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DZone Weekly Link Roundup (September 3)

09.03.2013
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NEWS

Atwood’s Coding Keyboard
The next great thing to issue forth from the sublime mind of Jeff Atwood was announced this week on his blog: It’s called the CODE Keyboard.  I’ll let him explain it.

New Zealand Finally Passes Software Patent Ban
A little more than three years ago New Zealand introduced the final bill for ending software patents in the country.  This week, New Zealand finally passed that bill, hopefully paving the way for more countries to end the insanity of their current patent systems (I’m looking at you, USA).

Logstash Joins ElasticSearch
The log processing software firm, Logstash (not to be confused with Loggly), has just decided to join forces with the company behind ElasticSearch, a search engine that is determined to defeat Apache Solr.

The Sequel to Martin Odersky’s Coursera Class on Scala
Principles of Reactive Programming just popped up on the list of upcoming courses on Coursera.org.  If you loved Odersky’s last course, you’re going to love this one too.

Puma.io
Doing some concurrency in your Ruby programming?  You might want to check out the Puma web server for Ruby.

An Open Source, NSA-proof Twitter Alternative
Developers recently introduced Trsst, a Twitter alternative based on RSS.  Check out the group's Kickstarter too.

A Tool For Restructuring HTML to be Responsive
For responsive design, you might want to add the new library intention.js to your arsenal.

GENERAL

Java Algorithms and Clients From Princeton
There's a pretty definitive Java resource here on Princeton’s website.

Send a File Using WebRTC
WebRTC is pretty awesome and will probably be widespread some day.  Did you know that it can also be used for sending files across browsers?

The DBA’s Back to School Checklist
Take a look at this list, and if you haven’t done these database checks recently, now might be a good time to do so.

HUMOR

Real-time GitHub Activity Sounds
Choir.io will do real-time event sounds for plenty of things, but this link goes to a demo of all the GitHub activity.  Each sound means a specific type of action on GitHub.  Try playing it along with Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot.”

Blame this [Fictional] Microsoft Employee for the Windows Directory Names
Read this fictional interview and have a laugh about the odd names of Windows default directories.

NERDY

Isaac Asimov’s Predicitons About 2013 From 1964
Sometimes you will laugh, be ashamed, or be surprised that he hit so close to the mark.

Nissan Promises Autonomous Cars By 2020
Does six years from now seem ambitious to mark as the date when we’ll produce autonomous cars?