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Saturday, 06 May 2017

No time to keep up with all that is going on in the developer world? Let the I Programmer team do it for you. We scour the Internet for news and put the unmissable bits together in this handy digest, with the week's book reviews and articles. 

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 April 27 - May 3, 2017 



Book Reviews

  • OpenGL Programming Guide
    OpenGL is the open source graphics system you probably need to learn and this is its official guide. Mike James gave it a rating of 3 out of 5. 


  • Learn to Program with Scratch
    Lucy Black awarded this title, aimed at anyone who wants to learn programming as well as Scratch, a full 5-start rating, concluding:
    This is not a book for dummies, but I can recommend it to anyone wanting to use Scratch as a way to graduate to full programmer status and have a lot of fun on the way.




      Windows 10 S App Store Only!   Wednesday 03 May

      Windows 10 S could be Microsoft's best chance to gain market share, specifically that of the educational market. Is it time to take the Windows Store seriously or abandon Windows?



      Self Driving Cars Can Be Easily Made To Not See Pedestrians   Wednesday 03 May

      This is another chapter in the ongoing and long-running story of universal adversarial perturbations. In this case the technique has been extended to image segmentation and the perturbations can make pedestrians invisible to a neural network and yet appear unaltered to human vision. 



      How Many Tracks Does A DJ Have To Play?   Tuesday 02 May

      Music is important but do we know how people listen to it? Does it depend on them or on the genre they are listening to? And the really important question - how many tracks does a DJ have to play to keep everyone happy?



      TypeScript 2.3 Released   Tuesday 02 May

      The latest release of Microsoft’s open source typed superset of JavaScript is now available. TypeScript 2.3 features generators and iteration for ES5/ES3, generic parameter defaults and more. 



      Asus Takes Tinker Board Seriously Now Shipping In US   Monday 01 May

      Back when the Tinker Board launched  in the UK we were puzzled by  the less than solid support for it from Asus. Even UK distributor CPC dropped the product a few days later. Now things are looking very different.



      Google Assistant SDK Released   Monday 01 May

      The Google Assistant SDK, launched as a Developer Preview, means developers can now embed Google Assistant in projects on their own hardware. 



      Forget The Turing Test It's The MacGyver Test That Matters   Sunday 30 April

      There are lots of generalized Turing tests which all work on the general principle that if you can't tell the artificial from the natural then they are for all intents and purposes the same. Now we have the MacGyver test which is aimed at seeing how much devious problem-solving intelligence a system has. 



      New Developer Economics Survey   Saturday 29 April

      Vision Mobile has launched its Developer Economics Q3 2017 survey and you'll find a space journey theme and a smattering of programmer jokes as you complete it. The incentive is prizes to win and personalized charts and graphs to show how you compare to  other developers in your country or region.



      Amazon Underground Developer Program To Close   Friday 28 April

      Amazon has announced that it will stop accepting new Android apps for the Underground Actually Free program on May 31st, 2017. Existing apps, will still be available for customers to download until 2019 and will continue to generate royalties for developers for a 6-month wind-down period after that.



      R 3.4 Brings Performance Improvements   Friday 28 April

      R 3.4.0, codenamed “You Stupid Darkness”, a major release of the R language used for data science, big data analysis, predictive modeling and visualization, has been released. It has a long list of new features and bug fixes and their overall effect is improved performance.



      Apple Releases LivePhotos JavaScript SDK   Thursday 27 April

      Until now Apple's Live Photos were largely confined to your iPhone 6S, 6S Plus or SE so you were limited in how you could share them. Thanks to a new SDK you can now add LivePhotos to a website.



      Amazon Updates Data Offerings   Thursday 27 April

      Amazon announced a raft of improvements to its databases at its AWS Summit in San Francisco, ranging from accelerators for DynamoDB to the ability to query exabytes of unstructured data directly in S3 storage.  



      EdgeX Foundry - Open Source Framework For Industrial IoT   Thursday 27 April

      The Linux Foundation, along with 50 companies, is attempting to simplify and standardize Industrial IoT edge computing with the launch of a new open-source consortium, the EdgeX Foundry.


      The Core

      jQuery 3 - Using Events   Monday 01 May

      jQuery provides both a general framework for handling events and event-specific functions. While you can use the general functions - on, off and one - to deal with all events, the event-specific functions do focus the mind on how events are used and are worth knowing about.


      Babbage's Bag

      Information Theory   Thursday 27 April

      So you know what a bit is – or do you? How much information does a bit carry? What is this "information" stuff anyway? The answers are, unsurprisingly, all contained in the subject called Information Theory, which was invented by one man.



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