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All of the material you’re used to finding on Radar has now moved to New editions of Four Short Links are available at If you subscribe to Radar through RSS, new content is already appearing in that feed. …

Four short links: 10 May 2016

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Formal Methods at Amazon (PDF) — A TLA+ specification describes the set of all possible legal behaviors (execution traces) of a system. We found it helpful that the same language is used to describe both the desired correctness properties of …

Four short links: 9 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:33:44 PDT

The Next AI is No AI — In the near future, artificial intelligence will commonly become intangible, indistinguishable and incomprehensible for humans. No arguments until In this way, AI technologies could evolve into a platform, an infrastructure similar to the …

Four short links: 6 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:34:44 PDT

Apple Stole My Music, No Seriously — Amber relayed to me that shes had to suffer through many calls from people who cancelled their Apple Music subscription after the free, three-month trial, only to discover that all of their own …

Four short links: 5 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:35:44 PDT

Giphy Wants All the GIFs (Backchannel) — they’re licensing legit high-res metadata-rich GIFs from content producers, wanting to become a real search engine. The description of metadata problems on user contributions is interesting. GIF tags were incredibly spammy (every teenage …

Four short links: 4 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:36:44 PDT

Mika Model (Slate) — a new story from Paolo Bacigalupi, asking whether an AI’d up sex doll could commit murder. The companion article by Ryan Calo takes the story’s situation seriously and tries to answer that question, and is fascinating. …

Four short links: 3 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:37:44 PDT

NHS Data Sharing (Ben Goldacre) — as this project lands, we’re all becoming rapidly aware that incompetence, malice and creepiness around confidential data is policed with a worryingly light touch. Ben is scrupulously fair with the benefits and the risks, …

Four short links: 2 May 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:38:44 PDT

Digital Genies — The worst thing is a machine that has the wrong values, but is absolutely convinced it has the right ones, because then theres nothing you can do to divert it from the path it thinks its supposed …

Four short links: 29 April 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:39:44 PDT

OpenAI Gym — A toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms. It supports teaching agents everything from walking to playing games like Pong or Go. Open Xamarin — the Xamarin tools are now all MIT-licensed, after the Microsoft acquisition. …

Four short links: 28 April 2016

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:40:44 PDT

The Shape of Things (Tom Coates) — In fact its this problem of whats most intuitive that gives me most pause for tangible computing generally. The assumption from many of these thinkers is that making an interface thats physical makes …

Using Microformats

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:41:44 PDT


Apache Cookbook

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:42:30 PDT


Apache web server has good documentation for installing and configuring, but where do you go for help with the day-to-day stuff, like adding common modules or fine-tuning your activity logging? The third edition of this book provides more than 200 updated recipes for the latest versions of Apache, with practical examples for web administrators, programmers, and anyone else who works with the web server.

Developing SPAs

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:43:30 PDT


Good news for .NET developers looking to develop Single Page Applications (SPAs): Visual Studio 2015 now includes tools such as Gulp, Grunt, and Bower, and has improved support for JavaScript. This practical book demonstrates how to tie all of these technologies together in Visual Studio in a way .NET developers will understand, appreciate, and find incredibly useful.

If you’re familiar with the basics of web development (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Request/Response pattern) and C#, this book will get you started with SPAs.

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Deep Learning Cookbook

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 04:46:23 PDT


With this hands-on cookbook, you'll discover that deep learning doesn't need to be intimidating. Aimed at readers who are new to deep learning, this cookbook enables you to solve problems quickly, using the most appropriate platform for each application. Learn how to leverage the work of Google by reusing pre-trained networks, use non-final layers to map data, and build recommender systems out of any correlation data.

CSS Pocket Reference

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:48:23 PDT


When you’re working with CSS and need an answer now, this concise yet comprehensive quick reference provides the essential information you need. Revised and updated for CSS3, this fifth edition is ideal for intermediate to advanced web designers and developers. You’ll find a short introduction to the key concepts of CSS and alphabetical summaries of CSS selectors and properties. You’ll also discover information on new properties, including grid, flexbox, clipping, masking, and compositing.

Learning Swift

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:09:59 PDT


Get valuable hands-on experience with Swift, the open source programming language developed by Apple. With this practical guide, skilled programmers with little or no knowledge of Apple development will learn how to code with the latest version of Swift by developing a working iOS app from start to finish.

Feature Engineering for Machine Learning

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 04:49:55 PDT


Feature engineering is a crucial step in the machine-learning pipeline, yet this topic is rarely examined on its own. With this practical book, you’ll learn techniques for extracting and transforming features—the numeric representations of raw data—into formats for machine-learning models. Each chapter guides you through a single data problem, such as how to represent text or image data. Together, these examples illustrate the main principles of feature engineering. Rather than simply teach these principles, authors Alice Zheng and Amanda Casari focus on practical application with exercises throughout the book.

Docker for Rails Developers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:51:25 PDT


Docker does for DevOps what Rails did for web development--it gives you a new set of superpowers. Gone are "works on my machine" woes and lengthy setup tasks, replaced instead by a simple, consistent, Docker-based development environment that will have your team up and running in seconds. Gain hands-on, real-world experience with a tool that's rapidly becoming fundamental to software development. Go from zero all the way to production as Docker transforms the massive leap of deploying your app in the cloud into a baby step.

Building Web Apps with WordPress

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:53:29 PDT


WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. As this practical guide clearly demonstrates, you can use WordPress to build web apps of any type—not mere content sites, but full-blown apps for specific tasks. If you have PHP experience with a smattering of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you’ll learn how to use WordPress plugins and themes to develop fast, scalable, and secure web apps, native mobile apps, web services, and even a network of multiple WordPress sites.

Programming Ecto

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:54:01 PST


Languages may come and go, but the relational database endures. Learn how to use Ecto, the premier database library for Elixir, to connect your Elixir and Phoenix apps to databases of the SQL and NoSQL variety. Get a firm handle on Ecto fundamentals with a module-by-module tour of the critical parts of Ecto. Then move on to more advanced topics and advice on best practices with a series of recipes that provide clear, step-by-step instructions on scenarios commonly encountered by app developers. Co-authored by the creator of Ecto, this title provides all the essentials you need to use Ecto effectively.

Programming Elm

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:55:01 PST


Elm brings the safety and stability of functional programing to front-end development, making it one of the most popular new languages. Elm's functional nature and static typing means that run-time errors are nearly impossible, and it compiles to JavaScript for easy web deployment. This book helps you take advantage of this new language in your web site development. Learn how the Elm Architecture will help you create fast applications. Discover how to integrate Elm with JavaScript so you can update legacy applications. See how Elm tooling makes deployment quicker and easier.