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Showing posts from November, 2016

JetBrain's Project Rider Cross-Platform IDE

Project Rider, JetBrain's new cross-platform IDE brainchild for coding in most languages used in .NET development, has been made available for a second round of EAP (Early Access Program). In contrast to the closed and private EAP six months ago, this one has been made public and accessible to everyone within just a click's reach with no questions asked, and no need to fill web forms with personal details. I Programmer covered Rider's initial launch back in January , and found that it was an intriguing project bringing together a number of versatile components. But what is meant by that? As far as Rider's front end goes, it is based on the IntelliJ platform and written in Kotlin, a language JetBrains wrote for its own in-house needs. Kotlin turned out so 'pragmatic' that  close to ten JetBrains products, including Rider, IntelliJ IDEA and YouTrack are now using thousands of Kotlin lines of codebases full article on i-programmer

IBM Watson and Education in the Cognitive Era

IBM's seemingly ubiquitous Watson is now infiltrating education, through AI powered software that 'reads' the needs of individual  students in order to engage them through tailored learning approaches  This is not to be taken lightly, as it opens the door to a new breed of technologies that will spearhead the education or re-education of the workforce of the future. As outlined in the 2030 report , despite robots or AI displacing a big chunk of the workforce, they will also play a major role in creating job opportunities as never before.In such a competitive landscape, workers of all kinds, white or blue collar to begin with, should come readied with new, versatile and contemporary skills. full article on

SQL Server on Linux, Love or Calculated Move?

Five years ago, who would have imagined Microsoft's U-turn into the arms of Linux arms, especially after Microsoft referred to Linux and Open Source being synonymous with cancer? Last week it joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member and SQL Server on Linux is now in public preview. Well the tide turned and, after open sourcing .NET and rendering it capable of functioning across multiple platforms, Microsoft is steadily making flagship products available on Linux, the start being made with Azure Cloud services. To consolidate its new position, at the Connect() developer event last week Microsoft annonced that is joining the non-profit Linux Foundation at the highest level (Platinum) and John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundation’s Board of Directors. full article on

Udacity Blitz From a Different Perspective

Udacity has announced Blitz, a labour supply service whereby its Nanodegree "graduates" can work for clients, with the potential of getting hired afterwards. It isn't enough simply to be a Udacity student to register to become a "Blitzer", you first have to earn one of the following Nanodegrees: Android Developer Data Analyst Front-End Web Developer Full Stack Web Developer iOS Developer Machine Learning Engineer Senior Web Developer Once registered there's no guarantee of work, instead you'll be ready when an opportunity arises calling for skills and interests that match your profile. The way Blitz operates means that a client company can assign a project to Udacity's Nanodegree graduates for a fixed price, payable to Udacity, and later on can hire the Blitzer without Udacity asking for any fees or posing any restrictions. full article on

IBM, Slack, Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing

There's a new chapter in the ongoing "Adventures of Watson" which introduces a new character and partner to Watson, going by the name of the Slack Chatbot. It's no secret that IBM considers Watson as its flagship product and is placing all bets on its success. After ensuring its maturity as an end product by outperforming human contenders in the US TV game show Jeopardy and aiding in situations like cancer research, IBM's now looks in expanding Watson's reach into as many practical applications as possible, as demonstrated by its latest $200 million investment in Watson's German IoT headquarters in a move to expand both research as well as client base.So given the recent rise of Cognitive Computing, the partnership in which Watson is to power up Slack's chatbot should come as no surprise. full article on i-programmer

Gain A Competitive Edge With Uber's Driver API

A new sort of API, invokable by 3rd party consumers and carrying brand new functionality, finds its way to Uber's repository's already rich collection of APIs and Uber is offering developers beta access. Until now Uber's repository has contained the purely client-centric APIs of the Ride Requests, Trip Experiences and UberRUSH Deliveries (an API for logistics and on demand delivery that lets customers track the location of their delivery from any device). The new Driver API is different in that it doesn't attempt to enhance a passenger's ride but instead looks at things from a driver's perspective and comprises a set of well defined REST endpoints full article on i-programmer

Facebook's Yann LeCun On Everything AI

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun interviewed Facebook's Director of AI Research, Yann LeCun, in a live event that took place on November 1st. You can still catch it on Udacity's Facebook page and here a brief outline. Spanning just over 18 minutes, this was a short talk, but otherwise satisfactory that approached the topic of AI under an abstract perspective, keeping technicalities and jargon talk to a minimum so that anyone can follow full article on i-programmer

Jumpstart Your Career In Game Development With Udemy

If you dream about creating the next blockbuster game that goes viral and makes your fortune, Udemy offers two courses that could help you make a start. One introduces the Unity engine while the other targets Unreal we have a special offer for both of them. Nowadays, to start from scratch, combining libraries and resources to make your own gaming engine, is both unusual and extravagant. Instead it's customary use large frameworks comprised of libraries, sources, assets and IDEs to tap into readily available and highly performant infrastructure and take it from there. Of course there are exceptions to the rule as we found out in this interview with Eugeny Butakov , creator of the successful mobile game, Psebay. If you want to follow the route of using a proprietary games engine, then Learn to Code by Making Games - The Complete Unity Developer  and The Unreal Engine Developer Course - Learn C++ & Make Games  will be of interest, and I Programmer readers can tak