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The feature launch in 5 key phases: A DevOps cheat sheet

The process of launching a new feature has changed a lot over the last decade. Ten years ago, a feature launch was commonly tied to code release. This meant that when the release branch was merged into master and pushed to production, new features riding on that branch would be launched to customers.  RELATED CONTENT:  … continue reading

Azure targets innovation over domination

The Azure development team at Microsoft is working to provide new features to win over more developers, through a heavy investment in tools for migrating legacy platforms to its cloud, pushing machine learning, quantum computing and other innovative features. Microsoft hopes its investments will pay off in growing its cloud market share, which currently sits … continue reading

Low-code’s a rapidly rising sector, but will it disappear?

Every week, we have one or two “briefing days” in which we schedule as many as eight one-hour discussions with various technology vendors in our broad coverage area that spans everything from cognitive to customer experience platforms — and everything in between. It’s always fascinating to see the mix of companies we talk to week-to-week. … continue reading

Low-code for mobile: Toys or tools?

Mobile developers tend to be skeptical about the effectiveness of low-code tools when they know exactly what native iOS and Android development takes. In fact, some developers are so turned off by low-code platforms that the very mention of them triggers a passionate response. “Low-code is bad enough, but low-code for mobile is even worse. … continue reading

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premium 3 pillars to lead your team through DevOps maturity

Many teams are now making the move to DevOps, and there is good reason: using DevOps practices helps enable teams to be more responsive to market changes. They can deploy code more quickly and more safely, and with less fear of breaking production. The industry is catching on to the benefits of DevOps as well. … continue reading

premium Empathy drives software experience design

The acceleration of technology has directly influenced the digital customer’s behavioral patterns, driving enterprises to develop products and services that continue to meet constantly changing demand. Software companies and ISVs cannot afford to take a business-centric approach to push products into the market. It is imperative to fully integrate the customer into the design process … continue reading

premium Man and machine learning: Data projects and the opportunities for developers

As businesses increasingly move their operations to the cloud, they’re recognizing the potential to harness the almost limitless compute power available and tap into artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to deliver insights and value to the business that were previously beyond their reach. Businesses have never been in a better position to create value … continue reading

Six steps for making a successful transition to a cloud-native architecture

Cloud native has become one of the biggest trends in the software industry. It has already changed the way we think about developing, deploying and operating software products. The cloud-native paradigm for application development has come to consist of microservices architecture, containerized services, orchestration and distributed management. Organizations across every industry want to remain competitive, … continue reading

premium The rise of Kotlin

New programming languages are created every year, but seldom do they gain the attention of developers like JetBrains’ Kotlin has over the last couple of years. Kotlin is a general-purpose, statically typed programming language designed for the Java Virtual Machine, Android, browsers and native solutions. It was created by JetBrains’ language designer Andrey Breslav and … continue reading

There’s a diversity problem in the tech industry and it’s not getting any better

In the past several years, the tech industry seems to have tried to put more effort into promoting and increasing diversity. But are those initiatives actually working? In many aspects, it seems that the answer is no; things aren’t actually getting any better. According to a 2018 report from the National Center for Women & … continue reading

Privacy as a service

Many Americans seem resigned to not having control over their data profiles on the Internet. As larger and more sophisticated data breaches are reported in growing numbers, and companies such as Facebook and Google engage in mysterious data activities, technology users are left not knowing who’s got their data, or what they’re going to do … continue reading

GDPR one year later: Slow compliance, lax enforcement

It’s been one year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. The regulation completely changes how organizations need to handle the data of European Union citizens. The impact of the GDPR, though, has been minimal to this point. Compliance has been slow, enforcement has been lax, and organizations are finding that learning … continue reading

Shifting left for better security? It’s just as important to shift right too

There’s been a lot of talk lately in security and development circles about the need to shift left in the software development lifecycle—and rightly so. By bringing security into the picture from the beginning, you can catch weak designs and bugs earlier, when they’re cheaper and easier to fix. So far, so good. But does … continue reading

For development teams, it’s time to throw out the open-office plan

We’ve all been part of this debate about whether we should have an open-plan office or not. In general, executives would advocate for the open-plan office, while the individual contributors would say, “Please, no!!!” Executives won’t listen because they feel they are the only ones who can see the full picture clearly enough to make … continue reading

Creating a culture of happiness among your development teams

Julia Lindsay was on a successful path in the investment and wholesale banking world, where — for the most part — she enjoyed her time. However, she eventually went through a rough patch where she found herself quite miserable, and that misery seeped into work. “I didn’t have a sense that I was looking forward … continue reading

Biotech firms turns to open source for speed

Founded 10 years ago by a group of MIT scientists, Massachusetts-based biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks has found great success in leveraging a number of open-source technologies to speed up and automate a wide variety of synthetic biology laboratory tasks. The organization’s main focus is the genetic engineering of compound-producing bacteria for a range of industrial … continue reading

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

Four software development lessons from the Super Bowl

As a football fan, I’ll be the first to admit that Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams offered little in the way of entertainment. As someone who has spent the better part of 20 years directly involved in the development and delivery of software, however, the game was nothing … continue reading

UX design: It takes a village

UX design and testing continue to evolve with the emergence of new technologies that enable new types of experiences. Mobile and web apps changed the conversation from UI to UX. Now, UX involves much more than graphical UIs and app performance. Organizations must deliver omnichannel experiences that contemplate voice interfaces, virtual elements and more. “We’re … continue reading

premium Power down: Say hello to sustainable programming

Green IT is nothing new, or so it would appear. Wikipedia, for instance, dates it back to 1992. But Green IT still concentrates very much on the operation and use of applications, with little focus on what goes on during their development. Up in our ivory towers, we software engineers often feel that such matters … continue reading

How to coordinate an exciting and productive hackathon

Did you know Gmail was born from a hackathon project? Same goes for LinkedIn’s “Year in Review.” Companies of all sizes and from all industries embrace hackathons as a way to foster innovation and collaboration — even the NBA does it. Silicon Valley is home to a number of famous projects and startups that were … continue reading

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

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