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  • Intel Looking To Add SYCL Programming Support To LLVM/Clang

    SYCL, the single-source programming model developed by the Khronos Group and based upon standard C++, might soon be supported by the LLVM Clang compiler thanks to Intel.

  • Joachim Ansorg for next week’s PyCharm Plugins webinar

    JetBrains IDEs have a lot that’s “integrated” into the “development environment.” At some times, it seems daunting: there’s an infinity of features, with useful new things to learn at every corner. At other times, though, there’s something missing, something unique to what you do or how you do it.

    Fortunately the IntelliJ platform for IDEs has a powerful plugin model. In fact, most of PyCharm is done as plugins, either specific to PyCharm or reusable across all IntelliJ IDEs. Getting started can be daunting though, which is why we set up this webinar, to show writing a simple-but-useful PyCharm plugin.

  • Wing Python IDE 6.1.3

    This minor release improves management of the Python Shell when the project environment changes, adds 2FA card selector capability in remote host configuration, improves support for virtualenv and PEP 8 reformatting, updates the How-To for Autodesk Maya, improves auto-completion in regex.py and some other third party modules, streamlines remote agent installation, and makes about 30 other improvements. See the change log for details.

  • Python Software Foundation: 2018 in review!
  • Python Bytes: #112 Don't use the greater than sign in programming
  • Learning (and teaching) Python in a vacuum
  • Knative: Deep Dive, from Installation to Deployment
  • Teaching to read Haskell

    Half a year ago, I left the normal academic career path and joined the DFINITY Foundation, a non-profit start-up that builds a blockchain-based “Internet Computer” which will, if everything goes well, provide a general purpose, publicly owned, trustworthy service hosting platform.

    DFINITY heavily bets on Haskell as a programming language to quickly develop robust and correct programs (and it was my Haskell experience that opened this door for me). DFINITY also builds heavily on innovative cryptography and cryptographic protocols to make the Internet Computer work, and has assembled an impressive group of crypto researchers.

    Crypto is hard, and so is implementing crypto. How do we know that the Haskell code correctly implements what the cryptography researchers designed? Clearly, our researchers will want to review the code and make sure that everything is as intended.

    But surprisingly, not everybody is Haskell-literate. This is where I come in, given that I have taught Haskell classes before, and introduce Haskell to those who do not know it well enough yet.

  • Reduce video frame rate with Python and FFmpeg

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