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Microsoft asks devs for quantum leap of faith

Those without access to a quantum computer can console themselves with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, introduced as a preview release on Monday. Quantum computing has been around as as a plausible idea since the 1980s, based on earlier theoretical work on quantum information systems. But it would take until 2011 before …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Dec 2017
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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics. The technique, developed by UW doctoral students Vikram Iyer and Justin Chan, in conjunction with UW …
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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

Boffins at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory speculate that by 2040 advances in AI disciplines like machine learning and natural language processing will shift most software code creation from people to machines. In a paper distributed via ArXiv, "Will humans even write code in 2040 and what would that …
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Will you be on Cloud9? AWS emits cloudy code editor it nabbed last year

AWS re:Invent Amid its torrent of product announcements tied to its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced AWS Cloud9, a browser-based code editor with AWS integration. Without the AWS prefix, Cloud9 can be had as open source software and on Google Cloud Platform. AWS acquired the company Cloud9 in July, 2016 and …

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

Special report Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Nov 2017
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Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating. Microsoft offered a placeholder rather than a product. Said program tools director Amanda Silver: "We’re working on 'Visual Studio Live Share,' which enables developers using Visual …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017
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Silverlight extinguished while Angular wins fans among developers

Developers are done with Microsoft's Silverlight and Apache Flex, but they've been entranced by Android Studio, the Swift programming language, and Angular, a JavaScript framework. Coding community site Stack Overflow on Monday plans to publish details about which technologies have seen the greatest surge and the most …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017
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Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

Citing the social network's need for speed, Facebook senior software engineer Jonathan Keljo says the company's developer tools group has revisited how its Buck open-source build tool compiles Java code and made it faster still. As such a new version of the software was released today for programmers to fetch and play with: it …
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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

Node.js 8 on Tuesday goes into long-term support, which sounds like an assisted living plan for elders but in fact marks the maturation of the surprisingly popular JavaScript runtime. The LTS designation, codified a mere two years ago, means businesses can adopt Node 8 with the expectation the code will be supported for 18 …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017
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You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

The Qt Company would like to remind developers that JavaScript and HTML suck, at least in the world of embedded devices. The 23-year-old outfit, based in Espoo, Finland, happens to make an alternative: the eponymous Qt application framework, which provides an way to build interfaces using C++ and some other languages. So the …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Oct 2017
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Scroll, scroll, scroll your note gently down the screen. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, FB's code's a dream

Android developers looking for a way to write more maintainable apps with highly optimized scrolling lists may want to take a look at Sections, a Java-based data structuring API from Facebook. The social network happens to worry quite a bit about scrollable lists, because making them perform well, without janky movement, can …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2017
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How to make your HTML apps suck less, actually make some money

Chrome Dev Summit Your web apps probably suck, according to Google, but there are solutions if developers get progressive. Not just because of mediocre coding, legacy baggage, and half-hearted optimization, but also because the mobile ecosystem is full of pitfalls like slow network speeds and underpowered devices. At the Chrome Dev Summit on …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Oct 2017
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Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic

Chrome Dev Summit At the Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Google took another stab at making HTML-based apps less of a crapshoot. In a tag-team keynote, Ben Galbraith, director of the Chrome Web Platform, and Dion Almaer, developer relations lead, revisited the nearly decade-long effort to make web development more …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Oct 2017
Purism laptop

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled. The Intel Management Engine is a hidden coprocessor at the heart of Chipzilla's vPro technology. Part of the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Oct 2017
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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group. Among its software engineers, it's a programming problem that arises when multiple operations run concurrently but are executed in an unexpected order …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2017
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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

Analysis New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week agreed to settle charges that New York City-based code bootcamp Flatiron School operated without a license and failed to adequately disclose information about the employment outcomes of graduates. Flatiron School has agreed to pay $375,000 in restitution to eligible …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017
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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

At Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, where ships once were built, code-hosting biz GitHub held forth on building and shipping code, and on the people who do so. Following a manic Looney Tunes-inspired cartoon intro, Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and departing chief exec, opened the keynote presentation by …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

The revolution will not be televised because IT automation is boring. But it will be scripted and play out unseen, because boring is the desired state for computing infrastructure. Businesses just want their systems to work, without drama or excitement. Puppet, a maker of devops software, is trying to broaden the boredom. …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2017

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