Every developer dreams of creating that “killer app” that alters the zeitgeist (and hopefully makes them extremely wealthy in the process). Sometimes, to do so, you have to think outside the box -- like “peeved pigeons fighting egg-pilfering pigs” outside the box. But sometimes, you find yourself so far outside of the box that the very concept of boxes seems as foreign as hyperbolic geometry, prompting the question, “why does this even … [Read more...]
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Have you heard the news? Stephen Wolfram, chief developer of computational software programs like Mathematica (used by many scientist, engineers, and mathematicians), and CDF (which allows online documents to be interactively modified with live results), has announced that a new language is stemming out of those products he and Wolfram Research are calling Wolfram Language. So what makes this programming language unique and different from its … [Read more...]
We live in a world awash in tech. However, that hasn’t made it any easier to be a programmer. You’d think that our society’s reliance on technology, software, apps, and connectivity would make things easier for programmers. In fact, it makes things a little bit harder. Before you decide that programmers have it easy, consider these 3 challenges faced by today’s programmer: 1. The Label Programmer One of the biggest challengers that … [Read more...]
Here is part 1 if you missed it. Fighting back: An important role for Quality Assurance (QA) and testing Inside the IT department, many see QA as being responsible for catching problems. As a result they are often seen as being the least prone to errors in the way that they work, but they are certainly not blameless. What is needed is more integrated approaches to the way that testing and Quality Assurance is carried out and processes were the … [Read more...]
Parallax scrolling is not necessarily a new concept, but becoming a mainstream design 'fad' for new technologies. It's getting attention on websites such as The New York Times, The Life of Pi, Lexus LS, Apple and more. Not only is it making an appearance across the web, it's now headed in a mobile direction as demonstrated by Apple's iOS 7. As parallax is getting more attention, more upcoming projects are finding ways to incorporate it. However, … [Read more...]
It’s fashionable, right now, to report on the demise of Java. After all, the the new reality is that there is so much more to programming than being object-oriented. But, even though it looks as though Java should be on the decline, it’s not. In fact, Java appears to evolving -- in the manner of languages that are likely to stick around. Java’s Not Even Close to Dead One of the reasons that many cite the imminent demise of Java is the … [Read more...]
The weather of the Pacific Northwest is controlled by the Pacific Ocean and the local mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades. This combination gives way to a phenomenon known as rain shadows, small geographical areas that get much less rainfall than surrounding areas. The most extreme example is Sequim, Washington. It gets less than 16 inches per year (roughly the same as Los Angeles). About twenty miles away is the Hoh Rain Forest that … [Read more...]
Software breaches caused by flaws in software are meat and drink for the IT and national press. Barely a week goes by without another announcement of sites being hacked and passwords stolen. At the heart of this are software developers who, if the press is to be believed, are a bunch of incompetent nitwits. When we ran our Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC) 2011 and 2012 survey on “The Stat of Secure Application Lifecycle Management”, code … [Read more...]
It’s been 10 years since Java last offered a revolutionary release. Instead, releases since Java 5 have been more evolutionary in nature than they have been revolutionary. With technology that is always changing, some worry that Java’s evolutions are too slow. However, as IDR Solutions points out on its blog, it looks as though Java 8 is going to be revolutionary. JavaOne 2013 featured a technical keynote that described some of the features … [Read more...]
One of the big debates in the world of technology relates to MySQL and its acquisition by Oracle. MySQL was purchased, back in the day, by Sun. Then, in 2010, when Oracle purchased Sun, MySQL came with it. However, since the Oracle acquisition, there have been questions about whether or not Oracle has really been good for MySQL. (Some even think that Oracle is basically suffocating MySQL.) With these questions about the future of MySQL, some … [Read more...]