What’s on the horizon for 2017

John Schroeder, executive chairman and founder of MapR AI is now back in mainstream discussions, and is the umbrella buzzword for machine intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and cognitive computing. Why is AI a rejuvenated trend? The three V’s come to mind: Velocity, Variety and Volume. Platforms that can process the three V’s with modern … continue reading

Companies to watch in 2017

As the technology industry continues to grow and flourish, new companies and startups are sprouting, and old companies are finding new ways of reviving themselves But as we head into the new year, some companies won’t make it through the winter months, while others will find new and innovative ways to thrive and blossom. SD … continue reading

Forecast 2016: Predictions from around the industry

To paraphrase that great thinker, Ferris Bueller: “Technology moves pretty fast. It you don’t look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, to get 2016  rolling, we’ve asked luminaries and thought leaders in the software development space to look around and tell us what they expect from the field this year. Kelly … continue reading

From the Editors: When microservices are frozen, it’s time to let them go

While attending QCon last month, we happened upon a great talk from Matt Ranney, chief architect at Uber. His company has more than 700 internal microservices. This has come about because the philosophy at Uber is to let new engineers write new code, rather than dive into some old crusty software that’s been handed down … continue reading

From the Editors: How far should we take technology?

How far does technology need to go, or how far are we going to let it go? With all the recent advancements being made to devices and software, innovation is starting to explode, and not necessarily in a good way. A company recently launched a new platform that makes it easier for developers to add … continue reading

From the Editors: A look back at a look into the future

Oct. 21, 1985. That was the year young Marty McFly hopped into a DeLorean equipped for time travel to save his future family on the same date 30 years later. That date—Oct. 21, 2015—was a couple of weeks ago. McFly encountered such things videogames played without controllers, drones and biometric identification (all of which we … continue reading

From the Editors: U.S. government joins modern era of development

Common methodologies and development practices seemed to be foreign concepts to the U.S. government, which could simply throw more and more money at software problems that never appeared to get solved. But recent ventures lead us to believe that the government might finally be ready to shake off the dust and join the 21st century. … continue reading

Top Halloween costumes for developers

Halloween is almost here, and that means dressing up and going out to celebrate. Don’t be a party pooper and forgo your costume. Following in our annual tradition of costumes for the lazy developer, we present you with a number of ideas for costumes ranging from simple, nerdy, hilarious to spooky. Cloud computing Are you … continue reading

From the Editors: Want innovation? No MBAs allowed

We’ve taken a look at a program at UC Berkeley where students across disciplines come together to work on solving problems in the marketplace. A lot of this work takes place around solving urban problems in India, but the projects span the gamut from third-world issues to first-world enterprise business strategies. Solomon Darwin, who directs … continue reading

From the Editors: View your customers as partners

On Sept. 3, software development toolmaker JetBrains announced it was changing its licensing model from a perpetual model to a subscription model. The company’s rationale for creating JetBrains Toolbox is that the new distribution model would cost customers less and simplify management of the licenses. The Toolbox plan also would let customers pick and choose … continue reading

Companies to Watch in 2016

Technology is advancing at a pace recently described as “frankly ridiculous” by IBM Fellow Jason McGee, who also is vice president and CTO of IBM’s Cloud Foundation Services. These advances affect how we get information, interact with our devices, make decisions, and even modify how we work. They also leave behind a long tail of … continue reading

From the Editors: Education finally done right

There’s a lot of talk of college-level computer science education in SD Times and on the website this month, and with good reason: It is back-to-school season. On one hand, some industry execs are complaining that the kids they get out of college generally don’t have many useful skills beyond rudimentary knowledge of a few … continue reading

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