January Week 4
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Saturday, 30 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 Programmers Guide to Theory about about the different sizes of infinity. The second comes from our history section and looks at why Silicon Valley became such an important location for programming.

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January 21 - 27, 2020    

Featured Articles  

Programmer's Guide To Theory - In Search Of Aleph-One
Mike James
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Infinity -- there is nothing bigger? Or is there? It is a surprising but entirely logical conclusion that infinity comes in different sizes but where do we find a bigger infinity? 

The Road to Silicon Valley
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Silicon Valley is where it all happened and arguably is still happening. Why did it all start at this particular location?


Programming News and Views  

MDN Web Docs Has New Platform and New Funding
27 Jan | Sue Gee
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MDN Web Docs is assured of a stable future thanks to the formation of Open Web Docs which has already raised over half a million dollars in funding through Open Collective. It also has a new platform on GitHub making it easier for developers and technical writers participate.

Lambda Calculus For Excel - Who Ordered That?!
27 Jan | Mike James
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The lambda calculus is a theoretical construct often used to beat non-mathematically inclined programmers into submission - that and monoids. Now we have Calc Intelligence, a Microsoft Research project to bring lambda to Excel - talk about ivory towers...

Learn How To Do Java On Azure
26 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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There's a new, free, course from Microsoft where you learn how to build, migrate and scale Java applications on Azure.

gRPC Kotlin 1.0 Released
26 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Google has announced the 1.0 release of gRPC Kotlin, following its open sourcing last year. gRPC is a high-performance, open-source, universal RPC framework originally developed at Google to help developers connect services.

Mozilla Ditches Promoted Add-Ons For Firefox
25 Jan | Sue Gee
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After a two-month pilot open to a small number of participants, Mozilla has decided not to proceed with Promoted Add-Ons, a scheme whereby developers could pay to have their Firefox extensions officially reviewed by Mozilla and remove the "Caution label" from listings on AMO.

Microsoft Makes Windows APIs More Accessible
25 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released details of a new project to provide a complete description of the Win32 API surface in metadata so that it can be projected to any language in an automated way.

Record Setting Drone Animation
24 Jan | Lucy Black
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China already holds the record for having the largest number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones as we prefer to call them, airborne simultaneously. Now it has added longest duration of drone animation to its list of World Records.

Genius Programmers Star In Gameshow
22 Jan | Lucy Black
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A two-episode series which debuted on Chinese streaming platforms last week has been described as the first reality competition to focus on programmers.

Red Hat Improves Developer Access
22 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Red Hat has announced new no- and low-cost programs they're adding to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These are the first of many new programs.

The New Raspberry Pi Pico Breaks The Mold
21 Jan | Harry Fairhead
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The Raspberry Pi Pico is a daring venture for the Raspberry Pi Foundation in more ways than one. What exactly is it all about?

Learn To Protect Against XS-Leaks
21 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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There's a brand new Wiki by Google engineers that sets out to educate secuirity developers about cross-site leaks.


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.

Full Review 

Reviewer: Mike James  Rating: 4 out of 5
Verdict: A good book and many will get a lot from it - but it doesn't do JavaScript the justice it deserves.

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