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Fifteen great holiday gifts for the geek in your life

It’s that time of the year again: holiday shopping time! Trying to figure out what to get each and every special person in your life can be stressful, but there’s one person you don’t have to worry about: the geek, the programmer, that lovable developer in your life. We’ve got you covered just in time …

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NSA releases automated data flow software as open source

The National Security Agency has released the first in a series of software products by its Technology Transfer Program (TTP) to the open-source community. Niagarafiles, also known as NiFi, automates high-volume data flows among computer networks, even if data formats and protocols differ. The technology “provides a way to prioritize data flows more effectively and …

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Scaling enterprise agile

For years businesses have been practicing agile, seeing notable success in time to market, productivity and creativity at the team level. Now they want to expand the scope of those benefits. If you asked development teams a year or two ago to identify the biggest agile obstacle, most of them would have said getting management …

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Google’s reCAPTCHA, Sony’s computer system hack and Samsung’s DeepSort algorithm—SD Times news digest: Nov. 26, 2014

Google has released reCAPTCHA, a free service to protect websites from spam and automated malware breaches. reCAPTCHA uses a risk-analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to recognize when a human user or a bot is attempting to access a site, and it learns as CAPTCHAs are solved to digitize text, annotate images and build machine-learning datasets. …

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Do you want to build a snowman… out of code?

For years, organizations have been trying to get more and more kids into programming. Code.org promotes the Hour of Code to teach kids one hour of computer science. There are visual programming environments such as Alice, Blockly and Scratch geared toward kids. Plenty of board games, computer games and mobile applications that teach the basics …

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Android KitKat continues to grow

The KitKat version of the Android operating system accounts for half of all Android versions in use, according to statistics released by application performance monitoring software maker Crittercism. The statistics offer insight into such metrics as crashes by device, OS versions, and carrier delays by country, and were gleaned in a survey of Crittercism’s customers. …

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Perfecto Mobile integrates quality earlier in the development life cycle

Perfecto Mobile is looking to focus on continuous quality by testing earlier and more often throughout the mobile application development life cycle. The company has released Continuous Quality Lab, which is designed to build apps faster, according to Roi Carmel, vice president of product and strategy at Perfecto Mobile. “Since the beginning of the year, …

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Technical debt: What it is and why you should care

Technical debt is often the elephant in the room that we choose to ignore, but we do so at our own peril. Technical debt is directly responsible for many of the problems we have building high-quality software quickly, especially as companies move to more agile methodologies. Having problems releasing quickly? Can’t complete your testing in …

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castAR, Android Studio, Semantic UI 1.0, and an IoT kit for Raspberry Pi—SD Times news digest: Nov. 24, 2014

It has been a little more than a year since castAR raised US$1 million on Kickstarter for its augmented reality glasses, and now the company is finally ready to start shipping its first pair. The glasses will be shipped to early castAR backers. In addition, Technical Illusions, the company that developed castAR, will be in …

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Industry Watch: Four areas to watch for Big Data innovation

The industry has reached an inflection point in our thinking about data. It’s no longer about slicing and dicing data sets; it’s now about creating insights. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Steve Mills, who’s on the data science team within the strategic innovation group at Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant consulting firm. …

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Google demos how to get the most out of analytics

Google has launched a new website to help developers gain more insight into their applications. Google Analytics Demos & Tools aims to give experienced developers the ability to be more productive and improve their business through Google Analytics and advanced measurements. “As a member of the Google Analytics Developer Relations team, I often hear from …

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Steve Jobs deserves the right biopic

Steve Jobs is about as iconic and complex a figure as the tech world has ever seen, so it’s no surprise his life story has been so quickly swept up into Hollywood biopic fodder. Walter Isaacson’s 2011 Jobs biography was a New York Times Bestseller, capturing a distinct cultural moment. It was hard to go …

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Microsoft’s open-source .NET plans, Google Contributor, and a Windows update for AWS AppStream—SD Times news digest: Nov. 21, 2014

A little more than a week after open-sourcing .NET, Microsoft announced it has received and accepted 20 GitHub pull requests and received community contributions to improve features like immutable collection performance. .NET Framework program manager Immo Landwerth recapped the week in open-source .NET in a blog post. He also laid out short-term plans and focus …

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Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1: MetricsGraphics MetricsGraphics is a creation from the minds of the mad Web scientists at Mozilla. The JavaScript library is optimized for visualizing and laying out time-series data, providing a simple way to produce common types of graphics such as line charts, scatterplots and histograms in a consistent and responsive way. #2: Flow was featured …

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    The Value of Testing Metrics Within Software Development

    Developers today face increasing pressure to deliver software on time and under shrinking budgets. This, of course, strains testers, who now must take every opportunity to manage the quality of their product or risk releasing flawed software. Project teams need to keep a high level of accountability and oversight during development, but cannot do that …

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    Six Tips to Building Better Business Apps in SharePoint 2013

    SharePoint has seen tremendous uptake in organizations of all sizes. And, according to a Forrester Research report, more than half of those customers are building or plan to build custom apps in their SharePoint environments. But building these customizations is difficult, and even dangerous, as it can result in unstable SharePoint environments. Microsoft tried to …

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    Five Steps to Make Search a Killer App

    In the enterprise, less is often more. When it comes to search, it’s not helpful for users to find thousands of irrelevant results when they’re looking for one specific item. When properly implemented, Search-Based Applications can dramatically change the user’s experience and productivity. In this whitepaper you will learn how to: Bring together information silos …

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    Why DevOps Needs a Development Testing Platform

    DevOps requires us to move past simply finding bugs with static analysis. We have to be more proactive and reevaluate the analysis techniques used in the SDLC. DevOps is a collection of practices that facilitate the cross-departmental collaboration and communication necessary to help organizations optimize and accelerate their development processes. Its roots can be traced …

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    Service Virtualization: Accelerating the Development Life Cycle

    Organizations are looking for a competitive advantage by delivering their applications more quickly. But as they do so, bottlenecks in the process become evident. One of the bottlenecks that continue to plague SDLC acceleration is testing. At best, testing has been considered inevitable overhead. At worst, organizations are passing off testing to their customers, creating …

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    Securing Your Private Keys as Best Practice for Code Signing Certificates

    The efficacy of code signing as an authentication mechanism for software depends on the secure storage of code signing private keys used by software publishers. Companies that are diligent and willing to invest in the appropriate security measures can make the compromise of their private keys highly unlikely. This white paper describes recent security breaches …

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