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TypeScript Goes Light, Moves To GitHub
Jul 24 | Alex Denham
The TypeScript team has reworked the compiler core of TypeScript to be lighter and faster and has moved the project to GitHub.
UK Government Adopts Open Standards
Jul 24 | See Gee
The UK Government has selected ODF (Open Document Format) as a required standard for sharing and collaborating on documents across all governement bodies. PDF/A and HTML are the selected standards for viewing government documents.
Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 - NO CAPS
Jul 24 | Mike James
It seems almost silly to lead a story about the next version of Visual Studio with the fact that it might have dropped the ALL CAPS menu items, but it is an indication that the team is trying to fix VS and turn it into the IDE we all loved.
Hijacking Chromecast Is Easy
Jul 23 | Harry Fairhead
Chromecast, Google's streaming video USB stick, has a really clever way of allowing users to set it up. The trouble is that it might just be too clever. It turns out that what is easy for users to set up is also easy to hijack.
Wire The Programmer To Prevent Buggy Code
Jul 23 | See Gee
It's impossible to eliminate all coding errors, but it is certainly worth taking measures to reduce their frequency. A novel approach looks at using psycho-physiological measures.
Microsoft Plans To Merge Windows Systems - Again!
Jul 23 | Mike James
Microsoft seems to be suffering from a strange case of re-inventing things that it once knew were essential. This time it is the unification of Windows into one operating system.
Jul 22 | Alex Denham
JetBrains has released the next version of dotPeek, its free .NET decompiler and assembly browser.
Cumberbatch As Turing - Trailers Released
Jul 22 | Lucy Black
Two official trailers have been released for "The Imitation Game", the biopic in which the role of Alan Turing is depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Oracle Big Data SQL
Jul 21 | Kay Ewbank
A unified query tool that you can use to ask questions across mixed SQL, Hadoop and NoSQL data sources has been released by Oracle.
Self Assessment For Programmers
Jul 21 | See Gee
A useful proficiency matrix has been produced that could be used to track your own progress when learning to program or to advertise your skillset to prospective employers.
The Next Version Of PHP And The Status Of PHPng
Jul 21 | Ian Elliot
If the current version of PHP is 5.x, what should the next version be called? Obviously it should be 6.x. Why then is there a proposal that it should be 7.x? And as PHPng gets ever faster, is it PHP 5.7, PHP 6.0 PHP 7.0 or even PHP 8.0?
Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition
Jul 20 | Lucy Black
An Indiegogo campaign for a smart cat feeder that can monitor your cat's health by tracking appetite and weight change has already met its target, demonstrating a new role for AI in the home.
Finding Beautiful Walking Routes
Jul 19 | Janet Swift
Yahoo researchers are working on an alternative approach to providing directions to pedestrians. Instead of simply the shortest route, they want to suggest routes that are both short and pleasant.
July Week 2
Jul 19 | Editor
With all the summer distractions, it's hard to keep focused on the news feeds. So, let I Programmer do it for you and simply consult our weekly digest of news, book reviews and articles to keep you up to speed. This one covers July 10 - 16.
Jibo The Friendly Robot Could Be Your Next Platform
Jul 18 | Lucy Black
We keep waiting for the robot revolution - no not that robot revolution, the one where robots help around the home. Now an MIT Media Lab roboticist has gone to the crowd for some funds to build Jibo, the friendly and hopefully helpful robot.
Chrome 36 Out Chrome 37 In Beta
Jul 18 | Alex Armstrong
Chrome 36 has security fixes, a few improvements for all users and a couple of developer features. Chrome 37 is now in beta. What does it have to offer?
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Book Review of the Day
Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Step by Step
Wednesday 23 Jul
Author: John Paul Mueller
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Aimed at: C# ADO.NET programmers who want to learn Entity Framework
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank
With 44 examples showing different aspects of Entity Framework, is it a good introduction?
Accessing Salesforce Data from Angular.js
In this tutorial we show you how to sign up for a Salseforce developer account and build a connected app that gets contacts from the user’s Force.com account and shows them using twitter bootstrap.
Clive Sinclair And The Small Home Computer Revolution
Not every computer innovation originated in the United States. Clive Sinclair was a designer who could make one transistor do the work of two or more. He built low cost and futuristic electronics by doing things different.
Keeping Track of Computer Science Courses
In the last three years we've witnessed an explosion. From an initial three free online computer science courses there are now over a hundred to choose from and keeping up with them all is an increasingly difficult juggling task. Luckily there are websites to help.
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The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book (No Starch Press)
Friday 25 Jul
A complete beginner's guide to the EV3 kit from robotics expert Laurens Valk. This full color book teaches you fundamental programming and robotics skills as you build and program six increasingly sophisticated robots that move, monitor sensors, and respond to their environments including an autonomous robotic arm and a humanoid that walks and talks.
MySQL High Availability 2nd Ed (O'Reilly)
Thursday 24 Jul
Server bottlenecks and failures are a fact of life in any database deployment, but they don't have to bring everything to a halt. MySQL has several features that can help you protect your system from outages. Written by engineers who designed many of the tools covered, this book reveals undocumented or hard-to-find aspects of MySQL reliability and high availability.
Python 101 (Michael Driscoll)
Wednesday 23 Jul
Learn how to program with Python from beginning to end with Michael Driscoll's book for beginners and intermediate programmers. After Python basics, he covers a subset of the Python standard library. There's a series of tutorials and the final part of the book is on 3rd party modules and also covers creating a module and its packaging and distribution.
iOS Development with Xamarin Cookbook (Packt)
Tuesday 22 Jul
With over 100 recipes to help you develop iOS applications with Xamarin, Dimitris Tavlikos provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be part of the mobile development era, using C#. Starting from installing the necessary tools, he covers everything you need to develop an application ready to be deployed plus best practices for interacting with the device hardware, such as the GPS, compass, and accelerometer.
QuickBooks 2014 on Demand (Que)
Monday 21 Jul
If you have questions about using Intuit's small buinsess accounting package QuickBooks, Gail Perry and Michelle Long provide answers in a visual step-by-step format with lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. Numbered steps guide you through each task including new QuickBooks features for 2014 - Income Tracker, Bank Feeds, and Rules.
Modern Mathematics and Applications in Computer Graphics and Vision (World Scientific)
Friday 18 Jul
Presents a comprehensive overview of modern mathematical concepts, models, methods and tools with applications in computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning. Hongyu Guo covers 15 topics arranged in three parts: algebra, geometry and topology, with an emphasis on tensors and manifolds, and there's a separate part on applications.
Thursday 17 Jul
In this step-by-step guide to creating dynamic websites, Robin Nixon first explore each technology separately and then shows how to use them together, demoing up valuable web programming practices along the way. At the end of the book, you’ll put everything together to build a fully functional social networking site.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Unleashed 2013 (Sams)
Wednesday 16 Jul
Start-to-finish guidance for planning, customizing, deploying, integrating, managing, and securing both cloud and on-premise based versions of Dynamics CRM from Dynamics implementer Marc Wolenik. Covers Dynamics CRM 2013 including its revamped “Flow” interface and advanced cross-platform mobile client support and many features first introduced in Microsoft’s “Polaris” and Update Rollup 12.
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