Stories by Paul Krill

Red Hat CEO: PaaS is the new application server

Red Hat is best known for its RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) distribution, but the company has been making a big push into cloud computing with its OpenShift platform as a service, offered in both public and private cloud versions.

In pictures: The mixed fate of Sun tech under Oracle

From Java to SPARC, critical Sun technologies have lived on, been cut loose, or lost their luster in the four years since the Oracle acquisition

App dev 2013: The winners and losers

The software development landscape in 2013 saw technologies like JavaScript rise to new heights while others -- Java, for example -- maintained their prominence out of sheer inertia.

The risks and rewards of the age of APIs

The Age of the API is upon us, presenting developers with new opportunities to generate income by linking to the data and services of others. But developers need to be careful when navigating the new API landscape.

Software engineers spend lots of time not building software

Administrative tasks, brainstorming, and waiting for tests combine to overtake the hours spent designing and coding

Why developers are turning to API services

As application development increasingly hooks into outside services, tools to manage all those APIs are sprouting up

In Pictures: 7 hot iPad apps for business

From Web conferencing to to-do lists, a growing legion of business apps built for the mobile workforce are finding favor with iPad devotees

Java 8 release delayed until next year

The new version of standard Java was due this September, but the need for more work on security issues and Project Lambda have pushed the release date back to the first quarter of 2014

Objective-C's dip in popularity tied to decline in iPad and iPhone

The language used for Apple iOS app development drops a notch in Tiobe index

Old Java can learn new tricks from C, Android

Experts say the language should crib app isolation, locality, and automated parallelism from more modern sources

Software engineers spend lots of time not building software

Administrative tasks, brainstorming, and waiting for tests combine to overtake the hours spent designing and coding

Open source plug-in speeds mobile app development

Soasta, Cloudbees partner to connect mobile app dev to Jenkins continuous integration server, making it easier for developers to test and deploy apps to the cloud

IDC: Web and native device app platforms will coexist in 2013

The analyst firm is also optimistic about the adoption of cloud IDEs and heterogeneous parallel processing

The dark side of the beloved Python

The schism between Python 2.x and 3.x and other deficiencies frustrate its enthusiastic developer community

JavaScript's popularity rankings vary widely

Indexes of programming languages say one thing, but GitHub's rankings tells a different story about JavaScript's popularity

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