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Introduction To Programming Nanodegree
May 06 | Sue Gee
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Enrollment opens today for Udacity's Nanodgree programs. This month's line up includes a new set of courses: Introduction To Programming. There's also a one-time offer of a reimbursement of half your tuition fee.



Microsoft HoloLens For A Mixed Reality Future
May 06 | Alex Armstrong
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The star of the show at Build was Microsoft HoloLens, which promises us a future in which the virtual and the real are blended thanks to "holographic computing". 



Pinterest API Open To Select Few
May 06 | Lucy Black
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Pinterest is showing signsof letting third party developers use its API and has opened a Pinterest Developer site. At the moment it is only for US developers whom Pinterest approves.



Azure Big Data Announcements
May 05 | Kay Ewbank
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At Build 2015, developers learned about new options for big data: a data warehouse service; a way to run elastic databases; and a data lake where customers can store large amounts of data.



Data Lakes For Big Data MOOC
May 05 | Alex Armstrong
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A MOOC that sets out to introduce the value, opportunity and insights that Big Data can provide starts next week on the edcast platform.



Windows 10 And The Seduction Of Arduino
May 04 | Harry Fairhead
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Microsoft seems to be trying hard to break into the embedded hardware market with Window 10. It even plans to put it on the Arduino. Surely this humble open source hardware doesn't have a processor big enough to to take on even a cut down version of Windows 10? 



Chrome Makes More Gains Firefox Continues To Decline
May 04 | Janet Swift
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While Internet Explorer is still the dominant browser on the desktop Chrome now has a full quarter slice of the pie. Firefox's share has now dropped to 12%.



How Old - Fun, Wrong, Potentially Risky?
May 03 | Janet Swift
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A Microsoft Research project that lets users upload photos and estimates the age and gender of any faces it detects has attracted more attention than expected - not all of it complimentary.



Reboot Your Dreamliner Every 248 Days To Avoid Integer Overflow
May 02 | Mike James
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You may be used to rebooting a server every so often to ensure that it doesn't crash because of some resource problem, but what about a modern jet airliner like the Boeing 787?



April Week 4
May 02 | Editor
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Feeling overwhelmed and confused by too much news? If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through all the news, uncover the most relevant stories and deliver the highlights each week.



MIcrosoft's Project Oxford AI APIs For The REST Of Us
May 01 | Mike James
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An announcement that has mostly gone unnoticed at this year's Build is Project Oxford - a set of REST APIs that give you some advanced AI in a really easy-to-use form. 



AspectJS 2.0 Released
May 01 | Alex Denham
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A new version of AspectJS has been released with a set of clients to extend the usefulness of the product.



RocksDB on Steroids
Apr 30 | Kay Ewbank
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Yahoo researchers have made changes to RocksDB that, they claim, has put it on steroids.



Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code IDE For Linux, Mac And Windows
Apr 30 | Mike James
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The most important thing to say is that this is not Visual Studio - not even close - despite the name that attempts to make the connection. This is a brand new cross platform IDE - the real question is why?



Android And iOS Apps For Windows 10
Apr 30 | Lucy Black
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For mobile developers the key announcement at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference is that Android and iOS apps will run on Windows 10.



Beginner's Courses On edX Starting Now
Apr 29 | Sue Gee
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edX has new courses starting this week that will be of interest to those who don't have any background in programming. Both are introductory level classes in computer science aimed at complete beginners, but they go in different directions.


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