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August Week 4
Aug 30 | Editor
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Do you have better things to do than scour the internet for news? No worries -  if you need to know what's important for the developer, IProgrammer Weekly puts the unmissable bits together in a handy digest. This one covers August  21 - 27.



eGenix PyRun 2.0.1 Released
Aug 29 | Alex Armstrong
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A new release of PyRun, the open source, one-file, no installation version of Python. has just been released by eGenix.



Visual Studio Online For Free
Aug 29 | Kay Ewbank
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If your team is using Visual Studio Online, which is free for up to five users, any ‘occasional’ contributors will be able to access the online project development environment without paying.



PHP 5.6.0. Released
Aug 29 | Ian Elliot
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PHP 5.6 brings with it  new and improved features including an interactive debugger, and has some backward incompatible changes. 



Google Frees Up More Patents
Aug 28 | Alex Denham
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Google has added 152 patents to the list of ones you can copy in your own open-source version and are covered by its OPN Pledge, whereby Google won't sue unless it is sued first.



Ruby and R for Enigma
Aug 28 | Kay Ewbank
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Two client libraries have been written for accessing the Enigma API which extends the ability to access data, metadate and stats on the government datasets held by Enigma.



LiquidFun V1.1 Runs In A Browser
Aug 28 | David Conrad
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We reported on Google's LiquidFun V1 earlier in the year as, as much fun as you can have without actual liquids getting involved. Now we have LiquidFun V1.1 and you can have as much fun in a browser.



Talking About Language
Aug 27 | Janet Swift
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An analysis of data from programming language subreddits reveals some insights into how programmers feel about the languages they use and the overlap between languages.



Visual Studio CTP 3 – With EF7
Aug 27 | Kay Ewbank
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Microsoft has released Community Technology Preview 3 of the next version of Visual Studio, along with an early build of the .NET Framework vNext, which brings with it an early version of Entity Framework 7.



Introducing Moziila Rec Room
Aug 27 | Ian Elliot
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If you are wondering what tools to use to build a client side web app, Mozilla's new Rec Room has a set of recommendations and a tool that attempts to integrate them for you. This is described as "work in progress" and devs are being encouraged to try it out.



Windows 9 Coming Soon
Aug 26 | Mike James
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At the moment what we know about Windows 9 is mostly rumor, but it is fairly reliable rumor. It seems that Microsoft has something to announce on September 30th and we can start to prepare for the changes.



JavaOne Free to Students
Aug 26 | Alex Armstrong
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This year's JavaOne takes place in San Francisco from September 28 to October 2 and if you are a student you can attend if for free.



Beautiful Open
Aug 26 | David Conrad
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Beautiful Open is a website built and curated by Trek Glowacki as a showcase of well designed sites for open source projects.



White House - Programmers Don't Have To Wear Suits
Aug 25 | Mike James
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The recently formed US Digital Service is aimed at making digital interaction with the government less like going to the dentist. Part of the change that the new head brings is the relaxed attitude towards dress code. 



This Year's Not-To-Miss AI Movie
Aug 24 | Lucy Black
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A new robot movie will be released soon and it provides a much deeper look at the robot future we are building for ourselves. It is worth seeing the trailer and tracking it down when it comes out.



The Raspberry Pi Gets A HAT
Aug 23 | Harry Fairhead
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The latest version of the Raspberry Pi single board computer has a new feature that allows it to use expansion cards more intelligently. The new boards are called HATs, Hardware Attached on Top, and they might just revolutionize things you can do with a Pi.


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Book Review of the Day


Python 101
Friday 29 Aug

Author: Michael Driscoll
Publisher: Michael Driscoll
Pages: 238
ISBN: 978-0996062817
Audience: New and not so new users of Python
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Sue Gee

Python has become a popular language for beginners. Is this book a good way to get started?


 

Featured Articles


No Exceptions - Ever!
Mike James
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Don’t raise an exception – EVER!

Exceptions are, in practice the lazy programmer's way out of a hole. It would be better not to dig the hole in the first placen but if you do find yourself in such a hole then the advice is to stop digging and climb out - not drop someone else into the hole by throwing an exception..



Just JavaScript - Object Construction
Ian Elliot
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Object creation is fundamental to all object-oriented languages, but in JavaScript is is left to the programmer to work out how best to do it and often the practice that you encounter isn't the best because it's borrowed from other languages. 



Gordon Bell And DEC - The Mini Computer Era
Historian
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Gordon Bell is responsible for many things, but the design of the most successful range of minicomputers, the PDP range, is probably the thing he is best known for. This is a story about when computers were big, but getting smaller...


 

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Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 4th Ed (Prentice Hall)
Friday 29 Aug

Suitable for one- or two-semester courses in data structures (CS-2) in the departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Business, and Management Information Systems. This book is also useful for programmers and software engineers interested in learning more about data structures and abstractions. 

<ASIN:0133744051>



Teach Yourself Arduino Programming in 24 Hours (Sams)
Thursday 28 Aug

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, Richard Blum teaches you C programming on Arduino, so you can start creating hardware projects of your own! Using a step-by-step approach with every lesson building on what you’ve already learned, go through everything from setting up your programming environment to mastering C syntax and features, interfacing your Arduino to performing full-fledged prototyping.

<ASIN:0672337126>



Becoming Functional (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 27 Aug

If you have an imperative (and probably object-oriented) programming background, this hands-on book will guide you through the alien world of functional programming. Joshua Backfield begins by showing you how to apply the most useful implementation concepts before taking you further into functional-style concepts and practices. Use what you are learning to refactor imperative-style legacy code as you proceed.

<ASIN:1449368174>



Exam Ref 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1 (Microsoft Press)
Tuesday 26 Aug

Fully updated for Windows 8.1. Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-688 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of managing and maintaining Windows 8.1 in the enterprise..Writing for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Joli Ballew focuses on the critical thinking and decision making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level.

<ASIN:0735684731>



The Art of LEGO Design (No Starch Press)
Monday 25 Aug

Jordan Schwartz explores LEGO as an artistic medium. This wide-ranging collection of creative techniques will help you craft your own amazing models as you learn to see the world through the eyes of some of the greatest LEGO builders. Each concept is presented with a collection of impressive models to spark your imagination, like fantastic dragons, futuristic spaceships, expressive characters, and elaborate dioramas.

<ASIN:1593275536>



Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Ed (O'Reilly)
Friday 22 Aug

When you’re under pressure to produce a well-designed, easy-to-navigate mobile app, there’s no time to reinvent the wheel—and no need to. In her updated 2nd edition of this handy reference, Theresa Neil provides more than 90 mobile app design patterns, illustrated by 1,000 screenshots from current Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps.

<ASIN:1449363636>



The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, 2nd Ed (A K Peters/CRC Press)
Thursday 21 Aug

Reflecting the latest version of Blender the free and open source 3D computer modeling and animation program, John M. Blain helps beginners learn the basics of computer animation and looks at many new features of Blender, including developments to its GUI. This 2nd edition has new chapters on smoke simulation, movie making, and drivers and numerous new examples and figures.

<ASIN:1482216639>



PHP Cookbook 3rd Ed (O'Reilly)
Wednesday 20 Aug

Want to understand a certain PHP programming technique? Or learn how to accomplish a particular task? In its third edition this cookbook from David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg has more than 350 code-rich recipes revised for PHP 5.4 and 5.5, for everything from using basic data types to querying databases, and from calling RESTful APIs to testing and securing your site.

<ASIN:144936375X>



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