Working in Tech

Best practices, new technology and products, and tips to help you stay on the cutting edge.

SourceForge Interview: Enterprise Social Collaboration

Posted In Working in Tech
Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 2.35.28 PM
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…

4 Things Making Life Easier for PHP Developers

PHP Computer Code
Though some developers have walked away from PHP and aren’t looking back, InfoWorld’s Serdar Yegulalp notes that the last several years have seen changes that make the PHP world a more pleasant place to be. He thinks these four are the most important: Click here to see PHP-related jobs. Package Management Rather than depend on the notably difficult PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for package management, you can now use Composer, which tracks packages on a project-by-project basis, making… continue…

CarPlay, Android Auto and Other In-Car Systems You Need to Know

Posted In Working in Tech
Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 9.46.42 AM
Earlier this week, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project—hosted by The Linux Foundation—announced a crucial step in its quest to bring a Linux-based software stack to automobile dashboards: Developers can now download the group’s first open-source software release. Key platform features include support for Google Maps, a News Reader (AppCarousel), Bluetooth-enabled phone, “smart device” integration, audio controls and media playback, all of which can be activated via a customizable dashboard. As befitting an open-source platform, developers have access to these… continue…

Windows 9 Could Erase Windows 8′s Biggest Mistake

Posted In Working in Tech
Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.54.09 PM
Microsoft apparently wants to put Windows 8.x in its rearview mirror. Or, to choose a more extreme analogy, bury it completely. “Regardless of how usable or functional it is or isn’t, [Windows 8] has become Microsoft’s Vista 2.0—something from which Microsoft needs to distance itself, perception-wise,” ZDNet’s absurdly well-connected Mary Jo Foley wrote in a new article about the development of Windows “Threshold,” the codename for the next version of Windows. “At this point, Microsoft is going full steam-ahead toward… continue…

Google Exerting More Control Over Android Ecosystem

Posted In Working in Tech
Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.07.05 AM
One of the reasons that Google’s Android operating system became so popular over the past few years is that third-party manufacturers can modify it to their heart’s content. Samsung, Amazon and others have all used the software as a foundation for creating their own mobile ecosystems, each with a unique look and feel. However much that openness benefited Google, there are signs that the party might be at an end, at least with regard to the next-generation devices running Android:… continue…

4 Python Frameworks You May Not Know About

Python Logo
The phrase “Python frameworks” usually refers to Web frameworks, collections of software that aid development of websites and services. But there are a few frameworks that aren’t for Web development, and some that you might not have come across. Say hi to QuePY, Cement, Carrot and Charm. Click here to find Python jobs. QuePy Ever heard of Freebase or DBPedia These are very large collections of free structured data. DBPedia is where structured data from Wikipedia is held, while Freebase… continue…

Google I/O: Android ‘L’ Makes Its Debut

Posted In Working in Tech
Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 3.17.23 PM
Google kicked off its I/O conference this week with a preview of Android “L,” the next version of its popular operating system. Android “L” will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous Android versions and adopt a dessert-oriented nomenclature as it approaches release later this year—the tech press seems to assume it’ll be “Lollipop.” But “L” is also a radical departure from its predecessors, especially from a design standpoint: The new interface incorporates Google’s new design language, known as “Material… continue…

Brainstorming and Mind Mapping for Business Analysis

Meeting Overhead
There is no more need to have long and boring meetings with analysts and stakeholders to encourage them to come up with new ideas and strategies—at least not if you can make your meetings more engaging, interactive and, dare we say it, fun. For this, you might want to consider brainstorming as a way to bring in a breath of fresh air. Click here to see business analysis jobs. What Is Brainstorming? I’ve seen brainstorming described as a “process for generating… continue…

Google Wants You to Build a Watch App

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 1.09.24 PM
Google will kick off this week’s I/O conference in San Francisco with a lengthy keynote, and it’s likely that the executives onstage will devote a considerable amount of time to wearable electronics. In previous years, Google used I/O to show off Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality headset. While Glass will surely make an appearance at this year’s show, the new Android Wear might seize much of the proverbial spotlight. After all, so-called “smartwatches” are supposed to become the Next… continue…

Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python Top RedMonk List of Language Rankings

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 2.54.19 PM
RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, has issued its latest programming-language rankings, and the list should come with no surprises to seasoned programmers and developers: Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++/Ruby, and CSS all top the list of most-used languages. Any language “observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow” can end up in RedMonk’s rankings, according to the firm’s blog posting. “No claims are made here that these rankings are representative of general usage more broadly. They are nothing more or less… continue…