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Atom is working on a new experimental editor called Xray. The goal of Xray is to allow rapid development and testing of radical ideas, which won’t risk the stability of Atom. The first update for the project was announced on March 5, in which Atom announced Xray would start as a 12-week experiment, and the beginning focus would be Text shaping, Anchors and Selections.

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John Carmack took a week off to build a neural network with C++ on a OpenBSD system. John details the week, which was a break from work for him, in a facebook post. He found himself watching some Stanford CS213N lectures, debating the value of C++ and eventually having a hacky neural network that he will likely use when an established NN library isn’t needed.

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It takes Makefiles, Webpack, Babel, Transpiling, Flowtype, and a couple more things to get a JavaScript application running. With so many things to get up and running in JS, one can get overwhelmed quickly. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Dive into Jesse Hallett’s piece ‘The Lost Art of the Makefile’ before you start your next JavaScript project. Especially if you want to learn when to stick with Webpack, why JS needs a build step, and a solid intro and practical use case for the Makefile.

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No more worrying about what exactly the Hacky word means your boss posted on your code. Hackterms is an urban dictionary for Hacker / Computer buzzwords. Some currently trending words are code smell and rubber duck debugging.

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Last week Google announced the beta for Flutter, which was designed to make native apps beautiful. Top features include high-velocity development, expressive and flexible designs, and high-quality experiences. Well, that is great and all, but for all the Android devs out there, Harshit Dwivedi went ahead asked the question for you in his piece ‘What the F**tter!? Understanding Flutter as an Android (Java) Developer’. In this piece, Harshit doesn’t debate on which is better, but instead will help you get a Flutter project up and going.

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Phantomjs is suspending all development immediately. Ariya Hidayat announced that there hasn’t been active contribution, so PhantomJS will be archived. The last stable version will be 2.1.1.

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