Devdiscourse: UNESCO and Inria will open universal library of computer programme source codes. “The Softwareheritage initiative aims to preserve and share the source codes of all software programmes that have been giving life to computers since the middle of last century. Over 4 billion unique source code files, including their successive iterations and more than 83 million software projects in all fields are already available from the online archive. UNESCO encourages universal access to information and the preservation of knowledge. The Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage, adopted in 2003, states that digital documents include, among a wide range of electronic formats, texts, databases, images, audio-documents and Web pages.”
EurekAlert: Hey Alexa: Amazon’s virtual assistant becomes a personal assistant to software developers . “Researchers said it was more than just a matter of teaching Alexa some key phrases and mapping different commands to the work, they also had to figure out common multi-step tasks engineers were performing and build a system that could automate those tasks. They then asked 21 engineers from local Vancouver software companies to test out their system and evaluate it. While the engineers found the tool useful and provided lots of positive feedback, there was one challenge.”
Eyerys: Researchers Created ‘Bayou’, An AI Capable In Writing Codes On Its Own. “It has been a goal for humans to create a computer software capable of creating other software on its own. And here, researchers have made than happen. Computer scientists at Rice University’s Intelligent Software Systems Laboratory has developed a deep learning AI that works like a search engine for codes. This AI is aimed to help programmers to write codes that contain Java application programming interfaces (APIs).”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Programming Games to Test and Build Your Coding Skills. “Programming is fun once you’re confident and know what you’re doing, but getting to that point can be a grueling experience. Which is why, in between classes and lectures and tutorials, you should set aside time to play these programming games and challenges. Not only do they serve as fun breaks, but you’ll learn faster and retain more info thanks to the hands-on practice and experience.”
Engadget: Glitch launches its ‘YouTube for app creators’. “Fog Creek Software (led by well-known entrepreneur Anil Dash) has spent about a year testing Glitch, a sort of YouTube for app creators where people can create, modify and host code in an easy to use, collaborative environment. And now, it’s ready for public consumption: Glitch has dropped the beta tag and is now officially available to everyone. The site lets you ‘remix’ them regardless of your skill level. You don’t even have to figure out where to launch them, as Glitch automatically hosts your work.”
Hello Web Books: First free zine on command line basics has launched today!. “Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a little project to go along with the Kickstarter campaign for Hello Web App (one week left!) I’ve punted around the idea of releasing little mini-books or zines on small ideas, like pairing fonts or working with git. Today I’m releasing my first project, A Really Friendly Command Line Intro for MacOS! For free! This is a great addition to Hello Web App (and will be bundled with it moving forward). I walk through all the basic UNIX/command line commands that a beginner might need to learn when they start coding for the first time.” The graphic for the project notes that Linux and Windows versions are “coming soon”.