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Ever Wonder Who Invented the Cleanroom?

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There wasn't always an industry standard approach to protected computing environments. Rather, the clean room was pioneered by one man, who's being posthumously honored by the Inventors’ Hall of Fame. In the 1960s, the United States’ biggest political enemy was the Soviet … [Read more...]

THE HEAT IS ON! A Simple Guide to Creating Heatmaps

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Heatmaps and choropleths can give your data a sizzling new look with easy-to-understand visualizations. Here’s how. Never before has the world been flooded with so much data. Everyone is collecting, analyzing, and mashing up Big Data, from the federal government to the … [Read more...]

The Half-Life of Innovation

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New products hit the market faster than businesses can consume them, forcing IT executives and business managers to set priorities. If policies are too rigid, competitiveness may suffer. If policies are overly agile, precious IT resources may be spent on the wrong solutions. … [Read more...]

OpenDaylight: Open Source Programming to the Software-Defined Network

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As hypervisors changed data-center computing, so software-defined networking will change data-center networking. The open source OpenDaylight project is leading the way. If you follow networking vendors, you know they get along with one another about as well as a dog … [Read more...]

Manage the Magnitude – And Other Developer Lessons from Slide Rules

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Slide rules aren’t just old-fashioned computing devices. They’re useful tools for getting work done – and can help us calibrate our goals, too. How much building material do we need? Should we mix up 25 bags of cement, 250, or 2,500? That’s the sort of question that … [Read more...]

GeekSpeak with Scott Barber: Rob Sabourin [Special Edition]

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People always seem to be asking me if I still learn things at software events after having attended over a hundred in the past decade. And they almost always seem surprised to hear that I do still get things from sessions (though admittedly, very often it’s not what the … [Read more...]

Monte Carlo Simulations, Fibonacci Numbers, and Other Number Tests: Why Developers Still Need The Basics

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Perhaps you encountered these in math classes or an elective in your CompSci degree, and think they’re just “theoretically” interesting. (Or not.) But, Tom Henderson argues, these have relevance to the real world of programming too. Building realistic behavior into your … [Read more...]

GeekSpeak with Scott Barber: Alan Page

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People always seem to be asking me if I still learn things at software events after having attended over a hundred in the past decade. And they almost always seem surprised to hear that I do still get things from sessions (though admittedly, very often it’s not what the … [Read more...]

The History of Computer Language Translation

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We’re starting to take for granted the number of tools that translate from one human language to another – not least of which are the translations included in Web browsers – even when they do an imperfect job. The technical road to relative success in this realm has been a … [Read more...]

GeekSpeak with Scott Barber: Rosie Sherry

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People always seem to be asking me if I still learn things at software events after having attended over a hundred in the past decade. And they almost always seem surprised to hear that I do still get things from sessions (though admittedly, very often it’s not what the … [Read more...]