October Week 5
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Saturday, 05 November 2022

This week's top featured article is an extract from the new chapter included in Harry Fairhead's newly published Programming the Raspberry Pi Pico/W in C and shows how to use the Pico W's Wifi to write a simple web client. In another article Harry explains how WiFi Works. Plus news and books.

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Featured Articles

The Pico/W In C: Simple Web Client
31 Oct | Harry Fairhead
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The Pico W has WiFi and getting started is easier than you might think from the documentation. Try our easy Web Client to see just how easy. This is an extract from our latest book all about the Pico/W in C.


How WiFi Works
29 Oct | Harry Fairhead
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WiFi has freed the computer from being tied to a network connection by wires. If you think your tablet or smartphone is fun, imagine if you needed a wire to connect it to the Internet. But WiFi isn't just a dumb radio transmitter and receiver, it is a sophisticated computer in its own right and it deserves to be better understood.



Programming News and Views

Azure CosmosDB for PostgreSQL Reaches General Availability
02 Nov | Nikos Vaggalis
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Azure CosmosDB is Microsoft's mutli-model distributed database for supporting workloads at scale. Now it has extended beyond NoSQL by adding support for PostgreSQL.  Azure thus becomes the first cloud provider to offer its own single database service that supports both relational and NoSQL workloads. So how do you use it with Postgres?


Data On Data Scientists
02 Nov | Sue Gee
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How do data scientists spend their time? How do the companies they work for consume and contribute to open source software? How concerned are they about the potential impact of a shortage of suitably qualified candidates for future jobs?


Keep Ahead With JavaScript Day 2022
01 Nov | Ian Elliot
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JetBrains is again organizing a free virtual event covering JavaScript, TypeScript and related technologies. It takes place on November 10th, 2022 with all presentations being streamed live on You Tube, where they will remain available after the event.


Jetpack Compose Adds Bill Of Materials
01 Nov | Kay Ewbank
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Android Jetpack Compose has been updated with improvements including support for Material Design 3, a new Bill Of Materials, and a stable version of Compose WearOS. The improved release was announced at the recent annual Android Developer Summit.


Amazon Releases Neptune Serverless
31 Oct | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon Neptune Serverless is now generally available. Neptune is a fully managed service that can be used to create relationship graphs of highly connected datasets, such as knowledge graphs, fraud graphs, identity graphs, and security graphs.


Learn Machine Learning Algorithms From Scratch With Python
31 Oct | Nikos Vaggalis
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Learn to implement 10 Machine Learning algorithms from scratch with just Python and NumPy. A library hides the implementation details and if you're really looking to understand what goes behind the covers and understand how things work, this course has you covered.


Computer Pioneer Kathleen Booth Dies At Age 100
30 Oct | Sue Gee
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Kathleen Booth, who died last month, had a remarkable career in which she achieved many firsts. She is credited with the first assembly language, founding and teaching in the first university computer science department and research into natural language translation and neural networks well ahead of her time.


IBM Announces AI Libraries For Natural Language Processing
28 Oct | Kay Ewbank
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IBM has announced three new libraries that can be used to build natural language processing, speech to text, and text to speech capabilities into applications. The libraries are all part of IBM's Watson platform.


Take The ETH Zürich Big Data Course For Free
28 Oct | Nikos Vaggalis
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A great course on everything Big Data taught at ETH Zürich University by Professor Ghislain Fourny. The recorded lectures of fall 2021 are up on Youtube for everyone to enjoy.


Next.js Adds Turbopack Bundler
27 Oct | Kay Ewbank
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Next.js has been released with a preview of new bundler for JavaScript and TypeScript codebases, written in Rust. Next.js is an open-source toolkit for universal, server-rendered (or statically pre-rendered) React.js applications.


PostgreSQL 15 Released - What's New
27 Oct | Nikos Vaggalis
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The long awaited release of the most popular advanced open source database is finally here carrying many bells and whistles. It includes performance improvements on managing workloads in both local and distributed deployments and enchantments that will also make the developers out there happy.



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 helps us to continue posting.

Full Review

The Programmer's Brain (Manning)

Author: Dr. Felienne Hermans
Publisher: Manning
Date: September 2021
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1617298677
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James
Programmers have a brain - but what is it doing? 

Book Watch

Programming The Raspberry Pi Pico/W In C, 2nd Ed (I/O Press)

The Raspberry Pi Pico is a tiny microcontroller with big capabilities. This book reveals what you can do with the Pico's GPIO lines together with widely used sensors, servos and motors and ADCs. Harry Fairhead uses the highly popular VS Code as his development environment and shows how to use a Raspberry Pi or a desktop PC running Windows as your development machine. When the Raspberry Pi Pico was first introduced it lacked network connectivity. The Pico W remedied this shortcoming and this second edition show how to use it to create a web client and web server. 

Modern Front-End Development for Rails (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

This book shows how to improve the user experience for your Rails app with rich client-side interactions. Noel Rappin shows how to use the Rails 7 tools and simplify the complex JavaScript ecosystem, and how to build user interactions with Hotwire, Turbo, and Stimulus. 

Game Development 2042 (CRC Press)

This book presents a fast-paced look at the next two decades of the games industry with a focus on game design, the evolution of gaming markets around the world, the future of technology, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, crypto-currency, and the art and business of creating and publishing hit games. Tim Fields has interviewed a dozen veteran games industry luminaries, who have collectively created many of the greatest hits of the last twenty years and grossed tens of billions of dollars in revenue for companies like Electronic Arts, Facebook, Apple, Activision, Microsoft, Amazon, Supercell, Netflix, Warner Brothers, and others. 



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