Topic: industry watch

2014: Clear the decks, full steam ahead

For all its surface frenzy, 2014 was a year in which the biggest news stories in the programming language community were about acknowledging reality and bowing to the inevitable. First, there was Java 8. For Java developers, this release is the most important since before the turn of the century—probably the most important release since … continue reading

A year of change, and risk, at Microsoft

A change at the top, followed by a clearly defined focus, with an all-out embrace of open technologies and an increased update release cycle. Throw in a further commitment to consumer devices for good measure. One could argue that 2014 was the year of Microsoft. Or, at least, the year it remade itself. But it … continue reading

Industry Watch: Four areas to watch for Big Data innovation

The industry has reached an inflection point in our thinking about data. It’s no longer about slicing and dicing data sets; it’s now about creating insights. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Steve Mills, who’s on the data science team within the strategic innovation group at Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant consulting firm. … continue reading

Industry Watch: Betting on reactive extensions in Java

In the U.K., in-play betting—the ability to wager on who the next football (soccer to us Americans) player to score a goal in a game will be, for example—is taking the online gambling establishment there by storm. The rise in popularity could not have occurred, though, without advances in technology. Specifically, real-time data distribution technology. … continue reading

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