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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 10-12-12


5 10 12 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 most recent post, Actually CIOs Would be Foolish to Ignore Big Data, please check it now. In a recent WSJ guest column, the author argued against CIOs making data-driven decisions. I couldn't think of any more wrong-headed advice.

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

Math Nerds vs. Code Monkeys: Should Computer Science Classes Be More Practical? | Smart Bear

Are computer science programs preparing students for the real world? Should graduates come into the workforce ready to code? This article explores the pros and cons of teaching practical knowledge versus underlying theory (although I'm not sure why it can't be a combination).

OwnCloud: Build your own or manage your public cloud storage services | ZDNet

Let's say you understand the value of cloud storage, and giving people access to content from any device, but you don't trust Amazon or some other cloud vendor with your company's stuff. What do you do then? Well, you could try building your own storage cloud with OwnCloud.

Why Apple should acquire Nokia |

This writer offers an interesting theory on why Apple should buy Nokia. His arguments include Nokia's big patent portfolio or even their, ahem, mapping technology. He also points out that Apple has a ton of cash and they could take Nokia for relative chump change (in Apple cash horde terms of course).

Trends for successful datacenters: virtualization, cloud, storage | Real User Monitoring

When the NYT wrote an article criticizing data center energy use recently, many in the industry felt it missed the mark. The writer argues that as virtualization and private cloud use increases inside of data centers, that efficiency will increase even more.

The author of "Shipping Greatness" shares the steps devs need to take
to build and ship great apps | Tab Times

This interview delves into such issues as how to ship a successful app, why you have to go through all the steps to build one and the difficulty keeping up with constantly changing hardware and OS landscape.

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