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Coding Corner

Pop, fizzle, whiz! That's the sound we imagine our brains made when were reading (or listening to) these books, articles, and podcasts.

  • "The World's Oldest Computer Is Still Revealing Its Secrets" by Sarah Kaplan. The Washington Post. June 14, 2016.

    What we liked: A truly awe-inspiring article about the world's oldest known computer. Definitely check out the video too - fascinating stuff!

    Date added: August 10, 2017

  • Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age by James Essinger. Melville House: Brooklyn, NY, 2015.

    What we liked: Ada Lovelace may have been the first person to envisage the potential uses for computers beyond computation, and was one of the world's earliest programmers. Oddly, this biography is one of very few (geared to adults) that we have been able to find on this 19th century mathematical genius. There is definitely scope for a more in-depth history but, in the meantime, this book offers an introduction to Ada.

    Date added: August 9, 2017

  • Modern HTML Email by Jason Rodriguez. Litmus Software Inc.: Cambridge, MA, 2015.

    What we liked: Written by a gentleman who we do not know, but who happens to be based just up the road from Little Birdie Me HQ, this is a book that really helped us understand why and how HTML e-mails currently need to be structured, including the use of tables (eep!). The book is published by Litmus, a business that specializes in (and sells assistance with) constructing HTML e-mails. That said, we did not find the book was compromised by marketing offers or sales pitches. Instead it is full of excellent examples that really helped us design our own e-mail layouts.

    Date added: August 8, 2017

  • "Morals and the Machine". The Economist. June 2, 2012.

    What we liked: How do you program ethics? Who bears responsibility for the ethical choices made by robots? This is a very interesting article that raises some of these important questions, especially with respect to the development of self-driving vehicles.

    Date added: August 7, 2017

  • "Technology Quarterly" by Jason Palmer. The Economist. March 11, 2017.

    What we liked: This edition of the magazine's Technology Quarterly is devoted to developments in quantum technology and its potential uses - fascinating stuff!

    Tags: the future

    Date added: August 6, 2017

  • "The Countess of Computers" with Emma Duncan and Sydney Padua. Interview with Kenneth Cukier. The Economist Radio. Podcast audio, August 31, 2016.

    What we liked: A chat about Ada Lovelace, her friendship with Charles Babbage, and her contributions to early computing theory. Bonus: learning about Phyllis Pearsall.

    Date added: August 4, 2017