January 7, 2012

Kanye West Is Looking to Hire Developers

In a series of tweets, Kanye West announced that he is founding a new startup called DONDA that will make “products and experiences that people want and can afford.” To help out with this venture, West is looking for “architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media

Apple Cracks Down on App Pirates

Apple has stepped up its efforts to stop app piracy. The company has reportedly sent a number of takedown notices to Apptrackr, a service that connects users with pirated apps. However, Apptrackr is attempting to avoid the crackdown by moving to servers located outside the U.S. and avoiding direct links

Android Market Unofficially Passes 400,000 Apps

Although Google has yet to confirm the numbers, app store watcher Distimo says that the Android Market now has more than 400,000 active apps. The Android Market reached 300,000 apps in August and 200,000 apps in April. Approximately 68 percent of the apps available for Android are free — an

Java Developers Top List of IT Hiring Priorities

The latest IT hiring report from online jobs site Dice.com has a lot of good news for developers. On the list of positions that IT managers are looking to fill, Java developers took first place, followed by software developers at number two. Mobile talent came in third, and .NET developers

IBM Buys Software Testing Firm Green Hat

Just a few days into the new year, IBM announced that it would purchase Green Hat for an undisclosed sum. Green Hat makes software testing products that allow users to simulate how their applications will perform when deployed in a cloud computing environment. According to IBM’s Charles Chu, Green Hat’s

10 Programming Languages to Watch in 2012

With all of the imperative languages, functional languages, object-oriented languages, dynamic languages, compiled languages, interpreted languages and scripting languages available today, it might not seem like the world needs any more programming languages. However, people keep developing new languages to tackle new challenges, to address shortcomings of older languages and

An Agile Take on a Holiday Classic

In the spirit of the holidays, Terry Bunio offers a lighthearted revision of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Here’s the last verse of “The 12 Agile Days of Christmas”: On the twelfth day of ChristmasMy Agile Coach gave to meTwelve Specifications-by-exampleEleven Retrospectives,Ten User Stories,Nine Clients advising,Eight objects

The Biggest Mobile Development Markets

Which countries represent the largest untapped market for mobile app developers? By combining data on smartphone penetration and the number of middle class adults in each country (those who could afford iOS or Android devices), analytics firm Flurry determined that the countries with the biggest market upside for app developers