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Java at 20: How it changed programming forever

Remembering what the programming world was like in 1995 is no easy task. Object-oriented programming, for one, was an accepted but seldom practiced paradigm, with much of what passed as so-called object-oriented programs being little more than rebranded C code that used >> instead of printf and class instead of struct. The programs we wrote those days routinely dumped core due to pointer arithmetic errors or ran out of memory due to leaks. Source code could barely be ported between different versions of Unix. Running the same binary on different processors and operating systems was crazy talk.

By Elliotte Rusty Harold | 22 May, 2015 00:44

Tags: sun, java, software

Java at 20: Its successes, failures, and future

Although Java was developed at Sun Microsystems, Oracle has served as the platform's steward since acquiring Sun in early 2010. During that time, Oracle has released Java 7 and Java 8, with version 9 due up next year. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently spoke to Oracle's Georges Saab, vice president of software development for the Java Platform Group, about the occasion of Java's 20th anniversary.

By Paul Krill | 21 May, 2015 02:03

Tags: Sun Microsystems, java, infoworld, software, Oracle

Java at 20: The JVM, Java's other big legacy

Think of Java, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, and your first thoughts most likely go to the language itself. But underneath the language is a piece of technology that has a legacy at least as important and powerful as Java itself: the Java virtual machine, or JVM.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 20 May, 2015 00:34

Tags: Sun Microsystems, beca, java, software, Oracle

Java at 20: The programming juggernaut rolls on

What began as an experiment in consumer electronics in the early 1990s celebrates its 20th anniversary as a staple of enterprise computing this week. Java has become a dominant platform, able to run wherever the Java Virtual Machine is supported, forging ahead despite the rise of rival languages and recent tribulations with security.

By Paul Krill | 19 May, 2015 00:47

Tags: application development, Languages and standards, IBM, Sun Microsystems, java, software, Forrester Research, Oracle

What if Windows went open source tomorrow?

Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It's an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like "hot ice" or "short Pink Floyd songs."

By Jon Gold | 13 May, 2015 02:10

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

If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows", the company may have a naming problem.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 May, 2015 20:56

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

Collaboration companies argue their case at Demo Traction

The recent Demo Traction event showcased a host of young companies that are gaining market momentum.  Each gave their pitch and then answered to a panel of judges.  If it is important for you to stay on the up and up with emerging technologies, this is must watch stuff.

By John Dix | 08 May, 2015 06:16

Tags: applications, social, software, Capita, collaboration

Big data companies argue their case at Demo Traction

The recent Demo Traction event showcased a host of young companies that are gaining market momentum.  Each gave their pitch and then answered to a panel of judges.  If it is important for you to stay on the up and up with emerging technologies, this is must watch stuff.

By John Dix | 08 May, 2015 06:10

Tags: american express, Samepage, applications, data mining, software, big data, business intelligence

Microsoft's Spartan browser vs. the rest: How will it stack up?

Microsoft's upcoming Spartan browser is set to be the first big new release in the desktop browser market for quite some time, upsetting a tentative equilibrium that has existed for roughly the past two years.

By Jon Gold | 14 April, 2015 20:57

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

7 ways to save money with hybrid cloud backup

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 Robert J. Gibbons Jr., CTO, Datto, Inc. | 14 April, 2015 04:47

Tags: disaster recovery, applications, software, cloud storage

Which is more secure, Android or iOS? The answer isn't that simple

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 Aaron Cockerill, VP of products, Lookout | 14 April, 2015 04:12

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, htc, ios, smartphones, Android, software, operating systems

How to overcome 3 hybrid cloud integration challenges

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 Eddie Cole, VP of engineering, Scribe Software | 10 April, 2015 05:46

Tags: middleware, software, three, cloud computing, internet, data integration

Widespread outages hit Windows 8/8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Phone 8.1 mail

Last night at about 12:30 a.m. EDT, Microsoft issued a bulletin warning of widespread outages for Windows 8 and 8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Phone 8.1 mail. The bulletin stated:

By Woody Leonhard | 08 April, 2015 21:11

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 8.1

Leaked Windows 10 build 10051 finally shows new Mail, Calendar apps

Over the weekend, Russian leaker(s) WZor once again proved their mettle by posting a new leaked Windows 10 build, the 64-bit only 10051, on the mail.ru website. Others rapidly took the leaked WIM file (stuffed in a RAR!) and turned it into an ISO for general consumption.

By Woody Leonhard | 06 April, 2015 21:51

Tags: Microsoft, software, Windows 10, operating systems

Coding for cars: The next generation of mobile apps

For several decades, enterprise developers had to support one simple platform: computers on desks. Then the smartphone came along and we had to find ways to deliver the data to a smaller, more mobile rectangle. All of these challenges, however, prepare us little for the next big platform to come: the automobile.

By Peter Wayner | 03 April, 2015 01:46

Tags: application development, Google, software, general motors

iPaaS: A new approach to cloud Integration

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 Craig Stewart, Senior Director of Product Management, SnapLogic | 01 April, 2015 06:37

Tags: Gartner, applications, ovum, software, App integration

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

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

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