March Week 4
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Friday, 31 March 2017

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Book Reviews



Kay Ewbank gave this book, which has been updated to cover Spark 2, a rating of 4 out of 5 rating, concluding 

This isn't a book for Spark beginners; it's intended more to get you to the stage of creating real-world applications using Spark. It's not an easy read, but it is thorough, and will take you beyond the beginner or dabbler stage.

  • Beginning Android Programming with Android Studio, 4th Ed


    Lucy Black gave this book a rating of 3 commenting:

    If you like learning to program by just reading code this may be a good thing, but be prepared to work hard at extracting the principles from the examples. 


     March  23 - 29 , 2017




    New Website for Google Open Source Projects   Wednesday 29 March

    There's a new website for Google Open Source that goes beyond simply listing its open source initiatives. The interface of the new directory of projects has come in for heavy criticism, but there's a lot to be learned from the website so it's worth a second look .



    Carnegie Mellon CyLab Challenge: Learn Hacking At School   Wednesday 29 March

    picoCTF, the world's largest online hacking competition, is a computer security game for middle and high school students. Organised by CMU's CyLab, the third contest opens on March 31st and runs for two weeks.



    Making Light Work Of The IoT   Wednesday 29 March

    The IoT has a problem. No not security, although that is a problem. The big problem is the need for batteries. Now a company based in the Netherlands has a solution - light power. 



    The Red Programming Language   Tuesday 28 March

    There is a new version of the Red programming language available now. What? You have never heard of Red? 



    The Malmo Challenge - Collaborative AI   Tuesday 28 March

    Project Malmo, established in 2015, called Project AIX back then, finds its way out of infancy and into childhood, and is now looking to engage in its first social interactions. To further this it has launched a contest for PhD students.



    Stack Overflow: A Code Laundering Platform?   Monday 27 March

    Is Stack Overflow a code laundering platform? What is a code laundering platform anyway? Did you know that the code examples that you find there are licenced?



    Douglas Hartree - Analog Computing With Meccano   Monday 27 March

    Douglas Hartree was an English mathematician and physicist who made an important contribution to computing in the era before electronic computers. Using a simple Meccano set he replicated the functionality of the differential analyzer built in the USA by Vannevar Bush. Today is the 120th anniversary of his birth on March 27, 1897.



    DataGrip Improves Schema Management   Monday 27 March

    There's a new version of DataGrip, JetBrain's IDE for databases and SQL. DataGrip 2017.1 has a number of improvements including new schema management and SQL resolution scopes.  



    A Single Perturbation Can Fool Deep Learning   Saturday 25 March

    If you have been reading our reports on adversarial images, the headline should come as no surprise. What is a surprise is the way that AI researchers are regarding such images as security threats rather than a deep insight into the way neural nets work. 



    Angular 4 Arrives On Schedule   Friday 24 March

    Angular 4, the latest version of the popular framework for building JavaScript apps and dynamic web pages that is being developed by Google is now out. This is a major release, but backward compatible with Angular 2.x.x.



    Couchbase Mobile Version Adds Sync Gateway   Friday 24 March

    There's a new version of Couchbase Mobile with a new Sync Gateway Accelerator that makes Couchbase Mobile 1.4 more scalable.



    Machine Learning Superstar Andrew Ng Moving On   Thursday 23 March

    Having been Chief Scientist at Baidu for almost 3 years, Andrew Ng now plans to leave. He hasn't made his future plans explicit, other than to continue working in AI and to "keep working hard to get AI to help everyone".



    jQuery 3.2.1 Is Out - Do We Still Care?   Thursday 23 March

    jQuery 3.2.1 has just been released only a few days after 3.2.0. It raises the question of whether or not jQuery is still relevant?


    The Core

    Android Adventures - The ConstraintLayout   Monday 27 March

    Like it or loathe it you have to come to terms with the ConstraintLayout. It is Google's preferred way of doing things and Android Studio's Designer and other features are tailored to making it easy to work with, at the expense of the other layouts.



    Getting Started with jQuery UI   Thursday 23 March

    jQuery UI is built to work with jQuery. If you are  already using jQuery, it is recommended as an addin to make your pages look like more than just HTML. Let's see how easy it is to get started with this excerpt of Ian Elliot's new book, Just JQuery: The Core UI .




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