Industry Watch: Developers are a rare breed

A lot has been written about the mythical developer. Loner. Only comes out at night, when the world is dark and quiet. Codes for a living and then, as a hobby, just for kicks, codes some more. A recent survey of developers and their habits was released last month by Stack Overflow, and some of … continue reading

CRASH Report: Small teams, Java EE behind software with highest structural quality

Smaller development teams produce software that has the highest structural quality, while teams of 20 or more create software of poor structural quality. That is according to the 2017 CRASH Report on the global health of software released late last month. The report bases structural quality on five characteristics: robustness, security, performance efficiency, changeability and … continue reading

Industry Watch: Software testing and the human factor

Test automation is critical for organizations looking to get faster and better at delivering quality software. However, as with many issues surrounding technology, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Phil Soffer has spent the last 20 years developing and shipping software, as a developer, marketer and now CEO of crowdsource testing company test IO. … continue reading

Test IO enhances crowdsourced testing platform for agile development

Crowdsourced testing company test IO today released enhancements to its platform to accommodate organizations doing continuous delivery of software. “The agile movement is a reaction to development that was complex, late and wrong for the user when it shipped,” said Phil Soffer, test IO CEO. The company was founded in Germany in 2011 to provide … continue reading

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Atlassian Creates Trello Power-Up Add-ins for JIRA, BitBucket, Confluence Clouds

Tools create silos between teams. But when an organization has seamless software that brings together every team in an organization, those silos collapse. That is what Atlassian is looking to do with today’s release of Trello Power-Ups, add-ins that bridge the company’s JIRA Cloud, BitBucket Cloud and Confluence Cloud tools to enable teams to work … continue reading

Survey: Developers happiest when they can learn and grow

Developers highly value jobs within organizations that provide ongoing learning and professional growth, even more than they value compensation, according to the annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey report released today. Just over half of the respondents, though, said they believe they are underpaid. The report, based on responses from more than 64,000 developers in 213 … continue reading

Melissa looks to expand from data

Melissa has dropped the ‘Data’ from its name, but wants to leverage its enormous data store to grow into other areas, such as compliance and anti-money laundering efforts. Positioned as a data superstore when it launched 10 years ago, Melissa today wants to be known as “a provider of global intelligence,” according to Greg Brown, … continue reading

LinkedIn donates Flashback mocking tool to open source

LinkedIn today has contributed Flashback, its internal Internet mocking tool, to open source. Flashback is a proxy server that enables users to capture, store and replay Internet transactions, so no Internet connection is required to test connections. “We wanted to make tests as automated as possible; we want to make it ‘not the test’s fault’” … continue reading

Visual Studio 2017 takes on DevOps, containers, productivity

Microsoft today released to general availability Visual Studio 2017, an update to its software development environment that aims to increase developer productivity while adding features that make developing for new container architectures, the cloud and mobile devices more seamless. At a digital event announcing the release, Microsoft’s Julia Liuson, corporate vice president for Visual Studio, … continue reading

Industry Watch: NativeScript takes web developers mobile

JavaScript developers are taking over the world. More applications than ever before are living on the client, using APIs to connect to any requisite (and most likely cloud-based) back-end services. With that, we’ve seen an explosion of tools and frameworks to make JavaScript development seem more like traditional programming, handling large codebases and issues such … continue reading

Industry Watch: Everyone can be a developer

Call it “citizen development.” Call it “low-code” or “no-code.” Call it “custom application development.” The goal of each is to make it easier to create business applications that increase efficiency, improve business processes or organize information. A recent study by FileMaker, an Apple subsidiary that began life as a database but now offers tools for … continue reading

CData creates ODBC reader for Google’s TensorFlow

One of the popular uses for machine learning is helping organizations sift through data to find new patterns, giving business executives information that is actionable. CData, a North Carolina-based provider of data access solutions, last week made its first foray into the open-source world with the creation of the CData ODBC Reader for TensorFlow. This … continue reading

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