The Developer Show — TL;DR 062

Highlights: LinkedIn and Android Studio, Distill (Machine Learning), SyntaxNet upgrade

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TL;DR 062 — March 24th, 2017

LinkedIn uses Android Studio

LinkedIn uses Android Studio to build high quality Android apps. To hear their pro-tips, visit the link for the video.

Guetzli: A New Open Source JPEG Encoder

Guetzli is a new open source algorithm that creates high quality JPEG images with file sizes 35% smaller than currently available methods. A link to the GitHub is on the post.

Faster 3D rendering with WebGL 2.0

The WebGL JavaScript API exposes hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the web. Chrome 56 brings support for WebGL 2.0, a major upgrade to the API which unlocks a variety of new graphics features and advanced rendering techniques. To get started using WebGL 2.0, check out the WebGL 2.0 Samples Pack, linked from the post.

An Upgrade to SyntaxNet

We are releasing a major upgrade to SyntaxNet. It incorporates nearly a year’s worth of our research on multilingual language understanding, and is available to anyone interested in building systems for processing and understanding text. To learn more about SyntaxNet or a new a multilingual parsing competition, check out the post.

Distill: Supporting Clarity in Machine Learning

Science isn’t just about discovering new results. It’s also about human understanding. That’s why, in collaboration with OpenAI, DeepMind, YC Research, and others, we’re excited to announce the launch of Distill, a new open science journal and ecosystem supporting human understanding of machine learning. Distill is an independent organization, dedicated to fostering a new segment of the research community. Follow the link see the overview page or read the latest articles.

Profiling your Realtime Database Performance

You can now get insights into how your Firebase Realtime Database instance is performing by using the profiler built into the Firebase CLI. That means, you can now easily monitor your database writes and reads at the path level, collecting granular data on bandwidth usage and speed. Screenshots are on the post.

Native Express Video

In the past few weeks, AdMob has rolled out support for video assets in Native Ads Express, giving you a new way to create more engaging presentations for your users. Code and a video are on the post.