Opinion: The obstacles facing software delivery in the 21st century

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As IT trends like mobile, cloud, and consumerisation continue to flourish; the software industry is facing rising levels of complexity. Customers have increasingly unrealistic expectations, organisations are being pushed to work in a more fragmented yet agile manner, and development managers are now expected to dispatch applications to customers at the blink of an eye.

While...

By Renato Quedas, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Enterprise, Industry.

Obama, the first president programmer

Barack Obama set himself in the history books as soon as he was appointed, but now the iconic US president has brought about a day many programmers questioned they would ever see and become the first president to write a computer program...

As part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, Obama wrote a simple program which drew a square on-screen. Sure, that square is not creating the next Minecraft, but it's a start which proves anyone can begin to...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry.

Think you can crack this code? Woto may have a job for you

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Social media publishing firm Woto has put up a job advert for digital design graduates – but written entirely in JavaScript, designed to “separate the wheat from the chaff.”

DeveloperTech normally sniffs out cheap PR stunts a mile off – but this one is actually quite interesting. The job, a paid internship, is located at the Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) advertising agency.

Naturally...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Java, Languages.

Tough questions for enterprise developers who want to get ahead: Part 3

By Adam Seligman, VP Developer Relations at Salesforce.com

Let’s face it. Most of you reading this are probably early adopters. You carry a very smart phone, you’re all over social media, and you’ve got some awesome apps you use every day. Does your work experience reflect your personal outlook on technology? Are you trying out new apps, new dev tooling, or new services? Are you allowed to?

Part three of my series: ‘four tough questions enterprise developers should ask themselves when...

By Salesforce.com, 14 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Tough questions for enterprise developers who want to get ahead: Part One

By Adam Seligman, VP Developer Relations at Salesforce.com

The tech industry is once again at a turning point. We've moved from a world of monolithic applications to lightweight, contextual, social and mobile apps. Apps, not applications. Apps in your pocket, connected to back-end services and data with user context, integrated into the social graph.

Java and .NET developers represent the biggest pool of developers, but enterprise application-development practices too often have them stuck in the...

By Salesforce.com, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Twilio: How to make friends and influence developers

Cloud telecoms communication pioneers Twilio aren’t just bringing their messaging and voice APIs to Europe, they’re bringing their personable, evangelist-based community engagement approach too.

If you follow what goes on in Silicon Valley, you’ll be aware of Twilio. A US start-up that's made waves across the telecoms and cloud communications space providing cloud APIs for developers and businesses to integrate SMS, VoIP and voice calls into mobile, web and desktop...

By Matt Henkes, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Hacking, Industry, Marketing.

UK teenager launches Summly with backing from billionaires and celebs

A London teenager has become the latest talented young developer to hit the big time, with technology he created to help him with his school studies.

Summly, created by 17 year old Nick D’Aloisio, pulls in news from hundreds of sources around the internet. Nothing amazing about that, you might think. But the clever part is how it extracts key points and compiles a 400 character summary using an algorithm based on natural language processing and machine translation.

D’Aloisio says he created the...

By Matt Henkes, 02 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools.

6 tips on being an effective freelance developer #AppsWorld

The developer tracks at Apps World have been really busy over the last couple of days. This afternoon we caught a really interesting panel discussion on how to be an effective freelance developer. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the panel.

The first and most logical question, is freelancing for you? Ask yourself honestly. Are you willing to sell yourself and fight to win a client? Are you happy working on your own with no one to back you up? Can you deal with perhaps not knowing where the money for next...

By Matt Henkes, 03 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Development Tools.

What do you need to be a developer? [infographic]

Last year the average salary for software application developers was around $89,000.

Make no mistake; if you’re a skilled developer, you’re in high demand right now. And that demand looks set to continue well into 2013 and beyond, with enterprise appetite for mobilisation increasing and the consumer hunger for apps growing unabated.

Fortunately, the coffee and cigarettes are only optional tools of the trade, but what do you need to get into the game properly?

By Matt Henkes, 28 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers.

Developer recruitment still tough, says Dice.com

A report from tech employers Dice.com has continued an intriguing trend within the industry today: Java, mobile and .NET developers are still in short supply.

Finding the talent for the market continues to be a struggle, according to the survey of 866 technology-focused recruiters. The US-centric report found, in the main, the following trends:

  • Companies are making positions hard to fill by all chasing similar candidates – managers favouring “journeymen not apprentices” and not taking a punt on...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Java.