July Week 2
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 13 July 2019

If you want to get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer, our weekly digest summarizes the articles, book reviews,and news written each day by programmers, for programmers. This week we hve the first of the three-part series, The Programmer's Guide to Go and the first of three articles that chart the rise and fall of Amstrad in the UK

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July 4 - 10, 2019     

The Core

A Programmer's Guide To Go With Visual Studio Code   Monday 08 July

gorunsGoogle's system programming language Go is becoming more mature and easier to use. Now is a good time to try it out with Visual Studio Code making it even easier. 



Alan Sugar - Amstrad and the CPC   Thursday 04 July

CPCIn the UK Alan Sugar's Amstrad was the first company to look at computing with an eye to producing something cheap and cheerful and in doing so revolutionised the computer marketplace.


Book Review of the Week   

  • Playing Smart

     Mike James awarded a rating of 4 out of 5 to this light-hearted and non-technical exploration of the way games and AI fit together wiuth the reservation that if you know something about AI then you won't find much that is new here.

New Listings in Book Watch 






Apple Removes Apps At Government Request  
Wednesday 10 July

appstoreiconAlthough Apple is often seen as being a law unto itself, it also has to comply with legal restrictions imposed in the different countries in which it operates. The newly published Apple Transparency Report reveals app takedowns for the second half of 2018 as well as requests from law enforcement agencies regarding devices and accounts. 

Boeing 737 Max Software Fix Is Too Slow  
Wednesday 10 July

mcasThe situation with the Boeing Max 737 is rapidly becoming a textbook case on how not to implement embedded systems and how not to deal with problems. It now seems that the software fix that will return the plane to the skies overloads its flight computer. 

Mozilla's Ad-Free Browsing Lure  
Tuesday 09 July

mozscroll1There appears to be a preview of the ad-free browsing promised by Mozilla. In turns out to be nothing more than a survey to gauge interest and a re-direct to a free trial of a product from it Scroll, which has partnered with Mozilla. 

Google Data Studio Improves Interactiveness  
Tuesday 09 July

datstudlogGoogle has updated its Data Studio analytics tool with a new home page designed to make it easier for users to find information and reports.

Fuchsia Casts Shadow on Future of Android and Chrome   Monday 08 July

fuchsialogoFushia's existence was akin to a conspiracy theory until Google finally confirmed it at I/O 2019 in May. What does it mean for the rest of Google's operating systems?  

Eclipse Renames Java EE Specifications to Jakarta EE   Monday 08 July

jakartaeeOne of the final stages of the move from Java EE to Jakarta EE has taken place as the Eclipse Foundation has renamed all the specifications of the Java EE standard to instead be part of Jakarta EE. The renaming is aimed at consolidating and clarifying the role of the various documents. 

Inputting Data Via Blinkenlights - Another Covert Channel   Sunday 07 July

lediconYou have probably heard that it is often possible to get data out of a system by monitoring the way status LEDs blink on and off, but now it seems the technique sometimes makes it possible to get data in as well.

Machine Learning For Cat Control  
Saturday 06 July

catblockedThis may not be the cat video you were expecting, but after numerous articles on computer vision recognizing cats, here's one in which machine learning is put to work to detect when your cat is bringing home a trophy you really don't want indoors. 

Have Your Say On .NET For Spark  
Friday 05 July

sparklogoDevelopers are being given the opportunity to decide how to improve .NET for Apache Spark. Spark is the general-purpose cluster computing framework that has native support for distributed SQL and enables streaming, graph processing, and machine learning. A survey is now open to help shape the future of the .NET for Spark product. 

Alexa For Developers  
Friday 05 July

alexaAmazon has released a new digital course for developers and designers who want to create apps, referred to as skills, for Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. Is it a good idea to join the Alexa Skill bandwagon?

C# 8.X Plans Revealed  
Thursday 04 July

cWe may still be waiting for the final release of C# 8.0, but the developers are already discussing what will form the basis of C# 8.X. The list reveals some details of what will miss the cut-off for C# 8.0. 

Deep Learning from the Foundations  
Thursday 04 July

fastaisqFast.ai has just published a follow-on to its free online course  Practical Deep Learning for Coders. At advanced level, Deep Learning from the Foundations is also free. How do these two courses stack up. 



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