Posts Tagged ‘Agile Development’

Go vs. Java isn’t a well-matched battle between equals. One is a monstrous heavyweight that has dominated the industry for years. The other is a scrappy, lightweight newcomer that shows plenty of youth and promise but has only a few punches.

Java and Go also tackle different niches. One is aimed squarely at server-side web apps, an area where the other was once a major player. The other has outgrown life in the racks and is now a popular choice … Read the rest

I’ve been doing a little development lately in addition to my regular job tasks. Nearly all of this has been leading-edge stuff. One thing that’s struck me: Good gosh, testing a one-line code fix requires several minutes.

Development goes in phases between maintainable and productive, usually hitting one of those extremes in the process.

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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a company that was finally doing business on the web. Its developers were exhausted after spending years learning about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery, and dealing with all the various browsers the company’s silly partners and customers wanted to use instead of the company’s Gold Standard, Internet Explorer 6.

You would think that everyone would have been grateful now that there was no need to install the company’s … Read the rest

Devops is indeed working, at least for those organizations using it, according to a recent survey by development tools provider Atlassian and IT management solutions company xMatters. But many organizations have not even heard of the concept.

For the 2017 xMatters Atlassian Devops Maturity report, released this week, the companies in January and February surveyed more than 2,000 people at organizations ranging in size from 500 to more than 10,000 employees. The survey found that 41 percent of respondents were … Read the rest

Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technology, rigor, science, math, and precision rule over fad.

That’s not to say programming is a profession devoid of trends. The difference is that programming trends are driven by greater efficiency, increased customization, and ease of use. The new technologies that deliver one or more of … Read the rest

No amount of free sodas and beer Fridays are going to wash away the taste of bad leadership. If your dream development gig is turning into a nightmare and your projects are suffering, it might be time to manage up your boss—before your career takes a turn in the ditch.

Management guru and author Peter Drucker said that “only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.”

While there are truly great leaders in … Read the rest

Open source software is the norm these days rather than the exception. The code is being written in high volumes and turning up in critical applications. While having this code available can offer big benefits, users also must be wary of issues the code can present and implement proper vetting.

Josh Bressers, cybersecurity strategist at Red Hat, emphasized this point during a recent talk with InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill.

InfoWorld: Why is Red Hat getting on the soapbox … Read the rest