Stories by Paul Krill

Developers get real numbers on JavaScript library usage

Open source developers interested in gauging usage of JavaScript libraries across the Web now can find out via Libscore, an online service being launched this week.

By Paul Krill | 19 December, 2014 01:45

Tags: Languages and standards, Libscore, application development, GitHub, software, javascript

QuaggaJS offers JavaScript-based barcode scanning

JavaScript, more commonly known for its dominance in client-side Web application development, is being extended to the realm of barcode scanners. With QuaggaJS, a developer in Austria is developing a barcode scanner written in JavaScript and supporting real-time localization as well as decoding of barcodes like EAN and Code128.

By Paul Krill | 05 December, 2014 05:55

Tags: QuaggaJS, software, javascript

Django REST upgrades focus on developers, then users

The Django REST framework, a toolkit for building Web APIs to back-end services, is undergoing a series of upgrades covering under-the-hood capabilities as well as developer and user features.

By Paul Krill | 04 December, 2014 02:10

Tags: web services, software, Django REST

Faster Ruby on Rails rolls into the station

The Ruby on Rails Web development framework has plenty of rivals these days on the JavaScript front, but the framework keeps chugging along, with multiple upgrades on the horizon.

By Paul Krill | 03 December, 2014 01:46

Tags: ruby on rails, ruby, software

What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

Google Wallet for Digital Goods API is folding

Google is retiring its Google Wallet for Digital Goods API and is encouraging users to go find other solutions. It will be retired on March 2, 2015, and Google has said that there will be no replacement product.

By Paul Krill | 18 November, 2014 08:18

Tags: e-commerce, Google, web development, internet

Mozilla explores virtual reality Web development

Mozilla has launched a virtual reality website this week in hopes of inspiring others to build their own.

By Paul Krill | 14 November, 2014 06:37

Tags: GitHub, Arctic, web development, internet

Mozilla offers browser tailor-made for developers

With its Firefox Developer Edition, Mozilla is offering what it calls the first browser specifically built for developers.

By Paul Krill | 12 November, 2014 22:09

Tags: application development, Firefox, software

Functional languages rack up best scores for software quality

Language design makes a difference in software quality, and functional languages offer an edge when it comes to building quality software, a study of programming languages and code quality in GitHub reveals.

By Paul Krill | 07 November, 2014 22:11

Tags: application development, GitHub, software

4 reasons to stick with Java -- and 4 reasons to dump it

Java remains a critical technology that attracts intense interest and passion, as testified by the droves of developers gathered in San Francisco this week for JavaOne, the industry's major event dedicated to the language.

By Paul Krill | 30 September, 2014 23:11

Tags: Google, IDC, java, software, Oracle

In Pictures: 7 cheap computing boards for scratching your maker itch

Get a head start on the next tech boom by hacking together tomorrow’s Internet of Things hit today

In pictures: The mixed fate of Sun tech under Oracle

From Java to SPARC, critical Sun technologies have lived on, been cut loose, or lost their luster in the four years since the Oracle acquisition

By Paul Krill | 17 January, 2014 09:11

Tags: sun, slideshow, Oracle

App dev 2013: The winners and losers

The software development landscape in 2013 saw technologies like JavaScript rise to new heights while others -- Java, for example -- maintained their prominence out of sheer inertia.

By Paul Krill | 28 December, 2013 17:39

Tags: Languages and standards, application development, software

The risks and rewards of the age of APIs

The Age of the API is upon us, presenting developers with new opportunities to generate income by linking to the data and services of others. But developers need to be careful when navigating the new API landscape.

By Paul Krill | 12 November, 2013 16:08

Tags: application development, software

Software engineers spend lots of time not building software

Administrative tasks, brainstorming, and waiting for tests combine to overtake the hours spent designing and coding

By Paul Krill | 08 July, 2013 23:33

Tags: application development, software, Electric Cloud

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