Microsoft: Learn JavaScript programming language for free with our new course

Microsoft has followed up its Python for beginners tutorials on YouTube with a new series aimed at teaching novice programmers the widely used JavaScript programming language. 

Microsoft has launched a huge 51-part video course on YouTube to help programmers interested in building browser applications get their head around JavaScript and on the path to using relevant software development kits (SDKs) and JavaScript frameworks, such as Google’s Angular. 

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The JavaScript video series for beginners follows a similar structure to the 44-part Python series Microsoft launched on YouTube in September last year, offering students lessons in the language and AI tools that can be used in the Azure cloud.

“Our goal is to help show you enough JavaScript to give you the background needed to begin working through quick starts and tutorials focused on frameworks and SDKs using JavaScript,” Microsoft says on its GitHub

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GitHub: Now our built-in bug checker gets these third-party code-scanning tools

GitHub has released a host of third-party security tools for its just-launched code-scanning feature, which helps open-source projects nix security bugs before they hit production code. 

GitHub Code Scanning works on top of CodeQL (Query Language), a technology that GitHub integrated into its platform after it acquired code-analysis platform Semmle in September 2019. GitHub announced general availability of code scanning last week after a beta phase that’s run since May.   

GitHub has now introduced 10 new third-party code-scanning tools that are available with GitHub code scanning to allow developers to remove flaws before they’re committed to code. 

The ability to add third-party tools to the native GitHub code-scanning feature lets developers customize it for different teams in an organization. 

Extensibility is enabled via code scanning’s application protocol interface endpoint, which ingests the results of scans from third-party tools using the Static Analysis Results Interchange Format (SARIF).

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EE leads latest Opensignal UK mobile performance report

Hot on the heels of being confirmed by RootMetrics as the UK’s leading operator for overall network performance, BT-owned EE has scooped a similar award from mobile experience analyst Opensignal.

The bottom-line findings in Opensignal’s study were that in 16 out of the 17 cities researched, EE users observed an excellent video experience, while the same was only true for O2 and Vodafone users in Sheffield and Slough, respectively. In most of the cities studied, Three, O2 and Vodafone users enjoyed a very good video experience, although Three users in Bristol and Hull had to settle for a good video experience.

EE was again the victor in the average overall download speeds observed by users in the UK, and its lead over second-placed Vodafone has risen from the 11.6Mbps (50.3%) seen in Opensignal’s previous report to 14.6Mbps (71.4%). However, the analyst said the main cause of this rise was

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Tipalti, which offers a cloud-based suite of accounting services, raises $150M Series E led by Durable Capital Partners at a $2B+ valuation (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Tipalti, which offers a cloud-based suite of accounting services, raises $150M Series E led by Durable Capital Partners at a $2B+ valuation  —  Digital transformation has been one of the big enterprise themes of 2020: organizations are doubling down on cloud services both to link … … Read More