5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 8-10-12
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.
If you missed our other posts this week, Mobile Growth Explosion Expected to Continue (infographic)
and When Platforms Compete, Developers Win
, have a look. The former illustrates the explosive growth of the mobile market. The latter explores how when Facebook released a subscription service this week, it helped prove platforms are trying to attract developer mindshare.
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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:Why Bad Programmers Still Get Hired
We've all seen it haven't we? A company hires a programming hack (not a hacker) and you're wondering why. Perhaps because if a company has a good front end marketing team and technical competence, the quality of the underlying code won't matter for a time, and by the time it's exposed, it's much too late. Designers and Developers: Why Can’t We Get Along?
Designers and programmers have traditionally butted heads inside organizations not unlike marketing and sales. This article offers practical advice on how to get the two groups to get along by providing insight into what each one does.When software kills
When Wall Street instituted a new trading system without enough stress testing, something went terribly wrong when it went live. How wrong? It was so bad it ended up killing an established Wall Street frm. See, software can actually kill.For your eyes only: New twist on Digital ID could keep you from getting hacked
After this week's hacking hysteria, there were a flurry of tech stories on how to protect yourself and your employees. This one looks at a new form of authentication where the user identifies pictures he likes or doesn't like using things that are easy for an individual to remember, but hard for a hacker to guess. It's an interesting idea.How a Cloud Company Helped NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Mission in a Big Way
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NASA knew that when Curiosity landed on Mars, the video feed could attract as many as 100 million users worldwide. In order to keep their site from being overrun, it hired a cloud-based web-performance monitoring company to help it ensure it could handle the audience onslaught. The scalability of the cloud enabled the small testing company to deal with the scope of the project, which would have been out of its reach otherwise.Photo by Ron Miller Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.
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