IoT and the enterprise: What has the industry got to do to kick-start growth?

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The analysts and researchers are in agreement; the Internet of Things (IoT) market will become the largest device market in the world. The question is simply when.

Berg Insight argues that in the industrial automation sector, the number of wireless IoT devices will hit 43.5 million by 2020. In the overall market, the numbers are almost frighteningly big: BI Intelligence...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Couchbase launches N1QL query language, combining SQL with JSON for IoT power

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NoSQL database provider Couchbase has announced N1QL, described as a “breakthrough” query language enabling developers to more easily build enterprise web, mobile and Internet of Things  (IoT) applications on its database.

The move was announced at the Couchbase Connect conference:

Couchbase previews breakthrough query language N1QL at #CBConnect http://t.co/2uR32JHZFM

— Couchbase (@couchbase)

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, IoT.

Apple’s reported purchase and shuttering of FoundationDB angers developer community

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Apple’s reported acquisition of database provider FoundationDB, only to then shut it down, has caused outrage among developers.

A quick look at the FoundationDB community page gives the following update: “Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community. We have made...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Git.

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.

Coding in schools: Is it a good idea with poor execution?

Earlier this week, as the new school year began in the UK, pupils were adjusting to the changed curriculum, with much of the headlines centring on the addition of simple coding into the lesson plans, for children as young as five.

The plans drew criticism from teachers and teachers’ leaders, with Jill Stokoe, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, citing teachers’ claims they hadn’t had enough information before the start of the new school year.

Yet the plans have gotten approval from...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Languages.

Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch puts a huge marker on the e-sports market

Late last night, it was reported that Amazon had bought video game streaming provider Twitch for a total of $970m (£585m) in cash, having beaten rivals Google and Yahoo to the punch.

The deal represents the biggest in Amazon’s history, according to Simply Business, ahead of the retail giant’s $928m buyout of Zappos in 2009. According to Geekwire’s analysis, Amazon is paying approximately $17.60 per Twitch user, compared to online shoe retailer Zappos’ $206 per user valuation.

Twitch confirmed...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon.

As more students want to get into coding, what do they need to know?

Feature Earlier this week, survey results from social learning platform FutureLearn revealed that more 18 year olds in the UK want to get into coding and software development as opposed to more traditional professions, such as medicine or law.

23% of A-level students polled said they wanted to be developers, compared with 22% wanting to move into the medical profession, and 16% hoping for a career in law...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Devices, iOS.

Mozilla admits accidental leak of 76,000 developer emails

Mozilla has confirmed that around 76,000 email addresses and 4,000 encrypted passwords of its users in the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) had been put on a publicly accessible server.

The firm, best known for its open source browser Firefox, blamed it on a process failure in one of its databases, and said it was “deeply sorry for any inconvenience or concern” it had caused.

The Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) gives information on various web platforms and developer tools, from web APIs to HTML5...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools.

Nintendo tops the charts in Japan for favourite game developer

Nintendo remains the most popular game developer in Japan followed by Square Enix and Capcom, according to survey results reported by gaming website Kotaku.

It might not be that much of a surprise that a home town favourite takes the spoils, but what’s particularly interesting is that Japanese firms hold the top 10 places in the survey results, of 500 people. EA (#11) was the first foreign vendor, while Microsoft languished in joint 12th...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming.

WordPress being used by more and more SMEs for CMS: Are devs missing out?

New research from 34SP.com has found that more than half of UK small businesses are using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) thereby “finally blowing away its image as just a blogging platform”, according to a deck prepared by the domain provider.

The vast majority of companies who said they used the open source platform for their CMS were organisations of fewer than 50 employees. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular reason for companies using WordPress was its ease of use, and...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms.

New Kaazing CEO Vikram Mehta: “The more I looked, the more intrigued I got”

Former IBM VP system networking Vikram Mehta was looking forward to spending time with his children and winding down when his contract at IBM ran out in April.

Yet those plans all changed after he was introduced to real time comms provider Kaazing. Now, after being unveiled as the San Jose company’s CEO, Mehta is looking forward to the challenges ahead with what he describes as “revolutionary” technology.

“The more I looked, the more intrigued I got,” he tells DeveloperTech, adding:...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Platforms.

Where now for Firefox OS following Spreadtrum $25 phone deal? #MWC14

Mozilla has announced a deal with China-based chipset vendor Spreadtrum at Mobile World Congress to deliver $25 dollar smartphones.

The chipset, with the catchy name of SC6821, is described by Spreadtrum as “redefin[ing] the entry level of the global smartphone market.”

The vendor promises manufacturers that elements such as integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, advanced features of Firefox OS and plenty of web and HTML5 apps, can be marketed into phones at a price point never seen before.

There’s...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

The Grace Hopper Google Doodle offers a timely re-evaluation of COBOL

December 9 2013 marks the 107th birthday of Grace Hopper, one of the pioneers of computer science and creator of the COBOL programming language.

The occasion has been fittingly marked with today’s Google Doodle, which depicts Hopper sat at her machine calculating her birthday through a simple equation.

Given her great influence on what would become the Common Business-Oriented Language, it’s an ideal opportunity to examine the state of COBOL today.

Derek Britton is product marketing director at Micro Focus, who...

By James Bourne, 09 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Jon Skeet on C#, the present and the future

There’s a trend in programming languages which will certainly please Redmond. According to latest TIOBE figures, only six of the top 20 languages are gaining popularity - and three of them are defined by Microsoft.

Whilst Visual Basic.NET gained four places to position 11, and Transact-SQL leapt to position 9 in the November rankings, neither could perforate the fairly rigid top eight, with C and Java comfortably at the summit.

The only language which...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

Getjar founder Ilja Laurs: There’s a revolution for developers and carriers #TTW

DeveloperTech was present at the Telecoms Tech World conference where Ilja Laurs, the founder and executive chairman of mobile app store GetJar, spoke about the issues mobile carriers face today and how developers can fit in

“A massive change, a revolution is coming,” Ilja Laurs, executive chairman and founder of GetJar explains. But how?

For mobile operators, the winds of change are upon them. Traditional monetisation solutions are no longer viable, OTT players such as Skype, Viber and...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Google launches Dart 1.0, positions as alternative to JavaScript

Google has unveiled version 1.0 of its Web programming language Dart at the Devoxx conference in Belgium – and has JavaScript firmly in its sights.

The Dart project, which has been in the works for over two years, now comprises the language, an SDK, as well as Dartium, a Chrome browser to run Dart programs, and utility support which converts Dart into JavaScript for browsers unable to support the language, called dart2js.

By James Bourne, 14 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Platforms, Testing.

Google rolls out App Translation Service to developers

Google has announced general availability of its App Translation Service, enabling Android developers to overcome the language barrier and get more Google Play hits.

If you think this idea sounds familiar, then you’d be right, as the service was previewed at Google I/O back in May. A pilot program was introduced, with subsequent positive feedback proving irresistible to the execs at Mountain View who simply had to open it up.

Before anyone starts...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Wearable tech too expensive for consumer take-up, research reveals

Even though wearable technology is one of the hottest tech trends right now, consumers simply won’t go for it unless it becomes more affordable.

That’s the finding from GfK research, which polled 1600 UK and US adults in September and found that even though awareness was high, prices were too steep for serious consumer adoption.

The figures do make for interesting reading, with 7% of 16-24 year olds surveyed owning wearable technology, and 6% of the general population on board. This includes the...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms, VR.