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Google Successful With Fair Use Defence
May 27 | Sue Gee
The jury in the second Oracle versus Google trial reached a unanimous verdict that Google's implementation of 37 Java APIs in its Android operating system was lawful and constituted "fair use".
May 27 | Kay Ewbank
The team behind RethinkDB has released Horizon, an open source backend that you can use to build and scale realtime web apps.
JQuery 3.0 Release Candidate
May 26 | Kay Ewbank
The release candidate of JQuery 3.0 has been released, with changes to clean up the API, and fixes for bugs that may prove to be breaking changes for some code.
Online Hackathon To Improve Transport Logistics
May 26 | Alex Armstrong
The TransportLAB Hackathon is a worldwide event giving teams and individuals the opportunity to wrangle transpiration and logistics datasets. Register now and be ready for a two-week sprint running from June 1 - 14.
No Glittering Prizes For Creative Robots
May 25 | Sue Gee
Can algorithms create "human-quality" short stories, sonnets and dance music sets? This was put to the test last week in a new variation on the Turing Test and the answer was a resounding "No".
TPU Is Google's Seven Year Lead In AI
May 25 | Mike James
Google has been doing some remarkable things with AI, but the speed of development is set to increase because it has the Tensor Processing Unit, TPU.
IoT Embraces Open Source
May 25 | Janet Swift
A Vision Mobile report in its IoT series about Open Source based on the findings of the 10th edition Developer Economics is now available and we have the highlights. Meanwhile there's still a few days left to take part in the April-May 2016 survey.
$100K Machine Learning Challenge
May 24 | Lucy Black
In partnership with Udacity, Chinese ridesharing company Didi Chuxing has announced a global machine learning competition to come up with a better ride matching algorithm using Didi’s published data sets.
XSS Hunter For Pentesting
May 24 | Nikos Vaggalis
XSS Hunter is a recently launched platform that makes pentesting for XSS vulnerabilities much easier to monitor and organize. Through it you can launch all kinds of XSS attacks, but where it really shines is when carrying out a Blind XSS attack.
Imagine Cup Earth Final Round
May 24 | Kay Ewbank
The winners of Round Two of the Imagine Cup Earth, a worldwide contest organized by Microsoft in conjunction with NASA for students aged between 6 and 18, have been announced. The deadline for Round Three is approaching, but there's still time to take part.
Agile Methods Specialization on Coursera
May 23 | Sue Gee
The latest addition to Coursera's ever growing list of developer-related Specializations is on Agile Methods. Two of its four courses start today, including Managing an Agile Team which is a brand new course.
Visual Basic Reaches 25th Birthday - Microsoft Censors Campaign To Open Source VB6
May 23 | Sue Gee
Visual Basic was launched by Bill Gates at Windows World on May 20, 1991 and since then has gone through has fourteen releases. The pinnacle release, as far as many of are concerned was VB6, the final non-dot-net version. To celebrate VB's Silver Anniversary let's re-open the campaign to open source VB6. Update: May 23
Google's Science Journal Android App For Experiments
May 23 | Mike James
We need to find good ways for young people to get started with real science and data. Google has produced an Android app that just might help - it sounds fun too.
Open Source Employment Trends
May 23 | Janet Swift
Open source talent is in high demand according to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, the 5th annual report from the Linux Foundation, produced in collaboration with Dice.com.
Can Robots Create Art?
May 22 | David Conrad
The RobotArt competition was started to explore the intersection of technology and art. For its inaugural contest fifteen teams from seven countries submitted over 70 different artworks. The winners were announced this week with $100K being shared between the participating teams.
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Apache Cassandra Essentials
Friday 27 May
Author: Nitin Padalia
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Audience: Cassandra devs
Reviewer: Ian Stirk
This book aims to explain the core concepts of Cassandra, how does it fare?
In Praise of VB As A RAD
With the Visual Basic line now 25 years old and growing it seems time to consider what it is all about. Why bother with a language like VB when there are so many better alternatives? The answer is RAD and a more human approach to syntax.
Remote C/C++ Development With NetBeans
NetBeans is a great IDE for working with C/C++ and it supports remote build hosts, which is a good way to work. The only problem is that getting it all set up is more difficult than it needs to be. Find out how it works and how to get started.
Introducing Java - Swing Objects
In the second part of our beginner's guide to Modern Java we find out more about objects by exploring the Swing framework with a simple hands-on example.
The BBC Micro:bit Which Language?
Sue Gee & Mike James
The micro:bit is supposed to be a breakthrough educational tool that will introduce physical computing to the masses, starting with 11- to 12-year olds. However, even physical computing needs code and this raises the question of which language to use.
Android Adventures - Activity And UI
So you know how to create an Android app, but do you really know how it works? In this second part of our ebook on getting started with Android using Android Studio 2 we look at how to create a UI and how to hook it up to the code in the Activity.
Is It Worth the Time?
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This is where we all go wrong. What programming project, no matter how simple, takes 8 weeks or less? How many programs save as much as an hour a day or one day a week? Clearly programs always use up more time than they save and are inherently pointless exercises. I'm off now to sell my keyboard and take up yak shaving.
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Arduino: A Technical Reference (O'Reilly)
Thursday 26 May
Billed as a handbook for technicians, engineers and makers and part of O'Reilly's In a Nutshell series this book by J. M. Hughes thoroughly describes the electrical and performance aspects of an Arduino board and its software and brings together all the information you need to get something done with Arduino.
Electronics For Kids (For Dummies)
Wednesday 25 May
Discover the core concepts of electronics in a fun and engaging way. Cathleen Shamieh uses language kids can understand and her friendly guide is packed with full-color photos, easy-to-follow instructions, simple examples, and 13 cool projects that will boost a child's confidence while instilling valuable electronics lessons that provide the right way to learn about this exciting, but potentially dangerous, field.
Kubernetes Microservices with Docker (Apress)
Monday 23 May
In this book on Kubernetes, the container cluster manager, Deepak Vohra discusses all aspects of using Kubernetes in today's complex big data and enterprise applications, including Docker containers.
Starting with installing Kubernetes on a single node, he introduces Kubernetes with a simple Hello example and discusses using environment variables in Kubernetes.
The Car Hacker's Handbook (No Starch Press)
Friday 20 May
Subtitled A Guide for Penetration Testers this book will give you a deeper understanding of the computer systems and embedded software in modern vehicles. Modern cars are more computerized than ever. Infotainment and navigation systems, Wi-Fi, automatic software updates, and other innovations aim to make driving more convenient. But vehicle technologies haven't kept pace with today's more hostile security environment, leaving millions vulnerable to attack.
Zero Bugs and Program Faster (Kate Thompson Books)
Wednesday 18 May
Kate Thompson spent two years researching every bug avoidance technique she could find. This book contains the best of them. The first half of the book teaches principles through stories and anecdotes. The second half of the book dives into code, trying to teach by showing good examples including code from Bill Gates, Richard Stallman and Joe Celko.
Learning Puppet 4 (O'Reilly)
Monday 16 May
If you’re a system administrator, developer, or site reliability engineer responsible for handling hundreds or even thousands of nodes in your network, the Puppet configuration management tool will make your job a whole lot easier. In this practical guide DevOps engineer, Jo Rhett, shows you what Puppet does, how it works, and how it can provide significant value to your organization.
Big Data in Practice (Wiley)
Wednesday 11 May
Big data is a hot topic. Everyone understands its power and importance, but many fail to grasp the actionable steps and resources required to utilise it effectively. This book from Bernard Marr, author of Big Data (see Kay Ewbank's review) fills the knowledge gap by showing how major companies are using big data every day, from an up-close, on-the-ground perspective.
Game Engine Gems 3 (CRC Press)
Monday 09 May
The third volume in a series by veteran of the computer games industry, Eric Lengyel. Covering the latest developments with practical methods and tips for game engine development it is intended to aid professionals in their work and shows students and others interested in game development how the pros tackle specific problems that arise during game engine development.
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