University of Missouri To Use Open Source And Other Cheaper Alternatives For General Education Textbook

Rudi Keller, writing for Columbia Tribune: The University of Missouri will move quickly to use open source and other cheaper alternatives for general education textbooks, building on initiatives already in place, system President Mun Choi said. At an event with members of the Board of Curators, administrators, lawmakers, faculty from all four campuses and student representatives, Choi said the intent is to save money for students while providing up-to-date materials. Faculty, including graduate assistants, will be eligible for incentive payments of $1,000 to $10,000 for preparing and adopting materials that save students money, Choi said. Textbooks are sometimes overlooked as a contributor to the cost of attending college, Choi said. “We want to provide our students an opportunity to have a low cost, high-quality alternative,” Choi said.

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A new approach to text rendering

In Atom 1.19, we’re landing a complete rewrite of the text editor’s DOM interaction layer that improves rendering performance and simplifies the code. Prompted by the availability of some valuable new DOM APIs with the upgrade to Electron 1.6, we decided to start over from the beginning and take a critical look at the structure and performance every aspect of our DOM interaction. You should observe the biggest difference when scrolling. Here is a typical frame after scrolling by 15 lines before and after the rewrite:

Before: Scrolling 15 lines in Atom 1.18 (~30ms):

After: Scrolling 15 lines in Atom 1.19 (~16ms):

About a 50% improvement, give or take some noise on any given frame.

You should also experience more responsive typing. Here’s a before-and-after for a typical frame following a character insertion:

Before: Rendering a character insertion in Atom 1.18 (~8ms):

After: Rendering a character insertion in Atom 1.19 (~5.7ms):

In this case the speedup is

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What’s new on – May 2017

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.
After returning from DrupalCon Baltimore at the end of April, we spent May regrouping and focusing on spring cleaning tasks. It’s important for any technical team to spend time on stability and maintenance, and we used May to find improvements in these areas and look for some other efficiencies. updates

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