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Design Essentials for Developers

“Developers do tons of design work and often have bigger impact on the design than the designer,” say RJ Owen, Design Researcher, and Michael Salamon, Lead Experience Architect for EffectiveUI. The two led a session at the Future Insights Live conference entitled Design Essentials for Developers. Given that developers are so integral to the process, they need to understand the language of design in order to better communicate with designers, and vice versa. We talked about the biggest mistakes designers… continue…

Build Influence by Picking Fights and Stealing Stories [Video]

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Ever write a blog post that was brilliant, but nobody reads it? It happens to me all the time. (Insert blogger tears here.) Or, have you read someone else’s blog post on a similar subject that’s not nearly as good as yours but gets tons of retweets and comments? What is it about their article that made it so popular? While your content might be better, you could be failing because you’re not controversial enough, and you could be writing… continue…

Catch A Thief, Be A Thief

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GroupOn’s Aaron Bedra, a senior software engineer, wants to unleash developers’ inner hacker when they’re building secure Web sites. For Bedra, it takes roughly eight minutes to find a glaring security hole in another programmer’s code. As a result, he recently tackled the topic “Unleashing Your Inner Hacker” at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas. He noted the top ten reported attacks haven’t changed much over a three-year period ending in 2010, yet some of the attacks continue to get… continue…

Mobile Agile Development: Nine Winning Rules

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Developers often complain that their project development environments aren’t “agile” enough. Sadly, they fell more under the “waterfall” methodology, which meant projects simply were taking too long to complete. Farhan Thawar (@fnthawar) has successfully run an agile mobile shop at Xtreme Labs. At the conference, he gave a presentation outlining his company’s model for agile development. In general, the model for a successful agile shop requires iterative development, feedback, short cycles, transparency, and collaboration, said Thawar. If you follow the… continue…

‘Hackability’ is the Future of Programming in a Post-PC World [Video]

Is hacking at risk? With more platforms creating closed environments, what does that mean for the future of hackability? Hacking is critical for innovation and development, and now that the world is made of computers (what device doesn’t have a chip in it?) hacking has the power to innovate practically everywhere and affect our lives. “I love to make things that help other people make things,” says Adam Wiggins (@hirodusk), founder of the cloud application platform Heroku and a self-proclaimed… continue…

Africa Offers Great Mobile Opportunities

Developers build mobile apps for people first. Profits come later, depending on quality, usefulness, fun, and popularity of the apps. With that in mind, Molly Holzschlag, a senior Web access strategist for Knowbility and author of 35 books, touted Africa as particularly fertile ground for mobile apps developers. Holzschlag,  speaking at the Future Insights Live conference in Las Vegas on “Learning from Mobile Gone Global: Mobile apps development in the real, real world,” made several notable observations. “African economies are amongst the fastest… continue…

Valley Salaries Rebound; Game Layoffs [Roundup]

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Silicon Valley Salaries Rebound: The Dice Annual Salary Survey found Silicon Valley-based tech workers received a 5 percent year-on-year increase, from an average $99,028 to an average $104,195. That cracks six figures for the first time since the survey began about a decade ago. The results underscore the strong hiring environment for tech talent in the Valley. Companies are stepping up to the plate with other incentives as well. Bonuses are both fatter and more frequent, with 38 percent of… continue…

Facebook Acquires Instagram; IT Job Growth Hits a High [Roundup]

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Facebook Acquires Instagram: Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram is more than a $1 billion deal that will make CEO Kevin Systrom some $400 million. It’s Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date and is sure to set off another round of hand-wringing over startup valuations. Given that it comes as Facebook runs up to its IPO, getting the deal done was obviously a priority for Mark Zuckerberg. By bringing Instagram into the fold, Facebook gets the excitement and momentum the product generates, along… continue…

Yahoo’s Layoffs; Tech Jobs Grow Dramatically [Roundup]

Yahoo Lays Off 2,000: Yahoo! is laying off 2,000 employees as new CEO Scott Thompson sweeps out jobs that don’t fit into his plans for reinventing the beleaguered portal/search site/content destination. The cuts represent about 14 percent of its 14,100 workers and will be felt mostly in Silicon Valley.  Amazingly, this is Yahoo’s sixth large layoff in four years under three CEOs. Dice News IT Employment Will Grow 22 Percent by 2020: In a revision to its regular employment updates,… continue…