Nanome launches VR collaboration platform Matryx

Virtual reality developer Nanome has launched Matryx, an open-source platform that they hope will change how people collaborate to advance problem solving in STEM. The three primary components of Matryx are the bounty system for rewarding users for solving problems posed on the platform by researchers, a library of digital assets for use in developing … continue reading

Improv brings improvements to agile team standup meetings

Companies today are expanding their collaboration efforts beyond workplace chat groups and creating software delivery teams through activities like pair programming, or group hackathons. One longtime software engineer and scrum master thinks that companies can go a step further — creating collaborative groups through improv. Wayde Stallmann, who currently works as an agile coach for … continue reading

API developers can simulate a back-end with Postman’s Mock Service

API management company Postman has released Mock Service, a tool that enables teams to simulate a back-end server, freeing up developers who were previously restrained by development dependencies. Postman’s service lets front-end developers simulate each endpoint in a Postman Collection and corresponding environment to view the potential responses without having to spin up a back … continue reading

Jitterbit update takes integration to ‘Citizens’

Jitterbit is pushing integrations to the people. The company will push its Jitterbit Harmony Winter ‘17 update to customers tomorrow morning in the hopes of spreading its integrations platform to the unwashed, non-developer masses. The Winter ‘17 is aimed at creating “Citizen Integrators” by implementing a point-and-click path to developing integrations between internal and external systems. … continue reading

Guest View: Why open-sourcing software for the government makes sense

In August, the U.S. government released its long-awaited open-source software policy, and on Nov. 3 it unveiled Code.gov, a portal—itself open source—aimed at helping government agencies share code in order to save taxpayer money and make IT projects nimbler. Tony Scott, CIO of the U.S., made the announcement in a White House blog post: “Built … continue reading

GitLab’s master plan, Sentinet 4.8 released, and MySQL 8.0—SD Times news digest: Sept. 13, 2016

Today, GitLab announced a US$20 million Series B funding from investors August Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Y Combinator. This follows its previous round of funding from last September. With the funding, GitLab is bringing issues, wikis, code review, Continuous Integration and Deployment into one single user interface. Its latest release of Issue Boards and merge … continue reading

New App Store for developers, SmartBear simplifies API testing, and new collaboration tool Sympli—SD Times news digest: April 19, 2016

Apple has created a new section of its App Store for developers so they can share how they succeeded on it, and to show other developers what they have learned in the process. On Developer Insights, the section of the App Store designed for developers, there is a planning section that helps developers plan and … continue reading

Guest View: When success becomes your DevOps failure: Beware of survivorship bias

Read just about any article on DevOps and you’ll be sure to find liberal sprinklings of terms like “culture” and “collaboration” and “establishing strong feedback loops.” Go deeper and you’ll probably come across some head-scratching stuff like “anti-fragile,” “systems thinking,” and my own personal favorite: “learning from failure.” There’s nothing especially earth-shattering about learning from … continue reading

Guest View: How knowledge-management systems support software development

Software development is not only knowledge-intensive work, it is knowledge-sharing-intensive work. A huge amount of knowledge sharing is required among software architects, engineers, product managers, project managers, developers, QA testers, and so on. In this environment, companies that implement a knowledge-sharing process thrive, while those who don’t learn how to share knowledge effectively can quickly … continue reading

Heroku Enterprise, MapReduce for C, and Microsoft to optimize asm.js—SD Times news digest: Feb. 19, 2015

Salesforce has announced Heroku Enterprise, a new edition of the Heroku cloud application development platform featuring new team collaboration tooling, enhanced access controls and enterprise-grade support. Heroku Enterprise, built for enterprise-scale development, contains several new collaboration and control features for app development in large distributed teams: Shared Application Projects: Enable developer teams, partners and contractors … continue reading

Guest View: The 5 steps to building cooperative apps

Have you ever found yourself sitting at a park, walking through the mall, waiting onboard a plane to takeoff, with a couple annoying three-year-olds nearby that simply won’t cooperate? It seems they have this natural instinct to do all the wrong things. Scream and shout. Whine and cry. Disobey commands. And we’re left wishing they … continue reading

Yammering about development

Years ago, we heard about a movement in software development that was more about individuals and interactions than processes and tools. It was about responding to change and not a rigid plan. Of course, I’m quoting from the Agile Manifesto. Agile development didn’t spring to life overnight, but slowly and over time we’ve adapted as … continue reading

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