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Write a Documentation that Devs Love

An engineer’s tips for writing the perfect documentation

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This is the twenty-fourth edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.

1. Google fires researcher who claimed LaMDA AI was sentient

A Google researcher got fired for claiming that one of its AI applications had turned sentient. Designed to mimic open-ended conversation, LaMDA’s supposed sentience is a perspective that Google disagrees with. Written by Menegus on Engadget and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://www.engadget.com/blake-lemoide-fired-google-lamda-sentient-001746197.html

2. Steve Jobs’ prototype for the original Apple computer is being auctioned off, and bidding has already hit $230,000

A prototype for the original Apple-1 computer is being auctioned off, with the bid topping $230k USD. It was originally used by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to secure their first major deal back in 1976. Written by Travis Clark on Business Insider and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/news/steve-jobs-prototype-for-the-original-apple-computer-is-being-auctioned-off-and-bidding-has-already-hit-230000/articleshow/93060345.cms

3. Launching Version 13.1 of Wolfram Language & Mathematica

Mathematica also continues its expansion and seems to have taken on exponential growth in the past few years. It seems that now modern computing capabilities are really making it shine! Now in its 34th year, version 13.1 was recently released with a whole raft of new language features including several very welcome UI enhancements, many more convenience functions, and many more flexibility and styling options around the fundamental Tree construct introduced back in version 12. As usual, there’s an excellent deep dive over Stephen Wolfram’s blog. Written and published on Stephen Wolfram Writings and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://writings.stephenwolfram.com/2022/06/launching-version-13-1-of-wolfram-language-mathematica/

4. An Engineer’s Best Tips for Writing Documentation Devs Love

Documentation can make or break your project. So it’s important to take good care of it. David goes in-depth on what good documentation looks like. I like the advice on making it skimmable, as we’re all in a rush to find the correct information. Correct and valuable, and as fast as possible. Written by David Cassel on The New Stack and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://thenewstack.io/an-engineers-best-tips-for-writing-documentation-devs-love/

5. TWH#30: Process has a bad rap

Paulo goes over what the actual process around software development should look like. Although he talks from a manager’s perspective, it’s good to know for developers as well. What I like the most is that there’s a clear improvement goal set after these practical tips. Written by Paul Andre on The Weekly Hagakure and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://hagakure.substack.com/p/twh30-process-has-a-bad-rap

6. Swift Extension for Visual Studio Code

If you haven’t learned Swift yet, then you’re missing out. Working on a non-Apple platform is no longer an excuse — especially if you’re not a Vim user (like myself)! As Swift expands throughout the world of software development there is now an official Swift Extension to Visual Studio Code that can only help speed its wider adoption. Written by Adam Fowler on Swift Blog and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://www.swift.org/blog/vscode-extension/

7. What is Behavioural Analytics and when is it important?

Behavioral analytics plays an important role within companies since they can adapt their advertisements to certain behaviors of their clients by analyzing collected data such as click rates, and the overall interaction with the product site online. Therefore, it is important to create significant tools in order to make this behavior analysis easier. Written by Isaac Sacolick on InfoWorld and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.infoworld.com/article/3663433/what-is-behavioral-analytics-and-when-is-it-important.html

8. Big Tech could be forced to reveal their Algorithms

This article is based on a Japanese court ruling that forced a Japanese food blog to reveal its algorithms since a BBQ-restaurant chain claimed that the blog was responsible for their 284.000 USD damages. This ruling could have an immense impact in the future for everything and everyone that is involved in companies’ algorithms. Written by Ryan Daws on Artificial Intelligence News and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.artificialintelligence-news.com/2022/07/05/big-tech-could-be-forced-reveal-algorithms/

9. Graph Databases: What they are and how to get started

Graph databases are still not so common within the field of data science. However, they have great potential when it comes to making vast amounts of data processing easier for companies. This article dives deeper into the definition of graph databases and how to set them up. Written by Mary E. Shacklett on InformationWeek and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/graph-databases-what-they-are-and-how-to-get-started

10. Creating a Data Literate Culture in your Organisation

It is important that everyone within a company knows how to work and analyze data to a certain point. Therefore, every employee should have a certain level of data literacy. But how can one achieve that? This article features this question amongst others such as the importance of data governance. Written by Jack Berkowitz on InformationWeek and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/creating-a-data-literate-culture-in-your-organization

Closing Note

These are our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and knowledgeable news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.

Regards,

CodeX Team

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Nikhil Adithyan

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