Topic: software development

SD Times news digest: Tidelift’s open-source business plan, Red 2019 roadmap, and NSA’s free reverse engineering tool

Open-source company Tidelift has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round. According to the company, it plans to use the new funding to accelerate its business model for open-source. The company’s Tidelift Subscription provides a single source for open-source components, professional assurances of those components, and a software platform for tracking them. The … continue reading

Software predictions for 2019

Thought leaders weigh in on what we can expect from the software development industry in 2019: Abby Kearns, executive director at Cloud Foundry Foundation 2019 will be a year of consolidation in the cloud ecosystem, from startups to publicly traded companies. The recent enormous acquisitions we’ve seen across the industry – such as IBM and … continue reading

Six crucial tips for becoming a better React Native developer

React Native, a framework for building cross-platform applications, has been in the news lately for the right reasons. It is backed by a renowned team at Facebook and the whole JavaScript community. The framework aimed to reach record-breaking heights with the slogan “Learn Once, Write Everywhere.” Once Facebook made React Native open source, there were … continue reading

On the definition of done

The productivity of a team is heavily dependent on establishing the “definition of done” for that team, something that has been debated for at least a decade. It could be questioned whether “done” is even achievable in today’s continuous improvement environment. I argue that however it is defined, it is important to understand the obstacles … continue reading

Make better decisions about software at Decisions Replay

Wouldn’t it be great if developers actually could read minds, so that every iteration of their software would be exactly what users want? Well, even with AI, that’s not a world we live in right now. Instead, it’s trial and error, and experimentation that help organizations deliver the most value in their software. RELATED CONTENT: … continue reading

Going to school on open-source security

Open-source software forms the backbone of most modern applications. According to the 2018 Black Duck by Synopsys Open Source Security and Risk Analysis Report, 96 percent of the 1,100 commercial applications that the company audited for the survey contained open-source components, with each application containing an average of 257 open-source components. In addition, on average, … continue reading

Industry Watch: A manifesto for modern development

When my girls were little, they were big fans of  “The Little Mermaid,” so at bedtime I would read to them from a book called “Ariel’s Painting Party.” The story goes like this: Ariel saw a sunrise that was so beautiful that she decided to paint it. When she was finished, she showed it to … continue reading

Industry Watch: Software development still starts with requirements

How can companies know that their development process is on track, and that the product they’re developing is actually what they need to provide to customers? Scott Roth, CEO of Jama Software, believes predictive product development is essential for that. The key is visibility into your development processes, and comparing it to benchmarks – either … continue reading

Higher education benefits are win/win for software engineers

American scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson said, “There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.” That couldn’t be more true than in the fields of software engineering and computer science today. While an undergraduate degree often opens the door to an entry-level job in a chosen field, a higher degree like a Masters or … continue reading

Analyst View: Scope, silos stifle software innovation

Software innovation can be constrained by scope limitations, and the barriers created by artificial silos in existing systems and organizations. But help is at hand. This article looks at two very different approaches — the application of systems engineering, and customer-centric thinking. Legacy sets limits In the early days of a software development project, there … continue reading

The 2018 SD Times 100

A celebration… of the best of the best in the software industry.The companies listed here are challenging the accepted methods of creating software with visionary ideas, creative solutions and best-of-breed tools that come raining down to us, like candy from a cracked piñata. This year’s cornucopia of treats includes many of the classics, from testing … continue reading

4 must-haves for successful digital transformation

Prior to the digital age, businesses tended to define themselves according to their products or services. However, digital technology has fundamentally altered buyer expectations and habits in both the B2B and B2C sectors. Survival in the modern marketplace necessitates viewing customers, rather than the product or service, as the center of the enterprise, and embracing … continue reading

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