The Web - The Early Years
Wednesday 22 May | Historian
A time before the World Wide Web? Yes, there was one. In fact the Web is quite young and we are just celebrating its 20th birthday. Can you imagine, or remember, an Internet without it?
Programming News and Views
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Firefox 22 Beta Ready To Test
23 May | Ian Elliot
Keeping track of where Firefox is going is difficult given you have at least two horizons to keep your eyes on. Here we have a brief look at what to expect in Firefox 22, currently in beta and close to being rolled out.
Google Compute Engine Now Open To All
23 May | Kay Ewbank
The initial announcement of Google Compute Engine last year limited access to a small number of specifically invited developers, but Google has now widened access to the preview to anyone who wants to try the service.
New XBox One - New Kinect
22 May | Harry Fairhead
The gaming world has been waiting for the new XBox and Microsoft has just announced some vague details of what is waiting in the wings. But just as important is news of the new Kinect that is an essential part of the new system.
Win A PhoneGap Book - Final Few Days
22 May | Editor
If you haven't yet entered our competition to win a copy of PhoneGap Mobile App, you have until May 25th to correctly identify what Phone Gap is.
Google Shuts Services But Quietly
22 May | Lucy Black
Over the past week Google has quietly shut down a number of services while getting us to focus on its shiny new offerings. But there have been some important casualties. The mentality of slash and burn seems to be alive and well at Google.
Kivy 1.7 Released
21 May | Kay Ewbank
A new version of Python library Kivy has been released with an Android Emulator and innovations for organizing widgets and addons.
Gmail Adds Actions - Do You Want to Use Them?
21 May | Mike James
The idea of including standard actions within emails might be a good one - but whose standard? Actions turn email into powerful interactive mini-apps and a source of valuable information for Google. So should you employ this proprietary technology?
Arduino IDE 1.0.5 Released
21 May | Harry Fairhead
The last of the Version 1 Arduino IDE upgrades has been released. It may only be a decimal point change, but there is a lot going on at the moment.
20 May | Lucy Black
Android Gets New Geo APIs
20 May | Ian Elliot
One of the smaller items of news from Google IO is that there are now three new Android Geo APIs that will make it easier to build location and activity information into apps.
Terra - A Language For Lua
20 May | Kay Ewbank
A new low-level programming language, Terra, has been designed to work with Lua to generate code for high performance computing.
Arduino Yún Brings WiFi
19 May | Harry Fairhead
The Arduino Yún has been unveiled as the first of a family of wifi products that combine Arduino with Linux by using a system on a chip running Linino, a customized version of OpenWRT.
Accredible - Show Off Your Success
19 May | Sue Gee
Accredible is a recent edtech service that helps you create certificates, or rather certificate portfolios, to demonstrate your achievements on any type of learning, including MOOCs and online courses. It is running a contest to the end of May for the best certificates made using its service.
The Official Arduino Robot
18 May | Harry Fairhead
The new Arduino robot looks a bit like a robot vacuum cleaner, but it has a lot more going for it and it certainly doesn't suck - well not unless you add an air pump to it.
Intern at Google - Film, Fiction and Fact
18 May | Sue Gee
A job at Google - who wouldn't leap at the chance. In this movie, being released in June, two recently laid off 40-something salesmen have got an interview for an internship at Google that might in turn lead to a job. The results are hilarious.
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Book Review of the Day
Troubleshooting SQL Server - A Guide for the Accidental DBA
Thursday 23 May
Author: Jonathan Kehayias & Ted Krueger
Publisher: Red Gate Books, 2011
Audience: Troubleshooting DBAs and Developers
Reviewer: Ian Stirk
This Book aims to provide solutions to the most common problems encountered by the inexperienced (accidental) DBA. How does it fare?
Unhandled Exception! - Crowdsourcing
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Programming Android 2nd Ed (O'Reilly)
Get up to speed on Android programming, and learn how to create up-to-date user experiences for both handsets and tablets. This extensively revised second edition includes best practices for using Android 4 APIs. If you’re experienced with Java or Objective-C, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary for building well-engineered applications. See our review of the previous edtion.
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices (Addison Wesley)
Guide to applying agile development and modern software engineering practices with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012. Subtitled "From Backlog to Continuous Feedback" it focuses on systematically eliminating waste, improving transparency, and delivering better software more quickly and painlessly.
Software Exorcism (Apress)
Subtitled A Handbook for Debugging and Optimizing Legacy Code takes an unflinching look at behavioral problems in the software engineering industry, shedding much-needed light on the social forces that make it difficult for programmers to do their job. Also discusses tools and techniques for effective and aggressive debugging.
Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches (Manning)
Easy-to-follow guide that covers core scripting concepts using four practical examples to reinforce learning. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you add custom formatting, error handling, input validation, help files and documentation and more.
Beginning R (Wrox)
Open source statistical language R is fast becoming the de facto standard for statistical computing and analysis in science, business, engineering, and related fields. This book examines this complex language using simple statistical examples, for simple summary statistics, hypothesis testing, creating graphs, regression, and much more.
Programming ASP.NET MVC 4 (O'Reilly)
PhoneGap 2.x Mobile Application Development Hotshot (Packt Publishing)
Excel 2013 Pivot Table Data Crunching (Que)
Even if you’ve never created a pivot table before, this book will help you leverage all their amazing flexibility and analytical power. In early chapters, learn how to generate complex pivot reports complete with drill-down capabilities and accompanying charts. Then discover how to build a comprehensive, dynamic pivot table reporting system for any business task or function.
Cucumber Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Subtitled "Automate Anything with BDD Tools and Techniques" has over forty practical recipes for testing desktop, web, mobile, and server applications across a variety of platforms, giving you tools that you can use to automate any system that you encounter.
Software Programming Secrets: Why Projects Fail (Apress)
Analyzes project management methodology, explaining why it creates problems for software development projects by describing 12 ways in which software projects are different from other kinds of projects. Also analyzes the project management to discover 10 hidden assumptions that are invalid in the context of software projects.
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