Application development news, tools, and how-tos for programmers
  • How to work in a branch under Subversion source control

    Posted November 16, 2012 - 9:00 am

    A common cause for headaches when dealing with version control is the process of merging a branch of code back into the trunk. When a developer branches off from the trunk, they are creating a copy of the trunk at the point in time that they chose to branch. From there, they can work on and test the new feature in this separate copy of the code.
  • Skytap's strategy: Get into the enterprise through test and dev

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    Skytap announced new features this week aimed at its test and dev customers. The company's strategy is to get a firm foothold in test and dev with the hopes that customers will choose it for full production when they're ready to move to the cloud.
  • TomTom opens portal for rapid location-based app development

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Navigation technology provider TomTom announced developer tools and a platform for location-based services (LBS) in the cloud to help in the rapid creation of apps for finding locations that are used by truck fleets and other businesses.
  • Agile and Beyond shows value of regional software development conferences

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Don't overlook the value of small, regional IT events put on by nonprofit organizations: They offer candid conversations, multidisciplinary sessions and networking opportunities and, in this case, the chance to dig in to agile development.
  • Review

    WebStorm 5 IDE provides powerful editing features and instant feedback for Web developers

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    One of the great things about developing for the Web is the low barrier to entry. Many tutorials are available online, and you can learn about CSS and HTML from any website just by inspecting its code in any modern Web browser. Best of all, when it's time to start coding, any plain text editor--even Notepad--can do the job. So why should you spend $49 on WebStorm, a development environment for JavaScript, HTML, and CSS? The answer is that it might turn you into a better developer.
  • Could TypeScript be the future of JavaScript?

    Posted November 13, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    JavaScript, it's no longer the avoidable nuisance it once was. The flexibility of of the language and its ubiquity on the client side have brought it front and center for modern web developers. The creation of popular JavaScript frameworks, such as jQuery, MooTools, YUI, Dojo, GWT to name a few, have eased much of the pain when it comes to coding, but most of the shortcomings of the language are still inherent.
  • When to use cloud platforms vs. dedicated servers

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 9:00 am

    A decent dedicated server can take you well beyond an initial launch for most companies but a small cloud instance may be cheaper in the short term. Here are some Pros and Cons to each to help with the decision.
  • 2013 IT salaries: 15 titles getting the biggest pay raises

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    Mobile application developers and wireless network engineers can expect a 9% and 7.9% increase in starting salaries, respectively, says recruiting and staffing specialist Robert Half Technology.
  • Can Windows 8 give developers what iOS and Android lack?

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Microsoft's future hinges on attracting developers to build Windows 8 apps. But by offering financial incentives, supporting a range of programming languages and allowing developers to write code once for multiple devices, those developers may soon follow.
  • ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update: The most useful new features

    Posted November 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    A few days ago, Microsoft released a preview of the ASP.NET Fall 2012 update to Visual Studio 2012. This update adds some really useful new features to MVC and Web API projects (along with some minor updates to Web Forms) that should save .NET developers a lot of time.
  • Developers praise Windows Phone 8 SDK, but virtualization and upgrades rankle

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Tools vendors like greater capabilities SDK brings to smartphone apps, even if new PCs are needed to test code
  • Windows 8 presses developers to update their skills

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Microsoft likes to talk about Windows 8 as being Windows "reimagined," and in many ways it is quite a departure from its predecessors. To allow the operating system's use across a range of touchscreen devices, Microsoft radically redesigned the look and feel of the OS.
  • Microsoft doubles down on Windows 8 developers

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Microsoft is all-in on the biggest gamble in its history.
  • Microsoft sponsors a hacking contest - the coding kind

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    In a dimly lit function room on the Microsoft campus 40 teams of coders are spending the week writing modern applications that run on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, all of them assured of winning a prize.
  • Six key messages Microsoft is sending to Windows 8 developers

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Steve Ballmer looked relaxed on stage. Dressed down in a short sleeve shirt and pants, he smiled, he cracked jokes, and he energetically rallied the 2000-strong crowd of developers at the opening keynote to Microsoft's Build conference on the company's leafy Redmond, Washington campus.
  • Review

    Review: Visual Studio 2012 shines on Windows 8

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Visual Studio is no longer simply an IDE, no longer a place you go just to write and debug C/C++ code. It has long since become something of a development mashup. It's where you go to tackle any task in the development process, regardless of the target. It's where you head to do your LightSwitch development, your SQL Server development, your Web application development, your Windows Azure development, and your ASP.Net or Windows Forms development in C#, F#, VB.Net, and -- oh, yes -- good old Visual C++. Naturally, it's where you build applications for and Windows RT.
  • Constructing a membership service for web and mobile apps in .NET MVC

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Membership is a basic need for all applications which require personalization. Today more than ever, mobile applications are built either along side the web app or as the primary application platform. Where user accounts are concerned, the experience should be seamless regardless of the delivery method.
  • Microsoft greases the skids for Windows 8 developers

    Posted October 30, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    How badly does Microsoft need attractive applications for its Windows 8 operating system?
  • Microsoft rolls out Windows Phone SDK 8.0 to egg on mobile development

    Posted October 30, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Long-anticipated development kit includes new testing tools, Wallet integration, and tools for added speech and VOIP support
  • What Microsoft should deliver at its BUILD developer conference

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    Microsoft's annual Build conference starts Tuesday, post Windows 8 launch, post Surface RT launch, and even a day after a big Windows Phone 8 event. You might think the boys in Redmond would have exhausted any shiny, new stuff by now.
  • Google to issue credits for App Engine outage

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 10:48 am

    Google will give refunds to paid subscribers of App Engine, its Web application development and hosting service, which suffered a partial outage on Friday.
  • Apple iOS app review - frustrating and bad for your health

    Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:21 am

    This is a bad time for me to write about the iOS app store review process. We've been in a constant battle with them for the past 2 months while launching an iPad application that supplements a web application for the medical industry. The source of our frustration begins and ends with our inability to reach an actual person to have a discussion with.
  • Are mobile apps leaving quality assurance practices behind?

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    Consumerization of IT and BYOD have increasingly put IT organizations on the hook to deliver continuous access to employees and customers. But despite the focus on mobility, quality assurance of mobile apps is being left behind.
  • Oracle brings cross platform Java dev to mobile devices

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Oracle is augmenting its Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) to allow developers to create mobile applications for Apple and Android devices.
  • How 3 savvy IT leaders are building IT-business alignment

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    Whether you call it "alignment", "integration" or something else, IT's role in the business continues to grow under savvy CIOs
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