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Agile Methods Specialization on Coursera
May 23 | Sue Gee
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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
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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
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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
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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

Can Robots Create Art?
May 22 | David Conrad
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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.

May Week 3
May 21 | Editor
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If you want to keep up with what's important from the point of view of the developer, you can rely on the IProgrammer team to sift through the news to select items that are of interest and to review the books you might want to read. 

Android Studio 2.2 Preview Big Changes!
May 20 | Mike James
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As this year's Google I/O draws to a close the Android Studio 2.2 preview was the star of the show. It brings really big changes to Android programming. 

Node.js Bridge For COBOL
May 20 | Kay Ewbank
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The developer who came up with a way to run COBOL from within JavaScript has now added a way to run JavaScript in COBOL.

A New Version Of Raspbian Almost Solves WiFi Problem
May 20 | Harry Fairhead
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The Raspberry Pi is a phenomenon that will be remembered long after it has passed and I guess so will its companion OS Raspian, but it is amazing how slowly it evolves - a measure of the size of the task and the small resources allocated to it. The latest version brings some interesting extras for users and programmers. 

Google Revamps Firebase As App Platform
May 19 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has shown off a revamped version of Firebase at Google I/O, with improvements that make use of various Google developer tools such as Cloud Messaging.

Google Takes VR Seriously - DayDream
May 19 | Harry Fairhead
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Google Cardboard was perhaps the biggest surprise in the VR world - a virtually no-cost VR viewer made from any Android phone. However. it left people thinking that perhaps Google wasn't completely serious about VR. Now we have several announcements at Google I/O that suggest otherwise. 

Google Home Your Personal Assistant
May 19 | Lucy Black
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Among the biggest announcements on Day One of Google I/O 2016, taking place in Mountain View, home to Google, is Google Home, a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house. 

Scratch Blocks For Beginners In Developer Preview
May 18 | Lucy Black
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Scratch Blocks has been released as an open-source developer preview ahead of Google I/O which starts today. It is a collaboration between Google and MIT Media Lab and builds on Google's Blockly technology and the Scratch Team’s expertise in designing creative interfaces for young learners. 

What Student Developers Want
May 18 | Janet Swift
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How do student developers feel about their career options? Devpost has just published its second annual Student Hacker Report based on a survey of students from US university students participating in its hackathons. 

SIGGRAPH 2016 Video Trailer Doesn't Disappoint!
May 18 | David Conrad
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One of the highlights of the programming year is SIGGRAPH and particularly the video trailer that showcases the work that is being presented. This year's is well worth the three minutes it takes to see. 

Vue.js 2.0 Announced
May 17 | Kay Ewbank
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A new version of front-end framework, Vue.js, has been announced. It is leaner and faster than the previous version. 

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