February Week 1
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Saturday, 08 February 2020

Our weekly digest lists the week's featured articles and book review together with the new titles added to our Book Watch Archive and links to all the news items written each day by programmers, for programmers. It's a good way to catch up on what you might have missed.

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 January 30 - February 5, 2020  

Featured Articles

The Story Of The Apple Macintosh
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If you think of Apple, you probably think of the iPhone or iPad, but the name Mac was once much more important to Apple. The Mac was a groundbreaking computer that introduced the world to the GUI and many things we now take for granted. 

Gain A Computer Science Credential In 2020

Sue Gee

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Being able to study online opens up the opportunity for gaining an academic credential to people who embarked on a programming career without one and to those who are looking to move into a more specialized area such as Data Science. 

Android Programming In Kotlin: More Controls
Mike James
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Controls beyond the button? Here's a basic guide in Kotlin, an extract from my published book Android Programming in Kotlin: Starting With An App.




HackerRank Finds New Generation Gaps
05 Feb | Janet Swift
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HackerRank has produced its 2020 Developer Skills Report, calling it the largest survey of its kind ever released. There's too much to digest in one look, so we are starting with its findings on education and training from the point of view of devs and hiring managers. 

Lottery Ticket Hypothesis - Who Needs Backprop Just Prune
05 Feb | Mike James
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New research suggests that a random neural network may have the same power as a fully trained network and uncovering this is just a matter of pruning the connections. Is this profound? Is this obvious? Does it have implications for real neural networks? 

Apache Druid Improves Compaction
04 Feb | Kay Ewbank
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Apache Druid, a high performance real-time analytics database, designed for workflows where fast queries and ingest really matter, has been updated with improvements including better compaction and batch ingestion. 

Google Shutting Down App Maker
04 Feb | Alex Denham
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Google is closing down App Maker, its development tool for non-programmers. The announcement was made two weeks after it acquired AppSheet, a tool aimed at a similar market to App Maker. 

MongoDB Adds GraphQL Support
03 Feb | Kay Ewbank
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The developers of MongoDB have announced that you can now use GraphQL in JavaScript applications to interact with MongoDB documents. The facility has been added through Stitch integration in MongoDB Atlas clusters. 

Vulkan Driver Is Coming To Raspberry Pi
03 Feb | David Conrad
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If you are not a graphics expert then the headline might not make much sense, but Vulkan is the next generation replacement for OpenGL and work has started on a driver for the Pi. 

Unicode Adds Transgender Flag Emoji
02 Feb | Kay Ewbank
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This year's collection of new emojis for smartphones has been announced by Unicode Consortium, and includes a gender-neutral Santa, men in wedding dresses and the transgender flag. 

OmBURo - A Robot For Tight Spaces
01 Feb | Lucy Black
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Robots come in many shapes and sizes. Here is another one to add to the catalog. OmBURo has the form of a unicycle and is intended as a mobility mechanism to be used in tight spaces shared with humans.

Microsoft To Shut UWP Ad Platform
31 Jan | Mike James
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The errors in Microsoft's ways are still coming home to roost. Now we have the demise of the UWP Ad Platform. Will UWP go the same way?

What Makes Developers Tick
31 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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CodinGame has explored this issue with a survey of its dev community. Among key insights, its new report reveals which country is the best to work in.

Ready Or Not, It's Goodbye Python 2
30 Jan | Janet Swift
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A survey by Active State discovered that while almost half of respondents had planned for Python 2 EOL, and many had already migrated to Python 3, almost a third had made no preparations, leaving them unsure what to do with unsupported Python 2 applications. 

Google Dataset Search Out Of Beta
30 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Google's customized search engine for 'scientists, data journalists, and data geeks' is now out of beta, and offers indexed searches for almost 25 million datasets. Dataset Search now has added filters so you can look for specific types of dataset, or only those that are free from the provider.


Books of the Week

Full Review

Game Development Using Python

Rating: 3 (out of 5) Mike James begins his review with:

Games are a good way to learn Python and Python is a good way to learn about games.

Added to Book Watch

TinyML: Machine Learning with TensorFlow Lite (O'Reilly)

Hands-On Design Patterns and Best Practices with Julia (Packt)

Mastering Large Datasets with Python (Manning)


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