Developers

Five Signs You Should Be a Low-Code Developer

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By Johan den Haan The demand for custom software has never been higher. There is an app for managing nearly every aspect of our lives, personally and professionally, and the enterprise is particularly hungry for more. Yet CIOs are painfully aware that the demand far exceeds their current ability to deliver. A recent CIO.com poll of more than 500 IT chiefs found that application development is among the top skill set shortages anticipated in 2015. Because of this, there is… continue…

VR Presents Potential UX Issues for Designers

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Over the years, software UX has evolved in ways instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever used a PC or tablet. A great many applications and operating systems feature bars along the top or bottom, loaded with icons or interactive menus. Lots of software also features dynamic left and right rails, similarly thick with clickable elements. The point of this design is to leave the center of the screen free for whatever actions the user wants to take, and it’s worked… continue…

How to Live Down a Project Failure

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If you’re on a project team that’s experienced a high-profile project failure, you’re probably wondering how you can live it down. Big projects suffer from scope creep, cost and time overruns, difficult and indecisive customers, and much, much, much more. But never fear: even if you find yourself in the midst of project failure, there are effective ways of putting it behind you. Handle It Better Most experienced software engineers and developers have a failed project (or ten) under their… continue…

Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

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For the past ten years, developers and tech pros have made a game of comparing MySQL and PostgreSQL, with the latter seen by many as technically superior. Those who support PostgreSQL argue that its standards support and ACID compliance outweighs MySQL’s speed. MySQL remains popular thanks to its inclusion in every Linux Web hosting package, meaning that many Web developers have used it; but ever since Oracle bought Sun, which owned the MySQL copyright and trademark, there have been widespread… continue…

How We Data-Mine Related Tech Skills

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One of the earliest and most interesting data science projects we’ve embarked on is automatically learning which professional skills relate to one another, based on our data. For instance, if someone lists data science as a skill, it’s likely they also know machine learning, R or python and Hadoop. This project has a lot of potential uses on our site, from suggesting related skills when a user adds technology skills to their profile, to enhancing our search and job recommendation… continue…

5 Signs Your IT Project is Failing

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If you’re a software architect or developer, one of your projects will fail at some point. And often, it’s the overlooked problems that end up derailing months (or years) of effort. Before your team starts missing deadlines and blowing budgets, here are the top signs your project could fail: Stakeholder Apathy If your team members are increasingly pulled away to other projects, it’s time to worry: that’s a clear sign that your project isn’t a priority. “Stakeholder apathy strikes when… continue…

Linux Kernel’s Biggest Backers: Corporations

Posted In Programming
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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…