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Google Summer Of Code Re-Imagined
19 Mar | Sue Gee
It's time for would-be participants in this year's Google Summer of Code to register and submit their proposals to the mentor organizations that interest them.. But did you know that now it's not just for students? The new criterion is being new to open source - so if you missed out when younger, it's not too late to apply.
March Week 2
18 Mar | Editor
This week included Pi Day, providing an excuse for more musings on irrational and transcendental numbers. Fittingingly our top feature is on the Raspberry Pi Pico, a small device which is easy to program in Micro Python. We also revisited Codd's Rules which underpin the basis of SQL, Structured Query Language.
Google Adds Maps Platform To Dev Library
17 Mar | Kay Ewbank
Google has added Google Maps Platform to its Dev Library. The Google Maps Platform is a set of APIs and SDKs that can be used to embed Google Maps into mobile apps and web pages, or to retrieve data from Google Maps.
May Dates For MS Build And Google I/O
17 Mar | Sue Gee
Following a well-established pattern both Google's and Microsoft's Developer Conferences will take place in May. While Google I/O will be mostly virtual, with just a small audience present at its Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Microsoft Build will take place in Seattle as a live, in-person event.
Cassandra 4.1 Focuses On Pluggability
16 Mar | Kay Ewbank
Version 4.1 of Apache Cassandra, the open source NoSQL distributed database, has been released. The team says this release paves the way to a more cloud-native future for the project by externalizing important key functions, extending Apache Cassandra, and enabling an expanded ecosystem without compromising the stable core code.
Surveying Software Supply Chain Security
16 Mar | Nikos Vaggalis
Chainguard, the co-creator of Sigstore, has conducted a survey to better understand if and how software supply best practices
Go In Top 10 On TIOBE Index
15 Mar | Sue Gee
Moving into the 10th place on the TIOBE is a milestone for any programming language, giving it a place on the popularity chart which is refreshed at monthly intervals. Can we expect Go to rise towards the top of the chart? There's a long way to go.
Chat GPT 4 - Still Not Telling The Whole Truth
15 Mar | Mike James
OpenAI has just announced GPT-4. The future may not be here just yet, but it's very close. Is this really the breakthrough moment for AI?
Google Introduces Service Weaver Framework
14 Mar | Kay Ewbank
Google has introduced Service Weaver, an open source framework for building and deploying distributed applications. Service Weaver allows you to write your application as a modular monolith and deploy it as a set of microservices.
Pi Day - Irrational And Transcendental
14 Mar | Mike James
It's Pi day again... Even after so many, I still have things to say and think about this most intriguing number. The most important things about Pi is that it is irrational and one of the few transcendental numbers we can identify - why exactly?
GitHub Enterprise Server Adds Projects Support
13 Mar | Kay Ewbank
GitHub Enterprise 3.8 has been released with improvements including support for GitHub Projects along with new security and admin features, and expanded Actions support.
Jakarta vs Spring - The War Goes On
13 Mar | Nikos Vaggalis
In a very interesting webinar streamed live as part of the recent JConference, Antoine Sabot-Durand talked about "hostility" between J2EE/Jakarta and Spring and the differences between them from decades ago to the recent times.
Long Distance Kissing
12 Mar | Lucy Black
A remote kissing device that woks with a smartphone is available on the Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao for the equivalent of $38 per unit. Will buying two of them sustain a long-distance relationship?
March Week 1
11 Mar | Editor
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.
AI-Powered Bing Provides Boost For Edge
10 Mar | Sue Gee
Microsoft has announced that its search engine Bing has passed 100 million daily active users. This must surely help the Edge Browser gain some traction.
Rapid Launches API Hub For Business
10 Mar | Kay Ewbank
API hub provider Rapid has announced a public beta of a new API Hub for Business that is designed to give organizations a way to quickly launch a custom hub.
Google Adds Ability To See Datasets
09 Mar | Kay Ewbank
Google has released a search option that can be used to look for datasets and to get access to the data quickly based on the search results.
Zenhub Adds Issue Management
09 Mar | Alex Armstrong
Zenhub has launched an issue management feature for its developer team collaboration product. Zenhub is a project management tool that is natively integrated into GitHub. The company has also announced $10 million in funding to expand the use of Zenhub’s project management platform beyond technical teams using GitHub.
SQL Server 2022 Revealed
Author: Bob Ward
This book aims to explain the new features in SQL Server 2022, how does it fare?
Just jQuery The Core UI - Forms
17 Mar | Ian Elliot
The Pico In MicroPython: ADC
13 Mar | Mike James & Harry Fairhead
Analog to Digital Conversion, ADC, is basic to many measurements and it is suprisingly easy as long as you don't need high accuracy. If you do then you need an add-on ADC. This is an extract from our book all about the Raspberry Pi Pico in MicroPython.
Codd and His Twelve Database Rules
09 Mar | Mike James
Theories of how we should organize databases are thin on the ground. The one exception is the work of E.F. Codd, the originator of the commandment-like “Codd’s Rules”. This approach to database has been codified into SQL - Structured Query Language - and so into most of the databases on the planet, despite what the NoSQL movement might want you to think. So what are Codd's Rules and what is a relational database?
What Is MLOps? What AI Developers Need to Know
06 Mar | Gilad David Maayan
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
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.
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Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some but by no means all of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.
Experimentation for Engineers (Manning)
With the subtitle "From A/B testing to Bayesian optimization", this book consists of a toolbox of techniques for evaluating new features and fine-tuning parameters. David Sweet starts with a deep dive into methods like A/B testing, and then graduates to advanced techniques used to measure performance in industries such as finance and social media. He shows how to evaluate the changes you make to your system and ensure that your testing doesn’t undermine revenue or other business metrics.
Learning Angular 4th Ed (Packt)
This book shows how to use it to achieve cross-platform high performance with the latest web techniques, extensive integration with modern web standards, and integrated development environments (IDEs). The book is especially useful for those new to Angular, and Aristeidis Bampakos shows how to get to grips with the bare bones of the framework to start developing Angular apps.
Podman in Action (Manning)
This book shows how to deploy containerized applications on Linux, Windows, and MacOS systems using Podman. Daniel Walsh, who leads the Red Hat Podman team, shows how to securely manage the entire application lifecycle without human intervention, covers Podman’s difference to Docker, and shows how to migrate Docker-based infrastructure. He also demonstrates how to convert containerized applications into Kubernetes-based microservices.
The Little Learner: A Straight Line to Deep Learning (MIT Press)
This book introduces deep learning from the bottom up, inviting students to learn by doing. With the characteristic humor and Socratic approach of other books in the series such as The Little Schemer and The Little Typer, in this kindred text Daniel P. Friedman and Anurag Mendhekar explain the workings of deep neural networks by constructing them incrementally from first principles using little programs that build on one another.
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.
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