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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 5-11-12

5 5 11 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 post this week, The Changing Face of Enterprise Software, please check it out. The ways we are buying, developing and using software are changing and this post looks at some of the trends driving that change.

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

Big Data Vendor Roundup | CIO Update

All you hear these days is Big Data this and Big Data that. It's marketing's favorite new buzz word and you have a right to be leery, but don't forget behind every buzzword is a real trend and this article takes a look at some of the vendors and what they really have to offer.

Want good programmers? Then PAY them. |

There's a simple law of supply and demand. If programmers are in demand, it means the going rate should go up, but for some reason that's not happening everywhere. If you want to solve your programming shortage, seems simple enough. Pay them!

Is Microsoft blocking Chrome and Firefox from native Windows RT a big deal? | ZDNet

On its face, a company that once got in serious trouble for giving preference to its own browser over the competition probably shouldn't do it again in a new context. In a world of heightened browser competition, even more so, but this is Windows RT is for tablets where Microsoft barely has marketshare, never mind a monopoly and that's the big difference.

16 Questions to Ask Mobile App Developers  | Input Output

There's a lot of folks out there claiming they are mobile developers, but how do you find the really good ones? This articles gives you a list of crucial questions you want to ask when you're hiring your next mobile app developer.

Meet Silk, the Semantic Web for the rest of us | GigaOM

Tim Berners-Lee designed the page-based web, but for years he's been trying to drag us into developing the semantic one. Trouble is, it's a lot more complicated than connecting pages, even if it's much more useful to connect data. Silk is a new search tool that's supposed to take advantage of semantic underpinnings to help you answer questions instead of just finding results based on a few keywords. Looks interesting.

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