Oct 26 | Mike James
Microsoft has had a problem about how to make Universal Windows Apps easy to create from C++. The initial approach was to modify the language but this has now been dropped in favour of adding a library to standard C++.
Taking Code to the Classroom
Oct 26 | Sue Gee
This year's Hour of Code is fast approaching and now it and Computer Science Education Week, next happening December 5 - 11, 2016, appear to be fixtures in the school year. But Code.org has achieved much more than just a 60-minute taster for Computer Science.
dbForge Studio With Better Search
Oct 25 | Kay Ewbank
There's a new version of dbForge Studio for Oracle with redesigned object editors and database search.
//No Comment - CSS, Social Media & Fourier Transform
Oct 25 | Sue Gee
• New course on edX: CSS Introduction
• Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media
• EE261 - The Fourier Transform and its Applications
Disney Establishes Open Source Program
Oct 24 | Alex Armstrong
The news here isn't that Disney has just open sourced some of its software projects. Rather it has set up a website to draw attention to projects that have in the past been open sourced, presumably with the aim of attracting new contributors.
//No Comment - Picat Wins $10K, Nim 0.15.2 & Rosie Pattern Language
Oct 24 | Ian Elliot
• Picat wins 10K prize at Media Lab Summit
• Nim 0.15.2 released
• Rosie Pattern Language 0.99f
SQLite 3.15 Adds Row Value Support
Oct 24 | Kay Ewbank
SQLite 3.15 is now available with support for row values, support for deterministic SQL functions in the WHERE clause of a partial index and the ability to VACUUM an attached database.
European Astro Pi Challenge
Oct 23 | Harry Fairhead
The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting teams of students who are 16 years old and younger to run science experiments run on the International Space Station (ISS).
Rovables - Wearables That Crawl All Over You
Oct 22 | David Conrad
This is probably not what you think of when wearable computing is mentioned, but it's a really interesting idea and perhaps once we get over the shock and creepiness factor it will be the breakthrough needed to make our clothes intelligent.
October Week 3
Oct 22 | Editor
We've expanded I Programmer news coverage by adding the items we find interesting but which don't require any input from the team. Look out for //No Comment for undigested news in this weekly digest, many of them with multiple items.
SparklyR - An R Interface For Spark
Oct 21 | Kay Ewbank
The team behind R Studio has announced sparklyr, a new package that provides an interface between R and Apache Spark.
October Restarts For Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Algorithms
Oct 21 | Sue Gee
If you missed an interesting MOOC the first time around, or started it and didn't finish, you are likely to get a second chance if you stay tuned. Here's a mixed bag of highly recommended classes that are now available for study.
//No Comment - Thonny IDE 2.0, VisualVM Updated & XTREE Code Reorganization
Oct 20 | Alex Armstrong
• Thonny IDE 2.0 released
• VisualVM 1.3.9 Released
• XTREE Code Reorganization
Bedrock Topper For SQLite
Oct 20 | Kay Ewbank
A networking and distributed transaction layer, called Bedrock, based on SQLite has been 'opened to the public' by Expensify.
BBC Micro:Bit Goes Worldwide
Oct 19 | Harry Fairhead
The micro:bit had the promise to revolutionize UK computer education. With the formation of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation the time has come to take on the world - but has it got what it takes? The micro:bit developer community is now launched and perhaps supplies just what is needed.
Microsoft Turns LightSwitch Off
Oct 19 | Mike James
You might not be familiar with LightSwitch, but back in 2010 Microsoft was pushing it very hard as a technology to use to create programs. Now the switch is set to off and if you had used it you would now be looking around for a replacement.
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