September Week 4
Saturday, 01 October 2022

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September 22 - 28, 2022

Featured Articles

AWS Low Cost Mailing List Using phpList And SES
27 Sep | Ian Elliot
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Running a mailing list is not easy or cheap, but if you use AWS it can be. Find out how to create a low-cost and highly effective mailing list server. 

Just jQuery The Core UI - The JQuery Object
24 Sep | Ian Elliot
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The JQuery object is a wonderful example of just how sophisticated JavaScript can be. It is worth knowing how to use it and how it works. 


Programming News and Views

ZenHub Explores Developer Happiness and Productivity
28 Sep | Janet Swift
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Developers are happiest and stay at their jobs longer when allowed to focus on building code. This wisdom comes from Zenhub after conducting an in-depth survey aimed at  understanding how developers view their world and what makes them happy and fulfilled in their careers. 

Whisper Open Source Speech Recognition You Can Use
28 Sep | Mike James
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OpenAI has released a very usable speech recognition and translation program that you can install and use on any machine that runs Python. It could well be useful for more than just research. 

StormForge Optimize Live Adds BiDimensional Kubernetes Autoscaling
27 Sep | Kay Ewbank
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StormForge has announced that its Optimize Live solution now enables bi-directional Kubernetes pod autoscaling. Optimize Live uses machine learning to suggest actions that will improve the efficiency of an organization's Kubernetes production environment so saving cloud resources and money.

Eclipse Temurin OpenJDK Now Supported By Red Hat
27 Sep | Nikos Vaggalis
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There's now yet another reason to opt for Eclipse's Temurin version of OpenJDK among the rest of the builds - LTS support provided by Red Hat. 

A Time To Enrol, A Time To Save
26 Sep | Sue Gee
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September is the traditional back to school month and right now is a good time to sign up to learn something new. Whether you are embarking on a new career or just want to acquire new skills for your current job there's plenty on offer by way of online certification. 

.NET 7 Release Candidate Announced
26 Sep | Kay Ewbank
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The first Release Candidate for .NET has been released. Microsoft says this is the first of two release candidates, which rather seems to miss the point of a release candidate, but never mind.

$3 Million Breakthrough Prize For Quantum Computing
25 Sep | Sue Gee
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The 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is shared by four individuals who have made a range of contributions regarded as “foundational work in the field of quantum information.” 

Open Mainframe Project Launches COBOL Course
23 Sep | Kay Ewbank
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The Open Mainframe Project has launched a new COBOL programming course as an open source initiative offering introductory-level educational COBOL materials with modern tooling.

Jakarta EE 10 - A New Era For Java On The Cloud
23 Sep | Nikos Vaggalis
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After a lot of iterations and false starts in terms of dates, Jakarta EE 10 is finally here and primarily focused on the Cloud and microservices. 

Striim Joins Databricks Technology Partners
22 Sep | Kay Ewbank
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Striim has joined the Databricks Technology Partners Program in a move designed to give Databricks customers access to a fully-managed cloud service that can be used to connect data from databases, applications, and clouds to Databricks in real-time. 

Wolfi Linux (Un)Distribution Secures The Software Supply Chain
22 Sep | Nikos Vaggalis
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Chainguard, the co-creator of Sigstore, has just launched Wolfi, a community Linux (un)distribution that is built with the default security measures necessary for securing the software supply chain.


Books of the Week

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Full Review

SQL Server Query Tuning and Optimization (Packt)

Author: Benjamin Nevarez
Publisher: Packt Publishing Pages: 446
ISBN: 9781803242620
Print: 1803242620
Kindle: B0B42SVBFY
Audience: Intermediate to advanced DBAs and developers
Rating: 4.7
Reviewer: Ian Stirk

This book aims to give you the tools and knowledge to get peak performance from your queries, how does it fare? 

Book Watch

Book Watch Archive is I Programmer's ever expanding listing of  books you might like to read. Rather than a review, where we provide an independent assessment, it is compiled using publishers' publicity material. Some, but by no means all of the books in Book Watch, are eventually reviewed.

Infrastructure as Code, Patterns and Practices (Manning)
28 Sep 

This book explains how to automate infrastructure by applying changes in a codified manner. Using examples in Python and Terraform, Rosemary Wang shows how to create, test, and deploy infrastructure components in a way that’s easy to scale and share across an entire organization.

The Book of Kubernetes (No Starch)
26 Sep 

Subtitled "A Complete Guide to Container Orchestration", this is a hands-on guidebook to the inner workings of containers.  Alan Hohn peels back the layers to provide a deep explanation of what a container is, how containerization changes the way programs run, and how Kubernetes provides computing, networking, and storage.  

Make: Calculus (Make)
23 Sep 

This book, subtitled "Build models to learn, visualize, and explore" imagines how Isaac Newton, creator of Calculus, might have used 3D printed models, construction toys, programming, craft materials, and an Arduino or two to teach calculus concepts in an intuitive way. Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron use as little reliance on algebra as possible while still retaining enough to allow comparison with a traditional curriculum.  



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