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CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find 50 people who can sing the praises of DevOps, it can become a movement! Trouble is, many software developers are stuck in the past. In a 2012 service virtualization survey of IT executives and managers by analyst firm voke, only 6% of the group responded they were completely confident that new IT applications would be delivered to market on time. But maybe its high time DevOps becomes a movement. You can read more about this idea in my post last week on CA’s blog here. ... (more)

Why Lorem Ipsum Is a Bad Idea

Do you know about lorem ipsum dolor? That’s Latin for I don’t have a clue about Web design. Well, not quite. Early in the 1960s, graphic designers used this text from an essay by Cicero that was included in an early desktop publishing program as a way to fill up text blocks in publications. When we first developed a prototype magazine issue of Network Computing back in 1990, the entire text of the issue contained the filler words, prompting some readers to email us that they thought they had read the same article several times. LOL. But Lorem Ipsum has evolved since those early d... (more)

Developing the Next Gen of iPhone Apps Programmers

iPhone Developer I had an opportunity to audit a computer science class this week at Washington University, a class that was teaching students how to write iPhone apps. It was their final presentation, and I got to see a dozen apps that were very impressive. As I was watching the kids present, I was thinking back to my college days and the similarities and differences about my education. Of course, back in my day real programmers wrote in Assembler, and maybe Fortran. None of this object-oriented stuff had even been invented. We also had punched cards, which is probably why I nev... (more)

Conference weeks in St. Louis

It is wall-to-wall conferences for the next couple of weeks here in St. Louis. There are various events that you might want to attend, some free, some with small fees. A few I am actually speaking at too! Association of Information Technology Professionals, national student conference. I am speaking at this conference on Friday, providing two sessions (Going beyond Facebook: Social Collaboration Tools to Kickstart your first job and  What every student needs to know about LinkedIn to get your first job) ITEC, Put on by Bill Sell, this has a great lineup of IT speakers on Wed. Ge... (more)

Interview with John Jainschigg on our next cyber war

My column on Google v. China (here) stimulated an interview with John Jainschigg of IBM’s SmarterTechnology.com site  that was held in Second Life. It has been a while since I have been “in world” as they say, and I found the mechanics of getting a lecture setup as inscrutable as ever.  John and had an hour-long chat about the ways that Google has gotten into this mess, how far behind the US is in terms of cyber defenses, and other topics that I covered in my blog post. You can play the interview here. ... (more)