Topic: programming

What to expect in Python 3.8

The upcoming version on Python is on its way. The Python 3.8 beta cycle begun with Python 3.8.0b1 last month. Earlier this month, the second beta was released, making Python 3.8 feature complete. Python 3.8 will go through two more planned beta release previews before the official version is released in October.  RELATED CONTENT:  Top … continue reading

Consistent releases are key for C++

The maintainers of the C++ standard are adamant about sticking to the clock, prioritizing a new version of C++ every three years rather than holding back each release till it is pumped with new features. With C++20 around the corner, the chair of the ISO C++ standards committee Herb Sutter explained why they have been … continue reading

Top unicorns herd to Python

Python continues its rise to the top of the programming language charts. A newly released report revealed Python is the top language used by “unicorn” companies in the United States.  Unicorns are companies valued at more than $1 billion. The Coding Dojo report is based off of the top 25 U.S. unicorns such as WeWork, … continue reading

Advice for web developers

There are a number of things developers need to consider when it comes to developing for the web in 2019 and beyond. SD Times asked industry thought leaders what advice they would give their developers: Focus on web standards: If you aren’t sure about which framework to pick, your best bet is to focus on … continue reading

Bootcamps and MOOCs are picking up STEAM

Coding boot camps and massive online open courses (MOOCs) are often called a “fast track” to well-paying tech jobs. The courses cost significantly less for tuition, and they run for three to six months on average. The average boot camp tuition is around $11, 874.  “Learners need transformative learning and valuable credentials at an affordable … continue reading

Reskilling developers for the new software landscape

Software changes fast, and developers will need to vigilantly reskill their workers to maintain competence in the highly competitive arena. Reskilling includes learning new programming languages, containerization, big data and working with the most significant tech disruptor: automation. “There’s a growing awareness that the half-life of any technology skill is about two to three years. … continue reading

JDK 13 reaches Rampdown Phase One

JDK 13 has entered Rampdown Phase One, signaling that the new version of Java is just weeks away based on the timeline of previous iterations. The overall feature set is now frozen so further JEPs will be targeted toward the next release. RELATED CONTENT: The rise of Kotlin Here is what you can expect from … continue reading

TypeScript 3.5 now available with speed improvements

The latest release of Microsoft’s typed superset of JavaScript programming language is now available. TypeScript 3.5 features new type-checking and incremental build optimizations designed to improve speed. The type-checking speed-ups addresses a bug in TypeScript 3.4 that introduced a regression and increased the work of the type-checker. “The most-impacted set of users were those using … continue reading

ActiveState survey: developers spend 20 percent less time on programming compared to 2018

Security, stability and managing dependencies of open source languages have been keeping developers from fully using their time toward what they do best: programming. A recent ActiveState survey titled “2019 Developer Survey: Open Source Runtimes” found that developers spend 20 percent less time on programming than last year. The survey included responses from 1,250 developers, … continue reading

Analyst Watch: The ubiquity of developers

What does it mean to be a software developer today? Is it necessary to write code to qualify as a contemporary software developer? Are practitioners of low-code and no-code development software developers? Should business stakeholders who participate in software development using platform-as-a-service development tools be considered software developers? Moreover, do IT professionals, business analysts and … continue reading

Are you lacking basic programming skills?

Justin Meiners, a software engineer for the blockchain software development company Pyrofex, took his own experiences to come up with three fundamental skills he finds programmers are too often missing. “How can a programmer work for 10 or 20 years and never learn to write good code? So often they need close supervision to ensure … continue reading

SD Times Editor Blog: The software development club: No non-programmers allowed

Technology is moving faster than the amount of people with the skills necessary to build it. We hear this all the time. There is a great demand for people with a computer science background. Code.org has predicted that there will be about one million more computing jobs than people who can fill them by 2020. … continue reading

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