March Week 1
Saturday, 11 March 2023

This weekly digest is an extended version of the newsletter emailed to subscribers every Wednesday. As well as listing the week's news items, it also includes the week's Book Review and additions to Book Watch. Top of the list come the week's two feature articles. This week we answer the question "What Is MLOPs" and look at the little known history of An Wang, the inventor of Core Memory.

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Featured Articles

What Is MLOps? What AI Developers Need to Know
06 Mar | Gilad David Maayan
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In the last decade we have experienced the start of an AI revolution that is extending into every sphere. Machine learning has gone from exotic to the norm and needs new tool, new processes and new procedures. So what do we mean by MLOps?


An Wang - The Man Who Might Have Invented The Personal Computer
03 Mar | Historian
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An Wang isn't a household name, but he founded a company that created the first affordable computers. Smaller and cheaper than the mini computers of their day, they could have been the first personal computers. But Wang insisted on calling them calculators.



Programming News and Views

Google's Large Language Model Takes Control
08 Mar | Mike James
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of a robot. No it isn't Skynet just yet, but it is looking a more likely scenario. Until recently I thought that much of the hype about large language models was just that - hype. Now I'm not so sure. I think the breakthrough continues..


Extent Of Buggy and Risky Open Source Code Revealed
08 Mar | Janet Swift
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Almost all software contains open source code and the vast majority of codebases contain at least one know open source vulnerability. In addition codebases are made of of multiple components, many of which are outdated. Licence issues are also prevalent.


Advances In Confidential Computing
07 Mar | Alex Armstrong
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Edgeless Systems, a company that aims to turn the public cloud into the safest place for sensitive data, is hosting the annual online Open Confidential Computing Conference (OC3) where CTOs from Intel, Microsoft, AMD, Nvidia and others will discuss the state of confidential computing.


JetBrains Qodana Adds Taint Analysis For PHP
07 Mar | Nikos Vaggalis
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Qodana Code Quality platform detects and flags programming errors such as bugs, security vulnerabilities, anomalous code, dead code and the like. Now it adds Taint analysis support too.


Intel Releases Quantum SDK
06 Mar | Kay Ewbank
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Intel has released a Quantum Software Development Kit (SDK) that is a simulation of a full quantum computer. The SDK can also interface with Intel’s quantum hardware, including the Horse Ridge II control chip and Intel’s quantum spin qubit chip when it becomes available this year.


Entity Relationship Diagraming with ERDLab
06 Mar | Nikos Vaggalis
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ERDLab is a free and intuitive SQL Visualization Tool which helps in capturing your database design thoughts. Let's look into it.


A Clock For 2023
05 Mar | Harry Fairhead
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I have to admit I have a small passion for freaky clocks. They used to be hard to make, but now with powerful single-board computers and low cost displays they are not so difficult and the fun is inventing a new way to show the time.


February Week 4
04 Mar | Editor
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Our weekly digest lists the week's news, new titles added to our Book Watch Archive and our weekly book review. In this week's first featured article Ian Elliot looks at how to use SVG paths in JavaScript Canvas. In the second Mike James looks back at  Expert Systems in Prolog.


.NET 8 Preview 1 Announced
03 Mar | Editor
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The first preview of .NET 8 has been announced, with a focus on cloud-native and cross-platform development with MAUI and Blazor.


Flathub: A Unified App Store For Linux?
03 Mar | Sue Gee
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Work is in progress to add payments, donation and subscriptions to Flathub, providing Linux developers to earn revenue from this app store with the aim of promoting diversity and sustainability.


Deno Supports Built-in Node Modules
02 Mar | Kay Ewbank
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Deno has been updated to add support for built-in Node modules. Deno is the JavaScript and TypeScript runtime from the creator of Node.js.


IBM Contributes Two AI Libraries To Linux Foundation
02 Mar | Kay Ewbank
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IBM has contributed two open source projects to the Linux Foundation. The Elyra and Claimed libraries are used in IBM’s AI products, including IBM Watson Studio and IBM Cloud Pak for Data.



Books of the Week

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Full Review

Designing And Developing Secure Azure Solutions


Author: Michael Howard, Heinrich Gantenbein and Simone Curzi
Publisher: Microsoft Press
ISBN: 978-0137908752
Print: 013790875X
Audience: Azure developers
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

Moving applications to the cloud opens them to a different class of security threats, and this book sets out to explain how to make your azure solutions more secure.


Book Watch

The Rust Programming Language, 2nd Ed (No Starch Press)


This book is the official guide to Rust 2021, and this second edition has been fully updated to Rust’s latest version. Steve Klabnik and Carol Nichols, alumni of the Rust Core Team, share their knowledge to help you get the most out of Rust’s features so that you can create robust and scalable programs. In addition to numerous code examples, you’ll find three chapters dedicated to building complete projects: a number-guessing game, a Rust implementation of a command line tool, and a multithreaded server.


Graph Data Science with Neo4j (Packt)


This practical guide to Neo4j and the GDS library offers step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical instructions for implementing data science techniques on graph data using Neo4j version 5 and its associated libraries. Estelle Scifo starts by showing how to query Neo4j with Cypher and how to characterize graph datasets before moving on to the new and advanced capabilities of the GDS library that enable you to make predictions and write data science pipelines. 

Ruby Cat Farm (Blurb) 

This book is a friendly walkthrough to help readers build a first web application using Ruby and the Rails framework. Jonathan Evans uses the example of helping cats run a farm.




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