Five of the Best Programming Languages and Frameworks for a Small Business
Choosing a programming framework for a small business can be overwhelming-
there are so many. Here are a few of the best choices, to help you get
Ask a room of ten developers which programming framework is the ‘best on
the market,' and you're liable to receive ten different answers. Each
developer will sing the praises of a different language, and each one will
very probably feel that theirs is the only logical choice. The most confusing
thing, though? Each and every one of those developers will be correct.
I'll be blunt: there is no universal programming framework. The language your
organization should work with - whether it's for web development, mobile
development, or traditional development - depends entirely on your unique
situation. The perfect choice for one busine... (more)
Java vs. Python: Which One Is Best for You?
By Kevlin Henney
Few questions in software development are more divisive or tribal than choice
of programming language. Software developers often identify strongly with
their tools of choice, freely mixing objective facts with subjective
The last decade, however, has seen an explosion both in the number of
languages used in production and the number of languages an individual
developer is likely to employ day to day. That means that language
affiliations are sometimes spread more loosely and broadly across different
codebases, frameworks, and platforms. Modern projects and modern developers
are increasingly polyglot—able to draw on more languages and libraries than
ever before. Informed choice still has a part to play.
From that bustling bazaar of programming languages, let’s narrow our focus
to two survivor... (more)
The Most Popular Programming Languages for 2017
By Jordan Bach
It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2017. But with the new year comes
new challenges, new opportunities—and, of course—new software projects.
One of the most important questions beginner, intermediate, and advanced
coders all have to answer before they begin their next project is which
programming language to use. Instead of reaching for an old favorite, pause
for a moment to consider the options.
There are no perfect languages, so it’s important to take the time to
understand the tradeoffs. When you decide on a language, you also determine
what libraries and tools you have at your disposal, the pool of candidates
you can hire, the availability of documentation, and much more. In this
article, we examine the top programming languages from leading industry
sources to help you make an informed decision ... (more)
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with
Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV's) alike. WebRTC
makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their
applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market,
every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints.
And of course, one size does not fit all.
In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head
of Cloud and Mobile Strategy at GENBAND, explored what is needed to take a
real time communications engagement experience from a simple communication,
to a truly immersive multi-layer engagement experience. Furthermore, she will
explore the role of a Communications Platform as a Service (PaaS) in
delivering this experience.
WebRTC Summit 2017 New York, co-located with 20th Cloud... (more)
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype
around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it
is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development
just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT
performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be
quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will
come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps
model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps
Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project.
Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the
walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a
misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)
How Java's Built-In Garbage Collection Will Make Your Life Better (Most of
By Kirk Pepperdine
“No provision need be made for the user to program the return of registers
to the free-storage list.”
This line (along with the dozen or so that followed it) is buried in the
middle of John McCarthy’s landmark paper, “Recursive Functions of
Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine,” published in 1960.
It is the first known description of automated memory management.
In specifying how to manage memory in Lisp, McCarthy was able to exclude
explicit memory management. Thus, McCarthy relieved developers of the tedium
of manual memory management. What makes this story truly amazing is that
these few words inspired others to incorporate some form of automated memory
management—otherwise known as garbage collection (GC)—into more than
three quarters of the ... (more)
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Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 2
By Omed Habib
This is the story of software. The initial blog in this series was all about
the structural formation of programming languages. We went all the way back
to steampunk days to see how the framework for programming grew out of
Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1840s. We ended up with a list
of the most active programming languages in use at the moment. Now we’ll
take the next logical step to examine what programming has done for
enterprises and SMBs. We’ll also trace the effects of shockwaves in the
world of databases, communications, and mobility.
Technological Change Blindness
There’s a strange phenomenon known as change blindness that describes how
normal people don’t notice massive, obvious changes in their environment.
It can emerge from gradual shifts or very rapid transformations that ar... (more)
Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part I
By Omed Habib
There are more than 2,500 documented programming languages with
customizations, dialects, branches, and forks that expand that number by an
order of magnitude. In comparison, the Ethnologue: Languages of the World
research officially recognizes 7,097 official language groups that humans use
to communicate with each other all around the world.
It can be hard to grasp what’s happening in the world of programming today
without a solid grounding in how we got here. There are endless fascinating
rabbit holes to disappear down when you look back over the past 173 years of
programming. This abstract can only give you a high-level review with a
strong encouragement to follow any thread that engages you.
The Prehistory of Programming
Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, is generally recognized as the... (more)
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called
Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based
Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact
on the data center and on server computing in general.
What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't
Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will
be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is
available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some
years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to
Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research
According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and
services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver
appliances for deployin... (more)
This is a no-hype, pragmatic post about why I think you should consider
architecting your next project the way SOA and/or microservices suggest. No
matter if it’s a greenfield approach or if you’re in dire need of
refactoring. Please note: considering still keeps open the option of not
taking that approach. After reading this, you will have a better idea about
whether building multiple small components instead of a single, large
component makes sense for your project.
This post assumes that you have experience with software architecture and
services (you’ll find some words about my experience on the bottom of this
post). I won’t go into the details of Wikipedia’s or Martin Fowler’s
definitions per se. Much more I will talk about what microservices and/or SOA
could and should do for your project.
Microservices? SOA? Both? None?
I’ll leave it up to you if they are bot... (more)