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Put your API on a JSON diet

Last week I discussed design considerations for APIs, given that APIs aren't applications and shouldn't be treated as such. At small scales, APIs that come along for the ride with bulky Web frameworks might be fine, but beyond that you're asking for trouble. If you're building an API that will serve a large number of clients, your API code should be thin and tight, as well as make liberal use of caching. Otherwise, the future headaches will be crippling.

By Paul Venezia | 31 March, 2015 00:49

Tags: application development, Languages and standards, (no company), software, APIs

How financial service firms use big data to meet business goals

Most financial service firms, which includes banking and insurance companies, are engaged in a big data project to increase the pace of innovation and uncover game-changing business outcomes. The pressing challenge now is how to drive more continuous value and unearth opportunities more rapidly.

By By Vince Dell'Anno and Brian McCarthy, Accenture Analytics | 26 March, 2015 02:19

Tags: applications, data mining, software, big data, business intelligence

Could Facebook be your next phone company?

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Dean Manzoori, Masergy VP for Unified Communications | 21 March, 2015 08:23

Tags: unified communications, WebRTC, telecommunication, W3C, voip, Networking, 3C, LinkedIn, IETF, Facebook

Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new forecasts Thursday by research firm Gartner.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 March, 2015 01:53

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, software, operating systems

This isn't your father's enterprise software

When Patrick Benson joined Ovation Brands back in September 2013, he was given a tall order: modernize an array of legacy IT systems that could no longer keep up with the restaurant-chain conglomerate's business processes.

By Katherine Noyes | 14 March, 2015 01:23

Tags: mobile applications, applications, SAP, software, mobile, cloud computing, internet, Oracle

HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes -- but when it comes to an overhaul of one of the Internet's most fundamental protocols, what exactly is coming in with the new?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 13 March, 2015 00:56

Tags: (no company), Networking

Big Switch Networks CTO Rob Sherwood on SDN in 2015: The Time is now

I recently had the chance to sit down with Rob Sherwood, CTO of Big Switch Networks to get his insight on whats hot with SDN for 2015.

By Art Fewell | 10 March, 2015 01:48

Tags: SDN, Networking, Big Switch Networks, University of Maryland

OpenStack Board Member Rob Hirschfeld on the impact of DevOps, SDN, Docker & more

I recently had the great pleasure to sit down with community-elected OpenStack board member and Crowbar co-creator, Rob Hirschfeld. Rob shared awesome nuggets of wisdom on data center and cloud operations, you can view the video and the full transcript below:

By Art Fewell | 26 February, 2015 05:34

Tags: Dell, application development, eucalyptus, Open Source Subnet, software, Joyent

GitHub for the rest of us

There's a reason why software developers live at the leading edges of an unevenly distributed future: Their work products have always been digital artifacts, and since the dawn of networks, their work processes have been connected.

By Jon Udell | 25 February, 2015 02:07

Tags: GitHub, applications, software, collaboration software, collaboration

How machine learning ate Microsoft

At the Strata big data conference yesterday, Microsoft let the world know its Azure Machine Learning offering was generally available to developers. This may come as a surprise. Microsoft? Isn't machine learning the province of Google or Facebook or innumerable hot startups?

By Mary Branscombe | 20 February, 2015 02:27

Tags: application development, Strata, skype, Google, Microsoft, bing, software, machine learning, Facebook

So Cal Edison's path to the center of the H-1B debate

Southern California Edison was known for good pay and benefits before it began laying off IT workers and replacing them with H-1B visa holders.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 February, 2015 07:46

Tags: services, EE, outsourcing, IEEE-USA, IT outsourcing

Node.js goes pro: New opportunities -- and risks

In its mere five years of existence, Node.js has transformed from a technological curiosity to a technology stack all its own, providing a major building block for everything from microservices to APIs.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 13 February, 2015 01:53

Tags: Firefox, Node.js, Languages and standards, application development, software

Agile development: Adopt gradually or dive in?

When the Agile Manifesto was introduced almost 15 years ago, it proposed a radical methodology change as an alternative to traditional project management. With agile, project requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration in development cycles that break tasks into small increments. While this methodology helps businesses manage unpredictability, it also requires those businesses to adopt a different mindset in order to be successful.

By By Jack Walser, Client Services Executive, AIM Consulting | 23 January, 2015 09:55

Tags: software, Agile development tools

Debunking SSD Myths

  By now everyone is aware of the performance leap offered by solid-state drives (SSDs) compared to hard disk drives (HDDs), but some SSD myths persist. It's time to separate fact from fiction.

By By Chuck Brown, SSD business development manager, Intel | 23 January, 2015 09:25

Tags: SSD, Configuration / maintenance, Drives, storage, hardware systems, Data Center

The never-ending quest to dethrone email

Build a better mousetrap, as the cliché has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. That line of thinking has even been applied to the most rudimentary corners of the technology world: standards and protocols that have stuck around for decades, yet viewed as creaky and badly in need of replacement. But few old-guard standards have seen as many pretenders to the throne as the SMTP/POP3/IMAP email triumvirate has. If only someone could come up with an alternative that did everything email did but better, more securely, and with less hassle, wouldn't it be worth it?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 21 January, 2015 01:47

Tags: applications, Inky Mail, Google, e-mail, software, Email Software

TypeScript: Industrial-strength JavaScript

Historians who reflect on JavaScript's emergence as a dominant programming language in the 21st century may find themselves quoting Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might wish to have."

By Jon Udell | 19 January, 2015 22:06

Tags: application development, GitHub, Microsoft, software

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

By Jon Gold | 10 January, 2015 02:05

Tags: suse, IBM, operating systems, Oracle, HP, Dell, Virtuali, Google, Canon, canonical, Nokia, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, intel, VMware, NEC, open source, Linux, linux foundation

Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10?

One of Microsoft's biggest decisions this year will be whom to charge for Windows 10, and the dollar figure on the price sticker.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 January, 2015 04:24

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means

Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 January, 2015 04:30

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, beca, software, operating systems

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