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 never became a programmer. In grad
school, we had video terminals because PCs were still being tinkered around
inside Silicon Valley garages.
In the Wash U class, most of the students had their own Macbooks, some better
than my own. Each was given an iPod touch to use during the semester and thi... (more)
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 h... (more)
Google Wave on Ulitzer
Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools
that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice,
Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar.
But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these
Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity
boosts for enterprises.
You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called
Twitter on Ulitzer
Have we reached the point where email’s influence over our electronic lives
is waning? It is hard to imagine, especially for those of us who grew up in
the minicomputer/PC era. For two generations, email was the killer
application. It delivered information reliably and within a few minutes.
But today the properties that made email so attractive for so long are now a
liabiliity. “A few minutes” for a response is so last year, driven in no
small part by texting and cell phone ubiquity. At the same time this was
happening, wikis, blogs and social networks have begun... (more)
It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only
efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade
to get videos inside the browser page.
This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express
that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad
to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg
publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the
issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside
all the tectonic s... (more)