Freeter frees developers from switching between tasks, projects

As a freelance web developer, Alex Kaul is constantly switching back and forth among code, mockups, browser tabs, and terminals, which is multiplied by the many projects he is working on at a given time. In order to simplify his workflow, he created an organizer app called Freeter (officially out of beta), letting other developers … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Zazu

If you are a hacker, creator, developer, or you just dabble in code, this trending repo on GitHub might make its way into your life, especially if you are looking for a fully extensible launcher. Zazu is an open-source launcher with defaults that make it useful out of the box, according to its website. It … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Cloudron

Cloudron, a platform for self-hosting web apps like WordPress, solves many of the problems associated with self-hosting. The platform is now open source and available on GitLab under the Affero General Public License. Small businesses use apps like WordPress, GitLab, Rocket.Chat, and others as a way to control their own data and customize their sites. … continue reading

Artificial intelligence app for developers gets productivity, performance updates

The artificial intelligence app that puts time back into developers’ days has seen some major updates in version 1.2, including features that increase productivity and help developers manage their products and tasks. Trevor AI is a free app that uses artificial intelligence to understand the tasks of the user, and it makes suggestions based on … continue reading

Google extends Classroom API, CSS tips and tricks, and Google Play awards—SD Times news digest: May 20, 2016

Google is extending its Classroom API to help developers integrate their applications with classroom solutions. The company introduced new coursework endpoints that will give developers access to assignments, grades and workflows. “Learning tools can focus on creating great content and, in turn, use Classroom to manage the workflow for assignments created with this content,” wrote … continue reading

VR for Good, Amazon open-sources DSSTNE, and the Google Spaces app—SD Times news digest: May 17, 2016

Virtual reality headsets can let users play games and enter different worlds, but Oculus is putting VR to good use with its VR for Good program, where philanthropic and socially beneficial projects can get started. With this program, Oculus is looking for 10 rising filmmakers to match with 10 nonprofits so they can tell stories … continue reading

GitLab releases security fixes, Pants 1.0, and Sauce Labs integration for JIRA—SD Times news digest: May 3, 2016

GitLab is strongly recommending users upgrade to any of the newest versions for GitLab 8.2 through 8.7 GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE) because they contain security fixes. One of the security fixes is for a critical privilege escalation. GitLab said that during an internal code review, it discovered a critical security flaw … continue reading

Altova’s MobileTogether 2.1 gets new features, Amazon adds Smart Home Skills API, Anchore wants to make software safer—SD Times news digest: April 6, 2016

Altova announced this morning new pricing and functionality for MobileTogether 2.1, a framework for building and deploying native mobile apps. Version 2.1 introduced more than 20 features based on developer feedback, from functionality for building tables, to error-handling actions, and also flexible options for UI design. With MobileTogether 2.1, the app development environment is free … continue reading

Report: New plans for Facebook Messenger

Facebook continues to drum up new ideas and plans for its platform. This time, the company wants to turn Messenger into an “Everything App,” but the biggest change with this plan is that it will turn Messenger into an app that pays for things, according to Forbes. Now code found inside Messenger suggests Facebook plans … continue reading

R programming language news, Todoist 9, and Red Hat’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results—SD Times news digest: March 23, 2016

The R programming language is getting some attention this week. The R Consortium has announced funding for seven community projects as well as the formation of two technical working groups designed to advance the language. “The R Consortium is proud to support initiatives that will positively impact many R users, including community events, training, packages … continue reading

Kony updates Kony Visualizer, high school girls win Meteor scholarship, and Google adds new section to transparency report—SD Times news digest: March 16, 2016

Kony, a mobile development company, today announced an update to Kony Visualizer, the visual application design and development part of Kony’s Mobility Platform. The new release of the cloud-based Kony Visualizer 7.0 includes updates to simplify and accelerate the mobile app development process, allowing users to build connected, omnichannel apps for phone, tablet, Web or … continue reading

The State of Go, Microsoft confirms SwiftKey acquisition, and Sailfish OS to power Turing Phone—SD Times news digest: Feb. 3, 2016

A slideshow that describes “The State of Go” was created to show where the programming language is as of February 2016. Some highlights include all of the Go releases. Go 1.4 is one year old, Go 1.6’s release candidate was released on Jan. 28, and Go 1.6 will be released sometime this month. Most of … continue reading

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