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To develop a REST API in PHP quickly and easily it’s a good idea to use a lightweight PHP framework. Developing your own from scratch with plain PHP, apart from being a pain and taking too much time, is likely to require a lot of testing and deviate from REST standards. Ankur Kumar over at Find Nerd takes you through the top five PHP frameworks to make your life easier when creating a REST API.

First up, is Slim. This PHP microframework has a scalable, modular architecture that lets you use exactly what you need and nothing more. Even better, you can put your entire web service in a single PHP file. Features include: the ability to enable and disable debugging for the API, the ability to inspect and manipulate HTTP messages including headers and cookies, and support for dependency injection. A big plus is that its HTTP Router maps route callbacks to target HTTP request methods and URIs.

Next in line is Silex. It’s a microframework based on Symfony. It comes in two flavors. The fat version includes Symfony components and a template engine. The slim version just has a basic routing engine and some procedures to work with other libraries. The slim version is what you want if you’re keeping it lightweight. It’s fast and has features like one step controllers and easy-to-manage testing tools.

Third in line is Wave. It’s a popular PHP microframework based on the MVC design pattern. It comes with a view controller and special gateway for web functionality. It doesn’t, however, come with any optional libraries so it’s extremely lightweight and built for speed.

Next up is Limonade. Like Wave, it’s lightweight and easy to use. Ankur advises its use for prototyping and rapid web development. It’s not suited to larger projects mainly because it’s functionality is limited and it can’t be easily integrated with other libraries or extended. On the plus side, it’s easy to learn.

Last but not least is Lumen. It’s a Laravel-based microframework that’s recommended for microservice architectures because of its blazing speed. Not surprisingly, it’s best used with Laravel, since its code can be easily be dropped into a Laravel app. Out-of-the-box features include caching, validation and routing.

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Python and PHP are two of the most popular high-level programming languages. PHP is traditionally used as a server-side scripting language, while Python is valued for its dynamics, availability, and simplicity. Despite their almost identical popularity among developers, these two languages have many specifics and differences. The wide prevalence and use of these languages lead to the question – which of them is better and more convenient?

In order to give a full answer to this question, it is necessary to carefully consider the features, functionality, and scope of Python and PHP in software development. Also important is to understand main differences and their relation. Choosing the best language for server side development between PHP and Python based on the product properties is, probably, impossible. In this article, we strive to at least explain clearly the similarities and differences between these two languages. To consciously select Python vs PHP for your project, it is worth looking at origins of these languages and the goals their creators pursued first.

PHP

The start of the development of this programming tool can be attributed to 1994 when Rasmus Lerdorf created a number of components and extensions that extended capabilities of the most popular than C language. Initially, the components were created in order to facilitate the management of the Rasmus’s own website. However, other developers quickly appreciated the new features of those components and began to actively implement them. As a result of the constant use and extension of PHP, the emergence and growth of the community, the new language has become not just popular: over 80% of the modern websites are based on it. PHP is constantly evolved and complemented by the developer team and members of a large user community together. We can safely say that PHP is on the peak now and it is still very early to talk about the decline in its popularity.

Python

Five years older than its competitor, Python was developed by Guido van Rossum back in 1989 as the ABC language replacement. The main popularity among developers Python got in the 2000s, after the release of Python 2.0, one of the main features of which was the complete Unicode support.

Unlike PHP, Python from the start was engineered as a full stack programming language, irrelative of web development. That’s why it’s not so popular on the web – today less than 1% of websites is created and managed using Python.

Python and PHP: what is common between them?

At first glance, it may seem flawed to compare the two languages originally created for different purposes. However, seemingly different, PHP and Python have a number of common properties that make them popular:

  • Both languages are easy to learn (compared to C++, Perl, and others);
  • Both languages are accompanied by the extensive and detailed documentation;
  • Both languages are open source and can be updated and advanced by users with the purpose of improvement;
  • Wide and friendly developer communities facilitate the process of learning and working with PHP and Python;
  • Portability and versatility: both languages have IDEs for all the major operating systems.

And what are the major differences?

Naturally, when choosing a language for development, its distinguishing features are the first thing that should be considered.

Development logic

The first and most important difference between PHP and Python is their orientation. Python is aspect-oriented (separates the program functionality and splits the program into separate modules), while PHP is object-oriented (encapsulates code modules that contain certain functions and data into objects).

Thus, working with Python, the developer creates separate functional modules and then registers the connections between them on the “if-then” basis. It results in an algorithm that executes this or that program block based on the user’s actions.

Working with PHP means creating an integral code object that has certain properties and executes certain actions depending on the user input.

Syntax

The syntax of a language is constituted by its fundamental “grammatical” rules. The main difference between various languages, be they spoken or programming, lays in syntax, and the process of learning a language is by most the study of its grammar.

The PHP’s syntax is almost the same as the syntax of C (due to its origins). When writing the code using this language, curly brackets, additional characters and operators, and other C elements are used. A nice moment in working with PHP is neglect of white spaces during the compilation, which brings additional usability and gives the ability to structure the code into simple logical components. An unpleasant feature of PHP is the incompatibility of the namespace conventions, which is why many developers do not perceive it as a full-fledged programming language. However, this feature is primarily due to the fact that the language initially was designed for the website management.

The syntax of Python, on the contrary, is based on the separation of the code with spaces and tabs, which significantly speeds up the process of coding, but increases the possibility of careless errors. Considering Python, it’s also worth noting the simplicity of commands. In fact, most of the commands in this language are similar to the corresponding words in natural English, which makes it much easier to learn.

The list of secondary PHP and Python differences is as follows:

  • Python is considered a more flexible programming language, while PHP is tightly regulated;
  • Python uses special packages to load additional libraries, while PHP requires loading them manually;
  • Unlike PHP, where assuring the software security requires additional tools, applications written in Python are considered among the safest;
  • Although Python supports a graphical user interface and can be used in web development, PHP, originally created to support web applications, is more applicable in this area.

PHP vs Python: what to choose?

For years, debates have been going on about which of the languages is more user-friendly and most applicable to various tasks: PHP or Python? Despite the many differences between these tools, which consist in a different syntax, different spheres of application and logic, these languages, nevertheless, have a number of common properties.

They are convenient, easy to learn and use, have many useful libraries, broad communities, and detailed documentation.

However, to choose the best of two, it all eventually comes down to the purpose of development. Same as in the creation of PHP and Python, before starting to learn the language and developing your own product, it is important to ask the question “what exactly do I want to get in the end?” To create simple working sites and web applications, as the experience of developers around the world and statistics reaffirm, PHP would be the best solution. However, Python would be the most optimal and convenient tool for the development of complex flexible products.

When it comes to choosing PHP or Python for mobile development, take into consideration that Python is not limited to the web development capabilities, which makes it more versatile than PHP. All the major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile) have some kind of Python port or framework that allows developing native and web applications with a help of Python. Thanks to its regulations and logic, PHP is better applicable for web development exactly. Though there are ways to build mobile web applications over the PHP server-side backends, it is much harder as compared to Python. Not to mention that the simplest way – using the solutions by Zend company, is commercial, though not very pricey.

Conclusion

In general, the choice of PHP vs Python lies in the selection between stiffness and flexibility, nativity and versatility. We can even go further and compare PHP vs Python vs Java. However, the final choice always belongs to the developer and depends on the assigned task. We hope that this article helps our readers to better understand main properties of the two most popular languages and facilitates the complex process of choosing between them.

 

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What is PHP?

And why should I learn to use and where would I begin once I decide to use it? To start, PHP stands for ‘PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor’, and it is one of the most common server-side languages in programming today. The reason it is so popular is the fact that it is completely open sourced, which means anyone with access to the internet, is free to complete access to everything PHP has available to them.

There are obvious reasons why a programmer should, and would, want to learn this language on that basis alone. Not only is it a programming skill you can use and implement free of cost, but there are a vast number of employers who incorporate this language on that basis alone. With the ease that it can be embedded into HTML, it won’t be long before you start seeing professional web development come to life in front of your very eyes.

Now that you have PHP successfully installed, we need somewhere we can actually write the code. I use Visual Studio Code. Once it is downloaded and installed, it is as simple as saving a blank notepad document, but instead of saving it with a ‘.txt’ extension at the end of the file name, use a ‘.php’. Now when you right click on that file and go to ‘Open With’, select Visual Studio Code, and it will open up to you a blank template to use. In order to write PHP code, it needs to be within PHP tags. The starting tag looks like ‘’. Anything in between these tags will be read as PHP code.

Now that we have PHP installed, and a place to write our code, the next thing we will need is a software that will allow us to run the code so we can see our work come to life. I use Xampp. Once it is downloaded there are some slight modifications needed to make it run, but not that many. If you don’t alter any of the steps in the Xampp installation process, Xampp will be saved within your C:\ (Local Disk C:) file path on your computer. If we go there and click on Xampp, it will open into many different options. Now it is the ‘htdocs’ folder where you will want to save all your projects of work. For example, go inside the htdocs folder and save an empty document called ‘hello-world.php’. Now find where Xampp is on your computer and run it. You will get a pop-up that looks as follows except you won’t have any messages displayed yet I am sure.

Hope you liked the article.

—Sanket Wankhede

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A little-known Portuguese company, OutSystems, which specialises in the equally little-known practice of low-code development, is taking large sections of the corporate market by storm.

As its name suggests, low-code development reduces the amount of coding required to develop applications. And, by doing so, it reduces the time needed to develop applications — in some cases by a factor of 10.

The speed of this approach makes it especially attractive to the mobile market and, as that market has grown, so has OutSystems. According to analyst Forrester, OutSystems is the market leader in low-code development, beating better-known names like Salesforce.

OutSystems CEO, Paulo Rosado, outlined the advantages of the low-code approach to ZDNet.

ZDNet: Why did you start it in this business?

Rosado: This is my second company. I started my previous one in 1997. What we handled there was infrastructure software for very large national and international companies.

We were right at the middle of the bubble. I sold the company in 1999, but during that time I didn’t have a single project that was on time and on budget.

When we started a project, we tried to change the analysis phase but we could never get the requirements right. That concerned and interested me, because it was a difficult problem. I ran the company for 18 months and during that time I focused on this problem. OutSystems was the result of that. I looked back at why these projects were failures, and that related to a fundamental issue in software construction. It had to do with technical debt [relying on a solution that is quick and easy to implement but will cause problems in the future], and the fact that, as software changes and time passes, the next change needs to be done.

What happens is that the cost increases exponentially as each change is made, until it becomes too expensive and you have to start afresh.

So, the idea we came up with was, instead of starting by trying to get the requirements right, why don’t we assume that they are always wrong and then attack the problem of change?

We kind of reverse engineered the anatomy of software change and created a product that was unique. To give you an idea, one of the reasons was that as you increase the size of the software, the software becomes harder to change. If you double the size of the software, the dependencies increase exponentially.

So if you have fewer options to track, you can put in a dependency engine and you decrease dramatically the cost of your packet. That’s why we went with a model.

I had a lot of experience with very large Java projects and I thought Java was terrible. I was an architect in Oracle and I had my first glimpse of the dark ages that would come because of the lack of productivity. As people change things they are afraid of changing something and breaking something else.

One of the things we did was create a domain specific language, a visual language that was built for any specific domain of apps and was built to solve the problem of maintenance of change.

We removed Inheritance in objects — which was a big, stupid idea — but the other big thing was we realised that in order to tackle the problem of change we had to tackle the full lifecycle. So you have to take over the staging all the way through to deployment.

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Forrester: The analysts reckon that OutSystems is the clear market leader in low-code development. As of Q2 ’16.

Source Forrester

Basically, we introduced a DevOps capability into our product in 2002 [DevOps came into common usage in 2008].

You were doing DevOps before anybody else?

Exactly. If you look at that notion of One-Click Publish, we have big buttons that [were introduced] in 2002, with those buttons you click and deploy automatically. It’s a huge portion of our R&D, taking all those pieces, even database, integrations, making sure that with one click you upgrade the version that’s in production in a hot environment.

[When] you try to create a platform for Agile where technology is not in the way you stumble into continuous delivery, and you stumble into DevOps. There is no way around it.

What do you see as the key difference between Agile and DevOps?

It’s fixing the latency of change. Very simple to say but it’s a big problem.

We have an ALM [Application Lifecycle Management] group and we also have a domain group, so we constantly monitor the nature of the applications.

For example, when REST [Representational State Transfer] appeared about four years ago and started making inroads inside the enterprise, replacing web services and SOAP [Simple Object Access Protocol], we said: ‘We need to create a visual construct to model REST’.

The low-code aspect — how do you do that?

You have a modelling environment. It’s a very visual environment. In our case, the scope of that modelling environment is the scope of the domain of apps you want to create.

So in that modelling environment, for instance in our systems, we are able to model responsive, web native, mobile [apps], and then the stacks you would normally associate with that.

Then we also take care of integrations and the synchronous processes and so on. That stack is sufficient to tackle almost any problem. Any transactional app, any portals, dashboards, the big systems of record, BI, all that stuff.

We create model artefacts with, for instance, 3,000 objects and 11 million lines of code. Then from that modelling environment we have a code generator that generates into a target architecture. That’s another thing that we do a lot of research on: ‘What is the de-facto best target architecture for the next two or three years?’.

That group makes choices like ‘What is the architecture of the mobile native app?’, ‘Is it pure native or is it some hybrid?’, ‘What is our microservices strategy with containers?’.

This is all completely independent, so you just click and the apps are generated and deployed. When an architect comes in underneath, what he sees is services, and it is almost as if it was done by hand.

How do you get developers to buy in to this?

The reason why developers, especially the experienced ones, are wary of this type of product is because of a couple of issues.

One is the ‘wall’ issue. The issue is whether these platforms are sufficiently powerful.

The way we solve that is by our sheer multi-functionality. Our language is very powerful and when you extend it, it extends very elegantly, with JavaScript or CSS [Cascading Style Sheets]. You can integrate, we have plug-ins for almost everything, but you can [also] build your own plugins for almost anything.

That is why it’s call low-code. When no-code stops, you can go to code, augment the capabilities of the platform, and continue.

The second issue we also solved is that in most of these platforms it’s hard and it really takes time to build a platform to generate code, one that is capable, scalable and secure.

One of our requirements was that with each of those [generated] apps you could have at least 20 million devices accessing that application — one app could have 20 million users at one time.

We put in those requirements, along with the requirement that there be no single point of failure. On security, we did the same thing.

Many of our customers are very keen on security, so with our beta processes we sent them the platform so that they could try everything out for themselves. And when things come up, we go in and we change it.

There is a trust level that you build up with your customers. They can see how we can solve the whole problem, and not just the functional requirement problem.

So, to some extent it’s automation?

That’s exactly what it is. It’s automating a process as much as possible so that it is simple to use.

Are there notable successes that you can talk about in terms of companies?

We have over 800 customers and I know so many inside stories. UK customers include the NHS Practitioners Health Programme, where we built a mobile app and online patient booking system in seven weeks. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Charles River is another company who we built a mobile app for. Again, it only took us seven weeks.

[Worcestershire County Council, the Netherlands-based gas, electricity and heating company Eneco, and Ricoh Singapore are all customers.]

We have very big manufacturing companies, very big banks, logistics companies and the like. We have common use cases where people use our systems to build a digital factory [an arrangement of technology that lets management configure, model, simulate, assess and evaluate systems before building them].

And presumably with automation in there?

Oh yes. Our platform has an internal manager that does real-time impact analysis. What that means is the quality of the apps from the get-go is absolutely top.

If you are building a very big system there are situations where you need to augment them with standard testing, so we integrate some testing tools. We have a lot of use cases for very large systems where testing is required.

To give you some idea, there is a logistics company in the Netherlands which is one of the largest oil and gas handlers. They store oil and gas and they have 73 terminals. The system that manages the oil tankers, the pumping stations, the transportation is all managed by applications built using our systems. A full, worldwide, mission-critical system.

What was the key aspect of software development that needed fixing as far as you’re concerned?

It was that change issue. It was fixing the change request problem. Because the reason why we are so successful today — why we are growing so fast and have so much demand — is because before, you could get along with these waterfall projects where everything’s defined upfront, etc. We still get that.

But mobile changed everything — the single mobile project that you can do without iterating. That’s because it’s an exercise in trial and error, an exercise in change.

If you don’t change, well… Let’s say you build a map. It’s really well designed so you think: ‘I don’t need to worry about this for the next six months’. You’re already dead because, before that, after just two weeks, you find there’s a huge number of requirements that want you to change that app.

So you find that you must now compress that delivery cycle to two weeks.

You’ve created a tipping point in IT because they start doing it for mobile, and then they start doing it to get more responsive systems on the web, and so they have to redo all that. And that’s when they realise ‘wow, I can do this so much faster!’ That created the appetite inside the business; the business increased the pressure for delivery to the point where the backlogs are so huge — in terms of digital demand — that they can only do it with our productivity tools which are very good at doing change.

And that’s exactly what we are.

And that’s why you are enjoying this very successful growth and that’s worldwide?

We are very successful in the US and in Europe of course, but also in Asia-Pac. And even in countries that are a little bit more conservative, like Japan.

Japan’s a difficult market to crack.

It is. We started about four years ago and now it’s going very well. Japan relies on extremely custom-developed software because they can very rarely use pre-built software from America. They have to build a lot of their own stuff and our type of tool saves them hundreds of millions of dollars. Over there we are compressing projects which could take five years into 18 months.

So why are you not better known?

Well, it’s partly a lack of marketing acumen, but also, for a long time we were very much alone. These are products that are extremely difficult to catch up to. There are huge barriers.

I can tell you from our experience with Gartner and Forrester. Even when we had the evidence of first 100 and then 200 customers, they could not believe that what we said we did was possible.

And then we were very lucky because Salesforce jumped into the category and only then was low-code seen as a distinct category in its own right. But fundamentally we had been alone in this category for many years.

We weren’t big enough back then and we weren’t in Silicon Valley so we couldn’t create this new category of software until things got better. Now we have our headquarters in Silicon Valley and a customer base more than big enough to define this new category of low-code development.

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Devops is one of the key trends in software development to emerge recently. But the term is often not fully understood.

An amalgamation of “development” and “operations,” “devops” describes the organizational structure, practices, and culture needed to enable rapid agile development and scalable, reliable operations. Devops is about the culture, collaborative practices, and automation that aligns development and operations teams so they have a single mindset on improving customer experiences, responding faster to business needs, and ensuring that innovation is balanced with security and operational needs.

For development teams, that usually means standardizing platforms, following an agile development process, and participating in operationally driven initiatives. For operations teams, it means targeting better stability, reducing costs, and improving responsiveness.

Core devops practices center around infrastructure configuration standards, automation, testing, and monitoring. But devops also requires cultural and mindset changes in IT.

And not everyone agrees on the organizational structure and how responsibilities are assigned between development and operational teams.

Some people stress a merging of development and operational people and responsibilities so that one devops team carries both responsibilities. This does have some cultural advantages as both developers and engineers are now forced to respond as a team to both operational and business needs. And this structure can be more efficient, especially in smaller shops that can’t easily dedicate resources to focus on development or operations independently. Many people also argue that when you standardize on cloud infrastructure and automate most workflows, there is less of a need for having separate sets of people with different skills and responsibilities.

Although this integrated structure may be possible, it’s a difficult hill to climb for organizations carrying legacy systems and without superskilled engineers who can enable all the standards and automation. And even when that’s possible, I believe that most organizations that are driving digital need to separate first, achieve their digital business agendas, and then perhaps look to merge when there is a maturity of IT practices. That is my recommendation for how transformational organizations need to implement devops.

In this transformational view, devops aims to reduce conflicts that arise when developers are focused on meeting business demands to add functionality and improve the usability of applications whereas operations teams are traditionally more focused on the stability and security of the computing environments. It tries to educate developers on operational responsibilities and educate operations teams on how to serve business needs smarter and faster.

When there is a shared understanding and a better alignment on priorities and process between the development and operations team, a more customer-centric devops culture emerges.

The basic technical concept in devops is: As you automate more of the interactions with the infrastructure from building, testing, deploying, and monitoring, you can remove many operational defects and better align development and operations processes. From a practice point of view, the big questions involve what tools to use and how much to invest developing any single devops practice area.

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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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Credits : Ndtv

 

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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Credits : Morris.umn

“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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