September Week 4
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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Catch up with everything that appeared on I Programmer last week. Our digest gives links to news coverage together with the week's book reviews and additions to Book Watch. We also have a new addition to Programmer's Bookshelf with our top rated titles for C and C++. The week's other feature, from our History section, looks at how Dan Bricklin invented the spreadsheet in the 1970s.

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September 20 - 26, 2018 

Book Watch

This week's additions to Book Watch, our ever-growing archive of newly published computer books, are:   

Book Reviews


The Elephant In The Room - AI Vision Systems Are Over Sold?   Wednesday 26 September

There is currently a lot of talk about a new "AI winter" brought on by the overselling of what deep learning can do. A new study that literally addresses the problem of the elephant in the room is being used to drive the negative hype. Are deep learning vision systems really deeply flawed? Are we on the wrong track entirely? 

No Worries Over AI and Automation  
Wednesday 26 September

A survey of over 2,800 developers conducted by Packt in August 2018 reveals a high level of confidence about the impact of artificial intelligence, in particular with regard to automation. 

Mozilla Releases Reality VR Browser  
Tuesday 25 September

Mozilla has launched a web browser designed specifically for use with stand-alone virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets. The first release of Firefox Reality can be used with Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream products. 

Google Ditching Fabric In Favor Of Firebase  
Tuesday 25 September

Google will close down Fabric, its mobile app development tool, next year, and is encouraging developers using it to move to Firebase, which will include all the features currently in Fabric. Both Firebase and Fabric were originally independent apps that Google bought. 

IPv6 Is A Failure - Time To Move On  
Monday 24 September

Do you have an IPv6 connection at home? In the office? After 20 years IPv6 is still a rare thing and the problem it was supposed to solve has mostly gone away. Is it time to face up to the fact that IPv6 is dead? 

Perl for the Web: Mojolicious 8.0 Released  
Monday 24 September

Far gone are the days when you wrote Perl for the web in just CGI. Dancer, Catalyst and Mojolicious are the modern ways of going about it, with Mojo's version 8.0, code-named "Supervillain", being released just last week. 

Turing Bombe Breaks Enigma Messages Again  
Sunday 23 September

The replica of the Turing-Welchman Bombe has proved that it is more than a museum exhibit. On September 21, in a live video link-up between England and Poland, it succeeded in cracking a message scrambled by an original Enigma machine. 

Not The Shortest Way Home - But The Safest  
Saturday 22 September

We talk a lot about how self-driving cars might save lives, but perhaps there are other ways of making things safer for drivers and pedestrians. Researchers from Cardiff University have been investigating how best to compute the safest way home. 

New Ways To Program Alexa  
Friday 21 September

At a launch event yesterday Amazon announced revamped versions of its Echo products and completely new hardware including a clock, a security camera, a smart plug and a microwave. To support the new devices there are new and updated developer tools, which are currently in Preview. 

Xamarin Forms 3.2 Reduces Friction  
Friday 21 September

Xamarin has released an updated version of Xamarin.Forms. The developers say that their work on Version 3.2 has been about reducing the friction of working in it.  

Is Java Still Free?  
Thursday 20 September

Given Oracle's attempts to regulate Java's use, it's no wonder that the debate between JDK and OpenJDK has led to doubt, that for some that even meant considering to jump the ship. Fortunately, the Java Champion Community, guardians of all things Java, has reacted to this awkard situation. 

SQLite Adds Support For Window Functions  
Thursday 20 September

The developers of SQLite have released a new version with support for Window functions and an improved query optimizer. 

Professional Programmer

Top Choice C and C++ Books  
Monday 24 September

There are some big name classics in the C and C++ books on this bookshelf, and many have received our maximum five star rating, more as a percentage than for other languages. 


Dan Bricklin - Inventor of the PC Spreadsheet  
Thursday 20 September

Computers were once the sole preserve of programmers. If you wanted a computer to do something, be it as simple as add two numbers together, you needed a program and hence a programmer. Spreadsheets opened up computer use to the masses and paradoxically taught some of them to program. 


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