Industry Spotlight: No-code solutions help developers help themselves

When low-code and no-code tools first hit the market, developers were nervous. Their fear, of course, is that line-of-business workers would be given tools that could allow developers to be replaced. Or worse, that they’d be called upon to fix the problems created by citizen developers when they tried to go too far and messed … continue reading

Innovative tools showcased at Microsoft Build conference

Several new and updated tools showcased at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle revealed how partners are following the trends toward AI, new software architectures and modernization. Here is a look at their news announcements: Progress announces Conversational UI for chatbot apps Progress today announced the May 16 availability Conversational UI, a set of controls … continue reading

Microsoft announces tools at Build for AI, intelligent cloud, edge computing

SEATTLE – Microsoft today doubled down on its efforts regarding AI, the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge by announcing at its Build conference here a host of new developer tools for building these modern applications and systems. In his opening keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that by 2020, there will be more than … continue reading

Industry Watch: In software, words matter

This month’s column is about words — specifically, the textual content that appears in your applications. While teams of engineers and designers spend hours thinking about the user interface, the actual words written into an application are often an oversight. An easy example used to understand the importance of the word content is when you … continue reading

Streamline unit testing: A Q&A with Typemock’s Eli Lopian

We had a chance to talk unit testing with Eli Lopian, CEO of test company Typemock. Here are this thoughts on that and other matters: SD TIMES: Unit testing has been compared to going to the gym in the sense that everyone knows it’s good for them, but the time and effort to implement seem … continue reading

Jama Software brings analytics to development process

Call it predictive product development. Jama Software wants to improve the process of software development by utilizing analytics to assess the performance of development teams and inform steps to continuous improvement. To that end, the company today is announcing a rebrand of its platform, which is now called Jama Connect, and the availability of a … continue reading

Applitools closes $31 million funding round, will build out AI platform for visual testing, monitoring

Applitools today announced the closing of a US$31 million funding round as it looks to extend the capabilities of its Applitools Eyes visual testing and monitoring platform. Venture firm OpenView led the round. RELATED CONTENT: Applitools updates its AI platform for automated visual testing Applitools Eyes uses AI to mimic the human eye during user interface … continue reading

Industry Watch: Column as a service

As cloud services become more granular, more functionality can be had “as a service.” Two new interesting services caught my eye, and so I present this column as a service to you, dear readers. The first is “failure as a service,” which sounds counterintuitive. Wouldn’t people rather have success as a service? Most would, I’m … continue reading

For development managers, the question is: How close to the code should you be?

No two managers are alike. Styles differ, their approaches to their roles differ, and face it – their levels of energy differ. But how important is it for managers overseeing software development to get down in the weeds with their teams, or should they remain above the fray, enforcing coding practices and setting policies? We … continue reading

BrowserStack announces GA of automated testing solution App Automate

BrowserStack today announced the general availability of App Automate, its automated mobile testing solution that runs on the BrowserStack Real Device Cloud. App Automate enables users to run automated tests in Appium, with support for the  Espresso Java and Android framework and the XCUITest iOS framework in beta and coming soon. Those integrations will allow … continue reading

Io-Tahoe announces smart data discovery solution

Io-Tahoe today announced the general availability of its smart data discovery solution, with the addition of a new machine-learning Data Catalog feature that enables the creation of business rules and policy definition. The announcement reflects the growing need for data to drive business decisions, and for BI tools that the business side can use to … continue reading

Search provider Algolia acquires SeaUrchin.IO to enhance insights

Search and discovery service provider Algolia today announced the acquisition of SeaUrchin.IO, a real-time search insights platform, to add greater understanding of user behavior to its solution. Algolia’s search-as-a-service product “helps developers working in ecommerce and B-to-B deliver a great user experience,” Nicolas Dessaigne, Algolia’s founder, told SD Times. “We want to improve the search … continue reading

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