If a tear in the space-time continuum were to suddenly rip open, two things would fall out…

If a tear in the space-time continuum were to suddenly rip open, two things would fall out: the Terminator and then the Surface Book quickly tumbling to the Earth behind it. From the snake-like hinge, the flat design and even down to the washed-out silver color of this laptop, everything about it just seems like it came from the future.

From: techradar review.

TechDays Baden: We are excited to announce Erich Gamma as keynote speaker

Dear TechDays Friends,

we are excited and proud to announce that Erich Gamma will be holding a keynote at the upcoming TechDays in Baden, on the 29th of February:

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From www.techdays.ch:

Ankündigung der Keynote mit Erich Gamma

Wir freuen uns anzukündigen, dass wir Erich Gamma als Keynote Referenten gewinnen konnten. Erich leitet das Team, welches in Zürich-Wollishofen Visual Studio Code entwickelt. In seiner Keynote wird er interessante Einblicke in seine Arbeit vermitteln.

Visual Studio Code ist ein schlanker Code Editor mit ausgewählten Funktionen einer Entwicklungsumgebung, der für Web- und Cloud-Lösungen gebaut wurde. Das Werkzeug ist seit November 2015 in der Beta, ist (und bleibt!) kostenlos, und läuft auf OS X, Linux und Windows. Visual Studio Code ist Open Source und durch die Community erweiterbar.

Am besten unterstützt das Tool Web-Sprachen: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, Less, Sass, TypeScript und C# – hier gibt es zum Beispiel Refactoring und Intellisense. Es beherrscht aber für 36 Sprachen intelligente Syntax-Markierung.

VS Code hat eine Unterstützung für Git Code Repositories, es eignet sich also auch zum Arbeiten in Entwicklerteams.

TechDays 2016 bietet die einmalige Möglichkeit, Erich live sprechen zu sehen und ihn persönlich kennenzulernen.

Looking forward to meeting you in person at TechDays!

Free eBook – Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Published in April go but still very much top of mind…
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Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Jeff Barnes

This third ebook in the “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series introduces Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services. The ebook presents an overview of modern data science theory and principles, the associated workflow, and then covers some of the more common machine learning algorithms in use today|Less

Get this eBook with interactive features by downloading the Microsoft Press Guided Tours app from the Windows Store.

Free eBook available at: https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks

 

Freakonomics » With Age Comes Economic Wisdom

Not about technology, this time…

A new study seems to confirm the adage that older means wiser, at least when it comes to making decisions about economic matters. From ScienceDaily:

To conduct their research, [Ye] Li and his colleagues recruited a group of 336 people — 173 younger ages 18 to 29 and 163 older ages 60 to 82 — and asked them a series of questions that measured economic decision making traits. They also administered a battery of standard fluid and crystallized intelligence tests.These traits included temporal discounting how much people discount future gains and losses, loss aversion how much the valuation of losses outweigh gains of the same magnitude, financial literacy understanding financial information and decisions and debt literacy understanding debt contracts and interest rates.They found the older participants performed as well or better than the younger participants in all four decision-making measures. The older group exhibited greater patience in temporal discounting and better financial and debt literacy. The older participants were somewhat less loss averse, but the result did not reach standard levels of significance.

“The findings confirm our hypothesis that experience and acquired knowledge from a lifetime of decision making offset the declining ability to learn new information,” Li said.

via Freakonomics » With Age Comes Economic Wisdom.