Exploring the organisational change required to take Agile to the next level

Everyone wants to do and be agile – but with greater maturation, are there issues in how it comes about? A few noises of late suggest structural changes need to be made.

In April, software provider CollabNet released its latest State of Agile Report, noting as one of its three themes that agile adoption is growing within organisations both more widely and deeply. This publication

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem.

Java and JavaScript continue to dominate enterprise development landscape

Java and JavaScript remain the dominant languages in the enterprise developer landscape – but with more agile ways of working coming to the fore, they certainly won’t be exclusive going forward.

That’s the verdict of the Cloud Foundry Foundation in its most recent report focusing on the top languages for enterprise application development.

IT decision makers –...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Java, Languages.

Python creator steps down after almost 30 years in charge

It is safe to say Python enjoyed a remarkable 2017 – but 2018 may be a testing year for the language’s community as a leadership crisis looms.

Guido van Rossum, the author and for 30 years the BDFL (Benevolent Dictator for Life) of Python, has stepped down from his role citing issues with pushing out the most recent PEP (Python Enhancement Proposal).

“I would like to remove myself entirely from the decision process,” he wrote. “I’ll still be there for a while as an ordinary...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Languages.

Jakarta EE aiming to focus on cloud-native Java after developer consultation

What do enterprise developers want? A cloud-native Java, according to a new consultation from the Eclipse Foundation.

The study, which polled more than 1,800 Java developers – 44% of whom categorised themselves as senior developers with a further 24% as architects – put cloud-native as an ‘imperative’ for enterprise Java going forward.

‘Two critical gaps in Java EE are now top priorities for Jakarta EE’, the foundation notes – lest we forget, Jakarta EE is the new...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Java.

Agile initiatives expanding in the enterprise – but lots more work to be done

Agile is expanding within the enterprise – but there is plenty more that can be done to improve organisational initiatives.

That’s the key finding from enterprise software development firm CollabNet. In the company’s latest State of Agile report – the 12th iteration – which collected almost 1,500 responses from various industries in software development, 97% of respondents’ organisations practiced agile development methods. Of that number, 52% said that more than half of...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Firefox foils Facebook data-flinging with new Mozilla container extension

If you’re worried about what data Facebook may or may not be collecting after the Cambridge Analytica revelations, the good people at Mozilla have a workaround.

Facebook Container Extension, an extension of Firefox’s multi-account containers, enables users to browse Facebook while isolating identity into a separate blue tab, meaning users can play all the quizzes they like – this reporter assumes...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Facebook.

Larger companies more likely to be using continuous delivery methods, research finds

New data from DigitalOcean on developer opinion has gleaned interesting insights; company size is likely to dictate usage of continuous delivery solutions, while vendor lock-in and professional support were primary roadblocks for the rise of open source software adoption.

The figures come from the company’s latest quarterly report, Currents, around developer trends in the cloud, which polled almost 6,000 respondents.

The larger the organisation, the more likely you are to use a CI/CD system. 52% of...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem.

Developer argues Apple could shutter Series 0 support for latest watchOS iteration

Usage of the Apple Watch Series 0 continues to decline - so much so that one developer argues Apple should dispense with it altogether when the company launched the watchOS 5 operating system.

The figures come from David Smith, an independent iOS developer whose apps include Pedometer++ and Sleep++, the latter being focused primarily on the Apple Watch with both apps in the top 200 in the App Store for health and fitness.

Smith says the Series 0 first generation of Apple Watch is ‘honestly a bit painful...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Wearables.

Developers finally realising importance of DevOps workflow, new research says

DevOps is no longer a ‘nice to have’ to improve workflow for developers and software professionals, according to the latest study from software provider GitLab.

The company – whose mission is to provide software which supports the entire DevOps lifecycle – polled 5,296 software developers, CTOs and IT professionals, finding two in three say DevOps is a ‘tremendous time saver’ in the development process. 65% say the DevOps workflow saves them time – a figure which...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Testing.

WordPress powers three in 10 sites on the web, W3Techs finds

WordPress now powers 30% of all sites on the web, according to the latest figures from web survey provider W3Techs.

According to the most recent numbers, for the end of February 2018, WordPress is at 30.0% for absolute percentage of websites, giving it a 60.2% market share for all content management systems. It’s worth noting that just over half (50.2%) of sites analysed by W3Techs do not use a CMS monitored by the company, or are built from scratch. The figures arrive from analysis of the top 10...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Ecosystem.

React knowledge ‘big opportunity’ for marketable developers, argues HackerRank

Organisations continue to look for expertise in JavaScript and Java above everything else – yet a skills gap is apparent when it comes to frameworks.

That is the key analysis from a new report by technical recruiter HackerRank. The report, titled the 2018 Developer Skills Report and which polled almost 40,000 developers, found React to have the biggest disparity; 19% of developers said they knew it, while 33% of companies require it.

The report argues that knowing React – which this publication has reported on...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

One in 10 game developers will use loot boxes for their next game – but express caution on use

More game developers are working on loot boxes but are expressing caution about their use, according to the latest figures published by the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The company has released its latest State of the Game Industry report building up to the five-day extravaganza in San Francisco in March, polling almost 4,000 game developers. While almost half (49%) of those polled said they were going to use a pay-to-download model for their next game and 39% opted for free-to-download, one in 10 (11%)...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Facebook redefines time (sort of) to help sync video frame rates

Minutes, seconds and milliseconds aren’t quite enough for Facebook – at least when it comes to synchronising video, anyway. The social giant has announced the launch of Flicks, a unit of time which can more easily subdivide media frame rates and sampling frequencies.

The unit – named Flick as a semi-portmanteau of ‘frame tick – is defined in C++ and represents 1/705600000 of a second. A flick is the smallest unit of time which can successfully represent a single frame duration...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Testing.

Stack Overflow report examines ‘brutal’ lifecycle of JavaScript frameworks

Developers on Stack Overflow continue to be more interested in jQuery than other JavaScript frameworks according to new data analysis – although adding the share for market voice as new frameworks come in is “brutal.”

The report was released days after a three-part report from NPM, software registry and package manager for JavaScript, which argued jQuery ‘remains hugely popular...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

React most popular front-end JavaScript framework with Preact fastest growing

According to figures from NPM, software registry and package manager for JavaScript, React remains by a distance the most popular front-end JavaScript framework, with Angular in second place.

The findings come from NPM’s State of JavaScript Frameworks 2017 report, with the first part assessing the front-end frameworks and the second examining the growth of the React ecosystem. As of the end of last year, the Facebook-curated React makes up approximately 0.05% of the 13 billion downloads from the...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

C named as TIOBE’s 2017 programming language of the year

Sometimes the old ones are the best ones: C has been named as TIOBE’s programming language of 2017, nine years after its most recent triumph.

The language remains at #2 in the January 2018 rankings, behind Java and ahead of C++ – with no change from January 2017’s index – but came out on top for language of the year because of its yearly growth of 1.69%. Runners up were Python (1.21% growth) and Erlang (0.98%).

TIOBE argues that the reason for C’s growth – admitting it won...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Java, Languages.

How can developers improve software security? Move to DevSecOps and ‘think like an attacker’

Developers today frequently find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The business may not place security at the top of its priorities, but we all know how vital it is – and in today’s agile and DevOps working environments, developers cannot afford to finish applications and then leave the tidying up to the security team.

A new report from Veracode issued today argues that while developers do care about security, and are getting better at it, more work still needs to be done –...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Security.

Anti-theft app Cerberus falls foul of Google’s tracking guidelines

An opportune moment to remember that sometimes he who pays the piper does not always call the tune: anti-theft app provider Cerberus says Google has pinged its app as in violation of its developer terms.

Cerberus offers users protection should their Android device get lost or stolen. This can range from support for Android Wear, pictures of the thief surreptitiously sent to email addresses, and coded SMS messages if mobile data is switched off.

The problem, however, relates to the tracking of location data;...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

Stack Overflow analysis on most disliked languages sees Perl top of the tree

Perl, a language used predominantly for common gateway interface (CGI) as well as system administration and network programming, has been voted as the most disliked programming language by the Stack Overflow development community.

The almost 30-year old language came out ahead of Delphi and VBA in the rankings, with a long gap following to PHP, Objective-C, Coffeescript and Ruby.

When it came to overall tags – including operating systems, platforms and libraries – the number one on the dislike...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Languages.

Google and Udacity team up for 50,000 US Android developer scholarships

Google is offering 50,000 developer scholarship opportunities with education platform provider Udacity to help those who want to build on the web and Android.

The move adds to the 130,000 scholarships already put out by the two companies around the world, with this initiative aimed at US residents.

The first phase of the scholarships will revolve around three months of access to Udacity courses on a choice of HTML and CS, offline web applications, Android basics, and developing Android apps. After this, the...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Languages.