The software testing industry needs a reality check in order to thrive in a landscape that’s vastly different to the one it faced when it emerged as a discipline, according to the global head of QA for equities at JP Morgan, Brett Rogers.
Sydney-headquartered software developer Atlassian is building a new platform to crowdsource developer talent to work on charitable projects. The software built in the projects will then be open sourced for re-use by other non-profit organisations. The platform goes by the pun-heavy name MakeaDiff.org and is an initiative of the developer's charity arm, the Atlassian Foundation.
When it comes to open source desktop operating systems, there's no question that Linux is the top dog in terms of market share (at least, if you disregard the open source components in OS X that are a product of its NeXTSTEP heritage).
Converting a char to a string of zeroes and ones – that is, creating a string that is a binary representation of an unsigned integer with a maximum value of 255– is the kind of problem that can be a pain if you're starting out in programming. And it is also the sort of problem loved by university lecturers.
It started in a pub and ended in two years' hard labour. TownCraft, a chilled out, Minecraft-inspired village-building title for the iPad, is a product of the blood, sweat and beers of Flat Earth Games and earlier this month made the leap from the Australian and New Zealand market to the global iTunes Store, letting players from around the world enjoy the efforts of the local indie development house.
"We don't have a good notion of what the Internet of Things is yet," says Adam Dunkels. It could be considered a somewhat bold statement for the Swedish computer scientist, given that the company that he's at the helm at – Thingsquare – is focussed on delivering the tools to build the IoT.
There's been declining sentiment for hiring and investment in IT since the federal election was announced in January, but with a new government taking the reins that looks set to change, according to Tim Davis, director ICT at recruitment firm Hudson Asia Pacific.
Microsoft's two new tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro, will go on sale in Australia from 22 October. The tablets will be available for purchase online from Microsoft and in-store at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.
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