December Week 4
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 28 December 2019

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19 - 25 December, 2019

Featured Articles

JavaScript Canvas Clipping & Basic Compositing
Ian Elliot
article thumbnailPaths are the basic way to create a drawing using Canvas but they can also be used to delimite areas and you can control the way that new graphics are combined with what is already drawn. In this extract from a chapter in my new book on JavaScript Graphics we look at the fundamentals of clipping and compositing.

Sequential Storage
Mike James
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Sequential storage played an important role in computing history and gave rise to some very specialised hardware and methods.  You might think that it is no longer relevant and we can forget the lessons of the past, but sequential storage is still with us and its algorithms are worth knowing. 


Too Good To Miss: An Embroidered Computer
25 Dec | David Conrad
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There are some news items from the past year that deserve a second chance. Here we have one such - built solely from a variety of metal threads and magnetic, glass and metal beads, the embroidered computer is described as an exploration using historic gold embroidery materials and knowledge to craft a programmable 8-bit computer.

Where is Santa? When Will He Arrive?
24 Dec | Lucy Black
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On Christmas Eve, around the world, children are eagerly awaiting Santa - which is something of a problem since he'll only arrive when they are fast asleep. Part of the tradition is to track Santa's progress across the globe with an app - both mobile and desktop.

Knuth's 25th Christmas Lecture - Pi And The Art Of Computer Programming
23 Dec | Mike James
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What could be better in the holiday season than a little bit of Pi mixed in with some tradition and Donald Knuth. Find out what Pi has to say about computer programming.

Robert Downey Jr Presents AI On YouTube
21 Dec | Mike James
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A more sensational headline would have been Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man reveals all about AI in new lavish YouTube series - but it really is only Robert Downey Jr...

Nvidia Updates Robot Simulator SDK
20 Dec | Lucy Black
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Nvidia has updated Isaac SDK, its robotic AI development platform, with new simulation capabilities and new DNNs. Isaac Software Development Kit (SDK) is a toolbox for accelerating the development and deployment of AI-powered robots.

Big Boost For IoT With Connected Home
19 Dec | Harry Fairhead
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Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance are joining forces in an initiative to make an IP-based connectivity standard for domestic IoT. It means we can look forward to devices that are compatible with the range of smart home and voice services.

Azure Functions 3.0 Goes Live
19 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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Azure Functions 3.0 has been released with the ability to target .NET Core 3.1 and Node 12, though it won't become the default for new apps until Microsoft has made some tooling improvements to the new release.

Books of the Week

Full Review

Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches (3rd Ed)

Reviewer: Ian Stirk,  Rating (out of 5): 5

Added to Book Watch

iOS 13 Programming Fundamentals with Swift (O'Reilly)

Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids (Rockridge Press)

The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 5 (Addison-Wesley Professional)


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