Android Developer Conference shows expanding products

In an exposition that was more reminiscent of early PC conferences than a developer event, the Android Developer Conference showed off numerous innovative products. For developers, tools on display offered new ways to monetize, test and monitor apps. Hardware makers were also on hand to offer help for designers working on-next generation devices and applications. … continue reading

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Google shows developers Android possibilities

When Android was young in 2008, every developer working on an application for the platform was taking a huge risk. But for some early adopters, that risk yielded massive rewards. Today, there are more than 1 billion active Android users worldwide, and building applications for this blockbuster platform is no longer such a great risk. … continue reading

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Amazon introduces Lambda, Containers at AWS re:Invent

At its re:Invent conference this week, Amazon announced two new services for its Amazon Web Services cloud. The first, AWS Lambda, is a compute service designed around event-based computing. The second, EC2 Container Service, is a container management service that supports Docker. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, introduced Lambda at the conference. “The focus here … continue reading

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Microsoft is the new Sun Microsystems

We told you earlier this year that Microsoft was planning to open up its .NET platform with a foundation and multiple open-source projects. The arrival of this project was yesterday, thanks to Microsoft’s release of a preview version of Visual Studio 2015. Also in there was news of Visual Studio Community 2013, a free version … continue reading

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GitHub revamps its Enterprise offering

For a long time, GitHub’s business plan was simply packing up its website and service code, then reselling it to enterprises as GitHub Enterprise, an on-premise version of the popular Web-based version-control system. Today, however, the company released GitHub Enterprise 2.0, which includes many of the enterprise-standard features users have been asking for from the … continue reading

Red Hat expands PaaS offerings

It may seem like the term “middleware” has been on vacation, but Red Hat has introduced a new version of OpenShift Enterprise, version 2.2, which brings back the classic types of middleware enterprise developers have worked with for years. The greatest difference, however, is that this time the middleware is arriving as part of a … continue reading

On management

Writing software is hard, but organizing and dealing with people is far harder. In every organization, there are people who make the machine run better, and those that foul it up. The secret to being a good manager is being able to figure out who’s who in a lineup that includes many, many social defects. … continue reading

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Machine learning, containers hot topics at QCon

This week’s QCon conference took on a range of computer science topics, such as machine learning, parsing and testing. Keynote speakers included security expert Bruce Schneier, LaTeX and Paxos developer Leslie Lamport, and Melody Meckfessel, a Google engineering director. Jerome Petazzoni, senior engineer at Docker, gave a talk yesterday that laid out the benefits of … continue reading

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How to prioritize what you’re developing with Big Data

The spotlight turned to data analysis and real-world business use cases at Big Data TechCon, which winds down today in San Francisco. Talk was of day-to-day work and decision processes needed to support large-scale Big Data operations, with topics such as Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL and traditional relational databases, and how they can be leveraged for … continue reading

Business use cases come to forefront at Google Glass conference

The usefulness of wearable devices in the business world was the focus of today’s keynote at GGDevCon, the Google Glass developer conference. The event detailed numerous business use cases for the device, and laid out the ways in which many enterprises are experimenting with Glass in the field. Steve Willinger, business development manager at Google, … continue reading

Eclipse and Codenvy push for Web-based Java IDE

The Eclipse Foundation envisions a future where software is written within a browser. While the Eclipse Orion project has already produced a Web-based IDE for JavaScript, HTML and CSS, today the Eclipse Foundation announced the Eclipse Cloud Development project, an effort to bring even more of the software development tool chain into the browser. The … continue reading

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Snowflake offers cloud data warehouse as a service, cheaply

Snowflake has appeared in time for winter. This cloud data warehousing and analytics company revealed its product for the first time this week, coming out after nearly two years of working in stealth mode. Bob Muglia, CEO of Snowflake Software, is a former Microsoft executive who joined Snowflake in June. He said the sweet spot … continue reading

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