Yahoo Buys Summly
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 26, 2013
The 17-year-old who invented Summly is now a millionaire with a job at Yahoo.
Tags: merger and acquisition, mobile app, developer, Yahoo
When Developers Work for a Scrooge
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published December 17, 2012
A mean-spirited development manager taught a veteran developer the practices to avoid when he himself became a manager.
Tags: programmers, IT Jobs/Salary, developer
How to REALLY Survive Your First Year as a Developer
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published October 15, 2012
The inside story on making it as a coder. Oh, and veterans could learn a thing or too as well.
Tags: developer, programmers, programmer salary, IT Jobs/Salary
Disastrous Developer Lunch Interviews: 10 Tips to Avoid Them
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published August 20, 2012
Software developers hoping to get hired can profit from these interview tips.
Tags: developer, IT Jobs/Salary
Boy Developers: Is "Brogrammer" Culture Really So Bad?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published May 14, 2012
The testosterone-heavy field of software development faces numerous challenges. Will boys always be boys?
Tags: brogrammer, programmers, developer
Tech Comics: "The New Developer"
By Oliver Widder | Article Published April 27, 2012
A developer who's new on the job should read the documentation. Or not.
Tags: developer, programmers
Linux 3.3 Boosts Linux Mobility
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published March 19, 2012
New Linux kernel release is out, bringing Android back into the fold after a two-year absence.
Tags: Torvalds, Google, developer, Linux, Android
Do Tebow-Like Beliefs Make You a Better Software Developer?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published January 24, 2012
A software developer shares his experience with colleagues who felt personal beliefs influence coding ability.
Tags: developer, programmers
Tech Comics: "Coding is an Art"
By Oliver Widder | Article Published January 20, 2012
If you don't get it, you're not looking at it in the right way.
Dealing with a Slacker Developer
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published December 19, 2011
When a fellow developer spends more time battling Orcs than writing code, how do you handle it?
Tags: developer, developer salary, programmers
Is the Ubuntu App Developer Portal a Game Changer?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 03, 2011
The new Ubuntu app portal has great potential but the flood of newbie software is worrisome.
Tags: app development, developer, Linux, Ubuntu
Are You a Software Developer -- or a Leader?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published September 19, 2011
Managing a software development team is about more than technical expertise.
Tags: programmers, software developer, developer, IT management, programmer salary
Do Developers Ever Get A Real Vacation?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published August 08, 2011
The ever-present cell phone/laptop has essentially vanquished the now quaint idea of a developer going on vacation.
Tags: developer, developer salary
Do Developers Really Need A Second Monitor?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published May 16, 2011
A developer tells his IT manager that a second monitor is a necessity, not a luxury.
Tags: developer protest, development tools, developer, developer salary, programmers
Developers Kit Coming for Kinect on Windows
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published February 22, 2011
It's been rumored for months that Microsoft would provide the ability to link its Kinect game controller with Windows, but now it's official.
Tags: Kinect, developer tools, developer, Microsoft, Windows
Should Developers Be Allowed to Talk to Customers?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published December 13, 2010
An effort to get a developer to speak directly to a customer didnt go so well. Was it the developers fault?
Tags: application, programmers, software, developer salary, developer
Are Developer Workloads Increasingly Unfair?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published November 17, 2010
Developer workloads are clearly higher now, yet there are ways of improving the daily lives of programmers.
Tags: developer tools, developer, programmers, IT management, developer salary
How to Build an Agile Dev Team - The GE Way
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 03, 2010
Top execs from New York Stock Exchange and GE explain why the waterfall approach no longer works and how to simply software development for agility.
Tags: GE, developer, Zend, open source, Agile programming
Does Every Developer Deserve a Mental Health Day?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published October 18, 2010
Some developers can afford a mental health day, and some cant get away with it. Whats the difference?
Tags: developers, programmers, IT Jobs/Salary, developer, developer salary
Open Source Zend Embraces the Cloud
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 01, 2010
Zend is boosting its cloud development efforts with a variety of new initiatives.
Tags: PHP, Zend, cloud computing, open source, developer
Don't Hire That Developer!
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published August 11, 2010
Whats more profitable for a developer: keeping a full-time job or working as a contractor?
Tags: developers, developer salary, IT jobs, IT Jobs/Salary, developer
Do Developers Need to Brown-Nose To Advance Career?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published July 19, 2010
Those developers who actively curry favor with management may not be popular with their colleagues. Still, is this a good strategy?
Tags: IT Jobs/Salary, programmers, developer, developer salary, developers
Google Details Enterprise Developer Push
By David Needle | Article Published May 19, 2010
App Engine for Business and a "deep technical partnership" with VMware are designed to help Google win over more enterprise customers. Will they work?
Tags: Google I/O, Google, VMware, developer conference, developer
Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published May 16, 2010
Both younger and more experienced developers feel that they have an advantage over the other group. Which one is right?
Tags: developer, software developer, developers, programmers, developer salary
Federal CTO Looks Ahead to Apps Bonanza
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published March 19, 2010
The federal government isn't generally thought of as a swift and agile technology operation, but Aneesh Chopra is hoping to change that with a little help from the developer community.
Tags: cloud computing, developer, government, Aneesh Chopra, apps
IBM Integrates Tivoli, Developer Tools
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 29, 2009
The integration of development and operations could possibly benefit application lifecycle management.
Tags: IBM, software, Enterprise, integrated, developer
Young Developers Get Old Mainframers' Jobs
By Edward J. Joyce | Article Published October 07, 2009
Industry observers have predicted the death of the mainframe for years but young developers are still needed to replace their aging predecessors.
Tags: mainframe, developer, server
Shuttleworth: Linux Desktop in "Most Exciting" Year
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 25, 2009
Ubuntu leader Mark Shuttleworth rallied the troops in a major speech at the LinuxCon conference.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, developer
Linux Code Quality: Getting Better or Worse?
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 24, 2009
A recent report suggest that there's evidence for both viewpoints.
Tags: open source, Linux, programming, developer
Ubuntu in 2010: 'Lucid Lynx'
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 21, 2009
"Lynx is also well known as a global brand of deodorant so this years' Ubuntu developer summit is going to be the sweetest smelling Ubuntu developer summit ever," Shuttleworth said. "Despite the fact that's it's happening in Dallas."
Tags: Ubuntu, desktop, developer, Linux, software
Does Quality Software Code Really Matter?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published September 14, 2009
Taking steps to prevent bugs and unnecessary code complexity can sidestep tomorrow's maintenance headache. Why is it such a low priority?
Tags: developer, voice, programmers, software
Facebook To Give Users More Privacy Control
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published August 28, 2009
Facebook is bowing to pressure from Canadian regulators and providing users with more options and control over how their personal information gets shared.
Tags: developer, privacy, policy, advertising, Facebook
Most Popular Open Source Languages
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published August 14, 2009
Tags: open source, developer, marketing, programming, software
How Geek Developers Can Learn to Socialize
By Sara Chipps | Article Published August 14, 2009
Let's face it, coders sometimes need a little help when getting up from their PC to mingle with the human race. Here's some guidance specially designed to help developers expand their social network.
Tags: Microsoft, programmers, technology, developer
How to Contribute to Open Source (When You're Not Exactly Scott Hanselman)
By Sara Chipps | Article Published July 15, 2009
You may be short on time, and not yet a guru open source master developer, yet there's still a way to contribute to an open source project.
Tags: programmers, open source, developer
The End Of The Employee Programmer (Let's Rent a Coder!)
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published July 15, 2009
Is the life of the average US-based IT employee beginning to look like a creek, a boat and no paddle?
Tags: developer, developer salary, IT Jobs/Salary, programmers
Who the Frag Has Time For Open Source?
By Sara Chipps | Article Published July 14, 2009
This developer is highly interested in open source -- but there are only 24 hours in a day. Plus: She explores a way to contribute after all.
Tags: programmers, open source, developer
Tips for IT Job Hunting
By Esther Shein | Article Published July 13, 2009
A few key practices can help you distinguish yourself in a crowded field.
Tags: networking, management, search, developer, software
Developer's Kvetch: The Rotting Stink of Corporate IT
By Sara Chipps | Article Published July 09, 2009
At the intersection of budget and software development, quality sometimes takes an unfortunate turn.
Tags: programmers, developer, management, IT
Too Old To Write Software? Or Just the 'Wrong Era'?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published June 29, 2009
Rightly or wrongly, age is considered when hiring developers, yet a more important indicator is what micro-era in software history a programmer belongs to.
Tags: developer, IT Jobs/Salary, programmer salary, software
Is a College Degree Needed to be a Great Software Developer?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published June 15, 2009
The question is complicated by today's tough job market, in which non-degreed applicants don't even land an interview.
Tags: software, developer, IT Jobs/Salary, programmers
Searching for an IT Job: The Dos and Don'ts
By Esther Shein | Article Published June 08, 2009
Some simple but crucial ways you can set yourself apart from the tech pack.
Tags: developer, IT Jobs/Salary, IT career, IT interview, IT employer
Google vs. 'Page's Law'
By David Needle | Article Published May 28, 2009
The search giant seeks to defy traditional logic that says software performance slows over an 18 month time span.
Tags: developer, software, Google, search, programming
Striking the Right Gnote
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 27, 2009
Because the open source Gnote is coded in Mono, some see it as controversial. It this much ado about nothing?
Tags: Gnome, Novell, developer, programming
Developer Salary Levels, 2004-2009
By James Maguire | Article Published May 19, 2009
For developer salaries, the last five years have brought good news and not so good news.
Tags: programmer salary, software, developer salary, IT Jobs/Salary, developer
KDE 4.3.0 Beta 1: Eye Candy and More
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published May 15, 2009
While the recent KDE releases have been known for their eye candy, the newest release certainly goes a step further.
Tags: KDE, Linux, desktop, developer
A Developer and her Netbook: Cheap .NET Coding
By Sara Chipps | Article Published May 11, 2009
A .NET developer, armed a few bucks a whole bunch of research, builds an inexpensive mobile coding studio.
Tags: developer, netbook, desktop, .NET, Windows
Insider's Guide: Microsoft Access 2007 Certification
By Danny Lesandrini | Article Published May 07, 2009
A guide to the Microsoft Access 2007 Certification, from an IT pro who took it himself.
Tags: Microsoft, IT, developer, certification
Ubuntu Jaunty Tries to Set the Usability Agenda
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 27, 2009
With the supposedly improved notifications system in the recently-released Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu unintentionally raises a new issue in usability: should a distribution set the usability agenda by itself?
Tags: developer, Ubuntu, Mac, desktop
Google's Android Keeps Expanding
By Andy Patrizio | Article Published April 24, 2009
A new developer solution will port Google's Android to an ever expanding array of devices.
Tags: Google, Linux, developer, Android, Windows
Aaron Seigo Talks About KDE's Past and Future
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 21, 2009
Open source must be competitive with proprietary software, the KDE leader says, otherwise in the long run, that will leave us with nothing to show except for a strange group of people that work on something irrelevant.
Tags: KDE, desktop, software, Linux, developer
Windows 7 Public RC to Debut on May 5
By Andy Patrizio | Article Published April 20, 2009
A "Release Candidate" for the Windows 7 OS will be available on May 7, Microsoft says.
Tags: Microsoft, developer, Windows, Windows 7, Vista
Coverity: Scanning Open Source Code
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published April 15, 2009
Coverity's new open source code scanning solution has worked to eliminate thousands of problems in open source software.
Tags: software, security, open source, developer
eBay Reveals App Store Details
By David Needle | Article Published April 05, 2009
eBay has ambitious plans for an app store, which will be a venue for developers in the expanding mobile market.
Tags: app store, eBay, privacy, iPhone, developer
New Twitter Search Tool Could Find Profit
By Andy Patrizio | Article Published April 05, 2009
Facing competition from more advanced services like Twhirl, Twitterfall, the Twitteroo client, and Tweetdeck, Twitter has debuted its Discovery search engine.
Tags: developer, Twitter, search, media, services
Are Quirky Developers Brilliant or Dangerous?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published March 16, 2009
A story of a highly talented but egocentric developer, the type we all know and dislike. Can we stop enabling these people?
Tags: IT, software, developer, management
Hire Open Source Developers -- or Partner With Them?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 09, 2009
For the many unpaid open source developers, heres a better business model.
Tags: software, services, Linux, developer, open source
In Hard Times, Developers Need to Give Back
By Sara Chipps | Article Published March 02, 2009
Given that its the work of software developers that has helped create joblessness, its only right that developers now help those in need.
Tags: support, developer, Microsoft, Google, Amazon
Geek Hero Comic: "Agile Development Explained"
By Salvatore Iovene | Article Published February 24, 2009
The term 'agile development' has a number of meanings, depending on who's defining it.
Tags: 2009, PHP, development, developer
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0: Flexible and (Almost) Free
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 19, 2009
Just as Debian supports both free and non-free installations, so it supports beginners and experts, and both those aware and ignorant of security options.
Tags: software, Debian, developer, Linux, desktop
Is Calling a Software Engineer a 'Programmer' an Insult?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published February 17, 2009
Software programmers whoops, we mean developers have a very definite sense of how they should be referred to. The hierarchy of job titles is clear.
Tags: software, programmer salary, developer, programmers, programming
Geek Hero Comic: "Randie Goes on a Date"
By Salvatore Iovene | Article Published February 16, 2009
Some dates are more real than others.
Tags: tech comics, open source, PHP, developer
Report: IT Salaries Still Rising
By Sean Gallagher | Article Published February 04, 2009
Software developers, IT executives and IT managers are projected to see better than three percent salary growth in 2009 despite recession, a report from Computer Economics says.
Tags: InternetNews.com, developer, IT, software, economy
Van Wyk on the 'Top 25 Programming Errors'
By Kenneth van Wyk | Article Published January 19, 2009
A noted security expert talks about the larger meaning of the recently released list of top programming errors.
Tags: software, security, programming, developer
Ruby on Rails Gets New Support in the Cloud
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published January 18, 2009
Engine Yard rolls out open source cloud approaches for Rails, tapping into Amazon EC2 and working to lower the hurdles for developers.
Tags: Amazon, developer, management, open source, services
Linux is the Engine Under the Hood of Instant On
By Paul Ferrill | Article Published January 15, 2009
Linux-powered "instant-on" environments are the new hot technology. ASUS and DeviceVM led the way with Splashtop, and now the venerable BIOS vendor Phoenix has released Hyperspace, which has some significant differences.
Tags: developer, desktop, music, IT, software
OpenOffice.org vs. Go-OO: Cutting through the Gordian Knot
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 07, 2009
Does the posturing around OpenOffice reflect sincere concern for the project or merely self-interested jockeying by competitors?
Tags: Linux, OpenOffice.org, developer, Novell, Copyright
Tech Writing Tips From the LinuxPlanet Pros
By Carla Schroder | Article Published December 29, 2008
People who write good howtos and documentation are the finest people there are. Tina Gasperson, Bruce Byfield, and Carla Schroder share some tips on improving your writing skills, and building a body of work to be proud of.
Tags: developer, networking, Windows, Linux, open source
Gifts for All in Linux 2.6.28
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 29, 2008
Graphics performance, wireless USB support and power utilization improvements top the Linux stocking stuffers in new release.
Tags: video, Novell, developer, Linux, open source
Proprietary Firmware and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 28, 2008
Given that the Linux kernel contains proprietary firmware blobs, determining whether a GNU/Linux distribution is actually free has gotten far less clear.
Tags: kernel, developer, Linux, open source
Software Developer's Dilemma: Is Being A Sales Engineer a Cop-Out?
By Eric Spiegel | Article Published November 17, 2008
Sure, the die-hard developers snigger at the idea, but the upsides are enormous. (How does $130k sound?)
Tags: developer, IT, executive, jobs, software
Surprise, an iPhone Failure? Dev Event Canceled
By David Needle | Article Published November 11, 2008
Despite booming interest in Apple's hot-selling iPhone, O'Reilly cancels developer conference.
Tags: InternetNews.com, developer, support, IT, iPhone
Could Mepis have been Ubuntu?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 10, 2008
As Ubuntu becomes more bug filled and users look for alternatives, they might consider SimplyMepis, which once had a chance to be the top Linux distro.
Tags: Notebook, Linux, media, developer, Ubuntu
OpenSUSE Starts Steering its Own Course
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Article Published November 03, 2008
It's not easy for a Linux company to let go the reins of control over its community Linux distribution. Just ask Red Hat, which started to let go of Fedora and then decided to keep managing it. But, now Novell is loosening its apron strings on its community Linux openSUSE.
Tags: IT, Red Hat, Linux, developer, Novell