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AWS Amplify Opens Cloud Services For JavaScript
Nov 23 | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon has released an open source library for interacting with cloud services that use JavaScript applications. The AWS Amplify library is organized into a number of categories, with more planned for the future.

GitHub Adds Security Alerts
Nov 23 | Alex Armstrong
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Using its new dependency graph feature, GitHub is now able to warn you of potential security vulnerabilities in code that a project relies on and to suggest known fixes.

The Grasshopper Problem
Nov 22 | Mike James
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I am always amazed by the subtlety of probability. You can cite the Monty Hall problem or The Fisher Yates Shuffle, but what about the Grasshopper problem? Easy to state, but very difficult to solve and slightly unbelievable.

Gordon Bell Prize For Earth Shattering Research
Nov 22 | Sue Gee
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For the second year in a row a Chinese team has been awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize, presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. This year the focus of the research was earthquake simulation.

Atom Adds Collaborative Coding
Nov 22 | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub's Atom text editor has a new feature, currently in beta, for collaborative coding. Teletype for Atom lets you write and edit code with other developers in real-time.

Prepare to Run a Code Club with Future Learn
Nov 21 | Sue Gee
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just opened the doors on a new free, short online course on the Future Learn platform. The aim of 'Prepare to Run a Code Club' is to assist new volunteers who want to launch and run coding clubs for 9- to 13-year olds.

Google's Fuchsia OS And The Forking Of Swift
Nov 21 | Mike James
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This more a "what is going on" sort of story than any prediction of the future. About a week ago the Google team developing the mysterious Fuchsia operating system forked Apple's Swift language. Now it seems that the fork was to add code that supported Fuchsia - but why?

Apache Kylin Gets Table Level ACL Management
Nov 21 | Kay Ewbank
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There's an updated version of Apache Kylin, the "Extreme OLAP Engine for Big Data" with improvements including table-level ACL management.

Programmers Against Slaughterbots
Nov 20 | Mike James
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Autonomous weapons might sound like a good idea at first, why send soldiers to die, but the potential for misuse is obvious. You might not have thought of such as the slaughterbot - you need to see this.

Blockchain and Bitcoin Skills In Demand
Nov 20 | Janet Swift
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Blockchain, Bitcoin and Ethereum have been added to Hacker News Hiring Trends, which tracks the popularity of languages, frameworks and technologies in the Hacker News thread "Ask HN: Who is hiring?".

TensorFlow Lite For Mobiles
Nov 20 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has announced a developer preview of TensorFlow Lite, a version of TensorFlow for mobile and embedded devices.

Algorithmic Designs Of Wind-up Toys
Nov 19 | Lucy Black
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Oh, the joys of being a programmer - you can put your nose into any topic and do something fun. In this case a team of researchers has automated and improved the design of wind-up toys.

Atlas and the Backflip
Nov 18 | Harry Fairhead
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Atlas, Boston Dynamics' bipedal robot, has progressed from falling over to performing impressive gymnastics. There isn't much information on how it does it, but it is still worth watching.

November Week 2
Nov 18 | Editor
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If you want to keep up with what's important from the point of view of the developer, you can rely on the I Programmer team to select news items that are of interest and to gather and review the books you might want to read. This week we have compiled our recommendations for Ruby Books on Programmer's Bookshelf and our new Core article is on Java Lambdas for event handling.

Google SLING: An Open Source Natural Language Parser
Nov 17 | Alex Armstrong
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Google Research has just released an open source project that might be of interest if you are into natural language processing. SLING is a combination of recurrent neural networks and frame based parsing.

Azure Updates Announced At MS Connect()
Nov 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has announced a number of extras and improvements for Azure at its Connect() virtual event this week, including support for Databricks, Cassandra API, and Maria DB. Poor old Access and SQL Server seem to have been sidelined.

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