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5 Ways to Tell Which Programming Languages are Most Popular

5 Ways to Tell Which Programming Languages are Most Popular

Are older programming languages like Java and Perl giving way to newer languages like Python and Ruby? Is HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript overtaking Flash and/or native mobile application development? Do Microsoft’s languages still have a large developer following, even as Microsoft promotes other languages as first-class citizens on platforms such as…

iPad for Business Round-Up: Presentation Link and More

iPad for Business Round-Up: Presentation Link and More

The iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.

This week we look at a new presentation app, a new project management app and the new version of Google…

Poll: Can Big Data Be Democratized?

Poll: Can Big Data Be Democratized?

There are a number of projects out there that claim to be “democratizing” complex systems such as big data analysis, predictive analytics and business intelligence. Sometimes this means making tools free or cheap (such as Revolution Analytics). Other times, it just means making them more accessible to non-programmers, through either SQL-like query…

5 Tools to Manage Code Tags in Websites

5 Tools to Manage Code Tags in Websites

How do you deal with all those Web analytics snippets, header tags for authenticating with various services (like Google Webmaster Central and Quantcast), A/B testing tags, etc.? Are you unsure which tags you still need, or what tags added by other collaborators actually do?

Several services have sprung-up to try to solve the problem of too…

Microsoft Bringing Hadoop Connectors to SQL Server

Microsoft Bringing Hadoop Connectors to SQL Server

This week Microsoft announced its intentions to bring Hadoop to SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). PDW was introduced last year and brought centralized data warehousing capabilities to SQL Server.

“As a first step, we will soon release a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two new Hadoop connectors – one for SQL Server and one for…

Free E-Book: The Art of Assembly Language Programming

Free E-Book: The Art of Assembly Language Programming

Nearly the entire text of The Art of Assembly Language Programming has been posted online for the Processing Systems and Structures course at Washington University. The book begins with machine organization and then works through basic to advanced assembly language.

A while back we asked whether all programmers should learn assembly language…

Google Chrome Beta Now Supports C/C++

Google Chrome Beta Now Supports C/C++

Google has been working on Native Client (aka NaCl), an SDK that brings C/C++ functionality to browsers since at least last year, and now the latest Google Chrome beta version includes NaCl. NaCl uses an API called “Pepper” that provides HTML5 bindings for C or C++ . (NaCl is the molecular formula for salt. Salt and pepper. Get it?)

Google has…

PouchDB: A Portable Implementation of CouchDB in JavaScript

PouchDB: A Portable Implementation of CouchDB in JavaScript

PouchDB is a new project from former CouchOne (now called Couchbase) employee Mikeal Rogers. It’s an attempt to create a full JavaScript implementation of the CouchDB storage and views API to enable peer-to-peer replication with “real” CouchDB instances.

The current version supports the HTML5 data store IndexedDB, and Rogers plans to support…

Box Expands Mobile Support, Validates the Mobile Enterprise

Box Expands Mobile Support, Validates the Mobile Enterprise

Today, Box announced a tablet-optimized Android app, a PlayBook app (the company’s first native app for any BlackBerry platform) and a new HTML5 mobile site. The Android version replaces the company’s existing Android app and will work with both smartphones and tablets, optimizing the view depending on the device.

More interesting than the actual…

Cloudera Launches New Partner and Certification Program

Cloudera Launches New Partner and Certification Program

Following the announcement of its partnership with Dell, Cloudera announced a new partner program for resellers and professional services providers. Among the various elements of the Cloudera Connect Partner Program will be a certification program.

Cloudera sells enterprise support for Apache Hadoop and its own Cloudera Enterprise product. The…

HTML5 Boiler Plate Hits 2.0

HTML5 Boiler Plate Hits 2.0

HTML5 Boiler Plate, a template for building HTML5 sites, has been updated to version 2.0. You can find it in GitHub here.

One particularly slick feature: it will prompt users of Internet Explorer 6 to install Google Chrome Frame, which no longer requires admin privileges to run.