Android Adventures - Getting Started With Android Studio
Monday 20 May | Mike James
Google's new Android Studio makes creating native Android apps very easy. You can get started in a few minutes and by the end of this article have your first working Android application. This is the first part of an ebook on programming Android.
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Kivy 1.7 Released
21 May | Kay Ewbank
A new version of Python library Kivy has been released with an Android Emulator and innovations for organizing widgets and addons.
Gmail Adds Actions - Do You Want to Use Them?
21 May | Mike James
The idea of including standard actions within emails might be a good one - but whose standard? Actions turn email into powerful interactive mini-apps and a source of valuable information for Google. So should you employ this proprietary technology?
Arduino IDE 1.0.5 Released
21 May | Harry Fairhead
The last of the Version 1 Arduino IDE upgrades has been released. It may only be a decimal point change, but there is a lot going on at the moment.
20 May | Lucy Black
Android Gets New Geo APIs
20 May | Ian Elliot
One of the smaller items of news from Google IO is that there are now three new Android Geo APIs that will make it easier to build location and activity information into apps.
Terra - A Language For Lua
20 May | Kay Ewbank
A new low-level programming language, Terra, has been designed to work with Lua to generate code for high performance computing.
Arduino Yún Brings WiFi
19 May | Harry Fairhead
The Arduino Yún has been unveiled as the first of a family of wifi products that combine Arduino with Linux by using a system on a chip running Linino, a customized version of OpenWRT.
Accredible - Show Off Your Success
19 May | Sue Gee
Accredible is a recent edtech service that helps you create certificates, or rather certificate portfolios, to demonstrate your achievements on any type of learning, including MOOCs and online courses. It is running a contest to the end of May for the best certificates made using its service.
The Official Arduino Robot
18 May | Harry Fairhead
The new Arduino robot looks a bit like a robot vacuum cleaner, but it has a lot more going for it and it certainly doesn't suck - well not unless you add an air pump to it.
Intern at Google - Film, Fiction and Fact
18 May | Sue Gee
A job at Google - who wouldn't leap at the chance. In this movie, being released in June, two recently laid off 40-something salesmen have got an interview for an internship at Google that might in turn lead to a job. The results are hilarious.
May Week 2
18 May | Editor
If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, I Programmer Weekly is a digest of book reviews, articles and news written by programmers, for programmers. This one covers May 9th - 15th and has news of a competition.
Create A Transit App - $50K In Prizes
18 May | Alex Armstrong
MTA App Quest is a global online contest to provide solutions that will help improve the daily commute of those using New York State's Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Enum Causes Controversy for Python 3.4
17 May | Alex Armstrong
After years of debate on the issue, a proposal to include an enumeration type in Python 3.4 has been approved. But it has already been criticized as being an awkward compromise.
Inside SQL Server Pro Magazine May 2013
17 May | Ian Stirk
If you’re a Business Intelligence (BI) power user, May's issue SQL Server Pro magazine’s cover story will help you get the most out of Microsoft Power View. There's also plenty for SQL devs.
Intel Beacon Mountain For Android
17 May | Mike James
Intel has just released Beacon Mountain - an Android development environment. You might be wondering why anyone would need another Android development environment? The answer in this case is the Atom.
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Book Review of the Day
Dart in Action
Tuesday 21 May
Author: Chris Buckett
Publisher: Manning, 2013
Audience: Object-oriented programmers
Reviewer: Mike James
Dart is Google's "other language" but it could be important and there is a need for a good book to explain why Google thinks it's worth the effort.
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Software Exorcism (Apress)
Subtitled A Handbook for Debugging and Optimizing Legacy Code takes an unflinching look at behavioral problems in the software engineering industry, shedding much-needed light on the social forces that make it difficult for programmers to do their job. Also discusses tools and techniques for effective and aggressive debugging.
Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches (Manning)
Easy-to-follow guide that covers core scripting concepts using four practical examples to reinforce learning. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you add custom formatting, error handling, input validation, help files and documentation and more.
Beginning R (Wrox)
Open source statistical language R is fast becoming the de facto standard for statistical computing and analysis in science, business, engineering, and related fields. This book examines this complex language using simple statistical examples, for simple summary statistics, hypothesis testing, creating graphs, regression, and much more.
Programming ASP.NET MVC 4 (O'Reilly)
PhoneGap 2.x Mobile Application Development Hotshot (Packt Publishing)
Excel 2013 Pivot Table Data Crunching (Que)
Even if you’ve never created a pivot table before, this book will help you leverage all their amazing flexibility and analytical power. In early chapters, learn how to generate complex pivot reports complete with drill-down capabilities and accompanying charts. Then discover how to build a comprehensive, dynamic pivot table reporting system for any business task or function.
Cucumber Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Subtitled "Automate Anything with BDD Tools and Techniques" has over forty practical recipes for testing desktop, web, mobile, and server applications across a variety of platforms, giving you tools that you can use to automate any system that you encounter.
Software Programming Secrets: Why Projects Fail (Apress)
Analyzes project management methodology, explaining why it creates problems for software development projects by describing 12 ways in which software projects are different from other kinds of projects. Also analyzes the project management to discover 10 hidden assumptions that are invalid in the context of software projects.
Essential C# 5.0 (Addison-Wesley)
For programmers at all levels of C# experience provides comprehensive coverage of the entire language, showing how to write C# code that is simple, powerful, robust, secure, and maintainable. Updated to reflect new features and programming patterns introduced with C# 5.0 and .NET The previous edition was Ian Elliot's choice of Best Book for 2010.
Spring Integration in Action (Manning)
Hands-on guide to Spring-based messaging and integration. After addressing the core messaging patterns, such as those used in transformation and routing, the book turns to the adapters that enable integration with external systems, presenting real-world enterprise integration scenarios.
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