TiddlyBot, a Kickstarter robot project teaching programming and robotics
TiddlyBot, a programmable robot built on Raspberry Pi, allows kids to program and control while learning coding and problem solving skills.
The robot is then controlled via a Web interface from a smart device or PC. TiddlyBot costs US$48, and the kit includes the interface board, SD Card, illustrated instructions and a learner guide. – Rob Marvin
Microsoft announces new TypeScript compiler, move to GitHub
In response to developer feedback, the entire TypeScript codebase has been moved into a GitHub repository along with a new issue tracker and the TypeScript documentation. As for the new compiler, TypeScript program manager Jonathan Turner said it compiles code 5x faster than the current compiler in TypeScript 1.0. Microsoft is still working on developing several features:
• Parser – Strict mode, incremental parsing for the language service (if necessary)
• Type checking – Get type checker to parity with 1.0 in terms of error coverage. This is nearing completion
• Compiler options – Support for –propagateEnumConstants, –watch, –locale, –logFile and –version
• Language service – Adapt the language service to work with new compiler
• Emitter – .d.ts output and comment preservation
Read more about the new TypeScript compiler and GitHub repository in Turner’s blog post. – Rob Marvin
Microsoft’s Stephen Elop on layoffs, Windows Phone and Nokia X plans
Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s executive VP of devices and services (and former Nokia CEO), followed up Satya Nadella’s employee memo with an e-mail of his own indicating there would be 12,500 layoffs and revealing plans for Windows Phone and the Nokia X Android phone.