Special Report

Companies to watch in 2018

The world of software development involves so much more than writing code these days. Developers need to understand artificial intelligence, the cloud, new methodologies, and the expanding infrastructure required for the Internet of Things. Here are some companies our editors are watching to lead the way. tCell WHAT THEY DO: Application security WHY WE’RE WATCHING: … continue reading

Service virtualization keeps software testing on track

Using outside components?  If so, you better test them, even if they came from the most reputable open-source project or commercial component provider you know. If you’re not testing components, especially within the context of other components required for your application and the environment in which your application will run, expect to find defects in … 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

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Why developers are sitting pretty for IoT

If a flurry of startup activity is any indication, the Internet of Things is upon us. And yes, there are real-world big-money IoT projects out there gaining traction—though they may be outnumbered by hobbyist Arduino mods and IFTTT-connected light switches. However, if you haven’t gotten on board yet, you haven’t missed much. Platform manufacturers are … continue reading

How Jenkins is building up world of Continuous Integration

Remember CruiseControl? If you do, you were one of the cutting-edge adopters of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment. Today, however, you’re just another developer with fond memories of the past. Continuous Integration and Deployment are par for the agile course these days, and the growth and penetration of these principles closely mirror the growth of … continue reading

The building blocks of SQL

SQL is the prime building block of the modern enterprise. All those exciting applications, nifty mobile apps and massive back-end projects are, essentially, useless without the data behind them. That data may not be so important at runtime if the application is just saving logs or form information, but at the end of the day, … continue reading

20 ways to build up your Azure deployment

Despite playing catch-up to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure has quickly become a contender with its powerful Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings. With constant innovations around usability, open source and cross-platform compatibility, infrastructure management and evolving software development paradigms for new devices and applications, it can be hard to get your bearings within the vast platform. … continue reading

PaaS gets a new lease on life

Derek Collison’s first cloud platform might have sterling credentials, but he now calls it a tarnished effort. “I see the writing on the wall. A couple years ago, I started saying PaaS is dead. I’m arguing that Cloud Foundry has not been able to keep up. At KubeCon [Google’s conference for the Kubernetes container orchestration … continue reading

Building up service virtualization

Service virtualization has gotten the short shrift over the course of its lengthy history. Whether you chart its inception in 2002 with the release of Parasoft’s Stub Server, or in 2007 when CA took up the banner and market around the term, the entire concept has yet to even take on the status of buzzword. … continue reading

Souping up Office 365

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has called Office 365 “the most strategic development surface area” for the company. With add-ins, Azure and the latest versions of the productivity tools inside the suite, Microsoft is sharpening its focus on what has come to be known as “the future of worker productivity.” Office 365 was first launched by … continue reading

Docker and the ‘coolification’ of containers

His first presentation may have ended inauspiciously with the moderator cutting him off mid-sentence at the five-minute mark, but the developers sitting in Solomon Hykes’ 2013 PyCon session knew that the founder of Docker, an open-source application container engine, had unveiled a tool that would bring revolutionary simplicity to deployment. They began texting their respective … continue reading

Developing high-quality code, the .NET way

Every developer wants to create great software that users can appreciate. Unfortunately, creating software that disappoints is easy. Conversely, creating high-quality software that users will appreciate is hard. Fortunately there are a number of things you can do and tools you can use to create high-quality software. This article will talk about those things that … continue reading

Hadoop and beyond: A primer on Big Data for the little guy

Have you heard the news? A “data lake” overflowing with information about Hadoop and other tools, data science and more threatens to drown IT shops. What’s worse, some Big Data efforts may fail to stay afloat if they don’t prove their worth early on. “Here’s a credible angle on why Big Data could implode,” began … continue reading

Android’s growth is a pain in the app for developers

Although it’s become the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android is still an expanding frontier—and developers are always the first to explore it. Android grew to 81.5% of the global smartphone market share in 2014, according to the International Data Corporation, passing a billion phone shipments for the first time. In terms of actual … continue reading

Testing in an agile world

Agile has challenged the world of development, operation and project management, leaving them to redefine their roles and work together on one team in a fast-paced software development environment; but one of the most difficult hurdles in the world of agile is rethinking the role of the tester, according to Ian Culling, CTO of VersionOne. … continue reading

Keeping a competitive edge with Continuous Delivery

Businesses want to stay competitive, but in today’s world of software development it can be a struggle. In order to be successful, businesses need to deliver software that loads quickly, performs well, and provides a great user experience, and they have to do it fast. It is no longer acceptable for a business to deliver … continue reading

A blended approach to managing data

Making the case for version control, testing environments and continuous integration when it comes to software development these days is a no brainer. But when it comes to the data behind your important applications, life-cycle management and data flow automation are still new ideas struggling to find their place in the market. That doesn’t mean, … continue reading

OpenStack is open for business

Four years have passed since the project to create an open-source IT stack began between NASA and Rackspace. Two years have passed since the creation of the OpenStack Foundation, the governing body behind the large ecosystem of open-source projects that make up OpenStack. The here and now of OpenStack resembles much of what was promised … continue reading

Plugging in to Hadoop

Even if it’s not where they end up, Hadoop can be a great starting platform for a data-driven software company. That’s what San Francisco- and Taipei-based Fliptop found in 2009 when they launched a social media identity matching engine, ultimately employed by such companies as MailChimp, Dell, Toyota, Oracle and Nordstrom. Based on Amazon Web … continue reading

Companies to Watch in 2015

As technology platforms and paradigms shift, morph and ultimately change how we interact with our devices and workstations, gaps between old and new widen while innovative ideas have room to take root. To turn the light onto those emerging companies, SD Times is pleased to again present its Companies to Watch in 2015. These are … continue reading

Don’t blink: Mobile app testing is more important than ever

You’re sunk deep into your leather seat, enjoying the scenery that blurs by as the adaptive cruise control in your luxury sedan interprets data from the radar headway sensor and longitudinal controller to keep your car a safe distance from others on the road. This machine practically drives itself. Life is good. Your highway traffic-analysis … continue reading

Security is front and center for developers

When it was announced on June 8 that OpenSSL was vulnerable to a dangerous new attack that could reveal security certificates to an attacker, the Internet spent a few days in panic mode. Thousands, if not millions, of sites used (and still use) OpenSSL, and the fix for the problem took a few days to … continue reading

Testing in a Continuous Delivery world

It’s about automation, virtualization, and catching up to the speed of development … continue reading

Getting a handle on Hadoop

From training to tools, these instructions will help you corral and cluster your Big Data … continue reading

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