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  • The Python Kids Club

    An 11-year-old asks her grandfather how computer games are made and he tells her they’re created by programmers “using complex mathematical code.” The next thing he knows, she’s learning Python on her own, and getting her chums involved too.

  • The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step

    In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley’s Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection of small cells that could communicate via simple messages. Each cell would perform its own discrete task. But in communicating with the rest, it would form a more complex whole. “This is an almost foolproof way of operating,” Kay once told me. Computer programmers could build something large by focusing on something small. That’s a simpler task, and in the end, the thing you build is stronger and more efficient.

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APT 1.3 Development Advances, APT 1.2.13 Now Available for Debian and Ubuntu

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The APT developers are hard at work these days to add as many new features and improvements to the upcoming major APT (Advance Package Tool) 1.3 release.

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2016 Python Language Summit

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  • Gilectomy

    Python's (in)famous global interpreter lock (GIL), which effectively serializes multi-threaded access to the interpreter (thus hampering concurrency using threads), has long been seen as something that Python could do without. But there are both technical and political hurdles to clear before the GIL can be removed. Larry Hastings presented his thoughts and progress on doing a "gilectomy" to the CPython interpreter at the 2016 Python Language Summit.

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  • The future of the Python ssl module

    The opening session at the 2016 Python Language Summit concerned the ssl module in the standard library. Cory Benfield and Christian Heimes described some of the problems that the module suffers from and discussed some plans for making things better.

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Making The Case For Using Rust At Low Levels On Linux Systems

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Linux kernel developer Andy Grover who is employed by Red Hat has written a lengthy blog post making the case for using the Rust programming language for low-level Linux.

Grover believes Rust is "extremely well-suited for low level Linux systems user-space programming." Grover believes that for work on new low-level utilities they would be better off written in Rust than the C programming language.

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  • PHP 7.1.0 Alpha 1 Released

    The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the first minor release in the PHP 7.x series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

  • PHP 7.1 Alpha Released With Void Return Type, Multi Catch

    The first alpha release was made available on Thursday for the upcoming PHP 7.1.

    PHP 7.1 is baking many features including the void return type, nullable types, generalized support of negative string offsets, class constant visibility modifiers, multi-catch, and more.

Enlightenment 0.20.9 Desktop Environment Out Now with 20 Improvements and Fixes

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A new stable version of the Enlightenment 0.20 lightweight and eye-candy desktop environment/window manager has arrived, version 0.20.9, which might just be one of the last maintenance versions in the series.

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