August Week 1
Written by Editor   
Friday, 07 August 2015

Summer distractions make it hard to keep focused on the news feeds. So, let us do it for you. Simply consult our weekly digest of news, book reviews and articles to keep you up to speed. This one covers July 30 to August 5, 2015.



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Book Reviews



Teaching CS Improves Other Subject Performance   Wednesday 05 August

Does teaching Computer Science CS early enough have general benefits to students? A new study suggests yes, but if you read it in another way you might conclude no!



More Courses On Complexity Explorer   Wednesday 05 August

Two new courses are open for enrolment on Complexity Explorer and if you missed its inaugural course it is currently underway with enough time left for latecomers to catch up.



Lollipop Still On Fewer Than 1 in 5 Androids   Wednesday 05 August

The latest chart of Android Versions shows that Lollipop has now achieved an 18% share of the Android pie with KitKat having the largest slice, with almost 40%.



MatchStick Firefox OS Streaming Device To Refund Backers   Tuesday 04 August

The MatchStick HDMI stick was a really successful KickStarter with lots of enthusiastic backers. Now, after a short delay, the project is to refund all of the pledged money and all because DRM is too hard. 



Google Improves Beta Testing For Android   Tuesday 04 August

Google Play has added new options to its beta testing facilities, making it easier for you to get feedback about the Android apps you are developing.



SQLite Updated   Tuesday 04 August

There’s a new release of an embedded database that is claimed to be the world’s most widely used. The update brings performance enhancements, bug fixes, and some minor new features.



Android Studio 1.3 Released   Monday 03 August

The first preview of Android Studio 1.3 was fairly unusable. Now we have the release version it is time to try it out for real and there are some important new features that you should start to make use of.



F# 4.0 Signals A Culture Change   Monday 03 August

Microsoft has released Visual F# 4.0 as part of Visual Studio 2015. It is the first major release version of the F# language and VS tools to include community contributions.



MORPHs Roam The Park Looking For Children To Play   Sunday 02 August

We have to admit that this particular robot simply tickled our collective funny bone - but could there also be something sinister in this animated climbing frame?



Imagine Cup Winners 2015   Saturday 01 August

Thirty three teams of students spent last week in Seattle for the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals and now we can reveal that the team who were awarded the coveted trophy is Team eFitFashion of Brazil.



Is Windows 10 Playing Fair - Mozilla Thinks Not   Friday 31 July

Windows 10 is free if you upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1, which makes it very attractive to the huge base of existing Windows users. But now the complaints are beginning to be heard.



JerryScript - Another JavaScript Engine For Embedded Devices   Friday 31 July

JerryScript is a lightweight JavaScript interpreter intended to run on a very constrained devices such as microcontrollers and proclaims itself as "A JavaScript engine for the Internet of Things".



Sneak Peek At DEVintersection Europe   Thursday 30 July

The DEVintersection conference covering the intersection of tools, technologies, platforms and solutions will run in Europe for the first time this year, with coverage of technologies including ASP.NET 5, Visual Studio 2015, AngularJS, Azure, and IoT.



Windows 10 SDK And Tools - Almost There!   Thursday 30 July

If you are a Microsoft programmer the wait for the tools needed to easily create UWAs (Universal Windows 10 Apps) is almost over. Although lower key, the SDK and Tools were launched along with Windows 10.


Professional Programmer

Books for Pythonistas   Monday 03 August

Python is an increasingly important language. As well as being popular for teaching computer science it is popular for scientific applications. It is also a divided language with its community split between Python 2 and Python 3. This selection of books is for those with experience in the language.


The Core

Inside Dependency Properties   Thursday 30 July

Learn how dependency properties really work by creating a custom dependency property



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