October Week 3
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 22 October 2016

We've expanded I Programmer news coverage by adding the items we find interesting but which don't require any input from the team. Look out for //No Comment for undigested news in this weekly digest, many of them with multiple items.

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October 13 - 19, 2016  


Book Reviews

This week's book reviews belong to a special category - they are good books for the complete beginner to programming. 


  • Begin to Code with C#
    ike James concludes his review with:
    This is a real beginner's book and if you are, or know, a real beginner then I would encourage you to give it a try. 




BBC Micro:Bit Goes Worldwide   Wednesday 19 October

The micro:bit had the promise to revolutionize UK computer education. With the formation of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation the time has come to take on the world - but has it got what it takes? The micro:bit developer community is now launched and perhaps supplies just what is needed.



Microsoft Turns LightSwitch Off   Wednesday 19 October

You might not be familiar with LightSwitch, but back in 2010 Microsoft was pushing it very hard as a technology to use to create programs. Now the switch is set to off and if you had used it you would now be looking around for a replacement.



JS Foundation Supported by IBM   Wednesday 19 October

The newly announced JS Foundation, formed with help from the Linux Foundation is an expansion of the jQuery foundation. Intended as an umbrella project to support the JavaScript ecosystem, the JS Foundation has IBM and Samsung among its initial members.



Atom Asks About Telemetry   Tuesday 18 October

 An updated version of Atom has been released just five weeks after Atom 1.10 was released. Atom 1.11 offers a number of improvements to the text editor.



//No Comment - PyPy3 5.5.0, BuckleScript: 1.0 & Honey   Tuesday 18 October

• PyPy3 5.5.0 released

• BuckleScript: 1.0 release has arrived to compile OCaml to Javascript

• Honey: A dataflow programming language 



Microsoft Open Sources P   Monday 17 October

Microsoft has made P, its event-driven programming language, open source. P is designed to give developers a way to write safe asynchronous event-driven programs.



Get Involved With AI XPrize   Monday 17 October

The registration deadline for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE has been extended by six weeks in the hope of attracting more teams to participate. Submissions now need to be made no later than January 15, 2017 with Early Bird Registration closing on November 15, 2016.



Fortran At 60 Still Going Strong   Sunday 16 October

The first Fortran Reference Manual was released on October 15, 1956, six months before the first working compilers were distributed to IBM customers. While Fortran may have challengers as the first compiled computer language, it is certainly the most influential and the most durable of the early high-level languages.



//No Comment - Cartographer SLAM, Disney's Hopping Robot & IROS 2016   Saturday 15 October

 Google's Cartographer - Open Source SLAM

•  Disney's Hopping Robot

•  IROS 2016



Reversible PHP Debugger Released   Friday 14 October

Dontbug is a new reverse debugger for PHP that lets you record the execution of PHP scripts, in command line mode or in the browser, and replay the same execution back in a PHP IDE debugger.



$200 Million Investment In IBM Watson   Friday 14 October

IBM, acknowledging Watson's far reaching achievements and ever growing untapped potential, has invested $200 million dollars in Watson's German IoT headquarters, in a strategic move to expand research as well as its client base.



The Weekly Top 10: CMS Development Resources   Friday 14 October

This week's round up of interesting posts from external sites has resources for those working with WordPress Joomla and Drupal. 



Stack Overflow Helps You Tell Your Story To Land Your Next Job   Thursday 13 October

Stack Overflow already has a Jobs section intended to make it easy for devs to find their dream jobs. Now with the new Developer Story feature Stack Overflow is giving Devs a easier way to set out their selling points and get personalized job recommendations.



DeepMind's Differentiable Neural Network Thinks Deeply   Thursday 13 October

Neural networks are great at reacting to complex data, but not so good at the sort of slower thinking it takes to solve a problem like getting from A to B using a subway or unscrambling a sliding block puzzle. Now DeepMind seems to have discovered how to make neural networks think slow and deep. 



Blender Adds Spherical Stereo Virtual Reality   Thursday 13 October

The latest release of Blender, 2.78, has arrived with new features including freehand curves, drawing over surfaces, and spherical stereo images rendering support for VR.


Professional Programmer

What Makes A Programmer   Thursday 13 October

The following account is based on personal experience and you can feel free to disagree with it. I can only hope that doing so illuminates your opinion about this strange and amazing thing we do with symbols that is called "programming".


The Core

Fundamental C - Program Structure   Monday 17 October

This is an introduction to the very basics of programming in C. It covers the least you have to know to begin creating a program - variables, conditionals and loops. If you are already a C programmer then move along because there is nothing to see here. If you are a beginner then read on. 




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