December 17, 2012

10 skills for developers to focus on in 2013
Software development had a few years of relative calm. But now the rollercoaster is back on track and it’s picking up speed, as HTML5 gains a foothold and Windows 8 threatens to significantly change the Windows development landscape. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, you should consider learning at least a few of these 10 software development skills.

Public Cloud Services Will Gain New Momentum in 2013
Over the 2012–2016 forecast reporting period, IDC believes that public IT cloud services will enjoy a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4 percent, that's five times the traditional IT industry, as more business leaders accelerate their shift to the cloud services model for IT applications.

Last chapter for e-readers?
Analysts are sounding a proverbial death knell for e-readers, which have declined 36% in 2012 as buyers turned instead to multi-use tablets. Both IHS Suppli and IDC recently issued dire warnings, if not obituaries, for e-readers. IHS said Monday that e-readers will see a 36% drop in shipments to retailers in 2012 over last year, and another 27% contraction in 2013.

Financial Platform Hits 500,000 Transactions Per Second
The platform uses ”in memory” matching atop of GigaSpaces’ XAP solution, running the application in a pure data and compute GigaSpaces grid with no database attached. The tests were conducted with Intel Xeon Processor E7 family, at Intel’s Computing lab in Reading, United Kingdom

Is the cloud the right place for your data warehouse?
Forward-looking businesses that have already embraced Amazon's cloud may move more quickly to the cloud for services like data warehousing, whereas larger enterprises that have been slow to jump into the public cloud may test the service on a use-case basis to see if it's the right fit for them.

SaaS integration costly and challenging
Sabharinath Bala, research manager of enterprise applications at IDC Asia-Pacific, said companies increasingly prefer a hybrid IT environment which combines existing on-premise software withSaaS applications. To facilitate integration, these SaaS vendors would offer a number of connectors or adaptors in their software to traditional applications, he noted.

Four Lessons From the Best Bosses I Ever Had
Guide your people's passion and get out of the way: the autonomy and freedom I was given to create and do my job exponentially increased my passion, excitement and success. ... Many companies treat their employees as employees — nicely and kindly, even generously — but not as humans.

A List of Data Science and Machine Learning Resources
Every now and then Matt get asked for some help or for some pointers on a machine learning/data science topic. He use to respond with links to resources by folks that I consider to be experts in the topic area. Over time his list has gotten a little larger so he decided to put it all together in a blog post. I am sure this will be of use for many of you.

FortiGuard Labs’ 2013 Top Threat Predictions
Fortinet, a high-performance network security player revealed FortiGuard Labs’ 2013 threat predictions, highlighting six threats to watch out for next year.

ReactiveUI 4.2 is Released!
In ReactiveUI 4.2, View Bindings automatically support conversions between types. This feature is analagous to the IValueConverter class in XAML bindings.These converters are registered using Service Location (RxApp.Register), and custom ones can be easily registered as well. In WPF, theTypeConverter framework is used to convert between many common types.

Quote for the day:

"The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all - doing nothing." -- Ben Franklin

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