January Week 3
Saturday, 21 January 2023

Get up to speed on stuff that affects you as a developer with our weekly digest. It summarizes the week's news together with links to the latest book review and our additions to Book Watch. By way of featured articles we have Risks of Application Dependencies and How to Mitigate Them and Nintendo - The Early History.

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Featured Articles

Risks of Application Dependencies and How to Mitigate Them
16 Jan | Gilad David Maayan
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Application dependencies are an important aspect of software development and maintenance, as they provide the necessary components for an application to function properly. We look at ways to minimize five risks that can result from dependencies.


Nintendo - The Early History
12 Jan | Historian
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Without Nintendo the story of computer entertainment might have begun and ended with Nolan Bushnell and Atari. Although we all know the name, how much do you know about the company, the machine or the men behind it all?



Programming News and Views

ChatGPT Coming Soon To Azure OpenAI Services
18 Jan | Sue Gee
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Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service, which has been restricted to a few select customers since its launch in November 2021, is now generally available. The line up of advanced AI models the service offers includes GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL•E 2 and soon customers will also be able to access ChatGTP.


More Rust - Chrome And Servo
18 Jan | Mike James
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Rust is the language we are all expecting to save us and it has just scored two more goals. The Chromium project has decided to support it and Mozilla, the home of Rust, has a revitalized Servo project.


Build Rich GUI Apps In Python With Aid From Delphi
17 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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Embarcadero has made its Delphi-based GUI libraries, VCL and FireMonkey (FMX), available for Python. These libraries are meant to be better and more adequate than the Tkinter ones that ship with the default Python distribution.


Conan C/C++ Package Manager 2.0 Now In Beta
17 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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A pre-release beta of the Conan C/C++ Package Manager has been released on GitHub with new generators and a new graph model that provides better support for C and C++ binaries relationships, compilation, and linkage.


GitHub Adds Required Workflows For Actions
16 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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GitHub has introduced required workflows and support for configuration variables for Actions. The update is designed to standardize and enforce CI/CD best practices, and give developers working for large organizations a way to secure their code.


Revealing The Top Skills For 2023
16 Jan | Janet Swift
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When it comes to the skills that are going to be in demand in the coming year, what can we learn from the 2023 HackerRank Developer Skills Report? It probably comes as little surprise that Data Science is high on the list, but in terms of the increase of demand REST API comes out top.


Disney Uses AI To Re-Age Faces
15 Jan | David Conrad
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Disney Research has a new visual effects tool that can make actors look older or younger for movies without needing to collect longitudinal data using photographs.


Natives In Tech Accuse Apache Of Cultural Appropriation
13 Jan | Sue Gee
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The Apache Software Foundation is being urged to change its name and the names of the projects it hosts by members of Natives In Tech, a collective of Native technologists crafting free and open source technology for Native peoples.


Learn To Build A Full Stack Application with Azure SQL And Prisma
13 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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A self paced course by Microsoft Learn based on a real case study on how to apply Azure SQL with Prisma and Vue.


Ruby 3.2 Adds WebAssembly Support
12 Jan | Kay Ewbank
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Ruby 3.2 has been released with an initial port of WASI-based WebAssembly support and production-ready YJIT.


ActiveState Komodo Is Now Open Source Software
12 Jan | Nikos Vaggalis
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ActiveState has finally let go of its venerable Komodo IDE, handing it over to the open source community which will now take the lead.



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

DevOps For The Desperate (No Starch Press)


Author: Bradley Smith
Publisher: No Starch
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1718502482
Audience: Developers working in DevOps
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

Subtitled 'A hands-on survival guide, this book aims to provide software engineers and developers with the basics necessary to thrive in a modern application stack. 

Book Watch

Python Crash Course, 3rd Ed (No Starch Press)


This fast-paced introduction to Python aims to have readers writing programs, solving problems, and developing functioning applications in no time. Eric Matthes starts from basic programming concepts, such as variables, lists, classes, and loops, and readers practice writing clean code with exercises for each topic. This third edition is completely revised to reflect the latest in Python code. New and updated coverage includes VS Code for text editing, the pathlib module for file handling, pytest for testing your code, as well as the latest features of Matplotlib, Plotly, and Django.

Microsoft Azure, 2nd Ed ( For Dummies)


Covering first steps into the world of Azure and the core services, this book is a guide for users who are new to the platform. Jack Hyman covers the essentials including building a virtual network on Azure, launching and scaling applications, migrating existing services, and keeping everything secure. Updated to included expanded information on data resources, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and collaboration,this 2nd Edition provides an entry-level, comprehensive guide that provides a simple-to-understand primer on core Azure services.


Convergence: Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing (Wiley)


This book subtitled "Social, Economic and Policy Impacts"  is a collection of essays from 20 renowned, international authors working in industry, academia, and government. Editor Greg Viggiano introduces essays that explain the impending convergence of artificial intelligence and quantum computing. A diversity of viewpoints is presented, each offering their view of this coming watershed event.




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