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Programmers without computers

When I started my first job as a programmer, I was surprised how much time my colleagues spent at their computers. Of course a <i>computer</i> programmer …

On the Cleverness of Compilers

The “Sufficiently Clever Compiler” has become something of a trope in the Lisp community: the mythical beast that promises language and interface …

The top 9+7 things every programmer or architect should know

I recently finished 97 Things every programmer should know. Well to be completely honest I did skim over a couple of the 97, but all and all this was …

Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

cold fjord sends news that a study by Coverity has found open-source Python code to contain a lower defect density than any other language. <i>"The 2012</i> …

Hints for writing secure code

Security and data protection are becoming now more and more popular topics. We are coming into the world where too much information is …

15 Tenets For The Software Engineer

Many people talk about the things a software engineer needs to know in order to be successful in their job. Other people talk about the traits needed …

Why cards are the future of the web

Cards are fast becoming the best design pattern for mobile devices.<p>We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and …

Social Media

Load Testing: an unexpected journey

<b>At FiftyThree, we love to inspire.</b> Currently we do this by featuring the great work that our community creates on platforms like Facebook, Twitter …

Building High Performance Applications

Performance is one word which is used to describe multiple scenarios’ when talking about the application performance. When someone says, I need a …

What's new for PHP runtime in the App Engine 1.8.4 release

Today we announced the 1.8.4 release of App Engine and although we’ve been busy working behind the scenes on a bunch of under the covers …

Software quality?

Since publishing my stream of consciousness about software quality on Friday (What is a software quality?) I’ve continued to think about the subject. …

Hadoop on Google Compute Engine for Processing Big Data

Top 7 Programmers bad habits

<b>1. The All code is crap, except mine, attitude.</b>I have bad news for you buddy, all code is crap. No matter how much effort you put on it, there is …

Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction

How can we design systems when we don't know what we're doing? This interactive essay presents the "ladder of abstraction", a technique for using …

Machine Learning

To solve hard problems, you need to use bricolage

People who think that they can design efficient solutions in the abstract, effectively believe in Oracles. That is, they somehow believe that from …

Implementing Master Slave / Grid Computing Pattern in Akka

Master Slave pattern is a prime example of fault tolerance and parallel computation. The idea behind the pattern is to partition the work into …

From Top to Bottom – TDD for Web Applications

I am a “testing fanatic” but I don’t understand test-driven development. Or so I thought. I have read a few books and numerous blog posts about it, …

Embedding Ops members in Dev teams

For about 2 months I was sitting with a dev team while we worked through how to build a new service which will be continuously deployed. I wanted to …

Android WebView vulnerability allows hacker to install malicious apps

<b>WebView</b> is an essential component in Android and iOS. It enables applications to display content from online resources and simplifies task of …

Phonebloks Modular Smartphone Aims to Put an End to Disposable Devices

Phonebloks by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is a concept that could see the days of having to throw away non-working phones long behind us, if he receives enough support and can work out the technical challenges.<p>The idea is to make smartphones modular so that if one part of it breaks, say the audio …

Video isn’t breaking the internet: The industry giants are

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>The web can’t handle video, goes the common refrain. For example, Comcast (S CMCSK) estimates that if …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

Crisis Leadership: Are You Always Putting Out Fires?

When I was in city management, I worked with the fire chief. A good fire chief knows how to put out fires. When the fire truck arrives at the scene …

Influential Leaders Ask These 6 Questions | Inc.com

The key to being a powerful leader isn't giving orders -- it's extending your influence. And one important way to do that is by spreading and soliciting new ideas.<p>As an influential leader, you are a conduit of ideas. Some are your own, while others are from your team. Some are well-baked concepts …

Leadership

Lots of growth on the prairie

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South Dakota

Spruce Crowned The Disrupt SF 2013 Hackathon Grand Prize Winner, Cloudiverse And AdFree Take Second And Third

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013’s Hackathon wrapped up today, with a demo session that spanned around five hours, after a marathon 24 hour session of actually building hacks. We had a record 264 registered entrants this time around, crushing the previous record of 164 set at Disrupt NY. As a result the …

Amazon Says It Has No Plans for a Phone This Year — And No Plans for a Free Phone, Period

Amazon said Sunday that it has no plans to launch a phone this year, and, if it does at some later date, it wouldn’t be a giveaway product.<p>“We have …

Kara Swisher

Exposure: 2013

December<p>This August, Mionske shot Colombian Orlando Duque diving into Boston Harbor during the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Competitors jumped 90 feet, from the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and hit the chilly water at up to 62 miles per hour. To capture the odd …

British Columbia

Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands