Topic: tools

VR problems now just regular problems

In years past at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, VR has been the thing of secret behind-closed-doors demos, and long lines for the peons. It was enough to have the hardware and a single demo to show it off, and you’d have lines around the booth. But this year, VR is just another … continue reading

Mapt’s six new Skill Plans for developers, Capriza launches suite of micro apps, and FOSSA raises funds for open-source initiatives—SD Times news digest: Feb. 24, 2017

In order to advance the careers of developers, Mapt created new Skill Plans, which aim to help specific developers looking to fill knowledge gaps in subjects like Java, IoT, Big Data, and R. Skill Plans offer developers learning assessment tools and resources, and the new plans target Java, JavaScript, Unreal Engine, R, IoT, and Big … continue reading

CSAIL creates algorithm that can make predictions in videos, RDM available for Firefox Developer Tools, and Technavio report maps out VRD market growth—SD Times news digest: Nov. 28, 2016

Humans are able to understand their surroundings without much thought, but teaching machines to predict future actions can be challenging for researchers. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have made advancements recently to tackle this. CSAIL researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can create a brief video that simulates the future … continue reading

Guest View: Five steps to evaluating and selecting software tools

Earlier in my career, when I was a software quality engineer, I led the evaluation, purchase and implementation of software tools. As a tool admin, I helped colleagues analyze a variety of tools and better identify best of breed stacks. The process that I followed lends itself well to evaluating a range of technical solutions … continue reading

Chef unifies product line

At ChefConf in Austin, Chef today unveiled its newest product, which unifies its tools into a single platform containing workflow, automation and compliance capabilities. Chef Automate tops the Chef product line now, as it includes the company’s compliance tool InSpec, application automation tool Habitat, and Chef for provisioning automation. Chef Automate includes an analytics dashboard … continue reading

Apache Allura releases v1.4.0 with new customization improvements

It was a productive week for the Apache Software Foundation and its projects, including Apache Allura, which released version 1.4.0 this week with new features for customization. Apache Allura is a completely self-hosted website that manages source-code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, and also blogs for other individual projects. It’s an open-source implementation of … continue reading

Altova supports JSON, .NET API in latest software release

The Altova MissionKit 2016 R2 developer tools and software introduces some new features for developers who are data-oriented and working with XML data. On the XML side, Altova has incorporated an XQuery debugger. According to product manager David McGahey, it has been difficult to write complex XQuery queries and debug them. It has also been … continue reading

productivity

Factors impacting software development productivity

Talk of software development productivity abounds. New languages, like Dart, promise software developers that they don’t have to choose between productivity and performance for the programs they write. New DevOps tools, like ElectricFlow, promise to accelerate everything to improve developer productivity. Perhaps your team’s productivity is not limited by languages or tools, but rather how … continue reading

Google responds to Chrome OS/Android rumors, Raspberry Pi and Code Club team up, and new Firefox Developer Edition tools—SD Times news digest: Nov. 3, 2015

Google is responding to reports that the company has plans to bring its PC operating system, Chrome OS, to Android, and its answer is clear: Chrome OS is not going anywhere. “Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will … continue reading

Microsoft releases Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio

Microsoft has released version 1.0 of its Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). The open-source extension for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 turns Microsoft’s development environment into a Node.js IDE. NTVS has been in development for more than a year. Sara Itani, Node.js Tools for Visual Studio software engineer, detailed the NTVS 1.0 features in … continue reading

GDC hints at future of tooling, VR and more

You could be forgiven for mistaking Game Developers Conference for a virtual reality development event: This year’s conference offered more headsets and visors than any previous show. But despite the popularity of VR headsets and augmented reality applications, the real news of the show was the lowering of price barriers around the 3D engines that … continue reading

Forrester: Companies still not using secure practices

Lack of security tools suitable for developers cited among reasons why … continue reading

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