Top 10 considerations when planning Docker-based microservices

Replacing monolithic apps — or building greenfield ones — with microservices is a growing consideration for development teams that want to increase their agility, iterate faster and move at the speed of the market. By providing greater autonomy amongst different teams, allowing them to work in parallel accomplishing more in less time, microservices offer code … continue reading

The power of deep learning

Machine learning isn’t the only term getting all the buzz. Deep learning, or a class of machine learning algorithms, is showing great promise, primarily because it’s getting results. Deep learning historically was largely inaccessible because it had such high demand on computational resource and data, but with the progression of technology, storage costs have come … continue reading

6 ways platform-as-a-service is giving developers superpowers

We asked developers, CTOs, entrepreneurs and consultants across the country to describe concrete ways in which PaaS has changed their development style. RELATED CONTENT: Three cloud PaaS trends to watch in a serverless world 1. Reducing headcount Rob Reagan, CTO of Text Request At Text Request, we’re able to also reduce headcount using Azure’s PaaS offerings. Without … continue reading

Three cloud PaaS trends to watch in a serverless world

The future may be serverless, but for now, commoditized infrastructure is making platform-as-a-service increasingly attractive for startups, enterprises and developer shops. Led by Amazon and Microsoft, vendors such as Salesforce, Google and Oracle are pitching platforms for every development style, architecture, language and use case. And cloud-native programming is even attractive on-premises: a desire for … continue reading

Artificial intelligence that can read your emotions

As technology progresses and the world becomes more virtual, there is a fear that we will lose the human connection and communication; but what if our devices could replace those interactions? Developers and researchers have been advancing artificial intelligence to not only create systems that think and act like humans, but also detect and react … continue reading

The realities of machine learning systems

In the late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution introduced complicated farm machinery that changed the way farmers planted, cultivated and harvested their crops. These machines meant fewer farm hands were needed, but it created jobs for people to build and repair farm equipment. The improved benefits of utilizing farm machinery impacted the quality of life, … continue reading

11 reasons why Android is winning

You know the smartphone has supplanted every other consumer technology when all anyone really wants in a car now is a “smartphone on wheels.” In a world where most smartphone users have Android-based models, Google is aiming to reach the next billion users coming online — with Android as the nexus of activity. Whether it’s … continue reading

Controlling software through containers and microservices

Businesses want to move faster, develop more software, and deploy software and updates more often, but to do this in a traditional software architecture is a lot to put on developers. In order to ease the pain, more businesses and developers are turning to containers. A software container is a way to package software in … continue reading

Spreading Scrum through the enterprise

Scrum may seem like it was built for the software development world, but its benefits go way beyond developers. Businesses are starting to realize that if they want to keep up with the pace of innovation, they need to change the way they work outside of development. And that involves Scrum. “Companies can no longer … continue reading

Old developers can learn new tricks

After graduating from a career accelerator, longtime embedded technology engineer Magee Mooney knew she would face some challenges as an older developer trying to reinvent herself in the market. She didn’t realize how difficult it would be until she sat in her first interview with a potential employer who said, “Don’t take this the wrong … continue reading

Ten project tools that every development team could use

Every year, new tools, frameworks and languages arrive, and every year developers must sit down and see if they’ll actually save any time by diverting current projects (or planning new ones) with them. We’ve gone through the maternity ward of tooling and picked out the brightest prospects for the coming months and years. Among this … continue reading

How AI will impact development

Everyone’s talking about how AI will revolutionize so many things. Most of today’s discussions take place at the application level, although AI will impact software development too. Some vendors, ISVs and consultants anticipate such a shift, but they aren’t able articulate the specifics yet. For years, organizations have been building software using certain types of … continue reading

Navigating the endless ALM river

Agile development and DevOps are fueling the evolution of application life-cycle management (ALM) as delivery cycles continue to shrink. While the original promise of end-to-end visibility and traceability is still important, today’s ALM is more about continuous processes. Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) reflect that and the changes that … continue reading

It’s a mobile-first world when it comes to apps

Like DevOps and agile practices, “mobile-first” development is changing the way developers approach building applications. Of course, the industry doesn’t need another buzzword, but this one accurately describes the way teams are thinking about user engagement and developing quality digital experiences. Plenty of digital organizations are shifting their efforts and making mobile development more than … continue reading

Security in software needs to be Job One

It’s a scenario right out of a Bond movie. James is charging down a hallway, parkouring over bad guys, shooting everyone he sees in a mad dash to get to the glowing computer screen in a dark basement under the villain’s hideout. Inside that computer: stolen information. Maybe it’s a list of other agents. Maybe … continue reading

Solving the Internet of Things integration problem

The Internet of Things is starting to become more mainstream. Consumers around the world are buying smartwatches to count their steps, smart thermostats to control the temperature in their house based on whether or not they are home, and even refrigerators that can help them make their shopping list. Businesses are also taking advantage of … continue reading

Avoiding the pitfalls of automated testing

Companies today are like teenagers learning how to drive; there’s a lot of stop and go, and a strong desire to go fast. While it’s necessary for organizations to find a solution that fits their agile transformation, experts suggest there is no need to rush. Before getting the green light to go to market, teams … continue reading

Enterprises need the digital transformation

The digital transformation is something of a dream for the corporate world. Whether executives have grown jealous of fast-moving competitors’ products, or managers are sick of broken processes and hand-driven products, the end goal of just about every business in the world these days is to increase software development budgets, and to create more products … continue reading

What’s on the horizon for 2017

John Schroeder, executive chairman and founder of MapR AI is now back in mainstream discussions, and is the umbrella buzzword for machine intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and cognitive computing. Why is AI a rejuvenated trend? The three V’s come to mind: Velocity, Variety and Volume. Platforms that can process the three V’s with modern … continue reading

2016: The Year of Artificial Intelligence

In the software development industry, 2016 was truly transformative. The way software is developed, what it is being created for, and where it resides and is used all changed to a large degree last year. More development teams adopted agile and DevOps techniques, while QA “moved left” and integrated into the process, rather than being … continue reading

The PDF file format: A work in progress

With almost every sector of the economy facing a digital transformation, businesses must find new ways to get their information and data online. No longer does it make sense to have documents stored on paper. To keep up with the ever-changing times, more and more businesses are turning to the Portable Document Format (PDF). “Due … continue reading

How to deal with data at scale

The world increasingly runs on data, and that data is only expanding. Like the blob, it gets everywhere: storage systems, databases, document repositories. According to IDC, the world will hold 44 zettabytes of data by 2020, up from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013. That’s a lot of hard drives. It’s also a recipe for development and … continue reading

Drones, robots, and other gadgets for the holiday season

There’s no need to wait until the last minute for holiday gift shopping this year. Some of the newest gadgets for 2016 are either on the market now, or will be just in time for the office gift exchange or a trip to the in-laws. Technology and software companies have been gearing up to release … continue reading

API management leaves the nest

The role of the library is rapidly morphing into the role of the API. As services-based applications continue to become the norm inside enterprises, the next logical step is often to make them available to the outside world. Today, the API has become the preferred method of interaction with third parties and outside developers, not … continue reading

The DevOps transformation: How to get there and who to follow

DevOps is an obtainable practice for enterprises and businesses looking to rapidly build and release high-quality applications. It’s mainstream, and there’s a real reason companies are implementing their own DevOps strategy: It works. Enterprises are reaping the benefits of implementing DevOps. Companies are building in automation and Continuous Delivery solutions, they’re shifting management and responsibilities, … continue reading

Machine learning: Tackling the ‘big’ in Big Data

Big Data is becoming too big to manage manually. The amount of data coming from sensors, streams and social media is astronomical—but that’s only part of the problem. Out of all the data that is being collected, only a small amount of it is actually essential, making it an impossible task to find the needle … continue reading

Companies to watch in 2017

As the technology industry continues to grow and flourish, new companies and startups are sprouting, and old companies are finding new ways of reviving themselves But as we head into the new year, some companies won’t make it through the winter months, while others will find new and innovative ways to thrive and blossom. SD … continue reading

The New Visual Studio: Prepping for a future beyond Windows

Microsoft Visual Studio is the most popular integrated development environment in the world, but the target keeps moving for IDEs. As device, language, platform and application diversity expand ever more rapidly, Redmond is working overtime to make its already powerful developer tools irresistible—to both the faithful and the uninitiated. The technologies and experiences that are … continue reading

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