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Microsoft C++/WinRT
Oct 26 | Mike James
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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
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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 has achieved much more than just a 60-minute taster for Computer Science.

dbForge Studio With Better Search
Oct 25 | Kay Ewbank
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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
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• 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
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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
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• 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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• Thonny IDE 2.0 released

• VisualVM 1.3.9 Released

• XTREE Code Reorganization

Bedrock Topper For SQLite
Oct 20 | Kay Ewbank
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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
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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
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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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