March Week 3
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

It's hard to keep up with all the developments in the developer world. I Programmer's team cover a wide range of topics, from AI to web development with Android and data science along the way. The weekly digest is the place to find it all.

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 March 15 -  21


Book Reviews 


Ian Stirk gave this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5, concluding 

If you want a useful working introduction and overview of the current state of big data, Hadoop and its associated tools, I can highly recommend this very instructive book.


  • Introduction to Machine Learning with Python

    Mike James awarded this book a rating of 4 out of 5, noting:

    This is a book packed with lots of practical examples and exercises. If what you are looking for is guidance on how to use Python to do small to medium scale data processing using machine learning, then it has lots of useful information.



    Android O on the Horizon   Wednesday 22 March

    The first developer preview of Android O has been released with new features and APIs for developers to start trying out and ironing out the bugs. 



    Microsoft Edge Falls Victim At Pwn2Own   Wednesday 22 March

    This year's 10th anniversary Pwn2Own spanned over thee days rather than the previous two and was won by the team from 360 Security who achieved a full virtual machine escape through Microsoft Edge.



    Which Code Editor Do Devs Prefer?   Monday 20 March

    Some programmer's think you have to write code the hard way - without much assistance by way of code completion, syntax highlighting. Others of us rely on all of the above and more. recently opened a poll asking about code editing tools. The results are not what I would have predicted. 



    //No Comment - Language Rankings 2017, APL 1.7 & Rust 1.16   Monday 20 March

    • The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: January 2017

    • GNU APL 1.7 Released

    • Announcing Rust 1.16



    Guetzli Makes JPEGs Smaller   Monday 20 March

    There is a lot of flexibility in how you can configure a JPEG file to best represent an image. Now Google's Guetzli can find optimum settings and so produce files that are up to 45% than other encoders working at the same perceptual quality. 



    Google Goes Serverless with Cloud Functions   Monday 20 March

    The view that serverless is the way of the future is once more reinforced by Google's recent announcement of its Cloud Functions for Firebase. These can be seen as an attempt to catch up with the already established players of the Function-as-a-Service scene, AWS Lambda and Azure Functions.



    The Remarkable Rise of Raspberry Pi   Sunday 19 March

    Raspberry Pi recently celebrated its 5th birthday and during the celebrations Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that it had become the third best selling general purpose computer platform, behind only the Mac and the PC.



    Another Apple 1 At Auction   Saturday 18 March

    The Apple 1 is sufficiently rare for news of one coming up for auction to cause a stir of anticipation. Online auction house, Breker is including one in its forthcoming sale of "Office Antiques, Science & Technology, Fine Toys & Automata" to be held on May, 20, 2017. So why so much interest in 40-year old technology?



    Google Home Voice Ad Causes A Reaction   Friday 17 March

    Voice input is all the rage and it's an interesting new modality. The real question is how are we going to make any money out of it? The obvious answer is to introduce advertising, but this might not be so easy, after all.
    It happened!

    Google Home spoke an ad and it wasn't well received.



    Registration Open For Code Jam 2017   Friday 17 March

    Code Jam is Google's annual coding competition that challenges programmers to solve algorithmic puzzles. It comprises multiple online rounds and concludes in the World Finals, to be held this year at Google's office in Dublin, Ireland.



    Top 10 From Around The Web: Ruby On Rails Resources   Thursday 16 March

    The I-Programmer team reports a lot of news and originates loads of helpful articles, but there's far more out there than we can possibly cover. So from time to time we trawl through other people's blogs to find posts of interest. This time the focus is Ruby on Rails.



    Amazon Offering More Incentives For Alexa Skills   Thursday 16 March

    Amazon has a new scheme whereby Alexa developers will receive AWS credits to ensure they are not out of pocket when they build and host Alexa skills. T-Shirts and Hoodies are also on offer for new Alexa Skills published in March 2017.


    Professional Programmer

    Insider's Guide To Udacity Android Developer Nanodegree   Monday 20 March

    The Android Developer Nanodegree, designed by Google and delivered through Udacity's platform, is for intermediate Java developers, or even those experienced in other object-oriented languages, looking to start developing for Android. As such it teaches the tools, principles, patterns and conventions pertaining to Android.


    The Core

    A Programmer's Guide To Octave   Thursday 16 March

    Octave is an open source language, mostly compatible with MatLab, that makes doing difficult math easy. It supports matrix operations and has lots of different types of built-in mathematical operations. It isn't as well known as it deserves to be, and if you are a programmer it can be difficult to find out what you need to know. Hence a programmer's guide.





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