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Android Studio 2 Beta Is Usable
Feb 11 | Mike James
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Android Studio 2 is now available in beta and this change in status does correspond to an increased usability. It is worth getting to know the new IDE because, even with its faults, it speeds development a lot. 



Does SourceForge Have A Future?
Feb 11 | Ian Elliot
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The new owners of SourceForge are hoping to halt the decline of the once popular source code repository and persuade open source projects to use it once more. The first move is to terminate the practice of bundling adware with software installations 



You Don't Need To Touch Type To Go Fast
Feb 10 | Janet Swift
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It is a sad fact that many programmers don't learn to type, despite the fact that the keyboard is their main tool of the trade. New research, however, suggests that this might not matter as much as you might think and you don't have to be ashamed that you are not using all your fingers.



Successor To Cardboard Under Development
Feb 10 | Lucy Black
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After its runaway success with Cardboard, its open source VR headset, Google is rumored to be working on a new version to be unveiled that this year's Google I/O in May.



Amazon Adds Game Dev Options To AWS
Feb 10 | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon has added two new services, Lumberyard and GameLift, to AWS for the creation of cross-platform cloud-connected games.



Lodash - A Functional JavaScript Library
Feb 09 | Nikos Vaggalis
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Lodash began as a fork of the popular Underscore.js library but since then has managed to become its superset, adding new features and performing much better. Version 3.4.0 has recently been released.



Microsoft Research Open Source Challenge For Students
Feb 09 | Alex Armstrong
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Microsoft Research has provided an interesting challenge to students - identify problems that can be addressed using Microsoft's open source tools and have a stab at solving them.



Coursera Web Specializations
Feb 09 | Sue Gee
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Four web specializations at different levels and covering different aspects are starting on Coursera. If you want to earn a certificate you can save 10% by pre-paying for the bundle of courses. If you don't want the certificate, and don't want to complete a final project that demonstrates what you've learned, you can audit the courses for free.



Where Are The Raspberry Pi Zeros?
Feb 08 | Lucy Black
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The Raspberry Pi Zero is a game changer, but it is not the only game changer on the market. In fact the question of whether it is on the market or not is an important one. 



How Fast Can You Number Crunch In Python
Feb 08 | Mike James
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We are all more or less committed to using high-level languages, but there is always a background worry that they might not be fast enough for some tasks. An interesting set of benchmarks shows how to use Python to number crunch.



Usborne Books Revival
Feb 07 | Sue Gee
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Children's book publisher Usborne has launched two new titles about computers and coding aimed at young children. At the same time it has made pdfs of its 1980's computing titles freely available online.



Fewer Degrees Of Separation With Facebook
Feb 06 | Janet Swift
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Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average between Facebook users is just three and a half.



January Week 5
Feb 06 | Editor
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If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on I Programmer to sift through the news and uncover the most relevant stories. Our weekly digest gives a handy summary. 



GCHQ's Xmas Puzzle Not Cracked - Update Solutions And Prizes
Feb 06 | Mike James
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The director of GCHQ distributed a puzzle to selected contacts and then made it available to everyone. The deadline for solution passed and there were no 100% correct solutions. Even so prizes were awarded and we do now have the answers.



Winner Of Underhanded C Announced
Feb 05 | Kay Ewbank
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The winner of this year's competition to find the best sneaky C code has been announced. 



Scientist Lets You Refactor Live
Feb 05 | Mike James
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One of the big problems of today is working with live code. Now a team at Github has a very clever tool that makes it easy to make, and evaluate, changes in live code in the same way that you might replace a bridge.


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