October Week 5
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Saturday, 06 November 2021

This weekly digest is a summary of our news and book coverage plus our latest articles. This week Harry Fairhead and Mike James explore the Linux drivers for the I2C interface for IoT projects using the Raspberry Pi with Python and we have the story of how Intel, the company that is almost synonymous with the computer chip, was founded from our.history section.

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October 27 - November 3, 2021

Featured Articles     

Pi IoT In Python Using Linux Drivers - I2C
Harry Fairhead & Mike James
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I2C is an important interface for many devices and  Linux has a driver that means that you can use it worrying about the exact details of the hardware - if you know how.

Intel - The Microprocessor Revolution
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Silicon Valley is the legendary centre of electronics and computing excellence where big companies make large sums of money out of very small things indeed. This is the story of how Intel, the company that is almost synonymous with the computer chip, was founded.


Programming News and Views    

The Third Age Of AI - Megatron-Turing NLG
03 Nov | Mike James
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We seem to be moving through a third revolution in AI and it is advancing without too much notice. Part of the reason is that it is difficult to know for sure where the revolution is going.

Gain New Skills With Udacity
03 Nov | Sue Gee
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Udacity is currently offering personalized discounts of up to 75% to both new and existing customers. So what better time to enrol in a Nanodegree program? The problem is choosing among all the options available.

Oracle Updates License To Make JDK Free
02 Nov | Kay Ewbank
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Oracle is making Oracle JDK available for free, including all quarterly security updates, for both commercial and production use. The new license is the "Oracle No-Fee Terms and Conditions" (NFTC) license, which permits free use for all users, even commercial and production use. Redistribution is permitted as long as it is not for a fee.

Django 4 Beta 1 Released
02 Nov | Alex Denham
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The next major version of Django is now available in beta. The new release adds support for functional unique constraints, has a new more secure password hasher, and uses more Python standard libraries.

EdgelessDB - Taking Database Security To The Next Level
01 Nov | Nikos Vaggalis
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EdgelessDB is 100% compatible with MySQL enhanced with confidential computing capabilities based on secure enclaves on Intel SGX chips. These properties make it one of the safest database management systems on the market.

Intel Open Sources AI Bug Checker
01 Nov | Kay Ewbank

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Intel has made its AI-powered bug checker open source. ControlFlag uses machine learning and works with any programming language with control structures.

Spot Moves Like Mick Jagger
31 Oct | Lucy Black
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Boston Dynamics has come up with some unlikely collaborators - none other than Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones.  Can the "Spot Me Up Video" promote a positive and playful image for Spot and robots in general?

Google Cloud Skills Boost
29 Oct | Sue Gee
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Google has a new web portal for training people in the skills required to implement and maintain large-scale cloud deployments and has announced the ambitious aim of equipping more than 40 million people with Google Cloud skills.

Jetpack Compose Multiplatform Beta Released
29 Oct | Nikos Vaggalis
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Jetpack Compose started out as a declarative toolkit for building UI apps on Android but has quickly become a common method of building user interfaces not just for Android but for the Desktop and Web too thanks to its a common codebase and UI components. After a few milestones and an Alpha release we now have Beta. What does it have in store?

Eclipse Foundation Working On New Operating System
28 Oct | Kay Ewbank
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The Eclipse Foundation has announced a new working group and top-level project to develop an open source operating system to run on IoT and edge systems.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W
28 Oct | Harry Fairhead
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Updated: Pi Zero 2 W released.
Raspberry Pi boss Eben Upton has revealed that we about to welcome a new member of the family - the Pi Zero 2 W - at the same low price ($15) as the original Pi Zero W.



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 small source of revenue that enables us to continue posting.

Full Review 

Kay Ewbank describes this as a well-written book that explains the topic of 3D rendering, and tries its hardest to minimize math and complexity and with explanations that are clear, understandable, and fun to follow. Highly recommended.

Added to Book Watch

More recently published books can be found in Book Watch Archive.

From the I Programmer Library

Newly published:

  • Deep C#: Dive Into Modern C# by Mike James


    In Deep C#, I Programmer's Mike James, who has programmed in C# since its launch in 2000, provides a “deep dive” into various topics that are important or central to the language at a level that will suit the majority of C# programmers. Not everything will be new to any given reader, but by exploring the motivation behind key concepts, which is so often ignored in the documentation, the intention is to be thought-provoking and to give developers confidence to exploit C#’s wide range of features.



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