July Week 4
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Saturday, 31 July 2021

If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, this weekly digest summarizes our news and book reviews. This week we also have an extract from Programming the Raspberry Pi Pico In MicroPython by Harry Fairhead & Mike James and Janet Swift asks whether typing on a keyboard is still an important a skill for programmers.

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July 22 - 28, 2021 

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The Pico In MicroPython: PWM
Harry Fairhead & Mike James
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The Pico has a particularly flexible PWM generator but to get the most out of it you need to understand how it works. This is an extract from our latest book all about the Pico in MicroPython.

Weak Typing - The Lost Art of the Keyboard
Janet Swift
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How important a skill is typing for programmers? The keyboard is still the predominant way we interact with a computer. Voice input, touch screens, and even whole body gestural input, may be on the increase, but most of us still type, our commands.



Programming News and Views   

AlphaFold Reads The DNA
28 Jul | Mike James
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We have had the map of the human genome for a while, but only now can we read it. Alphafold, DeepMind's most useful AI to date can work out what the DNA is actually saying and DeepFold source code has been released.

Favorite Languages Revealed
28 Jul | Janet Swift
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According to the JetBrains survey of over thirty thousand developers, JavaScript is still the most popular programming language and, thanks to the survey's extended geographical scope, we can see some interesting local variations. 

Python Extension For Visual Code Updated
27 Jul | Kay Ewbank
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The latest version of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code has been released with a faster way to configure project roots via a new Pylance quick fix, and new debugger features.

Award for Power Of Two Choices Paradigm
27 Jul | Sue Gee
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The researchers who introduced the Balanced Allocations framework, also known as the power of two choices paradigm, an elegant theoretical work that has had a widespread practical impact, are the latest winners of the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award.

Tableau Improves Augmented Analytics
26 Jul | Kay Ewbank
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Tableau has been updated with improvements including better augmented analytics and extensions to the 'ask data' feature.

It Was About Time To Find A Shared Vision Of Perl
26 Jul | Nikos Vaggalis
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The Perl Foundation (TPF) is looking pretty active lately, undertaking a number of initiatives which aim to advance Perl's ecosystem further.

Go Faster Drones
25 Jul | Harry Fairhead
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An autonomously flying quadrotor has outperformed human pilots in a drone race.  This feat was achieved by a research group lead by Davide Scaramuzza at the University of Zurich using an approach which relies solely on onboard sensing and computation.

World Emoji Day Chooses Syringe To Sum Up 2021
23 Jul | Kay Ewbank
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This year's World Emoji Day, celebrated this week, saw the syringe emoji winning the award for the 'Most 2021' emoji, narrowly beating the microbe emoji among voters on Twitter.

No More Open AI Robotics
23 Jul | Sue Gee
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After several years leading the Open AI Robotics team, Wojciech Zaremba, one of Open AI's co-founders, has disbanded the team that had made significant advances with unsupervised learning, including solving a Rubik's Cube, and has moved on to other projects where more data is readily available.  

.NET 6 Preview 6 Improves Pre-Compilation
22 Jul | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released .NET 6 Preview 6, the second to last preview before the RC period. The new preview has been tested for Visual Studio 2022, Preview 2, and has added improved pre-compilation handling of code.

Julia Computing Raises $24 Million
22 Jul | Sue Gee
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Julia Computing has raised $24 Million in a Series A funds. It intends to use the funding to grow the Julia ecosystem and develop its JuliaHub cloud platform.


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