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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 11-8-13

  
  
  

The number 5 on the side of a building in New York City.by Ron Miller
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It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: Mobile Developer Trends, please check it out. Smartphone developers have a lot of options besides iOS and Android, and this infographic illustrates some of the latest trends in mobile development including the most popular platforms. Number 3 might just surprise you

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links. 

Android KitKat security: Some nice additions, and one mind-boggling blunder | CITEworld

Google upset one Android owner when it removed a key security feature in its latest update, one that actually would have made IT pros feel a bit more warm and fuzzy about using Androids for business. It's this kind of one step forward, two steps back approach that makes IT pros leery about Android in a business setting.

How to Screw Up Your Scrum | Smartbear Blog

There's a lot to like about the Scrum approach to development. It makes your team more agile and provides an iterative approach to development that makes much more sense in today's rapidly changing markets. It lets you react more quickly to changing customer requirements, but it's a not a simple model and you need to watch out for ways you can trip up on your way to implementing it.

Red Hat wants to be OpenStack's big dog | ZDNet

Red Hat has become the Enterprise Linux vendor of choice so it makes sense that it also wants to be the open source cloud vendor of choice too. It's working hard to create a product set of OpenStack cloud products and services and IT pros used to working with Red Hat and looking to make the transition to the cloud should be pleased to hear that.

The news beneath the news at Strata | FierceBigData 

Big Data has been around for some time now, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the major Big Data conferences is starting to show signs of maturity as the industry starts to make more headway into business. This report from Strata in New York City gives you a good sense of where Big Data could be going in the coming year. 

How Close Are We to a Truly Cloud-Based Windows? | The Enterprise Cloud Site

Microsoft is a company torn between the desktop and the cloud and it struggles to find business models to live in both worlds. This article explains the licensing structures that Microsoft has set up and it illustrates that dilemma they face as an organization when it comes to extending the Windows/Office cash cow as long as it can, while trying to build newer models in the cloud where tomorrow's business is most likely to be.

Photo by Ron Miller Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.

5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 9-7-12

  
  
  

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

5 9 7 12If you missed our other post this week, Developers Follow the Money to iOS, please check it out. Android clearly controls the most smartphone marketshare, but it doesn't mean it's the most popular development platform. 

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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

This Ain’t Your Father’s Web Application | Input Output

It goes without saying that the web has grown into an increasingly complex place since its humble beginnings in 1990, and at the same time, web applications have grown increasingly sophisticated. This article takes an indepth view of the technologies driving these changes.

Polyglot: No One Language Will Rule the Cloud | Smartbear

Speaking of complexity, the Cloud is another element of the changing face of the web, and when you look at cloud application development, you might be surprised to find how many different languages it requires to complete a project. As the author points out, it requires multiple programming languages and you need to understand the level of complexity to be successful.

The Rise and Fall of Adobe Flash | Speckyboy

Flash was once the centerpiece of the Adobe world, then Steve Jobs decided he didn't want Flash on the iPad, and it effectively marked the beginning of the end. This article looks at the history of Flash from its golden age to its fall from grace.

A Scrum Master Is Not a Project Manager by Another Name | Scrum Alliance

When you move to Agile methodology, it's easy to think that the Scrum Master is just a fancy way of referring to the project manager, but as this article explains, it's a very different proposition, and to make that assumption would be a huge mistake.

SUSE’s OpenStack Cloud Is Good For The Ecosystem | Cloudave

When SUSE announced it was jumping on the cloud bandwagon, and using OpenStack in the process, it meant another major open source player was supporting this standard, and in this author's view, that's going to help push its success.

Photo by Tomma Henckel Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.

5 Links for Developer and IT Pros 3-2-12

  
  
  
3 2 12It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our other posts this week, Cheap Mozilla Phone Faces Steep Challenge, please check it out. It discusses the new Mozilla phone with a Linux kernel, which Telefonica Digital claims it can bring to market for around $20. We're skeptical that it's possible to manufacturer and market an unsubsidized smart phone at that price. Check out the comment from Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich.

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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

ScrumMaster Tales–Stop Digging New Holes | Agile Pain Relief

An on-going series on the adventures of a Scrum Master. In this episode, he offers the advice to avoid holes (they slow you down) and understand when the sprint is complete. He reviews meetings and training requirements and you will find some solid practical analysis

Linus Torvalds snarls at openSUSE desktop Linux's security | ZDNet

Linus Toravalds was not happy to learn he had to use the root password to make even minor corrections to openSUSE's desktop settings and he let go with a tirade on Google+. Veteran technology journalist, Steven J Vaughan-Nichols reports.

CSS: From Screen to Print and Beyond | Input Output

CSS has solved numerous issues for web designers over the years and two new modules involving paged media will take it to a new level, letting designers have new more flexible ways of dealing with overflow content instead of simply requiring users to scroll to see more.

Mercedes-Benz Brings Siri To Their Cars | @PSFK

Mercedes-Benz announced a new feature for its A class cars that will allow drivers to interact with their iPhones using Siri voice commands. According to the article, "The program, called the Drive Kit Plus will work in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz’ Digital DriveStyle App to translate the iPhone’s screen onto the in-car system screen." Sounds pretty cool.

Cloud Enables Big Business to Play Like SMBs | Cloud Zone

The cloud is the great equalizer for large and small businesses alike. It gives small business the ability to use the same services as large ones and gain from the more stringent requirements large businesses have, and it lets large businesses be more flexible and agile like small ones.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 11/18/11

  
  
  
5 11 18 11It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our other post this week, The Benefits of HTML5 Are Growing More Apparent, please have a look now. It covers how even before Adobe announced it was ending development of Mobile Flash, it was clear that HTML5 was on the rise. The announcement only reinforced it.

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And here we go with this week's links:

Agile Slaves - SD Times

As Agile celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year, one author looks back at the retrospective and the responses of the original architects of the Agile vision and wonders if it's kept its promise or if many organizations are just going through the motions.

Managing Android Tablets, Smartphones - Tom's IT Pro

As more Android devices make their way into the enterprise, you might think that managing them could be a nightmare, but there are ways to do it. This article explains.

A Web Developer Speaks: Flash Player is Dead. HTML5 isn't ready. Long live AIR! - ZDNet

A Flash developer throws all the cards on the table and he's not happy about Adobe's plans to abandon Flash and he doesn't think HTML5 is nearly ready. He believes the answer could lie with Air 3. Do you agree?

How to Reduce Your Mission Critical Footprint - ReadWriteWeb

We all know that organizations have mission critical apps, and these are the most important ones to keep up and running, but how do you determine which ones are really mission critical and which ones are less so?

Scrum Master – a Visionary or a Beat Cop? - An Agile ReadMe

This article explores the role of the Scrum Master on the development team and why some companies don't have a clue about Scrum or the Scrum Master role.

Note: We'll be off next Friday in observance the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. See you in two weeks.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 7/8/11

  
  
  
5 smallIt's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing and if you have something to say, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

And her we go with this week's links:

The Natural Way to Cutting Energy Use - Input Output

If you're running a data center, it costs money to keep the lights on and it costs money to keep the system cool. This article offers some practical advice on cutting your energy costs.

The Great Browser Support Problem - Technique

When it comes to Internet Explorer 6 and other older browsers, should you support them or not? It's not an easy decision, but this article looks at the pros and cons of different approaches to this vexing problem.

Dancing with Pigs - The Scrum Alliance

OK, so maybe it's not the best image of how to keep a Scrum moving smoothly through the development process, but it is a dance of sorts and this post explains how to keep the music playing, pigs and all.

BlackBerry PlayBook vs. HP TouchPad: A tale of two failures - ZDNet

RIM and HP were supposed to develop tablets for the enterprise, but when it came to delivery they choked. What happened? Both devices have great designs, but what killed them was poor delivery and marketing execution.

7 Self-Inflicted Wounds Of Cloud Computing -- InformationWeek

Is cloud computing hurting itself? This author thinks so and offers 7 areas he believes that cloud marketers missed the mark.

Photo by Tomma Henckel. Used under Creative Commons License.

Friday 5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 5/27/11

  
  
  
5739223729 f1ab5413a9 mWelcome back to another week of our regular weekly feature, five links for developers and IT Pros, where we search the net looking interesting, insightful or funny links of interest to people who work in IT.
 
If you missed our post earlier this week, The Battle for the Cloud Front End, please check it out. We discuss the on-going battle to control access to the cloud from the enterprise. Hint: It involves big players like VMware and Google.
 
And as always, please leave a comment and share your thoughts (unless you're a Spammer, then stay away).
 
And now on with this week's links:
 
What does the Scrum Master do all day? - The SCRUM Blog
 
Does the Scrum Master act as lord and master over all he surveys, busting the chops of any who dare defy his ruthless reign? Not exactly. This post explains what it's really all about -- keeping projects moving forward and acting as a buffer against outside distractions to name just a couple of tasks.

Software Testing Enters the Cloud - TechWell

The whole enterprise software infrastructure has moved to the cloud so why not software testing too? But when it comes to virtualization and the notion of distributed computing, there are going to be challenges and this article looks at what you are up against trying to perform software testing in the cloud.

It's the Human Threat, Stupid - CSO Online

Here you are thinking that technology is the big threat to your computer security, when it's people. If you doubt this, look no further than the Wikileaks diplomatic emails, which were carried out of a secure facility by one determined individual.

The Pros and Cons of SSD in the Enterprise - CIOUpdate.com

SSD is cool. It's fast. It's new, but is it right for the enterprise. It may be too soon and too expensive just yet for most users.

Don’t Be Perfect - Software Quality Connection
Here you were thinking that to get ahead as a software tester, you needed to be perfect, but this post is here to tell you that perfection might be overrated.

Photo by dno1967b on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.

5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 4/22/11

  
  
  
472325923 918ce48a23 mWelcome back. It's another week of our five links for developers and IT pros. Throughout the week, we scour the Web looking for the best links of interest to folks who program and work in the IT trenches.
 
Earlier this week, we published a post called Cloud Foundry Full or Promise and Possible Pitfalls, which explores VMware's open Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.
 
If you haven't read it, please do, and if you like what you see here, please consider subscribing.
 
And now the 5 links:
 
What Monty Python Taught Me About the Software Industry - Software Quality Connection
 
In this amusing and poignant post, we learn what software development and Monty Python have in common. Hint: It's not the comfy chair. Come for the classic Monty Python sketch videos, stay for the good writing.
 
The (sorry) state of software security - CSO Online - Security and Risk
 
A recent report from Veracode found that of more than 4800 applications tested, 58 percent were considered to have an "unacceptable level of security." Ouch. Maybe it's time you took your software security more seriously. Just saying.
 
How to Earn Your Data Center Merit Badge - DevCentral
 
How do you earn that Data Center Merit badge you've been craving? It's easy. You put policies and procedures in place to prevent problems *before* they occur. Sounds easy enough, right? Read this and learn how.

Lazy Developers Hate Agile and Scrum - Agile Scout

Them there's fighting words, sir, but is it true that developers are just afraid of the discipline Scrum and Agile bring to a project? Check out this discussion. Is it really about fear of transparency and exposure?

Tape Backup: Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic - Storage Bytes Now

How do you continue effective off-site backup, as your data pile grows ever larger? Some companies are finding old-fashioned tape and a truck is faster than the cloud when your data store is too large, but it's not a viable long-term solution. The question is what do we do instead?

Photo by Rev Dan Catt on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.

5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 4/1/11

  
  
  
2043222049 b6a504dca9 mIt's April Fool's Day, but we're not here to play a joke on you. Like every Friday, we're here to give you five great links for IT pros and developers.

If you missed our posts earlier this week, please check them out, and if you like what you see here, please consider subscribing.

Without further ado, this week's links:

The worst code base I’ve seen in my life - ioannis cherouvim blog.

In this humorous bitter-sweet post, a software engineer describes his experience slogging through the worst code mess he's ever seen. Reading it should at the very least make you feel a little bit better about your current situation.

Three Years of Scrum at Socialtext - Software Quality Connection.

The programming drama continues as one writer describes his experience using the Scrum programming methodology at his employer. It's a positive look at how one company manages its programming schedules. Be prepared purists, this is not a standard Scrum implementation.

5 Reasons Why People Uninstall an Application - DeskMetrics.

Is it your program or is there is another reason people simply uninstall your master work? Here are 5 reasons your users are uninstalling, and yes some of them you can fix.

Do-It-Yourself Mobile Apps for Small Business - Small Business Computing.

Small business owners might think that mobile apps are too expensive and out of their reach, but they would be wrong. This article walks you through everything you need to know to build your own mobile apps.

Can't Find a Job You Like? Become a Self-Employed IT Consultant - TechTarget.

Not everyone is cut out for the 9-5 grind and this piece focuses on one IT pro who had enough and went out on his own. Might not be for everyone, but check out this article and see if you think it's right for you.
Photo by tangi_bertin on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.

Fri 5 for 3/11/11 - 5 Links for IT Pros and Developers

  
  
  

5437365845 3b2e2ebb6e mWelcome back to the Friday 5 -- our choices for the week's best links for IT pros and developers. Sorry we missed last week, but ran into a travel glitch while on the road.

If you didn't see our post earlier this week on Browser vs. Apps Argument is a Non-Starter, please check it out. It's our most popular post ever and we're very proud.

Now for this weeks links:

Business, Not IT Should Set Priorities - FierceCIO

There has been an on-going discussion about whether users, business or IT should be setting technology priorities in the enterprise. This writer takes a stand for business.

When Bad Software Requirements Happen to Good People - Software Quality Connection

This primer explains how to make a good software requirements document that strikes the right balance between too much information and too little.

Scrum and Release Planning - Agile and Scrum

Does the Scrum model leave room for release planning or is that too much like Waterfall? 

With Frustration Growing, Microsoft Quietly Delays First Windows Phone Update Again - Paul Thurott, Windows IT Pro

Long-time Windows writer Paul Thurott writes about his frustration with the delays for the first update to Windows Phone 7 and how he's getting tired of waiting.

Is Cloud Boon or Bane for IT Staffers? - CIO Update

It looks like some jobs will be lost as enteprises shift to the cloud, but others will replace them, not to worry.

Photo by chintermeyer on Flickr. Used under the Creative Commons License.

Five for Friday - 1/28/11

  
  
  
5229542621 4a021f367f mWelcome back to another week of our weekly Five for Friday feature where we share five links from around the Web that are relevant to our blog's coverage area. It's always important for readers to get a range of perspectives and sharing links in this manner provides a way to do that.

Without further adieu, here are this week's links:

How FluidDB Built an API for BoingBoing in an Evening - ReadWriteWeb
This article combines a couple of interesting trends. First of all it covers the importance of APIs in sharing and moving data across applications, and it also touches on the area of data sharing on the Web, which is Web creator Tim Berners-Lee's next goal -- not just a web of documents, but a web of data.

7 Hot Trends in Mobile App Design - Mashable
This article provides an overview of some tricks that developers are using to make their mobile apps a bit more interesting for users. If you're thinking about designing a new mobile app at your organization, this can give you a starting point in the design process.

Estimating in Scrum : Breaking away from time based estimates - Sputnik Coding
This post looks at the time estimate debate in the Scrum model, covering the notion of velocity versus time in Scrum. It's a bit abstract, but if you're discussing the finer points of Scrum in your organization, it provides a good fodder for discussion.

McGrath: DoD becoming more 'open' to agile, holistic IT acquisition - FierceGovernmentIT
The Department of Defense is looking at agile programming and that tells you it's becoming more main stream. While, the DoD spokesperson seems a bit tepid calling it "more of thought process than a methodology," it's still telling that the military is looking at this as a way to speed up the development process.

With Cloud, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - InformationWeek
Writer Charles Babcock doesn't say you shouldn't buy cloud services, only that you should tread carefully and understand the service you are using. The article uses the new Amazon Elastic Beanstalk scaling service as a point of reference because it only supports Java apps using Apache Tomcat.

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