January Week 3
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Saturday, 23 January 2021

Our weekly digest lists the week's news, new titles added to our Book Watch Archive and our weekly book review. This week's first featured article is an extract from Raspberry Pi IoT in Python Using GPIO Zero about the complexities of input. In the second, Harry Fairhead prompts the question "What the Hex?"

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Featured Articles  

Pi IoT In Python Using GPIO Zero - Complex Input
Harry Fairhead & Mike James
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Input is more varied and challenging than output. In this extract from a new book on using GPIO Zero on the Pi in Python we look at its variety.


Hexadecimal
Harry Fairhead
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Hexadecimal is the most common way of displaying the raw data sitting in a machine's memory, but if you are not familiar with it you might ask "What the hex..?"

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Programming News and Views  

What Apps Are Removed From The App Store?
20 Jan | Lucy Black
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A new study throws a lot of light on a mysterious subject - what apps are removed from the iOS App Store? The first big surprise is how many apps were removed. Guess how many were removed in the recent 1.5 years? Go on guess!


The Cost of Bad, Insecure, Outdated and Unsuccessful Software
20 Jan | Sue Gee
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Operational software failures, poor quality legacy systems, and unsuccessful IT projects cost the United States
$2.08 trillion last year, which is 10% of the country's GDP.


Take Cornell's CS 6120 Advanced Compilers For Free
19 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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A PhD-level course, originally provided remotely to Cornell Computer Science students, has now been made available for free to anyone in a self-paced version.


Wing Python Improves Auto-Reformatting
19 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Wing Python has been updated with improvements to code reformatting, better handling of def async statements, and usability improvements to tooltips.


Jacob Ziv Awarded IEEE Medal of Honor For Data Compression
18 Jan | Sue Gee
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This year's IEEE Medal of Honor has been awarded to Jacob Ziv, who, with  Abraham Lempel, created two lossless compression methods (LZ-77 and LZ-78) which are the basis of a wide range of compressed file types including ZIP and GIF/PNG files.


Asynchronous Runtime For Rust Released
18 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Tokio, an asynchronous runtime for the Rust programming language, has been released in a 1.0 version. Tokio can be used to write reliable networking applications without compromising speed.


Colorization Of Early Films Good or Bad?
17 Jan | David Conrad
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Here's another example of the use of AI for colorizing and breathing new life into photos, or rather in this case early film footage. This one goes an extra step - adding sound effects. Does this treatment bring the past alive for us in an authentic way or introduce a false reality?


PostgreSQL Is DB-Engines DBMS of the Year For 2020
15 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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In yet another confirmation of its popularity and worth, PostgreSQL has taken the annual accolade awarded by DB-Engines.


RStudio Improves Python Support
15 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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The developers at RStudio have announced a number of improvements designed to make it easier to use R and Python together in a single data science project, including more options for native Python coding in the RStudio IDE.


BlocklySQL - Visual SQL Programming
14 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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BlocklySQL is a block-based, visual programming tool like Scratch but for SQL. It is the outcome of academic research at the University of W├╝rzburg on the kind of errors that students who are novice in writing SQL queries make.


DLang Improves Objective-C Support
14 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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There's a new release of the D programming language with better Objective-C support, as well as improvements to the compiler, libraries, and tools.

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Books of the Week

If you want to purchase, or to know more about, any of the titles listed below from Amazon, click on the book jackets at the top of the right sidebar. If you do make Amazon purchases after this, we may earn a few cents through the Amazon Associates program which is a source of revenue that enables us to continue posting.

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Reviewer: Kay Ewbank  Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Verdict: The book is a thorough look at Spark, and should take you from first stages through to being a competent Spark user.

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