Study finds auto-fix tools help programmers better protect their code

Could the recent Equifax data breach been prevented if the credit agency had the right programming tools in place? That’s the question researchers from North Carolina State University set out to answer in their recent study: Can Automated Pull Requests Encourage Software Developers to Upgrade Out-of-Date Dependencies? According to the researchers, a majority of software … continue reading

Packt: Python is the most popular tool used by developers and tech pros

Developers are often told they need to check out what other people are learning in their sector, whether that be a popular language like Python, or a popular framework like Angular. According to a sneak peek at Packt’s annual Skill Up survey, developers and engineers in various jobs plan on learning several new tools and technologies … continue reading

The EFF AI Progress Measurement experiment, Infragistics Ultimate 17.1, and Erlang/OTP 20.0 — SD Times news digest: June 22, 2017

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is keeping a close eye on artificial intelligence and machine learning, and it wants help from the research community to continue doing so. The organization announced the EFF AI Progress Measurement experiment, which is a pilot project to track the progress happening in the AI field. The EFF encourages researchers … continue reading

10 strategies for beating “programmer’s block”

“Writer’s Block” is a real thing, but “Programmer’s Block?” According to computer science professor at Oregon State University, Heather Knight, programmers are just as subject to getting blocked as writers, but programmers do not have a host of self-help resources with insights applicable to programming. However, she discovered that many of the writing books for … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of Week: Best websites a programmer should visit

Computer science and software development are ever-changing industries. Software developers and programmers must always be learning, updating their skills and keeping up with the latest tools and technologies. It can be hard to understand exactly what you need to know, or where you can get help from. That is why Sonkeng Maldini, founder of Dev … continue reading

Swift reaches TIOBE’s top 10, BlackBerry Dynamics Communication APIs, and 97 Things Programmers Need to Know — SD Times news digest: March 20, 2017

Swift has made it into the TIOBE Index’s top 10 programming languages for the first time. Swift is a programming language Apple created about three years ago to replace its other application development language Objective-C. “The expectations were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly. That is for good reasons by the … continue reading

Mozilla launches Containers for Test Pilot, Google adjusts search engine inputs, and why GitLab isn’t leaving the cloud—SD Times news digest: March 3, 2017

Mozilla has launched a Containers experiment in Firefox Test Pilot as a way to expose more people to this feature, iterate on the UI, and further explore user experience. According to a Mozilla post, “Firefox Test Pilot is a platform that lets [Mozilla] test potential new Firefox features while getting quantitative and qualitative feedback from … continue reading

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

Ruby on Rails 5.1.0 beta gets ‘spring cleaning’

Ruby on Rails is gearing up for its next big release. In the meantime, developers can check out the “highlight reel” of Rails 5.1.0 beta1, which cleans up deprecated code and includes major improvements to the ergonomics of Rails. This version follows the release of Rails 5.0, which came out about eight months ago. The … continue reading

Stack Overflow analyzes languages used on weekends, WebKit talks future of 3D graphics, and CoreOS moving to Kubernetes—SD Times news digest: Feb. 8, 2017

Stack Overflow wanted to see what languages tend to be used on the weekends by developers, so the organization used its public StackLite dataset on Kaggle to explore that question. According to Stack Overflow, it saw low-level technologies were popular on the weekends, like C++, C, pointers and assembly languages, and it saw tags like … continue reading

How to keep your users engaged after your app goes live

Developers put so much time and effort into their applications during development, it seems once the application goes live they no longer give it that extra attention. Instead, developers have become accustomed to just releasing bug fixes to their applications when necessary, adding functionality at a much slower pace. This, however, is a huge problem … continue reading

Report looks into Android device customization, Kony Mobility Platform, and Google makes exploring AI easy—SD Times news digest: Nov. 16, 2016

The Application Developers Alliance has conducted a story on Android device customization and consumer choices, and they found that apps tend not to be exclusively used, and almost all Android users customize their phone and their home screen. The report also found that most Android users prefer their new devices to come with apps “ready … continue reading

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