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News Wire Stories for March 2014

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of February 2014. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Hardware Hackathons Are Hard

Great guest column describing the differences between hardware and software hackathons.
http://octopart.com/blog/archives/2014/2/hardware-hackathons-are-hard

Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140219-images-that-changed-our-world
http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/beautiful-science/index.html

The Tech Behind the Protests in Kiev

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/the-tech-in-kiev

James Iry's history of programming languages (illustrated with pictures and large fonts)

Love the COBOL acronym: Capitalization of Boilerplate Oriented Language
http://thequickword.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/james-irys-history-of-programming-languages-illustrated-with-pictures-and-large-fonts/

Tim Berners-Lee: We need to re-decentralize the Web

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/02/tim-berners-lee-we-need-to-re-decentralize-the-web/

Bright Idea: Using Raspberry Pi as a Lamp Timer

http://makezine.com/magazine/using-raspberry-pi-as-a-lamp-timer/

Academics Launch Torrent Site to Share Papers and Datasets

http://torrentfreak.com/academics-launch-torrent-site-to-share-papers-and-datasets-140131/

The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/the-lost-ancestors-of-ascii-art/283445/

NoSQL Vs. RDBMS for Interactive Analytics: Leveraging the Right and Left Brain of Data

http://smartdatacollective.com/soren-riise/181471/nosql-versus-rdbms-interactive-analytics-leveraging-right-and-left-brain-data

Also In The March 2014 Issue

An Interview with Ben Heck

Ben Heckendorn is a self-taught maker with high energy, an internet show on Element14 (The Ben Heck Show), and a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. He also inspired this issue of the magazine.

Circuit Diagrams

Circuit diagrams are maps used to design and build electronic devices. This article describes connections, components, history, and tools used to create circuit diagrams.

Electronics Projects for Beginners

Here are links to projects, tutorials, parts, and online communities to help you get started with electronics projects for beginners.

Zina Lahr

Meet someone who used her love of electronics to create deeply fun and personal robots, gadgets, and other cool stuff.

Version Control Software

Version control software captures an evolving snapshot of one set of code along with all changes in case older versions need to be retrieved.

Brackets, Semicolons, or Nothing, Oh My

How do programming languages know what to process? And in the correct order?

JSON

JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is an elegant way to organize data into key:value pairs and make web applications work like software.

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.

How to Use an Electronic Breadboard

Electronic breadboards are used to prototype electronic circuit designs and projects without messy solder or hot soldering irons.

Learn More Links for March 2014

Links from the bottom of all the March 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Node.js

Node.js is a software platform to create fast, scalable web applications quickly. These applications also use JavaScript on the server and web browsers.

Non-Relational Databases

These databases are relatively new technology to store data in databases. Here are a few options to explore.

News Wire Stories for March 2014

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of February 2014.