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  • Why developers are turning to API services

    Posted April 23, 2013 - 11:27 am

    As application development increasingly hooks into outside services, tools to manage all those APIs are sprouting up.
  • 7 tools to build websites using responsive design

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    As smartphone and tablet use continues to grow, it's increasingly important for your business website to look good on a small screen. These seven tools will help you build a fully functional site for phone, tablet and traditional desktop devices.
  • The dark side of the beloved Python

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    The schism between Python 2.x and 3.x and other deficiencies frustrate its enthusiastic developer community.
  • The rise of cloud-based IDEs

    Posted March 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Development tools in the cloud enable programming from anywhere, but they're not suited for all app dev needs
  • Translating enterprise apps to mobile: Three companies' journeys

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Some companies are going whole-hog with mobile apps, including for some core line-of-business functions.
  • CIOs feel ripple effect of Chief Customer Officers

    Posted February 8, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    The new C-level executive in charge of 'customer experience' will have a profound effect on application development for all channels.
  • BaaS for mobile apps: It's a crowded (and young) market

    Posted January 30, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    Back-end as a service offers standard features to drop into your apps, so your developers can spend their time on the most strategic pieces.
  • Speed up mobile app development with back-end as a service

    Posted January 30, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Vendors offer code drop-ins that standardize common mobile features, including messaging and payment, so your in-house developers can focus on the functions that are most important to your business.
  • Brendan Eich tells how to prevent JavaScript memory leaks

    Posted January 17, 2013 - 11:20 am

    The JavaScript founder details where developers can go wrong and the straightforward methods to stay on track.
  • App markets see boost from in app purchases

    Posted January 9, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    With almost 70 percent of app revenue coming from in app purchases in 2012, many developers are being drawn to the in app purchase model versus a paid-only strategy
  • Making games of enterprise software

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Teenagers rack up hour after hour on "World of Warcraft," as their parents grow crops on "Farmville." At first glance, all this game playing may not seem relevant to the enterprise, but the mechanisms that guide and score online game playing can be used for much more than the keeping tabs on virtual farms.
  • Making HTML5 work now for mobile app development

    Posted December 13, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    HTML5 has been dissed, dismissed and disrespected of late, but defenders say the evolving standard is still the best choice for platform-independent mobile app development. Insider (registration required)
  • Python (and other dynamic languages) coming to the enterprise, like it or not

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Dynamic languages, most notably Python, are establishing themselves in the enterprise like never before. CIOs should weigh the benefits and drawbacks of Python carefully--and consider that their developers are probably using it already.
  • Groovy: The roadmap for the popular JVM language

    Posted September 25, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Project lead Guillaume Laforge explains what's in store for Groovy, and Grails lead Graeme Roche outlines that related framework's future
  • To build or to buy IT applications?

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    The oldest question in IT keeps getting more complicated as new options emerge. Here's how MCI, Motorola, Visa, and others are tackling the problem.
  • Developing apps for the mobile cloud: What you need to know

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    From choosing a mobile app platform to deciding if your back-end cloud is up to the task, here are some factors to consider.
  • You may kiss the bride and update the Scrum board

    Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:58 am

    Agile and, in particular, Scrum, have been popular project management methods for software development for more than a decade. Now its use is now spreading well beyond software to things like public radio programming, wedding planning, and even the old weekend "honey-do" list.
  • Ease the need for IT security pros by writing more secure code

    Posted July 9, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    The demand for information security professionals, while already high, will surge in the next few years. Finding trained security professionals to meet the demand will be challenging, but businesses can ease the burden by training developers to write more secure code.
  • How to make PHP apps scale

    Posted May 25, 2012 - 6:09 am

    The most popular language for Web apps, PHP tends to buckle under heavy loads -- unless you opt for cloud scaling and a NoSQL back end
  • Brain drain: Where Cobol systems go from here

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 10:55 am

    David Brown is worried. As managing director of the IT transformation group at Bank of New York Mellon, he is responsible for the health and welfare of 112,500 Cobol programs -- 343 million lines of code -- that run core banking and other operations. But many of the people who built that code base, some of which dates back to Cobol's early days in the 1960s, will be retiring over the next several years.
  • IT should forget development, focus on requirements and release management

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Despite all the changes to application lifecycle management (ALM), IT organizations are doing just fine when it comes to core development processes. It is the "bookend" processes of requirements management and release management that need help.
  • FREE book: Joomla! Programming

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of 'Joomla! Programming' to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Developers' survival guide

    Posted April 24, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Learn how to work smarter, not harder with this roundup of all the tips and trends programmers need to know.
  • 7 programming myths -- busted!

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Even among people as logical and rational as software developers, you should never underestimate the power of myth. Some programmers will believe what they choose to believe against all better judgment.
  • Should the CIO know how to code?

    Posted April 17, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Non-tech CIOs are all the rage these days. Is that good or bad for IT?
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