Inside Dev - August 19th, 2017

Inside Dev (Aug 19th, 2017)

OpenAI, .NET 2.0 and Bitcoin ?’s coal


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OpenAI has created an AI that is capable of beating the Worlds greatest Dota 2 players. The AI was put on display at the International Dota 2 tournament in a 1 v 1 match. The project started in April, and now OpenAI is working on a 5 v 5 AI to compete in Dota 2.


Microsoft released .NET Core 2.0. As of August 14th the final release is available. Microsoft also announced the release of ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Entity Framework Core 2.0. Microsoft boasts support for 6 new platforms and major runtime improvements.


Farley Reynolds addresses some of the issues with browser compatibility on CSS Grid. Reynolds shows how some simple Sass mixins can fix most of the issues with IE and Edge and outlines other drawbacks. He concludes that even with a little inconvenience from dealing with cross-browser, “CSS Grid layouts are awesome.”


I know it’s not a strait dev issue, but we as devs should think about energy usage. Que the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index. Currently, Bitcoin alone requires as much energy as the country of Tunisia -- and the requirements are growing.  Most of our energy comes from Oil and Coal, and we are burning a lot of it to power Bitcoin. If you’re interested in energy sources checkout this great book. For an opposing view, checkout Serious faults in Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index.


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