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Sorbet - Making Ruby Statically Typed

Stripe's Sorbet type checker aims to achieve what Typescript has done for JavaScript; inject static typing to a dynamical language. But let's start with the basics; what's so wrong with dynamically typed systems that statically type ones, full or partial, are so desirable. Back in early 2010, I Programmer ran my in-depth article series, Type System Demystified (Part 1Part 2, Part 3) on the big face-off between types systems (static vs dynamic, strong vs weak), detailing both their hindrances as well as their merits. While things have moved on .. full article on
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Perl 5.28 Released

Perl 5.28 doesn't introduce radical changes, but mainly focuses on optimizations, performance improvements, security fixes, cleanups, module upgrades and removals. We've combined this version's delta document with SawyerX's talk at TPC2018 in Salt Lake City to provide a more holistic summary of noteworthy changes.
Starting up with the new features,Perl 5.28 has been upgraded to support Unicode version 10.0, which now even incorporates the Bitcoin symbol! .. full article on

Learn to Code With Games

Play games and learn something while you are at it? Even better, rather than feeling guilty about wasting time playing games, you are in fact "studying"? With so many code playgrounds out there, here are three of the latest, and free, offerings. The first one is JSRobot and teaches Javascript by letting you control a little Robot. It is targeted at total beginners in coding as well as the Javascript language and therefore cover the very basics, such as the Console:...full article on

Learn To Program the Blockchain With Devslopes For Free

It is strongly believed that AI together with the Blockchain is the upcoming revolution in technology. Professionals in these areas are expected to be highly sought after. Recognizing this need, Devslopes aims to transform any beginner to a professional and currently has a very attractive offer that amounts to free training. We've recently looked into the Blockchain technology and its future in watching and reviewing the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum's Blockchain AMA which revolved around the Blockchain's  applications on a pan-European level. Since the EU Commission is so fond of this novel technology, you certainly get the feeling that you have to do something about it to prepare for a Blockchain-powered future. Devslopes is one of the most recently founded .... full article on

Actian X/Ingres - Working around the limitations of the GLOBAL TEMPORARY/SESSION TABLES

An attempt to work around the
Limitations of Database Procedures when used with Global Temporary Tables

Successfully tested on Ingres II 9.2.0 (int.lnx/118)NPTL

On Ingres II 10.0.1 (a64.lnx/100)NPTL returns error:
E_SC0206 An internal error prevents further processing of this query.
    Associated error messages which provide more detailed information about
    the problem can be found in the error log, II_CONFIG:errlog.log

Code on GitgHub

EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum Blockchain AMA

The EU Blockchain Observatory is a recent initiative, launched in February 2018, which is backed by the European Commission with the primary aim of educating the EU's public on Blockchain technology.This very interesting AMA really served that purpose by answering  the public's challenging questions, which were mainly tweeted under the #AMABlockchain hashtag. Educating the public aside, the forum's two other objectives are to accelerate the application of this technology at a pan-European level and to push for cooperation between member states to materialize uses cases and scenarios backed by Blockchain. The AMA started smoothly tackling lightweight questions, such as "what is the Blockchain technology?" or "where is a Bitcoin stored?", (answer: "on every computer in the Blockchain network"), continuing with what a blockchain Node is and what does a Miner do. Other questions revolved around which Consensus algorithms does a blockchain network…

European Perl Conference In Glasgow, Massive Summer Event

Yes, with more than 50 talks, workshops and networking events, YAPCEU:: 2018 promises to be massive. Not  everything will be strictly about Perl 5 and 6, sessions on ethics, career building and recruiting are also included.
The workshops, which include training most notably by GeekUni and Dave Cross, have been finalized and are: Perl related: GeekUni - "Using databases with DBIx::Class", 240 minutes long, requires knowing both Perl and SQL
GeekUni - "Object Oriented Perl 5", a 240 minutes long session to transcend from the default minimal OO system to Moo and Moose
DrForr - "Introduction to Perl 6", a whooping 540 minutes long session on Perl 6 fundamentalsCareer/Character building: full article on