An Electric Arc
May 21 | Mike James
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Yes, its another odd ball idea from the ACM CHI Human-Computer Interactions conference. Have you ever wished that your keyboard could be more responsive? Well careful what you wish for. Your next keyboard could come with 10K Volts of feedback!



Virtual Lorenz Machine Honors Bill Tutte
May 20 | Harry Fairhead
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A Virtual Lorenz SZ42 machine, the encryption device used by the Wehrmacht High Command in World War II, has been put online for anyone to use as part of the centenary celebrations honoring Bill Tutte, the codebreaker who cracked its code.



May Week 3
May 20 | Editor
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If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, I Programmer has book reviews, articles and news written by programmers, for programmers. Each week our digest gives a handy summary of what's new. 



Google Assistant Prepares For Dominance
May 19 | Sue Gee
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So far Google seems to have been oddly lagging in the race to incorporate AI into interfaces. But news from Google I/O suggests that it could leapfrog the competition - and all because of its superior search.


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