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The developer’s dilemma: Choosing between Go and Rust

If you were to make a list of important programming languages that have appeared in the past decade, Go and Rust would almost certainly be featured on it. Similarly, if you were to sit down and think about which programming languages are best suited to developing secure, microservices-friendly frameworks or applications today, you might find … continue reading

premium Selecting the best path for application modernization

It’s safe to say that microservices architecture is no longer an emerging new trend, but a mainstream software development strategy. Microservices aren’t just ideal for developing new applications, but are also optimal when modernizing legacy applications. Writing functionality into bite-sized, reusable components is more efficient and speeds up development. It delivers code that meshes well … continue reading

Can developers make AI’s “black box” transparent?

Across industries, machine learning is augmenting and in some cases taking the place of human decision-making. In recruiting, legal sentencing, loan approvals and even college admissions, algorithms now play a part in determining candidate selection. The science behind AI provides a more efficient approach to complex decision-making. However, for those without a PhD in mathematics … continue reading

A new Cloudera emerges from the Hortonworks merger

The Cloudera and Hortonworks merger that was first announced in October officially completed this month, paving the way for a new Cloudera. As part of the merger, the former rivals will live under the Cloudera name and offer an enterprise data cloud capable of supporting hybrid and multi-cloud deployments as well as provide machine learning … continue reading

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How the right team organization helps to survive a microservices-based project

The work on a microservices project is always stressful. Such projects introduce larger data sets, faster update rates, more requests, more failures, more latency challenges, more service interdependencies, more developers, more documentation, more servers, more networks, more databases.   Yet, all that doesn’t mean you should avoid microsevices-based projects. The right organization of your team … continue reading

Continuous testing demands holistic training

Modern software organizations have two core goals: first, be responsive to customers and preemptively fix issues quickly and second, deliver the capabilities customers want, faster and/or better than the competition. If developers and testers are joined at the hip, it’s easier to achieve these goals. With release cycles getting faster all the time and customer … continue reading

Digital transformation sparks low-code adoption

Digital transformation has been a popular buzzword over the last year as businesses try to navigate what the term truly means and how it can be achieved. Research firm Gartner refers to the digital transformation of a business as “the process of exploiting digital technologies and supporting capabilities to create a robust new digital business … continue reading

premium The rise of the ‘mashup coder’ — the new kid on the innovation block

In the digital age, consumers increasingly expect new services that meet their needs and enhance their experiences. As banking becomes more commoditized, innovation is key to remaining competitive, and banks are beginning to realize that collaboration is the fastest way to innovate. Innovating internally is a slow process, but the rise of low-code development tools … continue reading

2019: The year of the value stream

Development teams thrive on precision. They need specific requirements to write clean, tight code. They need to write tests that will accurately reveal any flaws in that code. So when development managers are told they need to consider value when developing software, the reaction is, “Well, what do you mean by value?” In 2019, businesses … continue reading

iPaaS: The middleware for hybrid, multicloud

Adoption of integration platform-as-a-service solutions for combining disparate services into a cohesive application has seen a steady but slowing growth among businesses. Gartner Research found in its “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service” report that more than 50,000 companies globally have implemented some form of iPaaS as of 2017. And, Gartner writes, … continue reading

Preserving software’s legacy

All throughout our lives we are reminded of events from the past. History teaches us about what happened before us to help us understand how society came to be as it is today. But today we live in a digital age, and while leaders, laws, wars and other parts of our history will always be … continue reading

Pushing automated testing to its limits

The software industry keeps expressing it is under immense pressure to keep up with market demand and deliver software faster. Automated testing is an approach that came out to not only help speed up software delivery, but to ensure the software that did come out did what it was supposed to do. For some time … continue reading

premium Continuous testing for DevOps: Is it all just a bunch of hype?

Almost exactly one year ago, Forrester confidently predicted that 2018 would be “the year of Enterprise DevOps.” The blog, authored by the late Robert Stroud, began: DevOps has reached “Escape Velocity.” The questions and discussions with clients have shifted from “What is DevOps?” to “How do I implement at scale?” Continuous testing is not far … continue reading

premium Why is transparency so important for agility?

Scrum, the most popular Agile framework, is based on three very simple ideas: empiricism, self-organization / empowered teams, and a focus on improvement. These ideas enable a team, team of teams, or an organization to respond to their environment and deliver great products. Those three ideas are ultimately dependent on transparency. Transparency is easy to … continue reading

premium OWASP Top 10 comes to serverless

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is releasing a Top 10 interpretation for web application security risks in serverless. Serverless has been gaining a lot of attention as of late because of its ability to eliminate operations and improve speed, costs, and scalability for businesses. However, serverless is a new paradigm and with it … continue reading

premium Guest View: Serverless: A bad rerun

In today’s fast-moving world, DevOps teams are struggling to solve the same problem: What is the best way to build, deploy, and maintain applications in a cloud-native world? From this problem has spawned a heated debate between the serverless and container communities. While I usually am a firm believer that the answer is somewhere in … continue reading

How to keep Agile from going stagnant

Agile has been around for nearly two decades now, and just like most things in life that we come to accept, it is starting to be taken for granted. It seems that somewhere along the way, the Agile approach has lost its mojo. “A lot of teams have been going through the motions and keeping … continue reading

premium Report: New approaches to software development will disrupt the status quo

The year 2019 will bring new approaches to increase software development productivity and better align development teams and organizations, according to a recent report by research firm Forrester. Among the new approaches are cloud native, value stream management and artificial intelligence-based tools. “New platforms for cloud-native app architectures, value stream management tools, and infusing artificial … continue reading

Using machine learning and AI to develop API-based security solutions

Application security threats continue to increase in sophistication and number as the technologies that enable them do as well. There have been reports of a 12 percent increase in banking trojans. Twenty-three percent increase in spyware. Twenty-two percent increase in botnets and other crypto mining malicious apps. While there are tools and technologies available to … continue reading

premium Digital transformation: A catalyst for changing the embedded development paradigm

The Internet of Things is dead. Or so declared one of my colleagues recently. While I could dismiss the comment as flippant, it does point to an underlying cynicism of technology that has been nicely captured by Gartner’s eponymous Hype Cycle. As technologists we often focus on cool technologies themselves, and then get frustrated, or … continue reading

Beware the red-yellow-green report: The shift from project management to Value Stream Management

Project manager Adam sends his boss a status update for the weekly project status report. Adam’s project is delayed due to conflicting priorities with other projects, so he marks the schedule portion of the report red — an accurate reflection due to a missed milestone. Because of the delay, there will likely be a budget … continue reading

Transitioning from DevOps to Rugged DevOps: Avoiding the pitfalls

As many as four out of five companies leveraging a DevOps approach to software engineering do so without integrating the necessary information security controls, underscoring the urgency with which companies should be evaluating “Rugged” DevOps (also known as “shift left”) to build security into their development life cycle as early as possible. Rugged DevOps represents … continue reading

In-memory technology: Serving up application data to users on the go

Data can be viewed to be as valuable in the digital business world as oil is to the economy. Oil fuels homes, cars, railroads, and even electricity. Data powers the business and revenue. Businesses that want to continue to evolve, transform and improve need are being fueled by their data to tell them where and … continue reading

premium W3C: XML is everywhere

As the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) winds down its work standardizing the Extensible Markup Language (XML), it is looking back at the history that brought XML to its success today. “W3C XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is one of the world’s most widely-used formats for representing and exchanging information. The final XML stack is … continue reading

premium How security is playing catch-up to the Internet of Things

Smart homes. Smart cities. Smart factories. Intelligent cloud. Intelligent edge. While many still believe the Internet of Things has a way to go before we see widespread adoption, there is no questioning that it is here today. Some things are prototypes upon which larger deployments can be built, and some are already in wide use, … continue reading

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