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The API Manifesto Success Story

In 2002, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, issued a now-famous company-wide mandate to his entire IT organization… a sort of digital 10 commandments for the 21st century (okay, Bezos really only gave FIVE commandments, but hey! It’s the 21st century, things move faster now!)...

Is Desktop Software Obsolete?

I’m constantly amazed at how much the software development landscape has changed since I first started my professional software programming career nearly twenty years ago. If I had to name THE single pivotal event that steered the ship of software programming in a...

The Dark Side Of Open Source

I recently came across an interesting article about the integrity and security of a major source code repository of the world’s most active and popular programming languages on the planet, in serious danger of being compromised by malicious viruses and malware. No...

The Shiny Technology Problem

If there’s one thing that will excite most software developers, it’s the LATEST SHINY DOOHICKEY. When I was first starting out my professional software development career, it was only a few years after the world wide web was born, so anything internet-related was the...

Rise of the “Business Casual” Developer

A long time ago, in a mainframe far, far away …. there was the programmer priesthood. Back at the dawn of the computer age, post World War II, computers were these hulking behemoths that took up whole floors of buildings and required industrial strength air...

The Most Important Software Development Milestone

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Tao Te Ching (chapter 64) On the day I wrote this specific blog article you’re reading right now, I reached a major milestone in a new enterprise application project I’ve been working on for the past four...

Cybersecurity Staples for the Home

By Mat Bradley-Tschirgi Online security is more important now than ever. In early October 2017, Yahoo disclosed that all 3 billion of their user accounts had data stolen from hackers way back in 2013. The Identity Theft Resource Center reported that in 2015 over 177...

Why Every Company Needs Hackathons

I had lunch recently with a former coworker and colleague, and we got into a discussion about the topic of hackathons. For those unfamiliar with the term, a hackathon is an event where a team of software developers and others, come up with a project idea of their own...

The Power of Tech Standards

I saw a recent article, about Amazon getting onto the instant messaging app bandwagon. My excitement level was about as high as seeing my monthly utility bills arrive in the mail. Honestly, my first gut reaction when I read this was, WHY? That is, WHY did Amazon feel...

One Language To Rule Them All

“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” - J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings I’ve blogged quite a bit in the past about the rise and importance of Javascript in modern day development. When I found...

Stranger (Internet of) Things

If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about something called “IoT”, short for Internet of Things. Let’s go to a formal definition: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and...

Is Native Mobile App Development Dying?

I came across an interesting article recently where the author argued that we are nearing the end of developing native apps for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. He postulated that web technologies are advancing at such an incredible pace that there is...

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