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Making Progress

Making Progress

This isn't the first or only xkcd that deals with the central problem of programming and computer use. The words that should be engraved on every programmers heart are: it is always more difficult than it appears, it will always take more time than you think and the problem you solve will be replaced by something much, much, harder.

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Java 10 Improves Garbage Collection
Apr 19 | Alex Denham
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Java 10 has improved its garbage collection and compilation, and has also extended the Class-Data Sharing feature to improve startup and footprint. Java 10 is a feature release of Java SE.

Microsoft Chooses Linux for IoT
Apr 18 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has chosen a Linux kernel for its latest move into IoT, despite the recent launch of Windows 10 IoT. Azure Sphere is the operating system that runs on micro controllers powering IoT devices. 

Fear and Loathing In the App Store 21 - Oracle Owns JavaScript and Apple Pulls App
Apr 18 | Ian Elliot
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It shouldn't come as a shock that Oracle owns the trademark on the term "JavaScript", but it seems to. A recent incident, Apple pulling an app because it has "JavaScript" in its name, has sparked heated discussion.

Quantum Computing From FutureLearn
Apr 18 | Sue Gee
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A new course on quantum computing for which the only prerequisite is high school math and a rough idea of what atoms, electrons and photons are, started this week on the FutureLearn platform. I Programmer has enrolled.

Google Upgrades AIY Project Kits
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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This is as much about a statement that Google is still serious about its AI education efforts as it is about any new features. The two new kits are complete and ready to go. They take a sort of "batteries included" approach, although it is worth saying that no batteries are actually needed...

Apache Drill Adds YARN Support
Apr 17 | Kay Ewbank
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The new release of Apache Drill has added the ability to run Drill as a YARN application, along with support for HTTP Kerberos authentication using SPNEGO, and SQL syntax highlighting of queries.

Udacity Withdraws Jobs Guarantee
Apr 17 | Sue Gee
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Udacity's Nanodegree Plus option, in which the Plus was that graduating students would be helped to get a job within 6 months of graduating or receive a full refund of what they had paid for tuition, has been quietly dropped. So too has the offer of half your tuition back for graduating within 12 months.

Topcoder Marathon Match 100
Apr 16 | Sue Gee
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Topcoder is celebrating a historic event this week with a rerun of the first Marathon Match, a Random Walking fun challenge, in which 164 members took part. Thousands are expected to join in MM100 and if you've never participated before this could be the right time to take the plunge.

Mozilla Makes WebAssembly For The Rest Of Us
Apr 16 | Ian Elliot
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WebAssembly - it's the next big thing. Until now the problem has been that you had to be dedicated, to say the least, to get involved. Now Mozilla has a way that we can all try it out  with WebAssembly Studio. Is this really WebAssembly for the rest of us?

PowerHammer - Leaking Data Through The Power Line
Apr 15 | Harry Fairhead
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One of the things you just have to accept is that human ingenuity will always find a way. When it comes to security even the strongest protection will fail. An air-gapped computer has no external networking connections so it cannot leak data to the outside world. Don't you believe it.

April Week 2
Apr 14 | 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 interesting stories. Our weekly digest also covers the week's articles, books reviews and additions to Book Watch.

Deep Mimic - A Virtual Stuntman
Apr 14 | Mike James
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Although the title says "A Virtual Stuntman" it is quite difficult to know exactly what the use case for this research is. It clearly has an impact. Take a look at the video and see what you think.

Chatbots for eCommerce
Apr 13 | Alex Armstrong
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Chatbots are increasingly being used in the realm of customer service. Banks have led the way with voice automation and many businesses are following this trend. If you need to be convinced of the the role of the chatbot in e-commerce, this infographic has gathered some insights and predictions.

CLion Improves C++17 Support
Apr 13 | Kay Ewbank
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There's improved support for C++17 in CLion 2018.1 as well as WSL support  and the addition of CMake Install.  More generally, this version shows the start of the general decoupling of the CMake project model from CLion.

What Can Devs Expect at Google I/O and Microsoft Build?
Apr 12 | Lucy Black
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Two of the big annual developer conferences are taking place in the second week of May and now we have quite a lot of information of what is on the agenda for both of them.

DJI Drone Creates Open Drone Platform
Apr 12 | Kay Ewbank
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Drone manufacturer DJI has opened its commercial drone platform with an SDK and DJI Skyport adapter. The open platform can be used by developers can to create customised drone solutions for specific application or industry needs. 

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Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some but by no means all of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

Learning PostgreSQL 10 2nd Ed (Packt)
Thursday 19 Apr

This book will familiarize you with the latest new features released in PostgreSQL 10, and get you up and running with building efficient PostgreSQL database solutions from scratch. Author Salahaldin Juba gives a thorough introduction to PostgreSQL and the new features introduced in PostgreSQL 10. Data Definition Language (DDL) is covered with an emphasis on PostgreSQL, as is Data Manipulation Language (DML) and PostgreSQL server-side programming capabilities using PL/pgSQL. The book also explores the NoSQL capabilities of PostgreSQL.


Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Ed (Murach)
Wednesday 18 Apr

This revised 4th Edition of a popular title updates and improves all the HTML and CSS content in the book, and adds coverage of Flexible Box and Grid Layout, two new CSS3 ways to implement page layouts. Authors Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm begin with an 8-chapter hands-on course that teaches you HTML and CSS from scratch, including the latest HTML5 and CSS3 features.


Unreal Engine 4 for Design Visualization (Addison-Wesley)
Monday 16 Apr

This book shows how to use Unreal Engine for creating interactive visualizations, animations, and renderings. UE4 expert Tom Shannon introduces Unreal Engine 4’s components and technical concepts, taking you through the entire process of building outstanding visualization content with realistic, carefully documented, step-by-step sample projects. 


Vue.js: Up and Running (O'Reilly)
Thursday 12 Apr

A brisk introduction to building fast, interactive single-page web applications with Vue.js, theJavaScript framework for web development,  this practical guide starts from basics and moves to custom components and advanced features including JSX, the JavaScript syntax extension. Author Callum Macrae shows you his choice of the most useful libraries in the Vue ecosystem, such as vue-router for routing, vuex for state management, and vue-test-utils for testing.


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