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What Developers Need to Know About REST APIs

Posted In Data, Working in Tech
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By R. Paul Singh There are various reasons to adopt REST as the underlying layer and build RESTful APIs for data access. REST is enjoying widespread and rapid adoption for SOA database connectivity, including business-to-business, mobile access and systems integration. While connectivity is the obvious focus for building a RESTful API, it’s not enough. It’s critical to address factors like API usability, app server functions and performance. Click here to find REST-related jobs. This article dives into each of these… continue…

Best Practices for Selling B2B Tech Solutions

Posted In Working in Tech
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By John White Throughout my career, I’ve sold Big Data, software, hardware, GPS, cloud services, mobile applications, and a host of other types of productivity-enhancing technology solutions into SMB, mid-market, and enterprise. Along the way, I’ve developed some best practices that have enabled me to be more effective in my approach. Here are four techniques I’ve used that will help you sell technology and close more deals: Utilize Social Media First Long before meetings occur with C-level decision makers, you… continue…

SourceForge Interview: PDF Split and Merge

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SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is PDF Split and Merge (PDFsam), which it describes as an “easy-to-use tool with graphical and command line interfaces to split, merge, mix, and rotate your PDF documents.” SourceForge sat down with project manager Andrea Vacondio to discuss PDFsam’s history and future direction. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the PDFsam project, please. PDFsam is an open-source desktop utility I started developing in 2005. Its original purpose was… continue…

SourceForge Interview: OpenMediaVault (OMV)

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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Over at SourceForge, the September “Community Choice” Project of the Month is OpenMediaVault (OMV), a next-generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. The platform offers services such as SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, and BitTorrent client (amongst others). The project manager, Volker Theile took a few moments to talk about the history and purpose of OMV, which he began in 2009. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the OpenMediaVault project,… continue…

6 Resources for Salary Research

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…

Introducing Slashdot’s New Build Section

Posted In Living in Tech
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Slashdot has nearly two decades of spotting and showing off interesting projects, inventions, technologies, and hobbies. Some of them are strictly personal, some are frankly commercial, and some are the fruits of ambitious organizations (or tiny teams) motivated by curiosity and passion, politics, or just plain fun. The site’s new Build section (build.slashdot.org) offers, under one big virtual roof, everything from makerspace visits and interviews with technologists and innovators, to hands-on projects and inventions. Not everything you’ll find in the… continue…

Turbocharge Your Time Management With These Tips

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By John White Are you currently attending or considering going back to grad school while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life? If so, welcome to my world! With two small children, a full-time position in sales and marketing, an executive MBA program, and blogging for various media channels, I am crazy busy these days. I have been forced to learn how to effectively manage my time. I have done so by having valuable conversations with my mentors,… continue…

SourceForge Interview: CMDBuild

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Over at SourceForge, the August “Staff Pick” project is CMDBuild, a software platform that allows developers to configure a custom database of assets and design-related workflow processes. The SourceForge editors sat down with one of the project managers, Fabio Bottega, to discuss the project’s purpose and direction. Tell me about the CMDBuild project. CMDBuild is an open source, enterprise Web application to model and manage your IT asset database. CMDB stands for configuration and management database but CMDBuild is more… continue…

SourceForge Interview: A New Game Engine

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Over at SourceForge, the August Project of the Month is the community-elected VASSAL Engine, described as “a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board and card games.” Project manager Joel Uckelman sat down to talk about the project’s origins and future. (Editor’s Note: Here’s the link to the project. Hello, Hacker News folks!) Tell me about the VASSAL Engine project. VASSAL provides a virtual tabletop for playing board games live over the net and by email. It’s cross-platform… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Enterprise Social Collaboration

Posted In Working in Tech
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Over at SourceForge, the July Project of the Month (as elected by the community) is eXo, described as “a highly customizable, social-collaboration enterprise platform.” One of the project’s managers, Patrice Lamarque, talked with SourceForge about the project’s history and direction. Tell me about the eXo project, please. eXo produces a social collaboration platform for the enterprise, with software and add-ons. Large and medium-sized companies that desire social collaboration within their information system or that build an online community, social intranet, or a… continue…