Oxford startup Diffblue raises £17.3 million for bug-zapping AI

Oxford startup Diffblue has raised over £17 million in Series A funding to help launch its AI technology which helps to check the code of developers for mistakes.

While most IDEs feature built-in spelling checkers and similar assistive features, they don’t necessarily help to ensure the code is efficient and/or bug-free. Diffblue likens it to writing “The president of the USA is Donald Duck” in a word processor – it’s factually wrong, but it won’t be flagged as...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Opinion: Why low-code/no code doesn’t mean amateur only

There’s a lot of talk right now about low-code and no code development platforms. Legacy software woes and cost constraints are helping to drive adoption of these platforms, as businesses of all sizes seek to do more with less.

As more vendors come to market with low-code platforms, it can be tempting to dismiss these as “dumbed down” or amateur app development.

This is far from the truth, however.

First, let’s examine what low-code platforms actually are. The analysts at Forrester Research began...

By Andrew LeCates, 26 June 2017, 5 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Google finalises APIs for Android O in Developer Preview 3

Unwilling to let Apple steal all the spotlight this week, Google has announced Android O Developer Preview 3 is rolling out with the final APIs before release.

The second developer preview was announced during Google I/O three weeks ago and included a look at the new ‘Fluid Experiences’ and ‘Vitals’ features.

Some of the Fluid Experience features include; Picture-in-Picture support, Notification Dots which allow developers to inform users an action is now available, Auto-Fill support...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Industry, Phablet.

Android developers who incentivise positive reviews will be punished

Google will now punish Android developers who incentivise users to leave positive reviews under new Play Store rules.

Fake reviews have long been the scourge of most app stores and shady third-party services are available which can automate reviews or even have staff manually leaving false positive reviews in a bid to boost the app’s rankings.

Google tackled these services (for the most part) with improvements to its algorithms which detect and filter these reviews, but cunning developers found another...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ethics, Industry, Platforms.

Apple developers break $70 billion earnings as Swift Playgrounds expands to educate the next generation

Apple has announced developers total earnings from the App Store have now crossed $70 billion and the company is expanding Swift Playgrounds to educate the next generation of developers.

In the past twelve months alone, downloads in the App Store have grown over 70 percent.

“People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. He added, “Seventy billion dollars earned by...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS.

Apple launches a curriculum for schools teaching Swift

Apple has launched a curriculum for schools teaching app development using the company’s beloved Swift programming language.

Now available on the iBooks store, the ‘App Development with Swift’ curriculum is a full-year course designed by Apple’s engineers and educators which aims to help students get started with various elements of app design.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

Opinion: Three tips for the healthy API

Today’s cloud platforms are changing every part of the software stack: compute, payments, maps, storage, communications. Platforms are making it easier than ever before for developers to test ideas. This is the essence of software, and it’s happening faster than ever.

The significance, therefore, of running a healthy API cannot be overstated. It’s the only way, ultimately, that companies striving for developer adoption and retention will be able to achieve their goals.

But what is a...

By Jonas Borjesson, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Opinion: Google is shifting the focus away from traditional apps

Google’s announcements during their annual I/O developer conference demonstrate the company is beginning to shift the focus away from traditional download-and-install apps.

Downloading, installing, logging in or setting up an account, and navigating the app to find the content we’re looking for is a process many of us have gone through for decades. When you think about it, the process is cumbersome and overdue for modernisation.

Consumers have been able to stream music, videos, and even some...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

NVIDIA will teach deep-learning skills to 100,000 developers in 2017 as part of AI push

NVIDIA has announced plans to train 100,000 developers this year in deep-learning skills to help reach its ambitions to be an industry-leader in artificial intelligence.

Over the past week, NVIDIA has made several AI-related announcements including unveiling the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform which intends to make “cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

Facebook appears to reject more code from its female engineers

A former engineer at Facebook used data compiled over five years in a bid to prove there's a gender bias at the social networking giant against its female employees.

The compiled data shows female engineers’ code being rejected 35 percent more than males during the review process. While this alone rings some alarm bells, the fact that females waited for 3.9 percent longer on average for their code to be reviewed, and received 8.2 percent more comments, just adds evidence to the bias claim.

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By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry.