Biometrics: An evolving industry with unique risks

As evidenced in the world of business, government and everyday life, the technology of biometrics is widespread and expanding. For example, people can unlock their smartphones with their faces. Banks can recognize customers by the sound of their voice, and police can identify suspects with automated fingerprinting. These are just some of the common applications …

IBM introduces new operating system for IBM Z systems

IBM has announced the next generation of its operating system for its IBM Z systems, which are a suite of mainframe servers. IBM z/OS V2.5 is designed to accelerate the adoption of hybrid cloud and AI as well as drive modernization initiatives.  A recent study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value revealed that …

SD Times news digest: DataRobot to acquire Algorithmia, Synopsys announces Rapid Scan, Thundra announces Foresight CI Observability Tool

DataRobot announced that it’s acquiring the MLOps platform Algorithmia to deepen its capabilities to unlock value from AI through better, faster, frictionless solutions for every part of the modern enterprise. “We understand that businesses cannot get the value of their ML models unless they have the ability to deliver those models quickly, reliably, and at …

Nearly a quarter-century later, why is C++ still so popular?

Despite C++’s downward trend on the TIOBE Programming Community index since 2001, the language’s fall from the coveted top two slots in 2020, vociferous and persistent claims that C++ is “dead like COBOL,” and the inroads the Rust is making in developer circles – C++ is still as viable, vital and relevant as ever.  There’s …

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The bumpy road of moving applications to the cloud

Everywhere you look, companies are involved in some sort of digital transformation. For some, it means moving their entire business to the cloud which may include building or purchasing software for payroll, ordering, fulfillment and many other activities. For larger firms, entrenched with legacy applications, it means migrating or rewriting hundreds or perhaps thousands of …

SD Times news digest: MobileTogether 7.3, Sila announces $13 million Series A round, and Cloudflare launches Project Pangea

Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 7.3, a rapid app development platform for building enterprise solutions.  The latest release introduces options to enable in-app purchases in the native iOS, Android, and Windows apps they create using MobileTogether and the ability to embed the MobileTogether Windows client in one’s own UWP.  It also adds support for …

Five tips for Olympian applications

The performance of world-class athletes as they train for the Olympic Games and engineering the performance of your applications in preparation for production releases share some interesting traits. In this blog, I want to share some basic guiding principles that will help make your applications finish strong. Efficiency, Not Just Speed Not every Olympic sport …

SD Times news digest: New Relic for Startups available on AWS Activate, Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Private Preview, Xojo 2021 release 2

As part of AWS Activate and New Relic for Startups, startup founders and engineering teams get exclusive discounts, free credits, and support for New Relic’s cloud-based observability platform. “While you might have a great product market fit, a prototype, and a pitch deck, an idea is often only as good as the infrastructure you have …

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights is an open source project created by Microsoft aimed at helping developers build more accessible software.  It was created internally at Microsoft and then released as an open source solution in 2019.  “We were motivated by Microsoft’s mission to ‘empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.’ We realized …

Google enabling data-driven experiences at scale through new Looker updates

Google today announced new features that will help organizations deliver data-driven experiences at scale in Looker 21, the platform that allows anyone in a business to quickly analyze and find insights in datasets. One new feature is the Extension Framework available as part of the new Looker Developer Portal. The framework allows developers to build applications …

SD Times news digest: Xamarin.Essentials 1.7 and .NET MAUI Essentials, Jamf announces enhancements to Jamf Marketplace and Jamf Developer Portal, New Adobe Doc Cloud Developer Tools

The Xamarin.Essentials 1.7 release focuses on critical bug fixes and introduces enhancements to the Web Authenticator API. There is a new API for private authentication sessions on iOS. Also, Microsoft introduced .NET MAUI Essentials as the future of Xamarin.Forms and is now directly integrated into .NET MAUI starting with .NET 6 Preview 6 and .NET …

Latest Python Extension for VS Code release introduces faster way to set project roots

Microsoft has announced the July 2021 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code.  This release introduces a quicker way of configuring project roots. According to Microsoft, a common issue developers have is that developers see diagnostics under import statements when opening new projects, but they don’t know how to resolve them. Configuring project …

SD Times news digest: Dremio launches SQL Lakehouse Service, Fastly launched JavaScript in Compute@Edge, Crystal 1.1 released

The SQL lakehouse company Dremio announced its cloud-native SQL-based data lakehouse service, Dremio Cloud.  The new service enables organizations to leverage no-copy open data architecture that eliminates the need to copy data into expensive and proprietary warehouses. It enables high-performance SQL workloads directly on cloud storage. “We built Dremio to automatically handle any scale with …

GitHub Copilot sparks debates around open-source licenses

A few weeks ago GitHub released its Copilot solution, which uses AI to suggest code to developers. Developers can write a comment in their code and Copilot will automatically write the code it thinks is appropriate. It’s an impressive example of the power of AI, but has many developers and members of the open-source community …

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    The broad responsibilities of the expanding developer domain

    LIVE! TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021 @ 1PM ET/10AM PT What developers do and how they do it continues to change dramatically. Developers have had to take on additional responsibilities as organizations have cut back or disbanded specialist teams focused on software QA, security and governance. Once primarily originators of code, many developers now assemble software …

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    Enterprise Observability: Behind the Term

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    AVAILABLE NOW A recent study conducted by Aite group found that 97% of financial apps have no protections against decompiling and viewing source code. In fact, of the 4+ million apps in Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, the majority are not sufficiently protected to stop even the most basic reverse engineering attack. This …

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    Move Fast & DON’T Break Things: Modernize Your SDLC without Compromising Customer Trust

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