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SD Times Blog: Google concedes: Dart is just like everybody else

Google never publicly admitted it, but the company always had designs on Dart ultimately supplanting JavaScript as the preferred programming language for complex modern Web development. So when the Dart team announced the Dart VM would not be integrated into Chrome and the language would compile to JavaScript, it was less an admission of defeat …

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Industry Watch: The development world is changing rapidly

Changing your application development culture to embrace mobility is akin to moving from a Soviet-style economy to laissez-faire: It’s mind-blowing. That’s how significant it is to understand and implement all that writing applications for mobile devices entails, according to Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond, who spoke to me about the changes facing developers in today’s world …

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Google lays out steps for developing for Android Auto, and a call to reform U.S. surveillance activities—SD Times news digest: March 26, 2015

Google wants developers to start creating apps for cars by detailing ways they can work with Android Auto. “Have you ever wanted to develop apps for the car, but found the variety of OEMs and proprietary platforms too big of a hurdle?” wrote Joshua Gordon, developer advocate, in a Google blog post. “Using familiar Android …

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SD Times March Developer Madness: Road to the Championship!

The SD Times March Developer Madness Sweet 16 is almost set, with just one more Round 1 matchup to go: #2 Scrum vs. #7 Low-Code! You can find and vote in the current poll here. A recap of Round 1 thus far: In the Programming region last week, #1 seed HTML5, #2 seed JavaScript, #3 …

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Agile is becoming the de facto standard for software development, according to VersionOne

Agile is continuing to be a driving force behind software development. VersionOne recently released its results from the annual State of Agile survey and found that 94% of organizations are practicing agile. “Agile is quickly becoming the de facto standard for software development, and five to 10 years from now it is going to go …

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3D Robotics releases a free and open-source drone application development platform

3D Robotics (3DR) wants to make it easy for developers to add custom features or create applications for their drones. The company has unveiled a free and open-source drone app development platform. DroneKit is the company’s API for drone app development, designed to provide a platform for developers to create Web-based drone apps. “Unlike other …

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Facebook announces Messenger Platform, Parse IoT SDKs, app analytics at F8

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new developer platform for its Messenger application today during the keynote of the company’s F8 developer conference. Along with an SDK available today, Facebook’s new Messenger Platform will enable developers to integrate apps and services directly inline in the Messenger composer. The Messenger applications demoed—apps providing GIFs, text animations, …

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Microsoft releases Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio

Microsoft has released version 1.0 of its Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). The open-source extension for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 turns Microsoft’s development environment into a Node.js IDE. NTVS has been in development for more than a year. Sara Itani, Node.js Tools for Visual Studio software engineer, detailed the NTVS 1.0 features in …

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Inside OpenBSD’s new httpd Web server

The OpenBSD project has undergone a great deal of change in the past year. The open Unix-like operating system removed the Apache httpd server and replaced it with Nginx, only to sub out Nginx soon after for its own httpd server in OpenBSD 5.6, all while trying to revamp OpenSSL with its LibreSSL fork in …

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2014 Turing Award goes to MIT’s Michael Stonebraker

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced Michael Stonebraker as the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient for his work in modern database systems. Stonebraker is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). “Mike has been a trailblazer in the field of databases by asking the …

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Apple buys FoundationDB, SmartBear takes over Swagger API, and Google open-sources Bazel—SD Times news digest: March 25, 2015

Apple has reportedly acquired NoSQL database startup FoundationDB, according to TechCrunch. FoundationDB has posted a notice informing its community it will no longer offer downloads. The company has a scalable NoSQL database with ACID-compliant transactions, and has raised US$22.7 million in two funding rounds during its five-year startup run. Neither company has officially commented on …

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Five key skills for Linux job seekers

A recent report from the Linux Foundation and Dice revealed that there is a high demand for Linux professionals, but organizations are finding it difficult to find qualified candidates. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report discovered that 92% of IT managers are planning to hire Linux professionals in the next six months, but 88% stated it …

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Microsoft announces Azure App Service, releases Windows 10 developer tooling preview, and partners with Samsung and Adobe—SD Times news digest: March 24, 2015

Microsoft is unveiling a new cloud service designed to provide developers an easier way to build Web and mobile apps that support multiple platforms and devices. Azure App Service is an integrated solution that features capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. The solution includes Web apps, mobile apps, logic apps …

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Deeplink debuts connective AppWords platform and SDK

Deeplink, a mobile deep-linking startup provider of a developer platform and app network of native retargeted deep links, has announced the launch of AppWords, a mobile search platform and SDK enabling developers to perform intent-based keyword searches for app content. AppWords, just out of beta, is designed to enable developers who integrate the SDK with …

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