December Week 2
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Saturday, 19 December 2020

Get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer by reading about the news and books written by programmers, for programmers. This week in celebration of JavaScript's 25th anniversary we revisit JavaScript Inherits The Earth and our lead article combines Raspberry Pi IoT and Python.

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Featured Articles 

Pi IoT In Python Using GPIO Zero - On/Off Devices
Harry Fairhead & Mike James
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Simple on/off devices are, obviously, the simplest of IoT devices you can work with. In this extract from a new book on using GPIO Zero on the Pi in Python we look at how to get started.

JavaScript Inherits The Earth
Ian Elliot
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To mark the 25th birthday of JavaScript we have refreshed an article on the language from 2011 - so does JavaScript inherit the earth? Read on for a look at how things were.


Programming News and Views  

Your Brain On Code Isn't Like Your Brain On Language
16 Dec | Mike James
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Is this a big surprise? Apparently it is, but I for one have long known that my brain works differently when I am programming. Now, however, I can quote research results, from MIT and Tufts University, to prove I'm right!

Taking Open Source Criticality Seriously
16 Dec | Sue Gee
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Google, as part of Open Source Security Foundation has released a new, open source, projected that measures the criticality of open source projects. This is the first step on an undertaking to ensure that projects that are heavily relied on get the resources they need.

Programmer Gifts - Pi For Xmas
15 Dec | Harry Fairhead
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The holiday season is a good time to learn about computers - you have the time. But where to start? Our advice is to ignore the pudding and go for a Pi.

Google Apps Script API Receives Major Update
15 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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Google has revamped its Apps Script platform with a rewrite that includes a new IDE, updated runtime engine to add support for modern JavaScript features in Apps Script projects, and an Apps Script Dashboard.

Open Source Contributors - Payment and Other Motivation
14 Dec | Janet Swift
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A new report from the Linux Foundation which summarizes the results of a survey of free/open source software (FOSS) developers in 2020 sheds light on who contributes to open source projects and what motivates them.

Jakarta EE 9 Specifications Released
14 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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The Jakarta EE Working Group has announced that javax is now officially and finally renamed as jakarta with the release of the Jakarta EE 9 Platform and Web Profile specifications and related TCKs.

The Legacy of Norman Abramson
13 Dec | Harry Fairhead
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Norman Abramson, one of the founders of ALOHAnet system, the fundamental precursor to all of today's networks, died on December 1, 2020, at the age of 88. We look back on his novel solution to sharing the University of Hawaii's single computer across all the islands.

The State of the GitHub Octoverse
11 Dec | Janet Swift
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GitHub Universe took place this week with Nat Friedman delivering his keynote from his kitchen, which is very much in keeping with 2020 but lacked the razzmatazz of former years. The event also saw publication of GitHub's annual reports.

Choosing A Mobile App Development Company
11 Dec | Amy Rehan
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In this modern age of technology, any firm or organization that wants to get ahead of the pack and take its business to new heights, wants more than a run-of-the-mill website and to target their customers via mobile apps.

GitHub Expands Sponsorship Program
10 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub has announced an extension of its Sponsors program. The expansion will enable companies to join the program and sponsor open source developers.

Get Super-Productive With JetBrains Space
10 Dec | Nikos Vaggalis
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Fancy a super tool that combines what you can find in Slack, Github, JIRA and Google Docs into one package? Then read on.


Books of the Week

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Full Review  

  • Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, 2nd Ed (Manning) 

    Reviewer: Ian Stirk  Rating: 4 out of 5
    Verdict: Overall, this book is mostly easy to read, having good explanations and flow between sections, helpful diagrams, and useful website links for further information. It has a gentle degree of humour that assists the reading.

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