Weekly developer news – December 15th 2017

So, welcome to the 12th edition of developer news.

A full five items for you this week. Again I would love to hear your feedback on this weekly news, whether you find it valuable, or whether you have any content you would like to share.

1 : Microsoft Quantum Computing dev kit

It’s been around for a couple of months, but it is something that is getting a lot of coverage this week, with a log of ongoing discussion.

For those, that don’t know, Microsoft have announced a preview of ‘Q#’ their quantum computing development environment. It contains tooling that can be used to develop quantum programs and algorithms. Now, obviously this is all running through simulators, and practical applications are somewhat limited, but it’s good to see frontiers being pushed in computing, so if you have some time, this toolkit might be worth checking out.

2: IBM code patterns for AI, blockchain, chatbots

.. and other buzz words.

IBM are also one for wanting to be on the cutting edge of technology, and yes, their code patterns do read like a list of tech buzzwords, but for those wanting to keep up to date with new tech developments, they are worth checking out.

Their code patterns library contains example applications, templates, and design patterns that can be used for what they describe as complex programming challenges. With some of these fields becoming more popular, especially with developments in AI, there is a shortage of developers that have these skills, so it’s worth checking out their code patterns here.

3 : Amazon announced AWS SSO

As part of their AWS offering, Amazon have announced a new Single sign-on (SSO) solution. This provides the ability to integrate with user’s Amazon’s identities within your applications without needing to setup any of your own sign on infrastructure.

This is potentially a time saver for both yourself as a developer and customers who are already likely to have Amazon accounts.

As a bonus, there is also currently no charge for using this service. Checkout the details here.

4 : State of JS 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, there are a number of ‘state of X’ type surveys out there, and the one I want to highlight this week is a popular one surveying the current state of JavaScript language, libraries, and frameworks.

The analysis is pretty comprehensive and it makes an interesting read for anyone currently developing front end of back end code in JavaScript, especially for those looking to ensure their skills remain current.

Checkout the full survey results and analysis here.

5 : HTTPS on Landing Pages

This might seem like a small issue, but it’s a news item that has also been pretty popular around the web this week, and rightly so.

Troy Hunt presents an article describing some communications with a UK bank, Natwest, where he points out that their main customer facing website is not HTTPs. Yes, their online banking are, but the main pages customers will access to get to those secure pages is not.

As security seems to become increasingly more important to keep an eye on, with security breaches gaining more press, it’s important as developers to ensure we follow best practice and understand why.

Checkout the article here.

So, that’s it for this week. I’m off to check whether my client’s landing pages are all HTTPS. If you have any articles, announcements, tutorials, or anything else you think should be included next week, then just drop me an email.

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