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Application development


May 5, 2017  8:30 AM

Red Hat OpenShift.io puts the entirety of app development into your browser

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, containers, Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The Red Hat Summit in Boston this week drew more than 5,000 developers, according to Paul Cormier, president of Red Hat's products and technologies business. That's impressive for a major software company that literally started out as a flea-market operation. "It's so much fun to watch this all...

April 11, 2017  10:00 AM

Microsoft snaps up Deis in latest container play

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application containerization, Application development, Kubernetes, orchestration

One thing we know for sure is that under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft -- in both action and spirit -- looks very little like the Windows Or Else empire from the days of Steve Ballmer. The latest move is Microsoft's acquisition this week of Deis, a little-known San Francisco developer of open-source...


March 7, 2017  2:39 PM

The end is near for cloud computing. Or is it?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Cloud Applications, Cloud Computing, Mesh network

Cloud computing is a long way from being fully mature, but its obsolescence may already be upon us. Is the cloud's future really up in the air? As Peter Levine, a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, puts it, "Everything that's popular in technology always gets replaced by...


January 3, 2017  5:16 PM

Is application code walking out your door when developers jump ship?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
application and data security, Application development, Application security

People change jobs. It's a fact of life. And it's dangerous. While departing employees routinely stuff their pockets with Sharpies and paper clips to stock their home offices, it's those piles of ones and zeroes walking out the door with them that should have us all terrified. Consider this...


November 11, 2016  10:59 AM

Developers are driving the advancement of cloud culture

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, IT culture

Everyone asks me about "the cloud." My barber. The supermarket cashier. Neighbors. They've all heard of it, though none has a clear understanding of what it is, precisely. My comeback is that I don't know what it is, precisely, either. But, I do know that the concept of the cloud and, by extension,...


October 11, 2016  1:26 PM

Is it acceptable to write sloppy, inefficient, bloated code — or just easy?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Application performance, Cloud Applications

Decades ago, legend has it, many programmers got paid based on the number of lines of code they wrote. The more you produced, the better you were perceived to be. The inevitable result, not surprisingly, was mountains of bloated, inefficient code. Are we coming back to it? Once organizations...


October 4, 2016  10:52 AM

It’s time for developers to become experts in artificial intelligence

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Artificial intelligence, Windows Azure

We've written many stories over the past year about cognitive computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence -- which are all, for lack of a better term, kissin' cousins of modern-day computing. These are all growing in importance and taking on a larger presence. That means the big boys...


August 2, 2016  2:58 PM

SiriKit, iMessage open new vistas for mobile app developers

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Apple iOS, Application development

Ask Siri "does this make me look fat," and she'll answer, "It seems like humans are preoccupied with this. In my dimension, we are more concerned with grey matter that corporeal matter." Sigh. I would be nice if developers of mobile apps had access to such profound insight. And now you do. At...


July 26, 2016  1:38 PM

Survey says: Be careful what you ask for

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, SaaS applications, Surveys

With the ability to quickly conjure up an online interactive survey thanks to software as a service (SaaS) technology, any developer or business can almost instantly start polling potentially hundreds or millions of respondents with dozens of questions. Do you really need all that...


June 28, 2016  8:10 PM

It’s prime time for API management

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
API management, Application development

My grandson is just a tot, but he already understands the concept of multisource integration. Chicken nuggets from here, ketchup from there, a fork from, well, somewhere, and you've got yourself a comprehensive system. Call it the day-care version of APIs. For us grown-ups, APIs make the world...


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