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Google Has Software To Make Cameras Worse
Apr 23 | David Conrad
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Google has an algorithm that can take a photo with a large depth of field and create something that looks as if has been taken with a wide aperture on a professional camera. Exactly how this is done is an amazing application of advanced image processing using a 3D model.



Scala 2.11 Released
Apr 23 | Andrew Johnson
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The latest release of Scala focuses on stability, makes Scala faster and smaller as well as continuing to refine experimental language features.



Telerik Kendo Goes Open Source
Apr 22 | Alex Denham
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Telerik has released an open source version of Kendo UI. The release consists of an open source package of UI and JavaScript tools that also includes Telerik Kendo UI Mobile.



Climate Data From the Cloud
Apr 22 | Sue Gee
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FetchClimate,  a new Azure service developed by Microsoft Research, makes finding a displaying data from thousands of available datasets as easy as search for a hotel or a visitor attraction.



QEMU 2.0.0 Released
Apr 22 | Harry Fairhead
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Version 2.0.0 of the open source machine emulator and virtualizer QEMU has been released introducing support for the KVM emulator on ARM systems..



Google's Deep Learning AI Knows Where You Live And Can Crack CAPTCHA
Apr 21 | Harry Fairhead
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A while back we reported on Google's attempts at creating machine vision that was good enough to read house numbers photographed in Street View. Performance has now got a whole lot better since the team switched to a deep convolutional neural network. 



Open Source Better Than Proprietary Code
Apr 21 | Alex Armstrong
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On the basis of scanning million of lines of code Coverity has discovered that in 2013, the defect density in open source code was lower than that in proprietary code. This may be less than reassuring given the ongoing Heartbleed threat.



Survey Reveals American Public Suspicious Of Tech
Apr 20 | Janet Swift
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The American public is split down the middle over whether they would be prepared to ride in a driverless car and whether computers will match humans when it comes to creating works of art.



LiquidFun Is Fun!
Apr 19 | David Conrad
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Forget simple 2D physics. Why not add some fluid excitement to your game? LiquidFun is an easy to use physics simulator that includes fluid and soft body simulation. 



April Week 2
Apr 19 | Editor
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Too busy to keep up with the news? If you need to know what's important for the developer, you can rely on  I Programmer to sift through the stories, uncover the most relevant, and deliver the highlights each week.



Drones On Demand
Apr 18 | Harry Fairhead
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Now this really is an interesting iOS app. Gofor is a new company that is promoting the idea of drones on demand. You want to take the ultimate selfie? Scout ahead to see if the road is clear or just find a parking space? You need an on-demand drone and a mobile app. 



F12 Changes With Windows 8.1 Update
Apr 18 | Kay Ewbank
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The F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer, have been updated by Microsoft to accompany the new releases in IE11.



Red Hat Project Atomic Is A Docker Host
Apr 17 | Alex Armstrong
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Distributing your complex app is getting some assistance from Red Hat in the form of a cut-down operating system that acts as a docker host. 



Azure Intelligent Systems Service
Apr 17 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft is adding a new cloud service to Azure for managing machine-generated data from sensors and devices.



Mozilla Wants To Recommend The Best Tools
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Mozilla is putting together a core set of tools and recommendations that it considers the most useful for making Web apps and is asking for input from the developer community.



Windows 8.1 No Longer Supported - UPDATE
Apr 17 | Lucy Black
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Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8.1 Update 1 that was released on April 8th is being treated as a "new servicing/support baseline". What does this mean?


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Book Review of the Day


Expert JavaScript
Wednesday 23 Apr

Author: Mark Daggett
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 248
ISBN: 978-1430260974
Audience: Intermediate JavaScript Programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

What does it mean to be an expert in JavaScript?


 

Featured Articles


Advanced Hashing
Mike James
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Hashing is arguably one of the great ideas of computing and it has hidden depths. Extensible hashing and perfect hashing are ideas that are worth exploring.



Getting Started With Azure Linux VMs
Mike James
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If you are a Visual Studio user there are lots of advantages to making use of Azure as your Virtual Machine host. In this article the general ideas of using Azure and how to work with Linux VMs is described.



.NET Regular Expressions in depth
Mike James
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If you think regular expressions are trivial and boring you've not seen the whole picture. Here we reveal that in .NET they are amazing powerful and not to be missed.


 

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Fast ASP.NET Websites
Tuesday 22 Apr

Practical, hands-on guidance from Dean Alan Hume for creating faster, more efficient ASP.NET sites and applications. He provides step-by-step .NET-specific examples showing you how to apply classic page optimization tips, ASP.NET-specific techniques, and ways to use new HTML5 features.

<ASIN:1617291250>



Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and Java Script (Microsoft Press)
Monday 21 Apr

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-482-and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of building Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level.

<ASIN:0735676801>



Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python 3 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Sunday 20 Apr

For anyone who wants to understand computer programming. Code along with the book, writing programs to solve real-world problems as you learn the fundamentals of programming using Python 3. Paul Gries, Jennifer Campbell and Jason Montojo have updated their previous book (see our review), incorporating lessons learned over 5 years of teaching Python to people new to programming.

<ASIN:1937785459>



Theory of Fun for Game Design (O'Reilly)
Saturday 19 Apr

Now in full color, the 10th anniversary edition of this classic book takes you deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they share with traditional games such as checkers. At the heart of his exploration, veteran game designer Raph Koster takes a close look at the concept of fun and why it’s the most vital element in any game.

<ASIN:1449363210>



Pro Windows Phone App Development, 3rd Ed (Apress)
Friday 18 Apr

The Windows Phone 8 platform provides a remarkable opportunity for Windows developers to create state-of-the-art mobile applications using their existing skills and a familiar toolset. This 3rd Edition, helps you unlock the potential of this platform and create dazzling, visually rich, and highly functional applications for the Windows Phone Store and bring you up to speed on the new features the Windows Phone 8 API provides.

<ASIN:1430247827>



Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (Microsoft Press)
Thursday 17 Apr

In this pocket-sized guide, William R. Stanek delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field.

<ASIN:0735682577>



Speaking Javascript (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 16 Apr

Axel Rauschmayer helps you approach the language in four standalone sections. First, a quick-start guide teaches you just enough of the language to help you be productive right away. For more experienced JavaScript programmers a reference covers language features in depth and there are sections on JavaScript's relationship with other languages and on tools and libraries.

<ASIN:1449365035>



Making Java Groovy (Manning)
Tuesday 15 Apr

A practical handbook for developers who want to blend Groovy into their day-to-day work with Java. Ken Kousen starts by introducing the key differences between Java and Groovy and how you can use them to your advantage. Then, he guides you step-by-step through realistic development challenges, from web applications to web services to desktop applications, and shows how Groovy makes things easier.

<ASIN:1935182943>



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