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SQLite 3.15 Adds Row Value Support
Oct 24 | Kay Ewbank
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SQLite 3.15 is now available with support for row values, support for deterministic SQL functions in the WHERE clause of a partial index and the ability to VACUUM an attached database.

European Astro Pi Challenge
Oct 23 | Harry Fairhead
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting teams of students who are 16 years old and younger to run science experiments run on the International Space Station (ISS).

Rovables - Wearables That Crawl All Over You
Oct 22 | David Conrad
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This is probably not what you think of when wearable computing is mentioned, but it's a really interesting idea and perhaps once we get over the shock and creepiness factor it will be the breakthrough needed to make our clothes intelligent. 

October Week 3
Oct 22 | Editor
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We've expanded I Programmer news coverage by adding the items we find interesting but which don't require any input from the team. Look out for //No Comment for undigested news in this weekly digest, many of them with multiple items.

SparklyR - An R Interface For Spark
Oct 21 | Kay Ewbank
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The team behind R Studio has announced sparklyr, a new package that provides an interface between R and Apache Spark.

October Restarts For Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Algorithms
Oct 21 | Sue Gee
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If you missed an interesting MOOC the first time around, or started it and didn't finish, you are likely to get a second chance if you stay tuned. Here's a mixed bag of highly recommended classes that are now available for study.

//No Comment - Thonny IDE 2.0, VisualVM Updated & XTREE Code Reorganization
Oct 20 | Alex Armstrong
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• Thonny IDE 2.0 released

• VisualVM 1.3.9 Released

• XTREE Code Reorganization

Bedrock Topper For SQLite
Oct 20 | Kay Ewbank
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A networking and distributed transaction layer, called Bedrock, based on SQLite has been 'opened to the public' by Expensify.

BBC Micro:Bit Goes Worldwide
Oct 19 | Harry Fairhead
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The micro:bit had the promise to revolutionize UK computer education. With the formation of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation the time has come to take on the world - but has it got what it takes? The micro:bit developer community is now launched and perhaps supplies just what is needed.

Microsoft Turns LightSwitch Off
Oct 19 | Mike James
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You might not be familiar with LightSwitch, but back in 2010 Microsoft was pushing it very hard as a technology to use to create programs. Now the switch is set to off and if you had used it you would now be looking around for a replacement.

JS Foundation Supported by IBM
Oct 19 | Ian Elliot
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The newly announced JS Foundation, formed with help from the Linux Foundation is an expansion of the jQuery foundation. Intended as an umbrella project to support the JavaScript ecosystem, the JS Foundation has IBM and Samsung among its initial members.

Atom Asks About Telemetry
Oct 18 | Alex Denham
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 An updated version of Atom has been released just five weeks after Atom 1.10 was released. Atom 1.11 offers a number of improvements to the text editor.

//No Comment - PyPy3 5.5.0, BuckleScript: 1.0 & Honey
Oct 18 | Ian Elliot
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• PyPy3 5.5.0 released

• BuckleScript: 1.0 release has arrived to compile OCaml to Javascript

• Honey: A dataflow programming language 

Microsoft Open Sources P
Oct 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has made P, its event-driven programming language, open source. P is designed to give developers a way to write safe asynchronous event-driven programs.

Get Involved With AI XPrize
Oct 17 | Sue Gee
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The registration deadline for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE has been extended by six weeks in the hope of attracting more teams to participate. Submissions now need to be made no later than January 15, 2017 with Early Bird Registration closing on November 15, 2016.

Fortran At 60 Still Going Strong
Oct 16 | Historian
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The first Fortran Reference Manual was released on October 15, 1956, six months before the first working compilers were distributed to IBM customers. While Fortran may have challengers as the first compiled computer language, it is certainly the most influential and the most durable of the early high-level languages.

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