Microsoft’s Kinect grows up: Windows SDK 1.8 released

The motion-tracking peripheral (which launched back in 2010) has come a long way in terms of third-party development capabilities. Originally released exclusively for the Xbox 360; the device was praised for its innovation, but criticised for implementation.

Most people will probably think of the Kinect as for the “casual” gaming market; for the types of games (and subsequently gamers) who like to flail their arms at the television Nintendo Wii-style to advance in mini-games.

An enterprising hacker going by...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Languages, Platforms.

Embarcadero on Windows challenges and the intro of Android to RAD Studio XE5

Microsoft has had less than a great year; amidst Windows 8 complaints and Xbox One controversy, therefore when Dimensional Research’s survey which talks to Windows developers about their challenges around mobile development – it piqued my interest.

The survey was sponsored by Embarcadero whose well-praised cross-platform development tool RAD Studio gets a new version launching today – XE5.

DeveloperTech spoke to Embarcadero's Senior Director, Jason Vokes, and Technical Consultant, Stephen...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Software quality on the rise: the long race to zero defect density

As we all know, software is becoming more and more ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives. At work, at home and even during our leisure time, we are becoming ever more reliant on products, services and conveniences enabled by software.

Millions of lines of new code are written each day. The good news for all of us is that the overall quality of software is trending upward as well.

Whether quality is higher in open source or proprietary code is a debate that continues to drive heated discussion, with strong...

By Dennis Chu, 06 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Testing.

Veteran dev Mike Riley on the future of the software developer

Mike Riley has been a software developer in some capacity or other for decades. Currently the Director of Technology at Quarasan, an educational publishing company in Chicago, he’s grateful that he gets to do what he does for a living.

His job responsibilities include network engineering, software engineering, system administration, security management and desktop management – the whole nine yards.

Riley, who didn’t pursue a traditional path to become a software developer, is largely self-taught and is driven by a love for new...

By InfoSec Institute, 09 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Java, Languages.

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: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Security, Social media.

How do you know if your home grown licensing is broken?

Many software producers and intelligent device manufacturers develop and use their own in-house licensing models for provisioning and entitlement management of their products by end user organisations.

While they do the job, do you know the signs suggesting that perhaps your home-grown software licensing system may be broken? If not, read on!

- Your CTO says to his team, "Run, Forrest run" when you ask him to make changes to the license key generator.  Homegrown licence key generators are often...

By Cris Wendt, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Languages, Testing.

Jelly Bean 4.3 is tastier than you know

At Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event yesterday; the Mountain View-based company took the wraps off a lot of Android 4.3 announcements we were expecting - yet there was so much more you may not know about.

Sundar Pichai – head of Android – took the time to gloss over a few of the notable features which would directly affect our experiences from day one.

These include; Restricted “Kid Mode” Profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Virtual Fraunhofer Cingo™...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

It’s time to de-bug the education system

Since the education system was created during the industrial revolution, it hasn’t changed much due to the "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it" attitude.

The problem is, society’s requirements of education have changed a great deal since the 18th century, but the school system doesn’t reflect this.

Rather than hard work and obedience being the most valued qualities of a workforce as they were then, I believe attributes such as creativity and independent problem solving are far more...

By Enrique Riepenhausen, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.