IT Pro Today: 2020 Open Source Conferences That Have Moved Online

IT Pro Today: 2020 Open Source Conferences That Have Moved Online. “Although open source developers are unlikely to fly to some cool and groovy city to spend a few days fellowshipping and learning from fellow geeks, they can still attend open source conferences from the comfort of their shelter-in-place abode, since many of the cancelled conferences are holding safe and sanitary online conferences. Even better news: Attending a conference in person can cost a king’s ransom once attendees shell out $1,000 or more for admission to a major event, plus airfare and hotel fees. In contrast, most of these virtual conferences are absolutely free. All anyone has to do is register.”

BetaNews: All core GitHub features are now free

BetaNews: All core GitHub features are now free. “When Microsoft acquired GitHub two years ago, it was clear that some things would change along the line. Microsoft lifted the private repository creation limit one year ago and worked for the last 18 months on making core GitHub features available for free for everyone, according to a new announcement.”

TechCrunch: Twitter rewrites Developer Policy to better support academic research and use of ‘good’ bots

TechCrunch: Twitter rewrites Developer Policy to better support academic research and use of ‘good’ bots. “Twitter today updated its Developer Policy to clarify rules around data usage, including in academic research, as well as its position on bots, among other things. The policy has also been entirely rewritten in an effort to simplify the language used and make it more conversational, Twitter says. The new policy has been shortened from eight sections to four, and the accompanying Twitter Developer Agreement has been updated to align with the Policy changes, as well.”

TechCrunch: Twitter opens its ‘Hide Replies’ feature to developers

TechCrunch: Twitter opens its ‘Hide Replies’ feature to developers. “Last November, Twitter rolled out its Hide Replies feature to all users worldwide. The feature, largely designed to lessen the power of online trolls to disrupt conversations, lets users decide which replies to their tweets are placed behind an extra click. Today, Twitter is making Hide Replies available to its developer community, allowing for the creation of tools that help people hide the replies to their tweets faster and more efficiently, says Twitter.”

Google Blog: Come celebrate the art of indie games with us

Google Blog: Come celebrate the art of indie games with us. “This year we will host three competitions for indie game developers from Japan, South Korea and several European countries. The top 20 creators in each region will be chosen to showcase their games at public events in Tokyo, Seoul and Warsaw. Players, industry experts and the Google Play team will vote to select the top 10, and from there, three winners for each regional contest will be crowned.”

Medium: Google’s Monopoly is Stifling Free Software

Medium: Google’s Monopoly is Stifling Free Software. “Google has an undeniable monopoly on search, and a near-monopoly on web browsing software via Chrome and its forks. And even alternative browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox reference Google’s Safe Browsing service to decide on the trustworthiness of downloads. Stopping the spread of malware is a laudible goal, but a consequence of this is directly harming free and open source software developers from being able to release their software without paying expensive certificate authority rent-seeking fees.”

The Conversation: Why all children must learn code

The Conversation: Why all children must learn code. “Coding language develops the software that can effectively deal with problems and challenges – for instance, because of coding, people who couldn’t get a bank account can now keep, send and borrow money using mobile phones. It’s an important skill to have as countries develop. In the past four decades, several studies have assessed the effect of learning code on primary school children – usually between the ages of six and 13. In each case, the findings show that it is beneficial to children, irrespective of their career path later on in life.”

Northern Arizona University: Can open source software be gender-biased? Yes, say professors who are working to eliminate gender-biased ‘bugs’

Northern Arizona University: Can open source software be gender-biased? Yes, say professors who are working to eliminate gender-biased ‘bugs’ . “The cycle of open source software (OSS) development and gender representation is, perhaps, unsurprising—women are vastly underrepresented among OSS developers. As a result, women miss out on development and professional opportunities, and as jobs in OSS development open up, women lack the experience to get them. And the cycle continues. It’s so pervasive that it’s likely built right into the software itself, say four researchers, which is an entirely separate problem—one they’re aiming to resolve through finding these bugs and proposing redesigns around them, leading to more gender-inclusive tools used by software developers.”

CyLab: This new tool for developers can help preserve app users’ privacy

CyLab: This new tool for developers can help preserve app users’ privacy . “When writing the code for an app using Coconut, the plugin’s heuristics automatically detect when a request for user data is made, triggering a popup reminder to the developer to write an annotation explaining the reasons behind their request. Rather than requiring them to write one from scratch, developers have the option of choosing one from a list of pre-written annotations explaining the reason behind the request, such as, ‘Data collection for advertising,’ ‘Location-based game,’ or ‘Maps and navigation,’ among others.”

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions. “Software development platform GitHub is essential to developers across the globe. Unfortunately for users in Iran, Syria and Crimea, access is getting squeezed, thanks to US trade law.”

TechCrunch: Twitter Developer Labs opens to all with release of first APIs

TechCrunch: Twitter Developer Labs opens to all with release of first APIs. “In May, Twitter announced plans to launch its Twitter Developer Labs program, a way for app developers to sign up to experiment with pre-released beta APIs. The idea, the company explained at the time, is to allow developers to test new API products early and offer feedback. Today, Twitter says it’s introducing its first Twitter Developer Labs endpoints: GET/users and GET/tweets. These allow developers access to look up tweets and users by ID.” I appreciate TechCrunch also mentioning all the ways Twitter has been horrible to the developer community.

TechCrunch: GitHub launches Sponsors, lets you pay your favorite open source contributors

TechCrunch: GitHub launches Sponsors, lets you pay your favorite open source contributors. “GitHub today launched Sponsors, a new tool that lets you give financial support through recurring monthly payments to open source developers. Developers will be able to opt into having a ‘Sponsor me’ button on their GitHub repositories and open source projects will also be able to highlight their funding models, no matter whether that’s individual contributions to developers or using Patreon, Tidelift, Ko-fi or Open Collective.”

Launching Today: Free Wolfram Engine for Developers (Wolfram Blog)

Wolfram Blog: Launching Today: Free Wolfram Engine for Developers. “The Wolfram Engine is the heart of all our products. It’s what implements the Wolfram Language, with all its computational intelligence, algorithms, knowledgebase, and so on. It’s what powers our desktop products (including Mathematica), as well as our cloud platform. It’s what’s inside Wolfram|Alpha—as well as an increasing number of major production systems out in the world. And as of today, we’re making it available for anyone to download, for free, to use in their software development projects.”

Georgia Tech: New Tool First to Automate App ‘Slicing’ Capabilities for Developers

Georgia Tech: New Tool First to Automate App ‘Slicing’ Capabilities for Developers. “Whether it’s a theme park, music festival, or vacation destination, there’s always a new app. But, downloading a new app onto an already cluttered smartphone can challenging, particularly with limited network connectivity. A new plug-in tool created at Georgia Tech for app developers, however, lets people select and use relevant ‘slices’ of an app without the entire download on their phone. Known as ‘AppSlicer’, the tool builds on existing dynamic program slicing capabilities, but it is the first of its kind to eliminate the need for additional coding by automating the process for app developers.”

MAKE: WeChat Launches Maker Program for In-App Content Creation

MAKE: WeChat Launches Maker Program for In-App Content Creation. “Today at Maker Faire Bay Area, WeChat launches its new WeChat Maker initiative, which aims for developers to build fun new mini apps inside the WeChat ecosystem. Leveraging Javascript and the WeChat maker API, creators can design programs that hit on the whimsical-to-delightful side of the coding world.”