By Welcoming Women, Python’s Founder Overcomes Closed Minds In Open Source

Guido van Rossum took the “benevolent” part of his job as Python’s Benevolent Dictator for Life so seriously, three months ago he stepped down from running the open source programming language that he created 29 years ago.

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Understanding the GraalVM Polyglot (Java) Virtual Machine

In this episode of OracleNext you'll hear from Alexa Morales, a technology journalist with over 18 years of experience covering developer communities and technologies. Her recent Forbes article "GraalVM 1.0 Gives Developers a Speedy Polyglot Runtime—And Helps Twitter Save Money" offers insight into a technology that's driving significant developer excitement and which is already delivering big benefits to companies such as Twitter.

How Virtual Reality Can Change The Way We See Our Molecular World

BRISTOL, ENGLAND—Writing doesn’t do justice to virtual reality. Nor does looking at an animated, 2D image do anything to convey the feeling of scuba diving through space, playing catch with molecules of buckminsterfullerene. Wearing off-the-shelf VR gear, I found it surprisingly addictive to tie knots in proteins or thread carbon nanotubes. But these VR journeys into the molecular level aren’t just fun—they reveal important details of how nature is built and behaves, and could hold keys to engineering nanosystems, combating antimicrobial resistance, and making progress to understand neurodegenerative disease.

This Free Programming School Teaches Far More Than Coding

PARIS—It’s a fortuitous day to be sitting in a padded geodesic workbooth at 42, the tuition-free computer programming school created and funded by French telecom billionaire Xavier Niel. I’m waiting to meet with Olivier Crouzet, the dean of studies. It happens to be the first day of La Piscine (the pool), a four-week programming endurance test that 800 people ages 18 to 30 will vie to complete.