Want “one stop shopping” for the latest news and hot topics related to information technology? Then go to Computing Now, the free site launched by the IEEE Computer Society in May that compiles such material each month from among the society’s 14 magazines.
From its “What’s New” section, for example, you can download articles on a range of topics simply by clicking on an article’s abstract. “This Month” presents articles on a single topic. June featured methods for agile software development with articles drawn from IEEE Software and IT Professional by IEEE Software’s associate editor, Maurizio Morisio. The articles cover how the agile approach works, its benefits, and how it can be applied. Morisio is also on the Computing Now advisory board, which oversees the site.
The new Web site also has a section for history buffs called “Computing Then.” Articles come from the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and include interviews with industry experts and podcasts on different topics. And in addition to such monthly updates, there’s a daily feed of computer news from outlets like New Scientist, Reuters, Science Daily, and TechWeb.
AND MORE Computing Now also has a media center offering free Webinars. Only one topic has been posted so far, but more are on the way. “Standardizing Your Software Process Improvement Initiatives” is presented by Susan K. Land, principal software and systems engineer at MITRE Corp. in McLean, Va. The center also has podcasts on such topics as software that lets a cellphone work like a mouse, a prototype of a three-dimensional digital camera, and how to eliminate your need for antivirus products. And the center has free videos. The first one is “The Future of the ‘Computer’ (Are We in Serious Trouble?)” by Yale N. Patt of the University of Texas at Austin.
Computing Now editors and guest editors also host a blog about what’s going on in the field and ask readers for their comments. The editors will also run polls asking readers their opinions on subjects related to the monthly featured topic. And if you want to know what topics are popular with other readers, check out “Top Downloads.” There you’ll find the top 10 downloaded articles from the Computer Society magazines, as well as the five most downloaded articles from each magazine.
Finally, there’s the free “Computing Now Newsletter,” which can alert you when the site has been updated with new information.