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IBM has moved to bolster its mobile computing initiative via new extensions to its Mobile First Application Development Portfolio, while at the same time opening 18 IBM MobileFirst studio locations where IBM will help developers build mobile computing applications.
As much as mobile backend-as-a-service (BaaS) platforms free up developers from having to worry about the infrastructure that support their applications, they do generally come with a downside; most of them lock the developer into a particular cloud platform. With that issue in mind, FeedHenry created a namesake BaaS platform that took advantage of Node.js to create a BaaS platform that developers could deploy and ultimately move to any cloud platform of their choice.
This week at the IBM Impact 2014 conference, IBM previewed a significant extension to its application development tool portfolio in the form of a new class of rapid application development tools running on top of the IBM BlueMix cloud integration service.
After being a provider of integration software primarily used on-premise to integrate enterprise applications, Jitterbit today unfurled a cloud integration platform. Andrew Leigh, vice president of products and alliances for Jitterbit, says The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform from Jitterbit offers all the same features of the on-premise edition of Jitterbit integration software in a way that can be easily extended to social, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications using connectors in as little as 10 minutes.
AppDynamics is moving to turn its application performance management (APM) software into an application intelligence platform. With the unveiling today of AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, AppDynamics is layering application intelligence applications on top of its service while at the same time inviting third-party organizations to build complementary applications that leverage AppDynamics data that can be accessed via RESTful APIs.
As a first step toward enabling new economic models for software consumption, today IBM opened an IBM Cloud marketplace.
Microsoft finalized its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone and software businesses today. The deal, valued at $7.2 billion, was first announced last September and significantly alters the mobile landscape. Rather than simply develop the Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft will now also make smartphones with the OS on board. It changes the Apple-Google-Microsoft dynamic in a new and interesting way that will bring new opportunities for developers.
2K and Firaxis Games have announced the upcoming release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, a multiplayer science fiction-themed game that is a new addition to the Civilization series of games. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux in fall 2014 (North America) and will be one of the first games to utilize AMD's new Mantle API for enhanced graphics performance.
Software developer resource service, AirPair, today announced that 17 new API providers have been added to their trusted partners network. AirPair provides line-by-line code support from leading API developers, using the ‘pair programming’ mentoring technique.
Dell wants to reduce the number of common integration errors, the time it takes to fix them, and add new analytics capabilities to the Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration service. Dell Boomi AtomSphere CTO Michael Morton says that when it comes to integration many organizations not only continue to make the same errors over again; they encounter many of the same problems that other organizations have already experienced.
ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has announced the release of ReliefWeb API, which provides access to disaster-related data and humanitarian information collected by the UN.
While there’s no doubt that the influence of developers has never been greater, a debate is starting to emerge concerning how much power developers now wield across the enterprise. At the Red Hat 2014 Summit last week, Deepak Advani, IBM general manager for cloud and smarter infrastructure, told attendees that developers are now the kingmakers of enterprise IT. To back up that claim Advani noted that not only do developers today decide what APIs will be published, but increasingly they determine what technologies are actually deployed.
Ever since developers discovered the ability to directly manipulate large amounts of data using NoSQL databases, there has been a proliferation of database types across the enterprise. While an increase in the number of database options has been a boon to developers; it creates a level of unprecedented complexity when it comes to managing the overall enterprise IT environment.
Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.
Windows Phone 8.1 represents developers' best chance to make some money - at least as far as Microsoft is concerned. The company released a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 today and hopes that code writers will get to work creating compelling apps and games for its refreshed mobile operating system.
The symbiotic relationship between APIs and end users looking to consume the data they provide, got stronger today with the release of an upgrade to ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks software from TIBCO Software. Version 6.0 of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks adds support for RESTful APIs and enhanced tools for managing the mashups of data drawn from multiple sources.
Microsoft this week released Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta for developers. The expanded set of open source tools should ease the pain of web programming and technical computing, and are being offered for free under the Apache 2.0 license.
Google this week unveiled a first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit; Google is calling it an MDK rather than SDK. The kit is truly in an alpha state at version 0.10. Despite its far-from-finished status, Google wanted to offer developers a peek at what they'll be able to do with Project Ara.
After acquiring InsightsOne earlier this year, Apigee is now ready to show the first fruits of that labor. Apigee today launched an upgrade to the Apigee Insights Big Data analytics platform, that is tightly integrated with the Apigee Edge API management platform.