Skype introduces real-time code editor to help ease technical interview burdens

If you have an off-site technical interview coming up, the last thing you want to be thinking about – never mind your knowledge and the pressure of the situation anyway – is how the technology you will be using will stand up.

Skype has launched a new preview feature which aims to help technical interviews be conducted more seamlessly.

The feature enables a video call to be placed on top of a code editor, meaning interviewers and their prospective candidates do not have to switch between two...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Java, JavaScript.

Facebook launched Android UI and VR frameworks during its F8 developer conference

Social behemoth Facebook used its F8 developer conference to launch two frameworks – one for Android UI, and the other for VR.

Litho

Facebook’s internal framework to build efficient UIs on Android is called Litho, and the company has been talking it up since last October (much to the frustration of the rest of us outside the company without access to it.)

The company built its own framework after finding Android’s standard tools for building scrollable lists were lacking for the complexity...

By Ryan Daws, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, JavaScript, VR.

Dear developers, it’s time for a user upgrade

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We need more developers. Seriously. The appetite for apps is insatiable. Apps that are mobile. Apps that are social. Apps that are connected. Apps that are intelligent. It’s not that business users are making these requests for laughs. For businesses to thrive, they are focusing on their customers’ needs, ensuring customer satisfaction today and preparing for success in the future. IT teams and developers...

By Will Coleman, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, JavaScript.

Microsoft HoloJS allows JavaScript developers to build HoloLens apps

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Many see Microsoft HoloLens as a pair of mixed reality smartglasses, but they may not be aware that the HoloLens is an underlying application development platform called Windows Holographic – an application programming interface (API) which is a part of the Windows 10 API.

Developers use the Windows Holographic platform to design augmented reality applications for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Microsoft has added another designing instrument to their kit that enables them to...

By Developer, 21 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Java, JavaScript, Microsoft.

Research: IoT developer survey reveals most popular technologies

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The renowned Eclipse Foundation has released its annual survey of IoT developers which reveals the most popular technologies being used today. A total of 528 individuals participated in the survey from various-sized organisations around the world (although 59% were from Europe.)  

Programming Languages/Standards 

Java remains...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, IoT, JavaScript, Languages, Platforms.

Microsoft will open source its 'Chakra' JavaScript engine

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Microsoft has announced its decision to release its powerful 'Chakra' engine - used for JavaScript in the company's Edge browser – to the open source community. Although not the most surprising open source news in the past week, that award goes to Apple, it's a momentous step in helping to advance the engine.

With the intention to publish the ChakraCore repository...

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Java, JavaScript, Languages, Microsoft.

IBM adds Node.js debugging into the (Blue)mix

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Last month, IBM upped its Node.js expertise through announcing the acquisition of StrongLoop and their API experts in the server-side JavaScript environment. IBM has now shown the initial fruits of this decision with the introduction of Node.js debugging capabilities in their Bluemix PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). 

The new feature will make it easier for developers to debug their Node.js applications within a cloud environment using popular open source utilities like tty.js and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, JavaScript, PaaS, Platforms, Testing.

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, JavaScript.

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Java, JavaScript, Languages, Platforms.

TIOBE: JavaScript was 2014’s top language

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TIOBE, the software quality company, has released its index for January 2015 which details the most popular programming languages over the course of the previous year. JavaScript has been named “the language of 2014” because it has seen its position rise faster than any other language.

JavaScript enjoyed a rise of 1.7% over the past year,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, JavaScript, Languages.