DZone Weekly Link Round-up (July 9)

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DZone Weekly Link Round-up (July 9)

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Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS  

Spark Labs developed an open source Nest-like thermostat and an affordable development kit, Spark Core -- now they've raised a significant chunk of money to create an open source Internet of Things OS that is compatible with Android and iOS.

BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously 

BlackBerry is up 50% on the year despite public perception that it's been kind of left behind in the mobile world.

Google's Study Provides Insights into Programmers' Build Errors 

Google ran a study on millions of builds produced during a 9 month period to analyze workflow, failure frequency, error types and resolution efforts.


Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities 

A majority of CS101 classes in top universities utilize Python as a teaching language when introducing students to programming languages for the first time.

A Billionaire's Life of Ferocious Curiosity 

Dr. Simons is a mathematics rock star, but he's quick to mention his failings (programming computers, for one.) But setbacks are what keeps him in awe of the world and continuing to find things to be passionate about.

Ubuntu and open source help the City of Munich save millions 

An interesting infrastructural problem (thousands of city government employees working on PCs whose management varied by department facing end-of-life deadlines in old Windows operating systems) approached by open source solutions.


A Break Up Letter to Rails 

"I remember when we first met. I had been with C# and ASP.NET at the time. We were at the Borders Bookstore in Corvallis, Oregon, must’ve been Summer of 2009 — a playful, romantic season in the Northwest. I was deep into the Microsoft stack at the time, and (as you are aware) have the tattoo to prove it."

The $40,000 Potato Salad 

Zack "Danger" Brown set a modest goal of $10 when he created his Kickstarter project. All he wanted to do was make some potato salad, because he'd never made potato salad before. A couple days and $40,000 later, his project is a snapshot of how far internet irony can go -- and the foibles of crowdfunding. It also just looks really delicious.


Game Job 

The "getting a job in the game industry" simulator for when you can't actually get a job in the game industry.

The Avengers in CSS 

It's basically what it sounds like -- but pretty cool, nonetheless.

Fireworks Filmed with a Drone 

Last Friday, the US was distracted by the hotdogs and hamburgers yearly show of patriotism. But one staple, fireworks, are always the same -- until you view them from a drone that can go inside the explosions.

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