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Doctor Who Teaches Programming
Oct 22 | Sue Gee
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Dr Who is a sci fi hero to a great many kids and not so kid like techies. What could be more logical than to get him, and everyone's favourite killing machine, the daleks to teach programming and all cleverly disguised as a game. 



Windows 10 Suggestion Box
Oct 22 | Mike James
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Microsoft seems to have decided to use UserVoice to get feedback about what should be in Windows 10. What is really surprising is that users don't seem to have a clue.



AngularJS Superluminal Nudge Released
Oct 22 | Kay Ewbank
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Google has released AngularJS 1.3, codenamed "superluminal-nudge" on account of its substantial performance improvements.



Python Tools for Visual Studio Gets New Focus
Oct 21 | Alex Armstrong
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PTVS 2.1 has just been released and now can be used for free with Visual Express. The more interesting news is that the PTVS team has become part of the Azure Machine Learning group and it PTVS2.1 already has some Machine Learning templates.



IBM Launches IoT Foundation
Oct 21 | Harry Fairhead
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Just about everyone you can think of wants a slice of the Internet of Things pie and now IBM has placed its best bet for securing its IoT profits in the future - the IBM Internet of Things Foundation. What are they trying to sell you?



Debian And The Systemd Storm - Ready To Reconsider?
Oct 20 | Alex Armstrong
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Debian has adopted systemd in place of the existing init system and this seemingly small technical change is creating mayhem. Is it about to move back to init or will the Fork Debian group have to go though with their threat?



Ceylon 1.1.0 And Ceylon IDE 1.1 Released
Oct 20 | Kay Ewbank
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A new version of statically typed language Ceylon has been released with performance improvements, API optimizations, and new features. The Ceylon IDE also been improved.



Linus On Linux And Strong Language
Oct 19 | Mike James
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In a recent video made of a Q&A at this year's LinuxCon, Linus Torvalds says some interesting things - including some comments about his interesting robust style. It also gives us the amazing one-liner, "On the Internet nobody can hear you being subtle."



Drone Racing Star Wars Style
Oct 18 | Harry Fairhead
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Drones are fun, but still a technology in search of a killer application. Perhaps we have just found it - Star Wars style pod racing.



October Week 2
Oct 18 | Editor
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I Programmer reports news of interest to developers. We cover new releases of languages and tools and a lot more besides. Sometimes we are controversial and we always welcome your comments. This round-up covers October 9-15.



Apache Storm Added To Hadoop On Azure
Oct 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released a preview of Apache Storm in its Hadoop-on-Azure service.



Double Rewards For Finding Bugs In Facebook Ads Code
Oct 17 | Andrew Johnson
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Having fixed several bugs in its ads code internally, Facebook is hoping to get whitehat hackers to uncover any more that are lurking. From now until the end of the year it will pay out double for bugs in ads.



BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching
Oct 17 | Sue Gee
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A new certification for teachers of Computer Science at both Primary and Secondary level is being offered  by Computing At School under the auspices of the British Computer Society. A 10% early bird discount is currently on offer.



JDK 9 Early Access Now Available
Oct 16 | Kay Ewbank
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You can now try out the new JDK 9, though only in an early adopter version at the moment.



Android L Is Lollipop And New Nexus Devices
Oct 16 | Harry Fairhead
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Google has finally officially launched Android 5 as Lollipop along with a bunch of new Nexus devices. So what does our new Android world look like?



MOOC On Functional Programming Using Haskell
Oct 16 | Sue Gee
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Erik Meijer's Introduction to Functional Programming MOOC has just started. If this is a topic you want to know more about, this free class could be an ideal route.


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