December Week 2
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Saturday, 17 December 2022

I Programmer has reported news for over 12 years, giving us a perspective on what is happening week by week and all the latest news stories are included in this weekly digest. This week's top featured article is about debugging, an important skill that tends to be overlooked. We have also retrieved an article from our History section on Grace Hopper, whose birthday we remember every December 9.

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Featured Articles

The Trick Of The Mind - Debugging As The Scientific Method
12 Dec | Mike James
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Creating programs is just part of being a programmer - the other big part is the act of debugging and yet we rarely consider it as an important skill - and yet it is.


Grace Hopper - The Mother of Cobol
08 Dec | Historian
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Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was responsible not only for the development of the Cobol language but also for making computers and computing more accessible. Throughout her career she was concerned in promoting programming skills to young people which is why Computer Science Education week co-incides with her birthday of December 9th.



Programming News and Views

The Robots Are Coming - AlphaCode Can Program!
14 Dec | Mike James
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When we sit back and contemplate the replacement of "workers" by "automation", programmers are in a smugly safe position. After all we are the people doing the automation. We are coming for THEIR jobs. But, surprise, surprise - AI is coming for US!


Java Out of Top Three In TIOBE Index
14 Dec | Sue Gee
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There's a reversal of fortunes In the December 2022 edition of the TIOBE index. C++ is back in third place, which was its traditional spot until ousted by Python in 2019. This time, however, it is Java that C++ has overtaken, relegating Java to 4th place, the lowest it has ever been.


Take the Azure Cosmos DB Cloud Skills Challenge
13 Dec | Nikos Vaggalis
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A free, self-paced course by Microsoft gives you the chance to expand your knowledge of Azure Cosmos DB as well as earning a certification.


Google Delays Manifest V3 Again
13 Dec | Ian Elliot
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Google has again revised the timetable for the transition of Chrome extensions from Manifest V2 to Manifest V3. Dubbed the "adblocker killer", Manifest V3 is Google's solution to issues of web security and privacy, but has been repeatedly delayed by both technical and political issues.


GitHub Adds Granular Access To npm
12 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub has announced the general availability of granular access tokens on the JavaScript package manager npm, along with a new npm code explorer. Both new features are designed to make it safer to download npm packages.


AWS Lambda Updated With SnapStart
12 Dec | Kay Ewbank
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Amazon has introduced AWS Lambda SnapStart,  a performance optimization that the team says can significantly improve the startup time for applications.


A Tee Is Not Just For Xmas - Ten Top Tees
11 Dec | Mike James
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Programmer gifts - easy idea, difficult implementation.  We have ten top fun tee-shirts for giving, buying or just wearing at any time of the year.


Advent Of Code - More Than You Might Expect
09 Dec | Sue Gee
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Advent of Code 2022 is well underway and as well as the challenge of earning stars for the daily puzzles, programmers are using it to try out new languages and new techniques.


Grace Hopper - Born On This Day In 1906
09 Dec | Sue Gee
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Today, December 9th 2022, is the 116th anniversary of the birth of Grace Hopper. Her concern for teaching young people is why Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code are timed to coincide with her birthday. This day is also celebrated as Día Mundial de la Informática in Latin America in recognition of her being a true pioneer of computer science.


New Software Signing Capability For Chainguard Enforce
08 Dec | Sue Gee
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Chainguard has announced new capabilities in its software supply chain risk management platform, Chainguard Enforce. These include a software signing service powered by Sigstore.


JetBrains Qodana Moves To The Cloud
08 Dec | Nikos Vaggalis
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JetBrains' integrated code quality platform moves from locally hosted development environments to the cloud. Why is that great?



Books of the Week

If you want to purchase, or to know more about, any of the titles listed below from Amazon, click on the book jackets at the top of the right sidebar. If you do make Amazon purchases after this, we may earn a few cents through the Amazon Associates program which is a small source of revenue that helps us to continue posting.

Full Review

Visual Complex Analysis 

Author:  Tristan Needham
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Pages: 616
ISBN: 978-0198534464
Print: 0198534469
Kindle: B0BNKJTJK1
Audience: The mathematically able and enthusiastic
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Mike James


Book Watch

The Well-Grounded Java Developer, 2nd Ed (Manning)


This book introduces both the recent innovations and fundamentals that make a developer a Java master. Authors Ben Evans, Martijn Verburg, and Jason Clark distill their decades of experience as Java champions, veteran developers, and key contributors to the Java ecosystem into this clear and practical guide. 

Murach's ASP.NET Core MVC, 2nd Ed (Murach)


This 2nd Edition of Murach’s ASP.NET Core MVC has been revised to provide more coverage of the skills needed to develop websites using the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern with ASP.NET Core. Joel Murach and Mary Delamater take readers who know the basics of C#, through coding the way today’s top web professionals do.


Hangry: A Startup Journey (Legacy Lit)


In this book GrubHub founder Mike Evans reveals the inside story of how he co-founded and developed GrubHub after wanting a pizza delivered late one night. In Hangry, he details step-by-step the grind of building an innovative business, with each chapter including sharp lessons for entrepreneurs and startups that Mike learned on the fly.



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