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Credits : Forbes

 

A new world is rapidly taking shape. Some have called it the fourth industrial revolution.

The first, which took shape in the last half of the 18th century and carried through into the first half of the 19th century, was driven by the rise of the steam engine and saw agrarian societies in America and Europe become more urban and industrialized. In the second, the introduction of electricity in the late 1800s and early 1900s made mass production possible. The third created a new digital world of personal computers, cell phones and the internet.

The fourth industrial revolution blurs the real and virtual worlds, with ubiquitous mobile computing, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, 3-D printing tools and the internet of things redefining technology’s role in our lives.

As these stunning and historic changes play out, businesses are equipping themselves to succeed by rethinking notions of how software — the bedrock of our new hyperdigital world — is developed.

Earlier development models were entirely manual — developers handwriting everything like pre-industrial artisans, and projects flowing downhill from one group to another in slow, cumbersome stages (a dreaded process known as the “waterfall” method).

Then, companies embraced internet technology but treated it as a way to support the business — a productivity tool to increase the efficiency of existing processes (marketing, product development, HR, etc.) — rather than as a way to actively drive the business. The core mission of software development teams was to help ensure smooth, efficient execution of these various business functions.

Now, however, our world of mobile devices, apps, social media and pervasive connectivity has made technology the primary interface between businesses and customers. Companies now must be prepared to interact with customers directly, in real time and from any device, so they’re rebuilding their core technology capabilities in a massive effort that the industry calls “digital transformation.”

Marc Andreessen’s 2011 essay about how “software is eating the world” has become memorable because it captured precisely what is happening. Some of the world’s most famously disruptive businesses (Amazon, Netflix, Uber) are built on software and delivered as online services.

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Much has already been written and much will be written about James Damore and his “The Google Manifesto.” (I’ve also written about how organizations can mitigate and detect bias.) As for Damore, his screed is the kind of recycled garbage that has already been studied and refuted. It flies in the face of history and ignores the data right in front of Damore’s face. For writing this dammed illogical dribble, no developer has ever been more rightly fired.

Beyond the moral confusion Damore shows, he also doesn’t seem to actually understand engineering, as former Googler Yonatan Zunger wrote in a brilliant response to Damore’s manifesto. Zunger is right: Damore isn’t a good engineer or software developer. Software development is more than knowing what APIs to call or basic syntax.

So what exactly makes a good software developer? Here it is, in the kind of manifesto we should all be reading and taking to heart. I call it The Good Software Development Manifesto.

1. Believe in data

You may want to believe the system works or that you’re “better” than certain people, but you need to have data to support this idea. Most of all, you need to be willing to give up the idea if facts (or countless studies and history) prove that you’re wrong.

This means you need tests to prove your code works, and you need processes around your code that produce data that prove you’re not reverting code. Everything you do should produce data that lets you make further decisions. Otherwise, how do you know if you’re doing the right thing?

2. Software development is more than coding

Just like letter-writing is more than the words per minute you can type on a keyboard or knowing vocabulary and grammar, software development is more than coding. Software development beyond relatively simple things requires coordination, communication, analysis, design, testing, project management, and more.

Coding is important, but it is important in the way an engine is important in a car. The best software developers have empathy for others who have different roles, interests, and stresses on them.

3. Code is communication with people (or: Be social)

One of the first “languages” I learned was 8086 assembler. That was as close to the metal as I ever came. If we were really just “programming computers,” we would all be writing bytecode. Computers understand it best. But we’re writing in a “compromise” language that other people can understand and that can be translated to something the computer understands.

Good software development is a communication process. It’s about making sure people understand what you’re doing and why for that moment when you need a hand. Your job is to communicate with the next person reading it. Finding the best way to say it may require empathy.

4. Good processes are important

Conway’s law predicts that your software is doomed to reflect your team and its communication structures. Process is the structure of that communication.

Think of a plane taking off: You have a very structured conversation among the pilot, copilot, flight crew, and air traffic control. That ensures that everyone looks after critical issues and that everyone is heard. “Wings still attached to the plane?” “Check.” “No other plane in our way?” “Cleared for takeoff.”

5. You prove yourself with results, not “status”

The worst development organizations are either very hierarchical or have too many bosses per developer. That typically reflects a desire for status by being a manager.

Think “roles,” not “status.” The best organizations I’ve worked in recognize the people who made things happen first and foremost regardless of their role in the organization. (This recognition usually starts with whoever brought snacks, to be honest.)

6. Everyone can learn from everyone

If you believe that people’s ethnicity, gender, or whatever is a good way to judge their skills or what they have to teach you, you’re limiting your own development as a software developer.

7. Test all your assumptions—and be ready to change them

When mentoring young developers I always emphasize that you shouldn’t prove yourself right, but to prove yourself wrong. I also encouraged them to do it with the same gusto that they try to prove themselves right.

A logical theory tends to have a means by which you could be proven wrong. If it doesn’t, it probably isn’t a very good theory. If you can’t prove it wrong, then and only then maybe try and prove it right. This is a similar idea to “believe in data,” but it’s not just about the data but the means in which you use it.

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We are looking for talented software engineers to join our new team in Berlin. Pix4D develops drone mapping and photogrammetry software that enables tens of thousands of professionals around the world to process, visualize, assess and edit their own maps and 3D models.You will join our new development team in Berlin and work closely together with Pix4D’s multinational development team, located in Lausanne (Switzerland). You will work on the desktop line of Pix4D software, following agile methodologies. Within the team, your main task will be to use your software engineering expertise both to design and develop the software, and contribute good software engineering practices to the team.

You’ve learned by direct experience that the most important characteristic of software is maintainability. As such, you strive to keep your code simple, readable and testable. You understand the importance of testing and your definition of “done” contains tests ranging from unit tests through to useful functional and integration tests. You enjoy sharing good practices, pair programming and learning from others, and are passionate about your craft.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in the design, implementation and maintenance of core software components
  • Define clean, safe and reusable APIs for applications
  • Collaborate in the full product life-cycle, from early concepts and prototypes to full deployment
  • Participate actively in the team and company’s agile process

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellence in modern C++ programming: focused on code quality, simplicity, and ease of maintenance
  • Excellent knowledge of modern software engineering principles and techniques: continuous integration, code reviews, test-driven development, refactoring, incremental delivery, effective git and/or mercurial
  • 3+ years experience
  • Knowledge on how to profile and debug applications on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Qt framework or event-driven system knowledge are a plus
  • Flexible and open-minded to feel at home in a fast growing international technology company

BENEFITS

A company that faces problems together and values people first and foremost when achieving goals.

Highly collaborative structure maximizes each person’s expertise and creativity.

Active work culture and support system that reaches beyond working hours.

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Bengaluru: State-run International Institute of Information Technology-Bengaluru (IIIT-B) on Wednesday said it is starting a post-graduate diploma programme to train about 10,000 students and engineers in smart software skills.

“The 11-month programme will provide hands-on learning to students and working professionals to hone their software skills required by a rapidly changing industry,” said IIIT-B in a statement here.

Leading online higher education firm UpGrad, co-founded by entrepreneurs Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, will partner with the reputed institute to create the human capital required for the resilient IT industry.

“We are seeing a huge change in the IT industry from automation, digital and data transforming many roles. Although many fear that this will lead to job losses, I am of the opinion that these changes bring in new types of opportunities,” said IIIT-B Director S. Sadagopan in the statement.

As the programmers have to be thorough with core computer science concepts and software engineering principles, the programme will give them product focus for jobs that will be required in the near future.

“In view of the technology changes and increasing automation, about 30 per cent or one-million jobs in the Indian IT sector face lay-off. Hence, we need to reposition them to avoid net loss of jobs in the resilient sector,” said Screwvala and Kumar in the statement.

As digital and data provide huge opportunity for growth in the IT sector, software developers who leverage open source technologies, Application Programme Interface micro services and software as a service will have to show product centric thinking than services-centric thinking.
“Besides training professionals on software engineering, the programme will focus on developing creative problem-solving and critical thinking by enabling the students to grasp new skills and adapt to the changing technology era,” it said.

According to a recent study by ‘Aspiring Mind’, students of computer science and IT-related fields don’t meet industry requirements and 95 per cent of engineering graduates are not suited for software development.

“There is an acute shortage of good teachers in most engineering colleges in the country. As a result, majority of students don’t have access to quality education at the post-graduate level,” said Sadagopan.

While 1.5 lakh students apply for Masters every year, many of them can’t go on due to limited seats in the top colleges and the programme is meant to address this shortage, the statement said.

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“The struggles, failures, and pressures are what made the project such a valuable learning experience. I got to work with some great people and create some software that I was proud of.”— Laverne Schrock ’17

Students taking Software Development at the University of Minnesota, Morris gained hands-on experience when they developed an application for the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) earlier this year. Rolling out this month, the app allows visitors to WCROC’s Horticulture Display Gardens the chance to rate and comment on flowers they’re viewing.
This upper-level software development course connects students with a “customer” who provides criteria and feedback throughout the semester. Computer Science faculty members Nic McPhee and Kristin Lamberty co-taught the latest course.

“One of the key goals for this course is to try to give students a quasi-realistic experience as professional software developers,” says McPhee.

“In this case, our customers were good about being readily available and paying attention to the project,” adds Lamberty. “They gave a lot of their time, and it made a big difference for the students.”

While Lamberty and McPhee provided guidance and necessary training, it was up to the students to work with their customers to develop a feasible application that satisfied their needs.

“The struggles, failures, and pressures are what made the project such a valuable learning experience,” says Laverne Schrock ’17, International Falls, one of the students involved in the course. “I got to work with some great people and create some software that I was proud of.”

“In creating an app that will be live and used by real people, you need it to be fault-tolerant,” adds Daniel Frazier ’17, Coon Rapids. “If an error occurs, you need it to fail gracefully.”

At the end of the semester WCROC hired Frazier and Leonid Scott ’19, Morris, to finish the app. After adding a few features, Frazier says it’s ready to go.

Visitors will be able to scan QR codes in the labeled flower beds, which will direct them to the Digital Display Garden app. Users can select a flower and rate it, providing staff at WCROC valuable feedback on the garden.

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Credits : Infoworld

 The very nature of programming is evolving faster than you might think, thanks to these powerful tools

A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the switches themselves. Life was simple: The software loaded data from memory, did some arithmetic, and sent it back. That was all.

Today, developers must work with teams spread across multiple continents where people speak different languages with different character sets and – this is the bad part – use different versions of the compiler. Some of the code is new, and some may be from decade-old libraries that may or may not come with source code. Building team spirit and slogging through the mess is only the beginning of what it means to be a programmer today.

The work involved in telling computers what to do is markedly different than it was even five years ago, and it’s quite possible that any Rip Van Winkle-like developer who slept through the past 10 years would be unable to function in the today’s computing world. Everything seems to be changing faster than ever.

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Deploying a new piece of software takes plenty of time, testing, and tenacity. Countless man-hours may go into some of the bigger software projects out there, involving dozens or hundreds of developers working together to produce a seamless piece of software. For smaller projects, the amount of complexity may be less – but the overall process is still the same. To ensure that a software project is successfully developed and deployed, certain efficiency factors should be considered. Today, we will review four tips that will help make the software development process far more efficient and smooth.
  1. Steer Clear of Burning Out

When it comes to smaller projects with a small number of developers, burning out is a serious risk that can jeopardize the entire process. Whether the developer(s) earned their bachelors or masters in software development online or at a physical campus, they don’t exactly teach most students how to avoid burnout. Ultimately, overworking yourself leads to dramatic reductions in efficiency, brainpower, and focus. This is where and how major mistakes in the development process can be made. To avoid this, try alternating tasks and taking regular breaks to shake up the monotony.

  1. Plan the Process Ahead

It’s all too common: we have a great idea, immediately dive into the work, and before we know it, we’ve spent copious amounts of energy on a project without a clear direction or purpose. Ultimately, planning each phase and aspect of software development is crucial to avoid wasted resources, backtracking, and failed endeavors. Finding oneself in front of the whiteboard should be the first step in planning any new software development project, as this will help ground the project and ensure that each step of the plan is properly documented and followed.

  1. Learn New Skills

There are very few software developers who can genuinely handle all aspects of software development. Most developers focus on one or two programming languages and primary areas of development, making their knowledge-sets vast but limited. Ultimately, it may be worth considering whether re-enrolling in a college or university for new skills is a way to further improve future project efficiency. With accredited software development institutions such as Maryville University providing a variety of classes that are fundamental to improving developers’ skill-sets, you don’t even necessarily have to leave the house or office to begin learning something new.

  1. Streamline Your Workplace

Whether you’re in an office or working from home, the environment in which you’re developing software can dramatically impact your overall efficiency. First and foremost, make sure that your direct workplace is clean and organized. Clutter can subconsciously distract our minds and lead us to focus on other unnecessary ideas. Next, be sure to “secure your bubble”: this means eliminating unnecessary noises and establishing boundaries for family and friends (if working from home) or co-workers. Finally, if possible, consider disconnecting from the internet entirely when developing. While not always possible, this will help eliminate those impulses to check social media or otherwise goof off while working.

Whether you decide to pursue additional MSSD online classes, establish clear workplace boundaries or plan ahead; there are numerous ways to make the software development process more efficient. Ultimately, tasks that require tons of work-hours can strain our physical and mental well-being. To compensate for the lack of efficiency this can cause, consider how these tips and others can help cancel out some of those losses.

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Credits : Betanews

 

Better PHP Development covers a collection of content, providing tools and techniques to make you a better developer.

If you’re just getting started with PHP (or perhaps you’ve been using it a while and have learned some bad habits), you’re in luck. Not only will it be harder to slip up and make mistakes, but content such as this — handpicked from the excellent SitePoint PHP channel — will help you get started the right way.

This collection comprises:

  • How PHP Executes — from Source Code to Render by Thomas Punt
  • Getting to Know and Love Xdebug by Bruno Škvorc
  • Localization Demystified: Php-Intl for Everyone by Younes Rafie
  • Event Sourcing in a Pinch by Christopher Pitt
  • Disco with Design Patterns: A Fresh Look at Dependency Injection by Reza Lavaryan
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Using Cronjobs by Reza Lavaryan
  • Event Loops in PHP by Christopher Pitt
  • PDO — the Right Way to Access Databases in PHP by Parham Doustdar
  • Vagrant: The Right Way to Start with PHP by Bruno Škvorc

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Most platforms offer a fast, simple and helpful approach to getting on the web, you may end up testing a couple. hence, you will most likely invest some time analysing for reviews or requesting individuals’ conclusions.

The limitations regularly come as not having the capacity to change the format, restricted shading themes and not having the capacity to exchange your outline should you have somewhere else. That’s a time that you may choose an option.

However, the exact opposite thing you need is to sit idle cleaving and changing when you’re occupied.

If you truly need a specially crafted site, you’ll need to disregard planning of basic setup website designer. In a change, if you are given an equitable amount of authority over the outline components of your site, it will never be full control.

Having a site created from rough idea could spare you heaps of disappointment over the long haul. Make a contract to hire developers and he will practice his programming mastery, for example, PHP, MSSQL, ASP and Javascript to make your website outstanding.

Contingent upon your necessities, it is recommended that PHP emerges as the best alternative for your website and below are a couple of reasons to know.

Special Benefits of PHP development

You must be curious to know about the advantages of PHP in case you are not doing coding.

You need to ensure that it can customise according to your website requirement.If your idea does not work using PHP platform then it is a critical data to know. A very talented web developer has the ability to dig further into the intricate details so you’ll precisely know what to expect.

For now, here are a few benefits:

Open source – This signifies it can be download and utilised with the expectation of complimentary so It won’t be included in the general cost of the expense charged by your developer. On the way to prompt saving.

Fast – It’s productive and works in most of the significant web browsers, either it may be Windows, Linux, MacOS and so on.

Embeddable – it can be implanted into HTML so in case having a moderately static site, employ PHP into the code to make it more powerful. This would empower you to abstain from starting without any preparation.

Trusted – It’s been more than 20 years, having a user base in the millions and an enormous help group. If there are any issues or bugs, it’ll get resolved rapidly.

Looking for an illustration or two of the likely outcomes of having your website using this coding language, then Facebook or WordPress are re two of the greatest illustrations you’ll ever see.

In general, while it is easy to utilise, secure, has quick loading rate and all the features you require, the website development method will get it going, without fail.

IIH Global 
Category: Software DevelopersCompany profile: IIH Global established in 2013 with its software development talent to make a mark in the domain of IT services. Gradually it went on developing and expanded its dimension with international clients, and have built a solid reputation. Being Uk based software development delivers advanced IT consulting services for organising the successful Software Development Process, over the globe. We assure tailor and craft solutions to fit client’s needs.

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It has become commonplace to hear multiple news stories about major technology companies and zero-day vulnerabilities in the products or services they provide.  What often seem to resurface from customers and the press are comments questioning a technology company’s commitment to software security assurance.  Software security assurance requires a development organization to create and apply a set of methods and processes that ensure that software functions as intended and does not include vulnerabilities, malicious code, or defects that can bring harm to the end user.  Software security assurance is arguably one of the most important and least understood areas of software development.

Everyone is looking for a culprit to blame for security vulnerabilities.  We have found the enemy and it is NOT us.   Instead, it is our – the industry’s – approach to the software security process that needs to be reassessed.  We need to approach the security challenge with fresh eyes and ideas. There are preemptive measures within our reach to help diminish threats; we can and should proactively pursue them.

I believe we are at a critical juncture in our technology and business timeline.  We need to take a broader view of the forces at play and accelerate focus on security among the stakeholders involved.  We at SAFECode, a global, industry-led effort to identify and promote best practices for developing and delivering more secure and reliable software, hardware and services, have developed the following three strategies — the Software Security Assurance Triangle — that are critical to implement to reduce security vulnerabilities.

1. Secure Software Development Must be a Holistic Process

It is widely understood that the organization that develops software for applications, products, or services has the responsibility to adopt a holistic secure development process to minimize the risk of vulnerabilities in the code they create. In the 15 years since Bill Gates issued his Trustworthy Computing memo, the focus of development organizations on preventing, detecting and promptly addressing vulnerabilities in their code has drastically improved. No responsible organization with a long history of developing software would ignore or hide critical vulnerabilities in their code. If vulnerabilities remain, they are the result of legacy design decisions, the complexity inherent in feature-rich products and services, or sophisticated exploitation of highly complex software architectures. When such vulnerabilities are reported, they are addressed with security updates in a prompt and effective manner. More importantly, such vulnerabilities provide feedback that is used to update software security processes, tools, and training and reduce the likelihood that similar vulnerabilities will occur in the organization’s software in the future.

We should be very clear: the existence of vulnerabilities in software results from the complexity of modern software. Most mature development organizations have made investments to address software security that have made attackers’ task of finding exploitable vulnerabilities much harder. That said, there are commitments and actions by stakeholders other than the development organization – summarized below – that can significantly contribute to improving the overall state of software security assurance.

2. Today’s Software Developer Needs Security Knowledge 

The market can be powerful but the software security problem cannot be fully addressed if we ignore its roots. The digital economy runs on software and needs more and more developers. Every year, hundreds of thousands of software developers join the workforce without even a basic knowledge of security. The burden of educating and training developers on software security is left to the development organizations that hire them. This is an important point because developers play a critical role in software security assurance; in today’s IT landscape this role has never been more imperative.

While development organizations can and should train their employees on company-specific tools and processes, a basic understanding of software security and the sources of vulnerabilities is as fundamental as other aspects of computing such as data structures.  You cannot become a structural engineer without being trained on fire safety for structural members, but you can earn a software engineering degree without being exposed to basic concepts of software security. Colleges, universities, coding boot camps and other developer training organizations must address the security education of software developers or the software security problem will persist for decades to come.

At SAFECode we have released a number of free resources including industry-developed white papers and online training to support developers’ efforts to create more secure software. But we would also like to cooperate with the software engineering education community to help integrate basic concepts of software security into all developers’ education.

3. The Technology Consumer Must Demand Security Assurance

We should not underestimate the power of the market. Technology consumers play a key role in driving vendors to adopt a holistic secure development process. They own the budget and have the power to pressure their vendors. However, to be effective and avoid diverting vendors’ efforts into producing compliance documents rather than secure software, it is critical that technology consumers assess their vendors using international standards or industry frameworks that focus on the actual application of rigorous secure development processes.

Technology consumers also have a responsibility for protecting their own systems. They must understand and manage the risk associated with their systems and the products they acquire, and they must operate and administer their systems securely; including, for example, installing security updates on a timely basis, changing default passwords, and holding their users accountable. And if they find that the products and services they are using make any of those tasks difficult or impossible, they should provide clear feedback to their suppliers.

Triangulating On The Triangle

Over the last 15 years, development organizations have made a great deal of progress in articulating and applying approaches to building secure products and services. While stakeholders must acknowledge that security vulnerabilities will never be completely eradicated, they should also understand that they can be significantly reduced in prevalence and severity if:

  1. Development organizations adopt a holistic secure development process
  2. Software developers are taught security as part of their software engineering education.
  3. Technology consumers insist that their vendors adopt a secure development process help

SAFECode provides resources for assisting all software security stakeholders in executing such a strategy: practices for development organizations, training modules for developers and an assessment framework for technology consumers.

I invite all development organizations, educational institutions and technology buyers to join SAFECode in continuing to advance the Software Security Assurance Triangle.  I look forward to your response and encourage you to provide your input and insights.

Steve Lipner, Executive Director, SAFECode 

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