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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it is ramping up its computing power with two new Cray supercomputers in Virginia and Arizona, each with 12 petaflops of capacity, bringing NOAA’s total power up to 40 petaflops.  These computers will unlock new possibilities for better forecast model guidance through higher-resolution and more comprehensive … continue reading

premium What swarm robotics has taught me about leading a team working on swarm robotics

As a roboticist and engineer, one of the growing areas I’m most excited about is the advancement of swarm robotics. I love the idea of taking inspiration from biological systems to enhance what autonomous robots can achieve collectively, and re-contextualizing social animal behaviors like flocking, foraging, and transport to create new possibilities for humanity. From … continue reading

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I’ve previously written about the “Three T’s” of shifting security left: training, tools, and teamwork. In this blog, we’re going to delve down a level and look at some of the tools needed to shift left, what they do, and where in the software lifecycle they belong. The lifecycle question is important to think about … continue reading

premium Guest View: Don’t use velocity as a weapon

As I travel around talking to Scrum teams, developers and pretty much anyone involved in building products, they seem to always bring up “velocity.”  Don’t get me wrong; velocity is a good measure, but it is only ONE measure, and it is one that can be quite subjective as well. In Scrum, for example, teams … continue reading

premium Software 3.0: Enterprise AI systems and the brave new economy

Machine learning (ML) and other artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are powerful tools with the potential to transform a wide range of processes for both consumers and companies.  Though many of these technologies are still commercially nascent, a number of startups have emerged that provide ML-based software solutions to enterprises. We believe that these “enterprise AI … continue reading

premium What does it take to commit to 100% open source?

Open source is arguably the most successful approach to developing and distributing business-critical infrastructure software. By removing all barriers to entry and giving developers absolute freedom, open source allows organizations to take software and implement it across their businesses in a truly seamless and customizable way. This can then lead to exponential adoption growth, which … continue reading

premium Solving your data problem with customized software

Large legacy enterprises have a data problem. Decades of iterative infrastructure updates via relatively small investments have resulted in information silos scattered across different systems and in different formats. For example, a hospital may have patient records in one location and accounting data in another. All of this data is managed by different teams with … continue reading

premium How training to run a marathon is like bringing a marathon project to the finish line

Anyone who has run a full marathon knows about “the wall,” also known as the point where runners feel like they can’t go any further. This happens when runners hit the 20-mile mark which for many is the most challenging part of the race––their bodies send signals like muscle cramps and fatigue as a cry … continue reading

premium Why behavior-driven development is hurting your test automation efforts

There’s a lot to like about behavior-driven development (BDD). When applied in the right way, BDD can narrow communication gaps, inject real-world examples into strategic discussions, and foster a better understanding of the customer. It can help eliminate the many wasteful activities that often hinder software development, such as rework caused by misunderstood or vague … continue reading

premium Guest View: The importance of healthy code for your business

Coding creates the backbone of most businesses today, whether it is developing an app for our smartphones or other software meant to ensure smooth technological processes. It is a way we can talk to machines using a logic base and make them do what we want them to do. However, one misplaced figure or apostrophe … continue reading

premium Web development shifts to a mobile-first approach

Today, a majority of internet users are browsing the web not from their computers, but from a mobile device. According to a 2018 study by Oberlo, 52.2% of global web traffic came from mobile phones, up from just 0.7% in 2009. In the United States, that number is even higher, with 58% of total web … continue reading

premium SD Times February 2020

The latest issue of SD Times is now available. The February issue marks SD Times 20th anniversary and features how software development has changed over time, web development’s shift to a mobile-first approach, the UI testing Buyers Guide, and the second part of a deeper look at DevOps. Read on to learn more… … continue reading

premium Facebook now gives users control over off-Facebook activity

Facebook is attempting to be more transparent over the user data it possesses. Under intense public scrutiny this past year, the company has made a number of updates related to data privacy, including privacy checks, alerts for third-party logins, and the ability for users to have more control over off-Facebook activity. According to Facebook, off-Facebook … continue reading

premium Founding organizations: Creating companies that sustain our open-source community

Open source has a sustainability problem. A question that’s frequently discussed in the web development community is how to make open-source maintainable. As one of many examples, Henry Zhu, the lead maintainer of Babel, one of the most depended-on projects in the JavaScript ecosystem, until 2017 was working on Babel in his free-time while working … continue reading

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