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SD Times Blog: Learn a new language over the long weekend

Welcome to another long weekend. What better time to learn the very basics of a new language? We’ve got a host of links below to some tutorials, so dive in and learn you some Ruby, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN, Factor, or whatever! Looking for a fun way to learn Ruby? Try Ruby is a great place …


For mobile apps, the beauty is much more than merely skin deep

The way that large enterprises extend existing functionality into mobile apps must change the way they think about and manage the development process. Consider for a minute Yelp’s mobile app and the one for your bank. On the surface, both apps seem to obsess over ease of use and having visually appealing interfaces. However, just …


SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Hack

A new typeface designed for source code has developers all excited. Hack, created by programmer Chris Simpkins, is intended for developers to use with any modern font editing tool, and it allows them to customize it for their needs. “No frills. No gimmicks. Hack is hand-groomed and optically balanced to be a workhorse face for …

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Netflix open-sources XSS detection framework

Netflix wants to put cross-site scripting (XSS) to sleep with the introduction of its latest open-source framework: Sleepy Puppy. Sleepy Puppy is a XSS payload-management framework designed to help security engineers capture, manage and track XSS propagation. “We wanted a more comprehensive XSS testing framework to simplify XSS propagation and identification, and allow us to …


Application Developers Alliance releases its first annual developer insights report

The Application Developers Alliance wants to help the software development industry make smarter decisions by finding out what inspires developers. The Alliance, in partnership with research firm IDC, has announced Developer Insights Report: A Global Survey of Today’s Developer, an in-depth analysis of trends in the development world. “There exists already a significant amount of …


Containers steal the show at VMworld

Containers were the only thing anyone could talk about at VMworld this week, and yet the discussions were not about how great they are. Rather, the discussions were about, “How do we use this stuff in an enterprise?” VMware has a very distinct answer: Run the container inside of a virtual machine. And it is …


Industry Watch: Be careful what you wish for

A couple of years ago, loyal readers of this column will remember I wrote of getting into a crash with a wrong-way driver. That kicked off a column about information sharing and data management, where I posited what a wonderful world it would be if as soon as the crash occurred, the police, my body …


A new way for wearables to communicate, Google’s custom tabs in Chrome, and Sony’s hack attack settlement—SD Times news digest: Sept. 3, 2015

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego want to make it easier for wearable devices to communicate with one another. The researchers have developed a new wireless communication technique that sends magnetic signals through the human body. This technique could provide a low-power and more secure way for wearables to communication with other wearable …

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Building up service virtualization

Service virtualization has gotten the short shrift over the course of its lengthy history. Whether you chart its inception in 2002 with the release of Parasoft’s Stub Server, or in 2007 when CA took up the banner and market around the term, the entire concept has yet to even take on the status of buzzword. …


SAP announces new in-memory query engine for Spark

SAP yesterday introduced HANA Vora: a new in-memory query engine for Apache Spark. This new engine allows analysis to be undertaken in a more interactive and iterative manner. The new engine will be available to customers later this month. Quentin Clark, CTO and member of the Global Managing Board of SAP, explained the goals of …


Ask the experts about the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, by its very name, represents massive complexity hardware and chip needs, and software to drive it all. If you’re embarking on an IoT project but don’t know where to start, or need help with software architecture or writing software for a hardware device, here’s your opportunity to get answers. Send your …


Guest View: Think of clouds as restaurants

Last year, Amazon Web Services chopped prices for the 42nd time since 2008. For many industry observers, the move sent a clear message to Amazon’s competitors that if they’re looking to scoop up some of the company’s market share, they’ll have to be willing to cut into their own profits by offering the lowest prices …


Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test, Mozilla’s Thimble, and the autonomous car problem—SD Times news digest: Sept. 2, 2015

Google wants to make mobile sites more mobile friendly by removing distracting app install interstitials. According to the company, some interstitials hide a majority of the site’s content, and users get frustrated when they come across them. To address this, Google is updating its Mobile-Friendly Test to indicate which sites should avoid app install interstitials. …


Visual Studio Online takes flight

Visual Studio Online continues to undergo changes as Microsoft moves to a quicker cloud release cycle. This article examines these changes and looks at the improvements that are helping to move organizations from on-premises Team Foundation Server implementations to using Visual Studio Online exclusively. In order to widen our perspective on Visual Studio Online, we …

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    WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 TIME: 1-2 PM ET Enterprise environments are now more complex—connecting APIs across Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps, cloud apps, partner apps, and on-premise apps. Business is also demanding more innovative and faster services, which requires a modern and lightweight integration platform that easily scales with business requirements and is flexible to …

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