• Microsoft Q# Coding Contest – Winter 2019

      Microsoft’s Quantum team is excited to announce the Q# Coding Contest – Winter 2019! In this contest you can put your quantum programming skills to the test, solving quantum computing tasks in Q#. Winners will receive a Microsoft Quantum T-shirt!


      Quantum computing is a radically different computing paradigm compared to classical computing. Indeed, it is so different that some tasks that are believed to be classically intractable (such as factoring integers or simulating physical systems) can be performed efficiently on a quantum computer. In 2017 Microsoft introduced the Quantum Development Kit which includes the Q# programming language. Q# can be used with Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code or the command line, on Windows, macOS, and Linux.


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    • Vim for beginners

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      Like any developer, you are constantly developing. You are learning new technologies by reading books, watching online lessons, attending some courses, and so on and so forth. You know that if you stop learning, you become uncompetitive. But have you ever thought about your performance? How do you improve that? If you don't know how to answer than welcome under the cut.

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    • How do technical indicators on stock market actually work?

        Anyone, who has ever been interested in stocks or cryptocurrencies has seen these additional lines on charts. You may have heard the opinions that they don’t work. But they greatly improve my trading ability, while displaying alot of important data. But how are they actually works? And to whom it can be useful?

        You should definitely read this if:

        1. You use them in day trading
        2. You are planning to write a trading bot
        3. If you want to implement a trading strategy or indicators by yourself


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      • Internet Issues & Availability Report 2018–2019

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          While working on the annual report this year we have decided to avoid retelling the news headlines of the previous year and, though it is almost impossible to ignore memories absolutely, we want to share with you the result of a clear thought and a strategic view to the point where we all are going to arrive in the nearest time — the present.

          Leaving introduction words behind, here are our key findings:

          • Average DDoS attack duration dropped to 2.5 hours;
          • During 2018, the capability appeared for attacks at hundreds of gigabits-per-second within a country or region, bringing us to the verge of “quantum theory of bandwidth relativity”;
          • The frequency of DDoS attacks continues to grow;
          • The continuing growth of HTTPS-enabled (SSL) attacks;
          • PC is dead: most of the legitimate traffic today comes from smartphones, which is a challenge for DDoS actors today and would be the next challenge for DDoS mitigation companies;
          • BGP finally became an attack vector, 2 years later than we expected;
          • DNS manipulation has become the most damaging attack vector;
          • Other new amplification vectors are possible, like memcached & CoAP;
          • There are no more “safe industries” that are invulnerable to cyberattacks of any kind.

          In this article we have tried to cherry-pick all the most interesting parts of our report, though if you would like read the full version in English, the PDF is available.
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        • Touch typing

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          20% of efforts produce 80% of the results. And the other 80% of efforts produce only 20% of results.

          In other words, you have to spend only 20% of the total time to learn something new and the last 80% you spend to become an expert. To learn touch typing you spend only one week of your life to achieve the same speed which was before. It becomes easier to type and you are getting faster and faster every next day. In this post, I will tell you how to start and give you the basic tips and tricks to make your learning process easier. Challenge yourself to become more productive.

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        • SAPUI5 for dummies part 5: A complete step-by-step exercise

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          Introduction & Recap


          In the previous blog post, we learned how to create a second level of drill-down (detail of detail) and how to interact with OData and ODataModel (v2) in order to delete a database record.


          What will be covered on this exercise


          With Part 5 of this series of blog posts, we will learn how to create a SimpleForm within a Dialog that will allow us to update the information of a Sales Order Item.


          Before updating the database order we have to check that everything typed by the user validates our constraints.


          • ODataModel: we have already used it to display server-side information about our Business Partner, Sales Order, and Sales Order Items. We’ve also used it to delete a database record. We’re now going to use it to update a record thanks to the submitChanges method or remove what we’ve done with the resetChanges method.
          • Expression Binding: an enhancement of the SAPUI5 binding syntax, which allows for providing expressions instead of custom formatter functions
          • SimpleForm: a layout that allows users to create a pixel-perfect form
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        • AdBlock has stolen the banner, but banners are not teeth — they will be back

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        • Submit to the Applied F# Challenge

            This post was written by Lena Hall, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft.


            F# Software Foundation has recently announced their new initiative — Applied F# Challenge! We encourage you to participate and send your submissions about F# on Azure through the participation form.


            Applied F# Challenge is a new initiative to encourage in-depth educational submissions to reveal more of the interesting, unique, and advanced applications of F#.

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          • How does a barcode work?

              Hi all!

              Every person is using barcodes nowadays, mostly without noticing this. When we are buying the groceries in the store, their identifiers are getting from barcodes. Its also the same with goods in the warehouses, postal parcels and so on. But not so many people actually know, how it works.

              What is 'inside' the barcode, and what is encoded on this image?



              Lets figure it out, and also lets write our own bar decoder.
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            • Ethicality of automatic contributions

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              Hey Habr! Today I would like to talk about ethics, namely ethics in the professional field. It will be a question of services that perform 'fake' (automated human-like) activity and of those doubts in which they can result both the ordinary ordinary user, and the professional of development sphere.



              So, let's start. What I mean by the phrase «fake activity» is not difficult to guess: it is the manipulation and compromising of the data that are responsible for the indicator of your activity, or more simply, of actions on the Internet. With this, of course, every one of you who used social networks at least once came across: Facebook, Instagram, and so on.

              I will describe this scheme on the example of Instagram: each person has his own account, and for developers API access is provided. And what did we do? We started to launch bots that can perform all sorts of activity through a person’s account (such as like, subscribe, comment on other people's posts, or even independently manage their (or owners) page, for example @neuralcat ). And soon this opportunity began to be actively used in the business sphere. Attracting a new audience by targeting according to certain criteria and carrying out activity on their page. Everything would be fine, but over time it went beyond all limits. Every day dozens of incomprehensible accounts like your photos, leave spam comments, tag you on advertising posts and so on.

              Bot activity has gone beyond all limits of prudence that today Instagram closes its API, and here is one of the reasons: “Most of the services that work with auto-posting, likes and OML-like likes — do it through private api — login / password, but not through the official API.”
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            • Zen of Unit Testing

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              Ability to write good unit tests is an important feature of any developer. But how to understand that your unit tests are correct? Good unit test is like a good chess game. In our case chessmen are the approaches which we are going to discuss in this post. There is no best chessman in a chess game because everything depends on the positions (and a player). Likewise, in unit testing you don't have to distinguish only one approach. In other words, you should use all approaches together to get the best result. So, if you want to win this game, then welcome under the cut.

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            • Announcing TypeScript 3.3

                If you’re unfamiliar with TypeScript, it’s a language that brings static type-checking to JavaScript so that you can catch issues before you even run your code – or before you even save your file. It also includes the latest JavaScript features from the ECMAScript standard on older browsers and runtimes by compiling those features into a form that they understand. But beyond type-checking and compiling your code, TypeScript also provides tooling in your favorite editor so that you can jump to the definition of any variable, find who’s using a given function, and automate refactorings and fixes to common problems.

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              • On higher education, programmers and blue-collar job



                  “Sometimes it happens that a man’s circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.”

                  David Hilbert
                  “When I thought I had hit rock bottom, someone knocked from below.”

                  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

                  Preface


                  Does a programmer need a higher education? The flow of opinions on this undoubtedly urgent topic has not dried up, so I have decided to express my view. It seems to me the general disappointment in education is due to the numerous processes and changes in the profession and it needs serious study. Below I will discuss the most common misconceptions, myths, and underlying causes of the phenomenon.
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                • Researchers from MIT designed «rectenna» which converts Wi-Fi signals into electricity


                    Source: eeNews Europe

                    I'm glad that Habr got brand new English version. And my first post in English is about new MIT project. Researchers designed an ultra-low capacitance and ultra-low resistance Schottky diode capable of switching at GHz frequencies. This diode is able rectify and convert random WiFi signals into DC electricity.

                    MoS2 «rectenna» (this is how scientists called their invention) could become the main element of roll-to-roll process to cover a huge areas. To be fair antennas capable transform radio signals in to electricity is not a new thing. The main achievement of MIT engineers is creation of soft rectenna made from special alloy.
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                  • Scaling a Tech Newsletter to 700k Subscribers in 300 Cities: the History of Techstars Startup Digest

                      Entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new tools and possibilities to develop their businesses and enrich their knowledge. One of the ways of doing this is visiting themed events — meeting colleagues in real life, exchanging experiences, and communicating with potential investors.

                      In fact, there are thousands of tech-focused events taking place annually. The important thing is to pick the best, most useful and easily accessible ones to optimize your time and expenses.

                      Techstars Startup Digest solves this problem by sending its subscribers an email newsletter with a curated list of relevant and reasonably priced events for entrepreneurs. Currently, Startup Digest consists of more than 700 curators, is approaching 700K subscriptions, and is available in more than 300 cities all around the world. Today, I’d like to share its history, how the founders came up with the idea, what it looked like in the initial stages, and what it’s going through right now.

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                    • Making Git for Windows work in ReactOS

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                        My name is Stanislav and I like to write code. This is my first english article on Habr which I made due to several reasons:



                        This article is an english version of my very first article on russian.


                        Let me introduce the main figures in this story who actually fixed the bug preventing Git from running in ReactOS — the French developer Hermès Bélusca-Maïto (or just Hermes with hbelusca nickname) and of course me (with x86corez nickname).


                        The story begins with the following messages from the ReactOS Development IRC channel:


                        Jun 03 18:52:56 <hbelusca> Anybody want to work on some small problem? If so, can someone figure out why this problem https://jira.reactos.org/browse/CORE-12931 happens on ReactOS? :D
                        Jun 03 18:53:13 <hbelusca> That would help having a good ROS self-hosting system with git support.
                        Jun 03 18:53:34 <hbelusca> (the git assertion part only).
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                      • 10 Tips for Being a Good Tech Lead

                        Leadership is not a service, it’s a skill. Professionals working as a software developer for a couple of years are given the chance to be a tech lead. However, remember that ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’

                        There are several things that you need to take care of while being a tech lead. Obviously, you don’t need to code as much as you need to do while being a software developer. However, there are several other non-coding related things that now are your responsibility to deal with.

                        10 Tips for Being a Good Tech Lead


                        Maintaining a tech lead position while not gaining any criticism from the team isn’t possible. This is not due to your incapacity albeit due to human nature. However, the effort can be made to minimize it and becoming better in what you do eventually. After all, you are the leader now.
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