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Raspberry Pi Gets HAT Touch Screen
Oct 23 | Harry Fairhead
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The founder of Raspberry Pi was interviewed about all things Pi and gave way some hints on what is coming in the near future.



Google Adds Firebase To Its Cloud
Oct 23 | Kay Ewbank
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The acquisition will add the Firebase backend service to Google's Cloud Platform lineup making it easier for developers to sync data across web and mobile apps.



Synaptic - Advanced Neural Nets In JavaScript
Oct 23 | Mike James
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This is a project you need to know about if you have an interest in AI or teaching AI. Put simply it is JavaScript library that lets you implement and work with neural networks. What's special is that this one lets you do much more than a simple introduction.



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.


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Book Review of the Day


SQL Server Query Performance Tuning (4th Ed)
Wednesday 22 Oct

Author: Grant Fritchey
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 612
ISBN: 9781430267430
Print: 1430267437
Kindle:B00LPDV9V0
Audience: DBAs and developers
Rating: 4.8
Reviewer: Ian Stirk

 

A popular performance tuning book gets updated for SQL Server 2014, how does it fare?  


 

Featured Articles


Reverse Polish Notation - RPN
Harry Fairhead
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This week's cartoon is based on the use of RPN or Reverse Polish Notation. This used to be a basic of the computer programmer's world, but today it is not as well known. Hence there may be some perfectly clued up programmers who are still left wondering what the sausage is doing outside of the bun.



Android Adventures - ListView And Adapters
Mike James
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ListView is probably the most commonly used and needed UI components in an Android app. It isn't difficult to use, but you need to get to grips with the idea of an "adapter" and understanding what is going on pays dividends.



Ada Lovelace, The First Programmer
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Ada, Countess of Lovelace was born almost 200 years ago but her name lives on. In the 1970s the Ada language was named in recognition of her status as the first computer programmer and in  2009 Ada Lovelace Day was inaugurated to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.  For Ada Lovelace Day 2014, we tell the story of how she worked with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine.


 

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21st Century C 2nd Ed (O'Reilly )
Thursday 23 Oct

Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With the subtitle C Tips from the New School Ben Klemens presents up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available. C isn’t just the foundation of modern programming languages, it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. No matter what programming language you currently champion, you’ll agree that C rocks.

<ASIN:1491903899>



Make: Wearable Electronics (Maker Media)
Wednesday 22 Oct

With the subtitle "Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments" this book is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body.  Kate Hartman introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear. Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects.

<ASIN:1449336515>



Introduction to Agile Methods (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday 21 Oct

Many people with varying levels of work experience are interested in understanding the architecture and nuances of Agile, but it is difficult to know where to start. Here Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan use academic research and their own experiences with numerous Agile implementations to present a clear description of the essential concepts for students and professionals who want to understand Agile and become conversant with Agile values, principles, framework, and processes.

<ASIN:032192956X>



Photoshop Elements 13: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Monday 20 Oct

Photoshop Elements 13 looks sharper, performs better, and has more sophisticated photo-editing and slideshow features than previous versions—but knowing which tools to use when can be confusing. In this new edition Barbara Brundage removes the guesswork. With her candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.

<ASIN:1491947217>



Introducing Elixir (O'Reilly)
Friday 17 Oct

Elixir combines the robust functional programming of Erlang with a syntax similar to Ruby, and includes powerful features for metaprogramming. Simon St. Laurent and J. David Eisenberg show you how to write simple Elixir programs one skill at a time. Once you pick up pattern matching, process-oriented programming, and other concepts, you’ll understand why Elixir makes it easier to build concurrent and resilient programs that scale up and down with ease.

<ASIN:1449369995>



Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 (Microsoft Press)
Thursday 16 Oct

Dig into the architecture and internals of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 - with firsthand insights from the team that designed and developed it. Deepen your knowledge of the underlying frameworks, components, and tools - and deliver custom ERP applications with the extensibility and performance your business needs. Useful for Microsoft Dynamics AX solution developers at all levels, this guide will provide max benefit to those who understand OOP, relational database, and Transact-SQL concepts.

<ASIN:073568510X>



Raspberry Pi User Guide 3rd Ed (Wiley)
Wednesday 15 Oct

Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi, and Gareth Halfacree have updated the third edition of their "unofficial guide" for Noobs who want to dive right in to cover the model B+ Raspberry Pi. It covers the software, additional USB ports, and changes to the GPIO, including new information on Arduino and Minecraft on the Pi as well as step–by–step instruction for everything from software installation and configuration to customizing your Raspberry Pi.

<ASIN:1118921666>



User Story Mapping (O'Reilly)
Tuesday 14 Oct

User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. Jeff Patton examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features and shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. 

<ASIN:1491904909>



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