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October 2020


From ACM Opinion

Seriously, Stop Trying to Teach Toddlers How to Code

Seriously, Stop Trying to Teach Toddlers How to Code

There are other, more important lessons to impart to your preschooler.

Wired | October 20, 2020

From ACM Opinion

How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.

| October 19, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Building Software With David Heinemeier Hansson

Building Software With David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and co-founder of Basecamp, talks about how software is built, what it means for the builders, and how it could be done differently.

Medium | October 16, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Just What Cyber Security Executives Don’t Want to Hear: The Skills Shortage is Worsening

Just What Cyber Security Executives Don’t Want to Hear: The Skills Shortage is Worsening

The cyber security skills gap continues to get worse, according to the latest research.

Security Boulevard | October 15, 2020

From ACM Opinion

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Julia Programming Language

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Julia Programming Language

Fortran has ruled scientific computing, but Julia emerged for large-scale numerical work.

Ars Technica | October 13, 2020

From ACM Opinion

Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita Nancy Hopkins advocates for more inclusive science and advises how to get there.

MIT News | October 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology: Progress and Promises

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Seeking the answer to the elusive question, 'Are we there yet'?

Michael A. Cusumano | October 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

A Holistic View of Future Risks

A Holistic View of Future Risks

Almost everything is somehow interrelated with everything else—and that should not surprise us.

Peter G. Neumann | October 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Sanity vs. Invisible Markings

Sanity vs. Invisible Markings

Tabs vs. spaces

George V. Neville-Neil | October 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

Using Computer Programs and Search Problems for Teaching Theory of Computation

Using Computer Programs and Search Problems for Teaching Theory of Computation

Recognizing the significance of a cornerstone of computer science.

John MacCormick | October 1, 2020

From Communications of the ACM

We Need to Automate the Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

We Need to Automate the Declaration of <i>Conflicts of Interest</i>

Leveraging existing data sources to improve the declaration and management of authorship conflicts of interest.

Richard T. Snodgrass, Marianne Winslett | October 1, 2020
Blog at CACM
Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction  in Russian
Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction in Russian
10.23.2020

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.

Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings .org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings .org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
10.18.2020

 Just because a ranking is computable doesn't mean that it's right.

Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
10.16.2020

To measure or to not measure, that is the question. Ask programmers and many will tell you that measurement is …

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A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data
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Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial intelligence models …

Pufferfish-Inspired Robot Could Improve Drone Safety
Pufferfish-Inspired Robot Could Improve Drone Safety
10.23.2020

Engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder have designed a …

Programming Language Popularity: JavaScript Leads--5 Million New Developers Since 2017
Programming Language Popularity: JavaScript Leads--5 Million New Developers Since 2017
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SlashData's State of the Developer Nation Q3 2020 survey found …

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