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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: AirSim

Microsoft wants to help developers test their autonomous solutions without having to worry about any real-world damage. The company has open-sourced AirSim, its simulator for autonomous vehicles. AirSim is designed to provide a platform for AI researchers to experiment and test deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms. With AirSim, users can safely test … continue reading

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Web4GUI takes online applications offline

It may sound scary, but believe it or not, there are still people in the world who don’t have Internet access. For those users, Web4GUI is hoping to bridge the digital divide. On Friday, Stunnix, the company behind Web4GUI, introduced version 8.4 of the tool. Web4GUI allows developers to turn a website into an application. … continue reading

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Coding Dojo highlights the Top 9 programming languages of 2017

The programming boot camp Coding Dojo did its own analysis of the most in-demand programming languages of the year by poring through data from the job search engine Indeed.com. The boot camp’s research found Perl, Python and SQL are among the languages that are consistently showing up in job postings. Last year’s research from Coding … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub project of the week: PyTorch

GPU Tensors, dynamic neural networks, and deep Python integration are the major highlights of this week’s featured GitHub project: PyTorch. PyTorch is a new deep learning framework that puts Python first. This open-source Python package is in an early-release beta, but the PyTorch team says developers can expect some “adventures and rough edges.” PyTorch is … continue reading

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Slack introduces Threads, Realm Mobile Platform reaches v1.0, and CA Technologies officially acquires Automic—SD Times news digest: Jan. 19, 2017

Slack has introduced a much-sought-after feature today called Threads, which lets users reply to messages, organize discussions and manage their conversations. According to Paul Rosania, a member of the core product team at Slack, the company was trying to implement a feature that would group conversations in a channel to make it clear which message … continue reading

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ActiveState updates ActivePython with TDD

ActiveState is expanding its support for test-driven development (TDD) in its latest release of ActivePython. The company announced ActivePython 2.7.12 and ActivePython 3.5.2. According to the company, TDD provides lower maintenance costs and enables faster development. ActivePython now features testing packages Pyflakes in order to look for well-known errors in Python programs; unit testing framework … continue reading

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Google’s Grumpy, FTC launches IoT challenge, and Apteligent open-sources its Xamarin SDK—SD Times news digest: Jan. 5, 2017

Google has put work into running its millions of lines of Python code, and those efforts have now turned into Grumpy: a new experimental Python runtime for Go. Grumpy translates Python code into Go programs, and it supports Google’s Python codebase. It is meant to be a drop-in replacement runtime for pure Python projects, according … continue reading

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Tryolabs’ Top 10 list of Python libraries for 2016

If you ask a bunch of developers what programming language they prefer, prepare for a bunch of different answers. One popular programming language that seems to still be on the rise, according to Tryolabs, is Python, which is why the organization recapped some of the best Python libraries of 2016 today. Tryolabs, a company that … continue reading

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Guest View: The first release of Apache Arrow

Work on Apache Arrow has been progressing rapidly since its inception earlier this year, and now Arrow is the open-source standard for columnar in-memory execution, enabling fast vectorized data processing and interoperability across the Big Data ecosystem. Background Apache Parquet is now the de facto standard for columnar storage on disk, and building on that … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: How software is creeping into the world of biology

Tomorrow, the final chapter of the Da Vinci Code saga, “Inferno,” hits theaters. While Tom Hanks scours the ancient past for mysteries and riddles, there’s a deeper evil brewing in the form of a deadly virus waiting to infect the world and bring the series to its denouement. In the real world, however, viral propagation … continue reading

Frank Seide, left, and Chris Basoglu, right, have been key to building Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. (Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Developers can tap into deep learning with the open-source beta of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

Developers and researchers can start using the power of deep learning with the updated beta release of the open-source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, and was developed by computer scientists at Microsoft. They wanted developers to be able to train and evaluate deep learning algorithms fast, scaling efficiently in a range … continue reading

Quip’s answer to mobile fragmentation: a shelf full of devices for testing.

Google’s Bret Taylor gives a tour of Quip’s architecture

Bret Taylor cut his teeth in the workplace at Google. While completing his bachelors and masters degrees at Stanford, he got a job as an intern at the then-fledgling search company, back when the whole company fit into one Mountain View building. And it was there that he co-created Google Maps. As a follow-up, he … continue reading

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