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JSON vs. XML: The battle for format supremacy may be wasted energy

Back in the late 90s, when standards were proprietary and communication protocols complicated, two data formats appeared on the horizon. The first was the extensible markup language, born as an extension of an existing markup language standard (XML), and designed (by an open committee) with the purpose of storing and defining documents and data through …

New GitHub features focus on open source community

GitHub is adding new features and improvements to help build and grow open source communities. According to the organization, open source thrives on teamwork, and members need to be able to easily contribute and give back. The new features are centered around contributing, open source licensing, blocking, and privacy. New contributor badges are designed to …

OpenAPI specification 3.0, NYC’s cybersecurity initiative, and Coding Dojo’s new Java programming course — SD Times news digest: July 26, 2017

The Open API Initiative announced the 3.0 release of the OpenAPI Specification. OAI was developed to advance API technology and provide interoperability for APIs and other technologies. The new specification aims to define an interface to REST APIs. Improvements to the specification include support for describing callbacks, links to express relationships between operations, webhooks, and …

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Six steps to usable product design that save time and money

Whatever became of that mantra encouraging software companies to “Fail Fast” or “Fall Forward”? Most companies that followed a deliberate plan to release half-baked product fulfilled their destiny – they failed! “I’ve learned the “fail often” approach is unlikely to improve an organization. I learned this because I failed often when trying it.” – Jared …

What you want, when you want it. Key trends in modern UX design

The year was 1997. Steve Jobs fidgeted on a stool in front of the World Wide Developer Conference, chatting with the audience: “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure where you’re going to sell it. I’ve made this …

Adobe announces plans to kill off Flash

Adobe is finally putting an end to the Flash name. The company has announced plans to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player by the end of 2020. For years now, companies have been moving away from Adobe Flash and in favor of more modern technologies. Over the last couple of years, the emergence of …

The coming impact of GDPR on digital businesses

Time is quickly running out for businesses not prepared for May 2018 introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has the potential to impact any business that interacts with customers that are members of the EU. Preparing for compliance means that CISOs (or other IT professionals) will have to act quickly …

Survey: Challenges around mobile app strategy stifle innovation for business leaders

Businesses value mobile technology, but they’re discovering deploying and managing mobile applications isn’t so easy. According to a survey released today from Kony, Inc., businesses are still unsatisfied with the apps they have, and organizations note that issues with IT are holding them back. Kony partnered with Wakefield Research and surveyed more than 1,000 business …

Android O Developer Preview 4, Microsoft Enterprise Smart Contracts, and a new Mainframe Center of Excellence — SD Times news digest: July 25, 2017

Android O is one step closer to being released into the market. As Google puts its final touches on the upcoming operating system, the company is rolling out the Developer Preview 4 of Android O to help developers ensure their apps are ready for the launch. This will be the final preview before Android O …

Black Hat USA 2017: Machine learning is not a silver bullet for security

Machine learning brings new opportunities in the software security realm by offering new ways to handle data, detect malware and improve solutions. However, the problem with machine learning today is that it can be marketed as a silver bullet to catch all things in the security industry, when in reality the technology still has many …

Converging software development and mindfulness

Can software development benefit from mindfulness? Software development requires concentration and focus, an understanding of designing, coding, languages, and programming and how they all work together. It can also require comprehension of technology, science, engineering, and math. Clearly, a lot of brainpower goes into being a software developer. In order to keep that brainpower in …

Microsoft announces the Microsoft Security Risk Detection tool

Microsoft is releasing a new tool that uses artificial intelligence to find and detect software bugs. The Microsoft Security Risk Detection tool, previously known as Project Springboard, will be available by the end of the summer. “The tool is designed to catch the vulnerabilities before the software goes out the door, saving companies the heartache …

NVIDIA Tesla V100, Microsoft’s HoloLens, and Movidius Neural Computer Stick — SD Times news digest: July 24, 2017

NVIDIA gave artificial intelligence researchers a big surprise over the weekend when it chose to unveil the NVIDIA Tesla V100 at the computer vision event, CVPR, in Honolulu. Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, presented the new solution to 15 attending research institutions in the hopes they will create great AI solutions. The NVIDIA Tesla V100 …

The race for the cloud: AWS vs Azure

The cloud computing competition is beginning to heat up with companies adding more tools and services to their infrastructure to draw users in. The online community for developers, Stack Overflow, is taking a deeper look into how cloud platforms compare, and what cloud is evolving the fastest. According to the organization, the two front runners …

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    The Build vs. Buy Challenge: Insight into a Hybrid Approach

    Maintaining high quality data is essential for operational efficiency, meaningful analytics and good long-term customer relationships. But, when dealing with multiple sources of data, data quality becomes complex, so you need to know when you should build a custom data quality tools over canned solutions. To answer this question, it is important to understand the …

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    Leveraging React and GraphQL to Create a Performant, Scalable Data Grid

    Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Time: 1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT User interfaces often utilize components such as grids and tables to help users browse and understand data. Today’s large data sets require sophisticated capabilities to ensure users can effectively comprehend data while remaining flexible and responsive. Building this functionality is time consuming, has integration …

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    The Hiker’s Guide to Software Security

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    Application security testing is a starting block, not the finish line. It’s a critical and necessary component of every security program. However, “penetrate and patch” application testing alone is not a security strategy at all. The most effective software security initiatives (SSI) are fine-tuned to fit an organization and built to scale around your staff, …

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    Deep Linking and Attribution for Android Instant Apps

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