January Week 5
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Saturday, 06 February 2021

I Programmer Weekly puts all our news coverage together in a handy digest together with the week's book reviews and additions to our archive of new  book titles related to programming. The list finishes with the latest articles - an exploration of the filter API in JavaScript Canvas and everything that the working programmer should know about operators and their associated expressions.

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January 28 - February 3, 2021   

Featured Articles   

JavaScript Canvas - The Filter API
Ian Elliot
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Canvas has a filter API that often goes unnoticed because it has been inherited recently from SVG. In this extract from a chapter in my new book on JavaScript Graphics we look at how it works.

Power of Operators
Harry Fairhead
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This article  is more or less everything that the working programmer should know about operators and their associated expressions and, of course, the use of parentheses.


Programming News and Views  

The Conditional - Did Babbage Get It?
03 Feb | Mike James
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Further evidence that Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine was the Victorian forerunner of the modern computer comes from the latest progress report on Plan 28, the ambitious project to create a working version of the Analytical Engine, first described in 1837, by the 2030s.

Google Summer of Code or Outreachy
03 Feb | Sue Gee
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It's the time of year when Open Source projects can sign up for the summer internship programs that bring together those wanting to spend the summer months coding with the projects that can provide monitoring and interesting tasks to work on.

Starship Robots Reach 1 Million Milestone
02 Feb | Lucy Black
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 Autonomous delivery vehicles passed an important milestone in January 2020. Starship, one of the first delivery bots to appear on our sidewalks, made its 1 millionth delivery on the campus of Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Learn Network Automation With CISCO For Free
02 Feb | Nikos Vaggalis
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We take a look at five Learning Labs to get you started with network automation from Cisco Devnet. Python and the REST API are among the topics covered and all the content is free  

Firefox Voice Add-Ons Retired
01 Feb | Sue Gee
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Retirement notices have been served for two of the Firefox Extensions that bore the "By Firefox" label, Voice Fill and Firefox Voice. Their entries in Mozilla Add-ons now displays warnings that they will uninstall themselves on February 19, 2021.

WebRTC Adopted As Official Web Standard
01 Feb | Kay Ewbank
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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have announced that Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is now an official web standard.

Type Properly Or Suffer The Consequences
31 Jan | Harry Fairhead
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It's a well known fact that if you adopt good typing practices you can increase your productivity - either as a technical writer or as a programmer - but is a keyboard that delivers electric shocks for poor typing style really the answer?

100 Hours of Computer Science Videos
29 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has partnered with the Oak National Academy to turn the content of England’s National Computing Curriculum into more than 300 curriculum-mapped videos and made them available for free.

Apache Superset Reaches Top Level Project Status
28 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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The Apache Software Foundation has announced that Superset has reached top level project status, having been in the Apache Incubator range since 2017. Superset is an open-source data exploration and visualization application that was originally developed by Airbnb.

Apple App Store Makes Massive Profits
28 Jan | Alex Denham
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Apple App Store had gross sales of around $64 billion last year, according to a report from CNBC. The report estimates that the amount is up from an estimated $50 billion in 2019 and $48.5 billion in 2018.


Books of the Week

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Reviewer: Kay Ewbank  Rating: 3 out of 5
Verdict: Overall, this is a useful book if you want short descriptions of the terminology around computer security and cyber threats. Don't read it expecting to become a cybersecurity expert, or even to learn about new threats and how to counter them. Do read it if you want to have a general grasp of the territory.

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