Brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing maths

Neuroscientists from MIT have discovered that brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing mathematics.

Coding is often likened to learning a new foreign language—and there are certainly many similarities. To the brain itself, however, it seems to be quite different.

The researchers took fMRI brain scans of young adults taking part in a small coding challenge using both Python and visual programming language ScratchJr to see what parts of their...

Python: Is it right for my business?

There is a plethora of choice when it comes to different programming languages. Python is just one of many widely used, but boasts the likes of Google, Youtube, Instagram and Spotify as some of the household names adopting it. 

So, why should a business choose Python over the likes of Java for its programming language and what role does Python play? These decisions are more complex than a simple, ‘pros and cons’ list in software development. Each has different use cases, and...

Q&A: Nicolas Hourcard, QuestDB: The advantages of a time-series database

Developers need higher performance databases to unlock the full potential of exciting but ever more data-hungry applications.

IDC forecasts that the global datasphere will grow from 45 zettabytes in 2019 to 175 zettabytes by 2025. Furthermore, the analysts expect that around 30 percent of the world’s data will need real-time processing.

"Today, more than five billion consumers interact with data every day — by 2025, that number will be six billion, or 75 percent of...

State of the Octoverse 2020: Devs increase productivity despite pandemic

GitHub’s latest State of the Octoverse has been released, offering developer insights for a year which has been unlike any other.

Fortunately, software development is one industry which could adapt quickly to the unique circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Many developers already work remotely so, for some, minimal-to-no changes were required to their working habits during lockdowns.

56 million developers used GitHub in 2020—making over 1.9 billion...

‘Missions’ teach secure code practices to all those new programmers

Secure Code Warrior has launched ‘Missions’ to help teach safe coding practices during a time when more people are learning to code than ever.

As we reported in September, one in four people used their extra time at home during the first COVID-19 lockdown to start coding. With second lockdowns now in many countries, it’s likely even more people have taken their first steps in programming.

While the world could always do with more coders, the pandemic has also...

TIOBE Index: Python slithers ahead of Java for the first time

The latest edition of the TIOBE Index has been released and highlights Python’s continued growth in popularity.

Here are the top 10 most popular languages according to TIOBE’s November 2020 index:

The most notable change in the top 10 is that exchange of places between Java and Python.

Python was created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991. The language has gained popularity in recent years due to its reputation of being relatively simple to...

51% of devs say they’re dealing with 100x more code than 10 years ago

New research highlights the increasing demands being placed on developers—in volume, variety, and velocity.

The research, sponsored by Sourcegraph, is probably unsurprising for anyone working in the development industry. For others, it shows the uphill battle faced by developers.

500 developers across North America were surveyed by Dimensional Research for the report. All participants are responsible for software development at companies with more than 200...

Hey, Swift developers! You can now build Windows apps

Swift developers can now build apps for Windows using their language of choice.

In a blog post, Swift Core team member Saleem Abdulrasool announced the release of Swift toolchain images for Windows.

The toolchains contain various components required for building and running Swift code on Microsoft’s operating system.

Apparently, it’s taken over a year’s worth of work to port Swift to Windows.

“Porting Swift to Windows is not about simply...

Research: One in four people learnt to code during COVID-19 lockdown

Some people who found themselves with extra time during the COVID-19 lockdown put it to good use.

Research from digital transformation firm BoxBoat suggests that around one in four people spent time learning coding languages during the lockdown.

The most commonly learned programming language was Python, followed by Java and C++.

The greatest motivations for people setting out to improve their skills were career development (55%), personal development (46%),...

China blocks MIT’s kid-friendly programming language Scratch

China’s kids have been blocked from accessing the first programming language of many young developers, Scratch.

Greatfire, an organisation which monitors China’s infamous Great Firewall web censorship, found that Scratch’s website has been blocked since at least August 20th.

One user on Scratch’s forum noted that the site was blocked on August 14th. The suspected reason for the CCP’s decision to block the website is a video published on August 11th, but several...