March Week 4
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Saturday, 02 April 2016

If you want to keep up with what's important from the point of view of the developer, you can rely on the IProgrammer team to sift through the news to select items that are of interest and to review the books you might want to read. 

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March 24 - 30


Book Reviews

  • The Scrum Field Guide, 2nd Edition

    Rated 4.5 by Kay Ewbank who concluded her review with:
    I started this book as a skeptic about the benefits of agile programming and Scrum, and I'm still not convinced. Done well, Scrum projects can obviously succeed; done badly they can be a fiasco. One thing I am convinced of is that if you're working on a development project and using Scrum, it's worth reading this book.



Given a  4-star rating by Alex Armstrong, who wrote: 
This is a book that is packed with interesting projects and, as long as you are interested in one or more, it is a good read. However, the subject matter encountered in each project is huge and you can't expect full explanations. 





Coursera Offers MOOC-Based Master's in Data Science   Wednesday 30 March

Taught entirely online this professional master's degree, announced today, is a partnership between Cousera and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has one of the top five computer science graduate programs in the United States.



Google's DeepMind Demis Hassabis Gives The Strachey Lecture   Wednesday 30 March

You can't have missed the amazing advances in AI that have been happening at Google's DeepMind. First a neural network learns to play arcade games and then convincingly beat's the world's top Go expert. The founder and CEO of DeepMind, Demis Hassabis, gave this year's Strachey Lecture in Oxford and had a lot to say. 



Machine Learning Lab's Regular Expression Game   Wednesday 30 March

Machine Learning Lab has created a game that puts your regular expression skills to the test.



R Consortium Grants   Tuesday 29 March

In its second round of funding, the R Consortium has awarded $200,000 to seven projects. Two new working groups have also been announced.



Oracle v Google The End Game?   Tuesday 29 March

Oracle is now asking for $9.3 billion in damages in its copyright lawsuit against Google over the use of Java in Android, about ten times the sum it was seeking back in 2012 at the start of the original trial.



Holoportation - Another Step for Microsoft Research   Monday 28 March

This is the week in which the Hololens Developer Edition begins shipping and Microsoft Research has already taken another step into the future promised by this this technology with a demonstration of holoportation.



Painting Easter Eggs With Tech   Sunday 27 March

Decorating eggs is part of the Easter tradition. Monday sees egg rolling on the lawn of the White House. If you want a perfectly decorated egg for the occasion get an EggBot to do it for you.



Challenge To Create Conversational Apps   Sunday 27 March

Devpost and IBM are running an online hackathon restricted to the United States to build apps with a conversational interface using Watson’s new language APIs. Over 350 people are already engaged on this contest, but there's time to join in before the April 15 deadline.



Android Experiment I/O Challenge   Saturday 26 March

Submit an Android Experiment and win the chance for it - and you - to go to Google I/O 2016. Enter your creative and innovative idea before April 13.



Microsoft Does U-Turn On Skype Universal App   Friday 25 March

A while back Microsoft worried a lot of programmers when it killed its Skype "Metro", "Modern" or Windows Universal App and opted for good old Win32. Why should we give up Win32 when Microsoft refuses to. Now it is all on again and Skype Windows Universal App should appear soon.



Get Ready For Code Jam 2016   Friday 25 March

Google's Code Jam, now in its 13th Year, is about to kick off. For the second year it includes Distributed Code Jam. The online qualification round for both takes place on April 8th - 10th and you need to register before it starts. 



Haven OnDemand Offers Machine Learning As A Service   Thursday 24 March

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's already established IDOL OnDemand platform has been rebranded to signify its new dynamicity in  providing a wider variety of API's that expose machine learning as a service.



Google Open Sources Three New Hash Functions   Thursday 24 March

OK, a hash function may not be a huge piece of software, but when you know how hard it is to find a good hash function having three more open source is to be welcomed. 



IntelliJ IDEA Updated   Thursday 24 March

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the first of a series of releases planned for this year for the Java IDE for web, desktop and mobile development.


The Core

Raspberry Pi And The IoT In C   Monday 28 March

If you are working with an Internet Of Things application, C is the most natural language to program the Pi in. It gives you the fastest code and access to the entire system. So start here.



Javascript Data Structures - Stacks, Queue and Deque   Thursday 24 March

Stacks, queues and deques are the most basic of the slightly more advanced data structures you will meet. The good news is that they are very, very easy to implement in JavaScript.




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