January Week 5
Saturday, 03 February 2024

This week saw the publication of two Second Editions of books in the I Programmer Library. With the launch of the Raspberry Pi 5, Mike James and Harry Fairhead quickly went to work on revising their books on IoT with Raspberry Pi and, having discovered the incompatibility of the Pi 5 with the rest of the family, realized that using Linux Drivers eliminated this problem. 

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January 25 - 31, 2024

Featured Articles

Pi IoT In Python Using Linux Drivers - GPIO Character Driver
29 Jan | Mike James & Harry Fairhead
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The GPIO driver in Linux used to be GPIO sysfs but no longer now it's the GPIO character driver. Find out how to do GPIO control the modern way, even if you are using a Pi 5.

Reduce Your Costs On Azure
26 Jan | Gilad David Maayan
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More and more businesses and organizations are moving to the cloud to take advantage of all the benefits of performance, scalability and global accessibility. But without proper attention, it's easy for costs to escalate. Here are five ways to manage cloud spending on Azure.


Programming News and Views

Copilot Research Asks Who Will Clean Up The Mess
31 Jan | Sue Gee
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A whitepaper from GitClear sets out investigate the quality and maintainability of AI-assisted code compared to what would have been written by a human. It highlights a worrying increase in "code churn" due to reliance on Copilot.

Raspberry Pi Looks To IPO In London
31 Jan | Harry Fairhead
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Raspberry Pi has been changing over the years and the latest upheaval is the proposed IPO. Now we learn that it is likely to be in London and as soon as possible.

Jetpack Compose Improves Performance
30 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Google has released version 1.6 of Jetpack Compose as part of its larger Compose January '24 Bill of Materials release. Google says this release largely focuses on performance improvements, courtesy of continued migration modifiers and improvement of the efficiency of major parts of the underlying API.

Zed Editor Is Open Source
30 Jan | Alex Denham
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Zed, the code editor developed by the creators of Atom and Tree-sitter, has been made open source. Zed is a high-performance, multiplayer code editor.

Docker Introduces Build Cloud
29 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Docker is offering a new service, Docker Build Cloud. This is a cloud-based build service that Docker says makes it faster to create builds of Docker images by combining building in the cloud with the use of shared caches.

Dolt- A Version Controlled Database
29 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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A database that you can fork and clone, branch and merge, push and pull just like a git Repository. What is the use case for it?

Alan Turing Commemorated In Steel
28 Jan | Sue Gee
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A steel sculpture commemorating Alan Turing has been erected in the grounds of King’s College, Cambridge where Turing studied mathematics as an undergraduate and was a Fellow between 1935 and 1952. The extraordinary artwork, titled True, for Alan Turing, is by Sir Antony Gormley, who studied Art at Trinity College, Cambridge.

NTP Timelord Dies
26 Jan | Harry Fairhead
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David Mills, the inventor, in 1985, of Network Time Protocol (NTP) which synchronizes computer clocks across different computer systems and networks, passed away on January 17, 2024, at the age of 85.

Google Summer of Code Turns 20 In 2024
26 Jan | Sue Gee
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The application window for Open Source organizations to be involved in the 2024 GSoC is now open with a deadline of February 6. This year Google is looking to bring more open source projects in the AI/ML field into the program and has introduced a shorter time commitment.

Apache Arrow 15 Stabilizes Flight SQL
25 Jan | Alex Denham
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Apache Arrow 15 has been released. Improvements include new format strings in the C data interface, and Flight SQL now being stable in Arrow Flight.

Red Hat Launches Developer Hub
25 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Developer Hub, an internal developer platform based on Backstage, an open source Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project.


Books of the Week

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Full Review

Killer ChatGPT Prompts (Wiley)

Author: Guy Hart-Davis
Publisher: Wiley
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-1394225255
Print: 1394225253
Audience: Everyone
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Ian Stirk

This book aims to get optimal answers to your questions from ChatGPT, how does it fare?

Book Watch

Raspberry Pi IoT In C Using Linux Drivers, 2nd Ed (I/O Press)

Pi OS, the Raspberry Pi’s operating system is Linux based and Linux drivers are available for many off-the-shelf IoT devices. These provide a very easy-to-use, high-level way of working, but there is very little documentation to help you get started. In this second edition Harry Fairhead explains the principles so that you can tackle new devices and he also guides you through using external hardware via standard Linux drivers on the full range of Raspberry Pis, now including the Pi 5 and the Pi Zero 2W.


The Art of Machine Learning (No Starch Press)

Subtitled "A Hands-On Guide to Machine Learning with R", this book uses real datasets and practical examples to help the reader develop an understanding of how and why ML methods work, without the need for advanced math. Norman Matloff shows how to implement a range of ML techniques, starting with the k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN) method and random forests, and moving on to gradient boosting, support vector machines (SVMs) and neural networks.


The Crypto Launderers (Wiley)

Subtitled "Crime and Cryptocurrencies from the Dark Web to DeFi and Beyond", in this book anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing expert David Carlisle delivers a breakdown of the impact of crime on the world of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Tracking the history and evolution of crypto crime from the rise of the Dark Web to the present day, Carlisle recounts how an increasingly complex money laundering ecosystem has taken root in the crypto space.




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