Programming

Strong Growth Outlook for QA Engineers

Posted In Looking in Tech
Growth Trend
Software QA engineering jobs are on a healthy growth track, with an estimated 100,000 new positions set be created through 2022. That’s higher growth than is anticipated for a number of other skilled technology jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The strength isn’t a surprise. “More and more, QA engineers are a necessary part of any company’s tech team. These positions are an integral part to any software development platform,” notes Matt Miller, the Irvine, Calif.-based CTO of… continue…

How to Build Your Job Credentials With Code

Posted In Looking in Tech
Good Code
The mark of a great programmer is well-written code, but it’s not always easy to showcase the quality of your work. As a contract programmer, I’ve started to bring printed examples of my code to interviews. I make sure that I know every line of whatever I bring and can explain what it does. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (from 1981), but being able to show that I write good code is much more effective for landing… continue…

Building a Simple Slider Servo Control

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
Arduino Connected to Flashlight
In the remote control, physical computing and Internet of Things ecosystem, it’s frequently convenient to command something to move using an on-screen slider. In my case I’d like to control a pair of servos from my Linux notebook for an Internet-enabled prototype I’m working on. Sometime in the future I’ll port the sliders over to a little app on my Galaxy S3. This article covers how to hack together a rudimentary notebook user interface connected to an Arduino microcontroller using… continue…

Five Best Practices for Programmers

Posted In Working in Tech
Dice News Hangouts
Is it hard for you to focus while you’re trying to write code? Do you and your team struggle with deciphering what went wrong when you’re debugging? Have you ever been embarrassed by a program that hangs during a demo? Dice News C++/C# and Java Talent Community Guide David Bolton takes you through five best practices for programmers that will not only make your life easier – but could also help you do your job better.  

What to Do When You’re Tired of Managing

Posted In Looking in Tech
depressed
It’s seen as a natural progression: You’ve worked your way up from coder or developer to a spot as a department manager. But it hasn’t turned out like you imagined. You’re spending most of your time managing people, not getting your hands dirty. If you’re passionate about programming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’re not as happy as you thought you’d be. So is it possible to move back to a coding or development job? Yes, says Priscilla… continue…

Detroit’s Turnaround Plan Calls for Tech-Skilled Immigrants

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Detroit
With Detroit mired in bankruptcy, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is floating a turnaround plan based on an influx of skilled immigrants to fill a talent gap in the city’s workforce. He’s proposed asking the federal government to grant 50,000 visas over five years to international workers with advanced degrees as long as they move to Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is on-board. “In order for Detroit to grow again, we need highly trained workers to move in, open businesses and… continue…

Tournament of Sevens Contest Update: A Saga

Posted In C++/C#, Living in Tech
Tired Runner
I picked the game for this contest with the thought that it would be simple and straight forward. Was I ever wrong! The contest was due to start Jan. 1, but a sudden unexpected vacation took me to Vegas through Jan. 2. With jet lag and such, I wasn’t really up to sorting the entries it for a day or two after. I had most of my competition runner created, though I hadn’t debugged it. By that point, there were… continue…

California Regulators Crack Down on Coding Bootcamps

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Shut Down Sign
California regulators are cracking down on a number of coding bootcamps, insisting that they become licensed as private schools and leaving the camps fighting for their survival. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy and others. It’s warning that they are being classified as unlicensed post-secondary educational institutions that must seek compliance with state laws or be forcibly shut down, reports VentureBeat.… continue…

Why Managed Code is Safer

C# as Machine Code
One of the biggest sea changes in computing took place in the late 1990s, with the switch over to running managed code, first with Java and then a couple of years later with .NET. Prior to this, compiled code (typically written in C, C++, Visual Basic or Delphi/Pascal) produced unmanaged code. Yes, both of these run machine code. So what’s the difference? Unmanaged Code Unmanaged code is just low level code (machine code) that the CPU (Central Processing Unit) executes… continue…

A Tenuous Future for Google Code?

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Google Code Logo
Google Code, the company’s project-hosting site for developers, could soon get the axe, reports InfoWorld. The “most obvious” reason why Google Code might be dumped is that it hasn’t added a new feature since 2011, InfoWorld notes, though there is also the rise of GitHub, which has accelerated the practice of coding as a “collective and social” endeavor — exactly what Google Code had set out to accomplish. Indeed, the last feature added to Google Code was the addition of… continue…