November Week 3
Saturday, 26 November 2022

This week included Fibonacci day, an annual celebration of the 12th century Italian mathematician, Leonardo of Pisa aka Lenardo Fibonacci who introduced a very simple mathematical sequence also related to the Golden ratio. The day falls on November 23, which represents the sequence 1,1,2,3.

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Featured Articles

Pi IoT In Python Using Linux Drivers - GPIO Character Driver
21 Nov | Mike James & Harry Fairhead
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The GPIO driver in Linux used to be GPIO sysfs but no longer now its the GPIO character driver. Find out how to do GPIO control the modern way.


Virtual Memory
20 Nov | Harry Fairhead
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Virtual memory is a way of pretending that your computer has more memory than it really has. But like all good things it comes at a cost. Virtual memory is an example of trading speed for storage.



Programming News and Views

Fibonacci Day 2022
23 Nov | Sue Gee
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Did you know that today is Fibonacci Day? It honors the 12th century Italian mathematician known for the number sequence that is regarded as "nature's secret code". The day is celebrated annually on November 23. Before you read on can you work out why this date was chosen?


Why Six Degrees Of Separation?
23 Nov | Mike James
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It is a remarkable fact that in a social network there are usually only six people linking any two members - this is often called the "small world effect" because picking any two people in the world at random we would expect then to be connected by no more than six people - why? Why isn't the world composed of effectively isolated groups of people?


Deno 1.28 Stabilizes NPM Compatibility
22 Nov | Kay Ewbank
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Deno 1.28 has been released with stabilizied compatibility for npm. Deno is the JavaScript and TypeScript runtime from the creator of Node.js.


A Giant of Computer Science - Fred Brooks
22 Nov | Sue Gee
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Fred Brooks, who managed the development of software for IBM's System/360 family of computers and based his book The Mythical Man-Month on that experience, has died at the age of 91.


Angular 15 Adds Standalone APIs
21 Nov | Kay Ewbank
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Angular 15 has been released with improvements including better performance and the availability of new standalone APIs which enable developers to build applications without using NgModules.


CSharpRepl Brings REPL Superpowers To C#
21 Nov | Nikos Vaggalis
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REPL, once an inherent property of the interpreted languages, has now found its way into compiled languages too. Tools like CSharpRepl for C# and Jshell for Java make it happen.


Generate 3D Flythroughs from Still Photos
20 Nov | David Conrad
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Machine Learning has already produced many impressive results using nothing but still photos. Now researchers have extended the technique to give us the visual experience of flying through a landscape, something that could be used for games or in virtual reality scenarios.


Programmer Presents 2022
18 Nov | Lucy Black
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As the holiday season approaches, what can you get the programmer who has everything? How about some festive wear? A garment with a geeky message might seem predictable, but we found several that made us chortle, including Clippy making a comeback on a really ugly sweater.


Google Spanner Wins Hall Of Fame Award
18 Nov | Kay Ewbank
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A paper about the structure and design decisions behind Google Spanner has won this year's SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award for influential operating systems papers published at least ten years in the past.



Books of the Week

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Full Review

Pro Database Migration to Azure (Apress) 

Author: Kevin Kline et al
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-1484282298
Audience: Managers & architects
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Ian Stirk

This book aims to give you a holistic approach to migrating on-premise databases to Azure, how does it fare? Ian provides a full and detailed account.

Book Watch

TensorFlow in Action (Manning) 

This book digs into the newest version of Google's amazing TensorFlow framework and shows how to create incredible deep learning applications. Author Thushan Ganegedara uses quirky stories, practical examples, and behind-the-scenes explanations to demystify concepts otherwise trapped in dense academic papers. 

Computational Imaging (MIT Press) 

This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date textbook and reference for computational imaging, which combines vision, graphics, signal processing, and optics. Ayush Bhandar, Achuta Kadambi and Ramesh Raskar cover the fundamentals of the field, current research and applications, and light transport techniques. 

Data Structures the Fun Way (No Starch Press) 

This accessible and entertaining book, subtitled "An Amusing Adventure with Coffee-Filled Examples" provides an in-depth introduction to computational thinking through the lens of data structures — a critical component in any programming endeavor. Jeremy Kubica shows how to work with more than 15 key data structures, from stacks, queues, and caches to bloom filters, skip lists, and graphs. 



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