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Drones On Demand
Apr 18 | Harry Fairhead
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Now this really is an interesting iOS app. Gofor is a new company that is promoting the idea of drones on demand. You want to take the ultimate selfie? Scout ahead to see if the road is clear or just find a parking space? You need an on-demand drone and a mobile app. 



F12 Changes With Windows 8.1 Update
Apr 18 | Kay Ewbank
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The F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer, have been updated by Microsoft to accompany the new releases in IE11.



Red Hat Project Atomic Is A Docker Host
Apr 17 | Alex Armstrong
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Distributing your complex app is getting some assistance from Red Hat in the form of a cut-down operating system that acts as a docker host. 



Azure Intelligent Systems Service
Apr 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is adding a new cloud service to Azure for managing machine-generated data from sensors and devices.



Mozilla Wants To Recommend The Best Tools
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Mozilla is putting together a core set of tools and recommendations that it considers the most useful for making Web apps and is asking for input from the developer community.



Windows 8.1 No Longer Supported - UPDATE
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8.1 Update 1 that was released on April 8th is being treated as a "new servicing/support baseline". What does this mean?



Power To The Developer
Apr 16 | Janet Swift
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A new study of developers in the US shows that far from being nerdy and misunderstood underlings in business organizations, developers are emerging as a new power class.



Windows Dev Center Open For Universal Apps
Apr 16 | Mike James
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Windows Phone Dev Center is now open for publishing "universal apps". Sounds impressive - what does it deliver?



Kivy App Contest 2014
Apr 16 | Sue Gee
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The theme for the second application development contest organized by Kivy has been announced and you now have a month in which to code and submit your entries.



Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta
Apr 15 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is improving the support for Python in Visual Studio with the release of Python Tools for VS 2.1 beta.



New Chrome Features
Apr 15 | Ian Elliot
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Chrome 34 has been released and Chrome 35 is available in beta. What do these new releases have on offer for devs?



PredictionIO - The Easy Recommendation Engine
Apr 14 | Alex Armstrong
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One of the most common applications of AI or advanced stats, depending on how you look at it, is the recommendation engine. All too often the first impulse is to build your own - but it's tough and there is a ready made solution in the form of PredictionIO. 



Microsoft Rolls Out New App Pricing
Apr 14 | Lucy Black
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Without prior notice to developers who have apps on sale there, Microsoft has introduced a new pricing structure for the Windows Store noting that this "may impact" your app pricing.



Python 2.7 To Be Maintained Until 2020
Apr 14 | Sue Gee
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The End of Life date of Python 2.7 has been extended by 5 years to 2020 to accommodate users who can't yet migrate to the Python 3. Although some Pythonistas are relieved by this news, others are infuriated because it could slow the adoption of Python 3.



NASA Contributes Mission to Kerbal Space Program
Apr 13 | Sue Gee
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NASA has already delivered an early version of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) designed to protect a planet from catastrophic impacts However, the planet being protected isn't Earth - ARM has been developed initially for Kerbin.



April Week 1
Apr 12 | Editor
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Book Review of the Day


Beginning Arduino 2nd Ed
Friday 18 Apr

Author: Michael McRoberts
Publisher: Apress, 2013
Pages: 424 
ISBN: 978-1430250166
Aimed at: Arduino beginners
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

A beginners guide to the Arduino - but what sort of beginners? Beginning programmers? Beginning hardware experts? Beginning electronics experts? All three?


 

Featured Articles


Getting Started With Azure Linux VMs
Mike James
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If you are a Visual Studio user there are lots of advantages to making use of Azure as your Virtual Machine host. In this article the general ideas of using Azure and how to work with Linux VMs is described.



.NET Regular Expressions in depth
Mike James
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If you think regular expressions are trivial and boring you've not seen the whole picture. Here we reveal that in .NET they are amazing powerful and not to be missed.



C# Guru - An Interview With Eric Lippert
Nikos Vaggalis
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Eric Lippert's name is synonymous with C#. Having been Principal Developer at Microsoft on the C# compiler team and a member of the C# language design team he now works on C# analysis at Coverity.


 

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Pro Windows Phone App Development, 3rd Ed (Apress)
Friday 18 Apr

The Windows Phone 8 platform provides a remarkable opportunity for Windows developers to create state-of-the-art mobile applications using their existing skills and a familiar toolset. This 3rd Edition, helps you unlock the potential of this platform and create dazzling, visually rich, and highly functional applications for the Windows Phone Store and bring you up to speed on the new features the Windows Phone 8 API provides.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (Microsoft Press)
Thursday 17 Apr

In this pocket-sized guide, William R. Stanek delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field.

<ASIN:0735682577>



Speaking Javascript (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 16 Apr

Axel Rauschmayer helps you approach the language in four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. For more experienced JavaScript programmers a reference covers language features in depth and there are sections on JavaScript's relationship with other languages and on tools and libraries.

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Making Java Groovy (Manning)
Tuesday 15 Apr

A practical handbook for developers who want to blend Groovy into their day-to-day work with Java. Ken Kousen starts by introducing the key differences between Java and Groovy and how you can use them to your advantage. Then, he guides you step-by-step through realistic development challenges, from web applications to web services to desktop applications, and shows how Groovy makes things easier.

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Institutionalization of UX 2nd Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Monday 14 Apr

This Step-by-Step Guide to a User Experience Practice examines the following questions for organizations: How do you build user-centered design into your culture? What infrastructure do you need in order to make UX design faster, cheaper, and better? How do you create the organizational structure and staffing solution that will support UX design over time?

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Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python (CreateSpace)
Sunday 13 Apr

This guide on the basics of both cryptography and the Python programming language not only teaches you how to write in secret ciphers with paper and pencil but also how to write your own cipher programs and explores the hacking programs that can break the encrypted messages from these ciphers. Includes source code for fun programming projects.

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3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects (Que)
Saturday 12 Apr

You can print practically any 3D object you can imagine - from toys to gadgets to replacement parts, and beyond - with a 3D printer and they’re simpler and cheaper than you ever imagined. This full-color, step-by-step guide will get you started and also walks you through building your own 3D printer from an inexpensive kit.

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The Book of F# (No Starch Press)
Friday 11 Apr

Using the subtitle "Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming" Dave Fancher shares his expertise in using F# to write succinct, reliable, and predictable code. By taking advantage of features like default immutability, pipelining, type inference, and pattern matching, you'll be amazed how efficient and elegant code can be.

<ASIN:1593275528>



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