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, Code, Developers, Java.

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: Code.

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 and marketing...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Code, Developers.

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, Apple iOS, Design, Devices.

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: Developers.

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: Developers, 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: Developers, 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: Developers, 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: Code, Developers.

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: Code, Developers, Java.

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: Developers, 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: Developers, 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, Developers, 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: AR, Industry, Platforms.

Brent Hoberman: How to get investor interest in your app #AppsWorld

For an investor or venture capitalist looking at an app, credibility is just as important as the idea, according to founder of PROFounders Capital and former Lastminute.com exec Brent Hoberman.

Hoberman was speaking at an engaging developer keynote at Apps World Europe, alongside two app company founders with whom he has a more than passing interest: Sampo Karjalainen, arguably most famous for the social network Habbo Hotel but currently CEO of tracking app Moves; and Rytis Vitkauskas, CEO of event app...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Monetisation.

How AQuA aims to keep app developers at the top of their game

If you’re developing an app, it’s very easy to forget basic testing tasks. Even if your app has won awards, there are still areas which can be improved on.

That’s where the App Quality Alliance (AQuA), a not-for-profit association run and funded by the likes of AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony, comes in.

AQuA, with its App Quality Directory, provides the testing criteria so developers don’t fall down on simple errors. And with the Appsters...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.

Firefox 23 is here, kills off <blink> tag at last

Mozilla has officially released the latest iteration of its browser, Firefox 23, which has fixed 13 security bugs as well as increased social integration.

The new features were widely expected, having been known since the release of the beta in June.

Among the elements introduced back then were mixed content blocking – aimed to stop ‘man in the middle’ security attacks where malicious JavaScript was swapped in during a request for HTTP active content – and a new social share button,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Platforms, Security, Social media.

BlackBerry puts BBM into Samsung devices: What will happen from here?

According to a press release picked up by N4BB, Samsung’s African division has announced that BlackBerry’s BBM messaging software is going to find its way onto selected Android devices.

This isn’t going to be a unique instance, of course – it’s been long rumoured and expected that BBM will make its way onto Android and iOS. The dates have been a little on the vague side though; last month, BB’s India MD Sunil Lalvani

By James Bourne, 06 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, Developers, Industry, Platforms.