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Artificial Intelligence Engineer Nanodegree From Udacity

In its pursuit to establish itself as a synonym to Training in AI, Udacity is looking to expand on the success of its Self Driving Car Engineer Nanodgree by launching a new offering with a more general outlook and widespread reach.

Due to the high bar set for entry to the Self Driving Car credential, a major portion of its hopeful candidates had to be turned away and this could provide them with a second chance. This doesn't mean that there's no barrier; there still is but lowered in such a way that the only qualification required is to be able to solve exercises of the following kind:

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Peachpie Open Source PHP to .NET Compiler

Peachpie is a new open source PHP language to .NET compiler, which aims at full PHP 7 compatibility. Looking at it gave us the opportunity  to revisit the state of dynamic language interoperability on the .NET platform and consider the practical advantages that arise out of this atypical symbiosis of dynamic and static languages under the same  roof.

We've always been keen on the advancements in the field of programming language interoperability, especially from .NET/CLR's perspective; as such we were there when the big bang happened, the period that the very first attempts in bridging and bringing the dynamic languages to the statically oriented CLR commenced through the introduction of the DLR.

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Learning Perl, 7th Edition Book review

The new edition of an all time classic subtited "Making Easy Things Easy and Hard Things Possible". What has changed?

It has been 5 or so years since I extensively reviewed, in two parts (firstsecond), the sixth and, at the time, latest edition of the Llama book.
What has changed in between? A lot. The 6th edition covered Perl up to version 5.14, but with the current release on 5.26, 5.14 sounds like antiquated history.
Of course, the fact that Perl has grown older does not presume that Learning Pearl, 6th edition is largely deprecated. Technology moves fast, but  concepts remain, and it's these concepts that the Llama series highlights. As such, edition 7 also adopts the familiar tutorial-based approach and style, properties that render it highly usable in a classroom, even as a core textbook, but at the same time it expands on the latest upgrades the language has undergone in those 5 years.

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$200 Million Investment In IBM Watson

IBM, acknowledging Watson's far reaching achievements and ever growing untapped potential, has invested $200 million dollars in Watson's German IoT headquarters, in a strategic move to expand research as well as its client base.

We've already reported that artificial intelligence has nowadays reached the status of tradeable commodity, and what better confirmation than this big injection of cash.
So big investments but also big returns expected for IBM as Watson's platform grows from strength to strength, rapidly acquiring new clients, jumping from 4000 to 6000 in just a matter months.

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Udemy's Angular 2-The Complete Guide Course Review

Let me begin by saying that "Angular 2 - The Complete Guide"  stays true to its title,  taking no shortcuts and going full on from A-Z, from setting up the environment to full scale deployment.
Initially the course, taught by professional web developer Maximilian Schwarzm├╝ller,covered Angular 2 as a release candidate, long before the awaited official release. So after version's 2 authoritative release, the course underwent the necessary revamping to remove deprecated material or update the existing material to accommodate to the breaking changes that took place, mostly on the Angular CLI front end.

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Udacity's Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree

Udacity in perfect sync with the latest industry advancements, finds itself once more at the forefront of  cutting edge technology, by launching a brand new Nanodegree on the Engineering of Self-Driving cars.

This Nanodegree seems the perfect addition to the list of offerings from Udacity, the technology training organisation founded by Sebastian Thrum, who at the same time as being a Stanford professor was at the helm of Google's driverless car team and those who enrolled in Thrun's record breaking AI Class that stimulated the creation of Udacity and the MOOC phenomenon will remember his passion for the idea of using artificial intelligence to engineer safer cars that would eliminate human error


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