Topic: education

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Dev.to

This week’s highlighted project comes courtesy of a community of developers who hope that their codebase will be used to foster communities like theirs, focused on education and collaboration among peers of any skill level. Dev.to’s codebase is open-source as of last week week and the community-building platform’s developers think that further community involvement in … continue reading

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Microsoft releases open-source Quantum Katas tutorials for quantum computing

In order to give coders a head-start on quantum computing and learning its Q# programming language for quantum computing, Microsoft has launched the open-source Quantum Katas tutorial project. “Coding katas are great tools for learning a programming language,” the Microsoft Quantum Team wrote in the announcement. “They rely on several simple learning principles: active learning, … continue reading

GitHub launches learning and training lab for developers

GitHub launched the GitHub Learning Lab today, a program that aims to help developers learn new skills without having to leave GitHub. In addition to learning and surfacing new skills, the lab will also help developers apply those skills to the software development platform.  “GitHub is more than a home for code. It’s a forum … continue reading

IBM, Sesame Workshop enhance childhood learning with new cognitive vocabulary app

Ask Cookie Monster what is the “Letter of the Day,” and he just might give you three: IBM. That’s because IBM and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the educational program Sesame Street, are working together to prove that it’s possible to enhance early childhood education experiences with a new cognitive vocabulary learning app. Built … continue reading

Netflix’s open-source project Hollow, NVIDIA’s deep learning kits for educators, and new IBM Bluemix integrations—SD Times news digest: Dec. 6, 2016

Netflix announced a new open-source project called Hollow, which is a Java library with a comprehensive toolset for “harnessing small to moderately sized in-memory datasets, which are disseminated from a single producer to many consumers for read-only access,” according to a blog post by Drew Koszewnik, software developer for Netflix. Hollow focuses on performance, agility … continue reading

Amazon Go in beta, Tableau releases data education report, and Uber debuts Uber AI Labs and new acquisition—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2016

Amazon has introduced a beta of Amazon Go, a 1,800 square-foot location in Seattle that uses deep learning and sensors to keep track of what people are buying. The goal of Amazon Go is to create “a new kind of store with no checkout required,” according to the company. Shopping at the Amazon Go store … continue reading

Coding Dojo finds one-third of graduates had no prior coding experience

Middle-class Americans who want to change their careers and enter the IT or software development field may be receptive to Coding Dojo’s message of “anyone can learn to code.” According to analysis of recent graduates, 34.7% had no coding experience before the boot camp. Besides those findings, Coding Dojo found that 613 students have graduated … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Apple’s free coding classes are a sales engagement

Apple’s gotten into the game of teaching kids how to program. Last week at WWDC, the company announced Swift Playgrounds, along with the intention to teach programming classes at its Apple retail stores for free. And I’m here to tell you this is a terrible approach, a bad idea, and generally little more than a … continue reading

SD Times Blog: If coding were offered as a second language

The task of getting high schoolers a solid foundation in software and coding continues. For students in today’s world, the need to know some sort of programming language is as necessary as becoming fluent in Spanish. But are the two interchangeable, and should they be? One of the first states to try to tackle this … continue reading

Emulator to become available for HoloLens, PubNub helps educational tech companies, and Intel is looking into augmented reality—SD Times news digest: March 3, 2016

Microsoft will soon offer a HoloLens emulator for developers, which will be available before March 30, the shipping date for the first batch of HoloLenses. Using the emulator, developers can test their apps in a simulated room and walk around using controls. The Windows Holographic Dev Center will be the starting point for learning about … continue reading

President Obama announces initiative to get kids into computer science

U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to empower American students from kindergarten to high school to learn computer science. The campaign is called Computer Science for All, and the goal is to equip students with computational thinking skills so they can be more than just consumers of technology. CS for All already … continue reading

Code Watch: The things you know for sure about programming that just ain’t so

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it is what you know for sure just ain’t so,” said Mark Twain. Actually, some dude named Josh Billings said it, but continuing to attribute it to Mark Twain is nicely ironic. When it comes to programming, our assumptions give us blind spots. I … continue reading

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