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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

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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

DEC15-1204-OPINION-EDITORIALS

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

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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

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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

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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

OCT15-0910-OPINION-GUESTVIEW-CS-EDUCATION

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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From the Editors: Oracle: The last of the great apes

There was a time, when evolution was just kicking off here in the Valley, when the titans of Wall Street dominated the scene and its mentalities. These were the 1980s and 1990s, and thousands of technology companies were cut to ribbons by the long swords of people like Bill Gates and Jack Tramiel. Among all … continue reading

AUG15-0731-OPINION-EDITORIALS

From the Editors: Technology in search of a raison d’etre

Wearables When talking about the Internet of Things, people usually think of the software in their cars, or smart appliances that communicate with back-end systems to keep the house running smoothly, or robots on factory floors doing manufacturing. When talk turns to wearable devices, though, the conversation seems to begin and end with watches, wristbands, … continue reading

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From the Editors: When did open-source software get so scary?

In the beginning, open-source software was meant as a way for developers to scratch each other’s back. If you created a functionality, you released it into open source so that some other developer didn’t have to start from scratch. In the 1960s and early 1970s, “No one thought about rights to the software, let alone … continue reading

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From the Editors: Microservices and containers—the missing pieces of SOA

Remember that famous headline from a few years back: “SOA is Dead!” Well, reports of SOA’s death have been greatly exaggerated. SOA—the term that defined service-oriented architecture—is alive and well today as the underpinning for microservices and containers. Together, microservices and containers comprise the final piece of a mechanism that ties Agile development, Continuous Delivery … continue reading

JUN15-0529-OPINION-EDITORIALS-JAVA

From the Editors: Why Java made it to 20

There are a lot of reasons you could point to for Java’s lengthy popularity. It could be attributed to Java’s cross-platform capabilities, its memory management, or its focus on networked systems. But we’re convinced it was all of these combined with a fourth, major element: stoicism. While Java has evolved over the years, adding generics, … continue reading

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From the Editors: It’s time for enterprise developers to embrace JavaScript

Client-side JavaScript brings developers closer to the glass. In a flexibly scripted programming language like JavaScript, everything is an object. Developers can code and push new features faster, enabling end users rather than making them wait months for an update under a more traditional sever-side development model. Modern Web and mobile consumer application development is … continue reading

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From the Editors: Where’s the incentive to defeat hackers?

After reporting out this month’s feature on software security, it strikes us that there appear to be parallels between companies selling security solutions and those selling pharmaceuticals. Those who take to conspiracy theories have argued for years that the pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to eliminate, say, cancer, because they would lose the massive profits … continue reading

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