February Week 2
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 14 February 2015

If you want to keep up with what's important from the point of view of the developer, you can rely on the  I Programmer team to sift through the news to select items that are of interest. This one is for February 5th to 11th.



Book Reviews



An Algorithm That Knows When You Switch Something On   Wednesday 11 February

Smart meters simply record the total amount of electricity you are using, but with the right data processing you can pull out the signal of what is being switched on and when. 



Node.js Gets A Foundation - Is It Rock Solid?   Wednesday 11 February

Joyent, with the help of the Linux Foundation, has established the Node.js Foundation. Will this help to heal the rift between them? How will it impact io.js breakaway, sorry fork!



Google I/O 2015 Announced   Wednesday 11 February

The 2015 Google developer conference will take place May 28th and 29th in San Francisco. The opportunity to purchase a ticket for the event will again be by lottery with a three-day registration window.



Long Awaited New Arduino IDE Released   Tuesday 10 February

After almost two years in development the new Arduino IDE, version 1.6.0, has been released.



Spot Is Boston Dynamics' New Robot "Dog"   Tuesday 10 February

Boston Dynamics has built a smaller, lighter and quieter version of its Big Dog four-legged robot and it is impressively sure footed. Could this be the robot you let wander round your house?



More Speakers And Topics At SDD 2015   Tuesday 10 February

Book your place this week (by February 13th) for the Software Design & Development Conference, taking place in London in May to save up to £300.  



Data Mining Specialization Starts Today   Monday 09 February

A set of five courses leading to a Specialization Certificate in Data Mining gets underway today on the Cousera Platform. If you want the official piece of paper it will cost just $210 plus 6 months of effort.



Microsoft Research Updates Image Composition Editor   Monday 09 February

Microsoft Research does some interesting work in computational photography and has just released a new version of Image Composition Editor, a tool that can stitch photos together in amazing ways. 



CoffeeScript 1.9 Released   Monday 09 February

The latest version of CoffeeScript has been released with more robust parsing and support for ES6 generators.



AI Video Competition Results Are Worth Seeing   Sunday 08 February

This year's AAAI Video Competition is over and the winners announced. And it isn't just the winning videos that are worth a look. 



Replacing the Turing Test   Saturday 07 February

A plan is afoot to replace the Turing test as a measure of a computer's ability to think. The idea is for an annual or bi-annual Turing Championship consisting of three to five different challenging tasks.



Apache Kafka 0.8.2 Now Ready For You To Trial   Friday 06 February

OK, we got the Kafka joke out of the way in the headline. So what is Kafka and why does it need a manager?



Joyent Gives Money To Get Devs To Use Node.js   Friday 06 February

A short while ago Node.js was forked by a large group of its contributors who were unhappy with the way that Joyent was managing the project. While it was said to be a friendly fork, tensions mount. 



MongoDB 3.0 Announced   Thursday 05 February

The next version of MongoDB has been announced, with major changes to the storage layer to improve performance and scalability.



Lollipop Enters Android Statistics   Thursday 05 February

It is almost four  months since Lollipop was launched. So you might expect it to have a noticeable market share by now. This is not the case.



PyPy 2.5.0 Released   Wednesday 04 February

There is more than one way to run a Python - program that is. The latest release of PyPy provides another alternative that is fast and interesting.


Professional Programmer

Building A JavaScript Library   Thursday 05 February

If you are looking for a book on JavaScript you are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of books on this language both new and classic. Here's a selection our reviewers recommend.


The Core

Android Adventures - Activity And UI   Tuesday 10 February

So you know how to create an Android app, but do you really know how it works? In this second part of our ebook on getting started with Android using Android Studio we look at how to create a UI and how to hook it up to the code in the Activity.  
Updated for Android Studio 1.





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