Developers

Linux Kernel’s Biggest Backers: Corporations

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Corporations love Linux. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the Linux Foundation, which suggested that some 11,800 individual developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the past decade. “The Linux kernel, thus, has become a common resource developed on a massive scale by companies which are fierce competitors in other areas,” the report summarized. Intel is the top corporate developer by number of contributed changes to the kernel, followed by Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung,… continue…

Are Freelance Developer Sites Worth Your Time?

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Many websites allow you to look for freelance programming jobs or Web development work. (Hongkiat.com, for example, offers links to several dozen.) The problem for developers in the European Union and the United States is that competition from rivals in developing countries is crushing fees for everybody, as the latter can often undercut on price. This isn’t a situation unique to software development; look at how globalization has compelled manufacturing jobs to move offshore, for example. Check out the latest… continue…

Apple’s ‘GoPro Killer’ Shows Price of Disruption

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Earlier this week, news leaked that Apple had patented a sports camera, and the stock price of GoPro—currently the reigning champ of sports cameras—plunged. But as several publications have noted, the patent in question was not only filed 2012, it didn’t even come from inside Apple—rather, it was one of many patents that Apple acquired from Kodak when the latter was selling off its intellectual property in a bid to stay solvent. For more camera-related jobs, click here. As Apple… continue…

The Two Faces of Modern IT Environments

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As IT has evolved in recent years, two distinct types of application environments have emerged that require different mindsets to manage. The first class of applications, known as systems of record, consists mainly of traditional IT deployments involving, for example, finance and ERP applications that have, up unto now, traditionally run on-premise. The second class of those applications, known as systems of engagement, are generally among the first applications an organization deploys in the cloud. For more IT management jobs,… continue…

Scripting Languages You May Not Know

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Scripting languages are used in everything from games and Web pages to operating-system shells and general applications, as well as standalone scripts. They allow the harried developer to do his or her job without engaging in the full compile-test-edit lifecycle; with a script, it’s just edit-and-run. Many of these scripting languages are common and open to modification. In a gaming environment such as Skyrim, the developers relied on a scripting language called Papyrus; Microsoft Office depends on Visual Basic for… continue…

How These Delivery Startups Attract Their Pack

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When you move from New York City to suburbia, the biggest challenge is figuring out where to eat, since prepared food is seemingly no longer available 24/7. Fortunately, the past few years have seen a proliferation of delivery-service apps for, well, pretty much anything. Today’s idea of convenience involves booking a personal driver via Uber, having your laundry washed via Washio, and eating a home-cooked meal delivered to you via Munchery. But without the hard labor of delivery workers, these… continue…

Amazon’s Fire Phone Is a Cautionary Tale for Devs

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Earlier this week, Fast Company’s Austin Carr published an exhaustive look at the implosion of Amazon’s Fire Phone, the online retailer’s attempt at entering the high-end smartphone market. According to Carr, blame for the debacle lies firmly at the feet of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who micromanaged the device’s development. From the very beginning, he wanted the Fire Phone to “wow” customers with “something big and distinctive.” There was just one problem: Amazon, unlike Apple or other smartphone makers, isn’t… continue…

Internet Archive Revives Classic MS-DOS Games

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Thanks to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit tasked with archiving the Web’s history, you can now play 2,306 classic games originally released for MS-DOS. That means anyone who grew up on “Dune 2” (seen in the screenshot above), the original “Wolfenstein 3D,” “Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego” and other PC hits of yesteryear can take a very long trip down memory lane. The EM-DOSBOX emulator that allows these games to run in your browser is still in beta,… continue…

The Ideal Job Outline for Business Analysts

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In broadest strokes, a business analyst (or BA) acts as a liaison between businesspeople and a company’s Information Technology staff. It is generally the analyst’s responsibility to interpret and define the information requirements of the business, and devise a suitable system to solve those needs, be it packaged solutions or in-house development (or a hybrid of both). Years ago, the BA’s role was spread across multiple jobs and titles, from System Analyst and Architect to even Programmer. For that reason,… continue…

2014 Was a Very Good Year for Crowdfunding

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Got a project to fund? If year-end data from Kickstarter is any indication, crowdfunding remains a solid—although not always surefire—way of ensuring you meet those funding goals. According to Kickstarter, 773,824 individuals poured nearly $500 million (that’s roughly $1,000 per minute) into 22,252 successfully-funded projects on the Website. Music dominated the categories, with 4,009 projects funded; running a close second was film & video, with 3,846 projects funded; journalism came in fourth with 2,064 projects funded, and games just behind… continue…