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Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

Time spent at the QCon software developer conference and exhibition in London this week comes with certain guarantees. There will always be free T-shirts on every stand, gummy bears or jellybeans if you’re lucky, and a high footfall put down by the serious coding cognoscenti. And mixing among the Abe Lincoln “beard but no …

Mobile World Congress: It's not about the SHINY SHINY anymore

The industry hog roast and hoedown that is Mobile World Congress used to be all about who had the shiniest new smartphone, tablet or random mobile-related gadget. But things have changed. Although there is still the normal (or perhaps abnormal) proportion of Lycra-clad mobile-touting booth babes to soak up the furtive gaze of …

Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

Somewhere around the world right now as many as 1.2 million people are currently publishing APIs for external use - and that’s just us humans. God help us when the self-aware robots and cyborgs get in on the act and start pushing API openness for their autonomic systems. As tech-aware readers (and an increasingly high number of …

JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

The JavaScript programming language has been in the wars over the years. Oft derided for security concerns, its ‘amateur’ web designer following and for ‘borrowing’ its name from the beefier brew that is Java itself, it has been a rough 19 years or so. Despite all this, JavaScript is still on every 'predictions for 2014 in tech …

Object storage: The blob creeping from niche to mainstream

Storage dull? Dry? Uninteresting? Not a bit. Everybody and everything uses data storage. Without we'd be lost. And thanks in part to the growth of cloud computing and big data, storage has risen up the agenda. In the big data universe, things are changing. Our methods of naming, storing and retrieving filesystems need to be …
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Let's talk about continuous delivery

Continuous delivery is defined as a process in which software development teams focus on deployment and refinement over and above any imperative to work on new features. As a technical discipline this is fine in principle, especially if we know where we want to head with the project in hand. But the navigation and drive for …
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Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)

The notion that we might just as well automate everything is common in the perpetually dynamic world of continuous delivery. What does continuous (software application development) delivery actual entail and is it a practical solution all the time? It is effectively like refuelling your car while driving. Or perhaps a better …

There's a tide of unstructured data coming - start swimming

Whether you prefer to define the known size of our planet’s total digital universe in petabytes or even zettabytes, we can all agree the collective weight of data production is spiralling ever upwards. While we focus on the relative merits of transactional versus analytical databases, the unstructured data that fails to fall …
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Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet. Analytics has been around in one form or another ever since Henry Ford decided to catalogue his motorcar assembly line measurements a …
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IBM banks on software for growth

Rational Conference shot IBM's upcoming acquisition of Telelogic (read more here) merited a break-out teleconference at the company's Rational Software Development Conference (RSDC). Danny Sabbah, general manager for IBM Rational Software, led the session. Telelogic’s technologies, which will become part of Rational, define …
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Are you staying Rational?

Photo of the Rational Software Development Conference I have to confess that I was feeling a little jaded when I got my invitation to attend the 10th anniversary IBM Rational Software Development Conference (June 10th - 14th in Orlando) - this being the fourth year in a row that I’ve covered it. Let me explain. The previous …