Application Development

Self-build apps - A new approach to app development in the cloud

Grazed from CCI. Author: Andrew Murphy.

Cloud has brought both benefits and downsides. Yes, it can reduce capital expenditure and make it easier and faster to update software, without taking months of internal work on hardware and software. On the other hand, many organisations are concerned about the loss of control and visibility over what is happening to their data and systems in the cloud.

Plus, dare I say that we have gone backwards: the ability to buy off-the-shelf cloud applications has its advantages, but it does tend to give users a pre-set choice of options, rather than technology that is created to fit their precise needs. However, cloud has also been the catalyst for totally new way of creating apps and one which removes the limitations of the ‘one size fits all’ approach: the growth of the low-code/no-code movement...

Cloud Computing: AppDirect Raises $50 Million in Series D Funding Round

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

AppDirect announced $50 million in Series D funding led by Mithril Capital Management. New investors Henry Kravis and Paul Fribourg join existing investors Mithril, Foundry Group, iNovia Capital and StarVest Partners to bring the cloud commerce compay’s total capital raised to $110 million.

"This new funding will enable us to continue our growth and further drive innovation and redefine one of the fastest- growing sectors of cloud computing, cloud service commerce," Daniel Saks, CEO at AppDirect, told eWEEK. "Over the next year we’ll expand geographically to increase our global market share in Europe, Asia and Latin America regions."...

Cloud Computing: What every enterprise should be adopting in 2015

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Patrick Harris.

We’re almost halfway into the decade that has redefined computing. Fifteen years ago, Marc Benioff and I thought there had to be a better way than floppy disks. So we set out to disrupt the industry with a new technology model, and it’s clear that our bet on the cloud was a good one.

Today, we’re entering a third wave of computing, where everyone and everything is connected. In the last two years alone, 90 percent of the world’s data was generated as a result of cloud, social, mobile, and connected technologies that transformed business models and consumer behavior. In 2015, successful companies will leverage these trends to capture and personalize every customer interaction in the cloud, transforming the way they connect with their customers...

Saving old software from extinction in the age of cloud computing

Grazed from ArsTechnica. Author: Ron Amadeo.

We live in the golden age of cloud computing. Storing user data and preferences on the Internet makes our multi-device lives easier than ever before. Data input on one device is often seamlessly available on every other device, making it a snap to jump from desktop to laptop to smartphone. Some software has come to depend so completely on these cloud servers, though, that we are starting to create a software ecosystem that will be historically untraceable.

That's an issue, because software we use today will eventually be an important part of history. Computers are one of mankind's most significant achievements, and the devices have enabled an era of change that is more rapid than any other time in history. Historical record is a vital, precious thing. We've kept records of just about everything since before written language...

Cloud Computing: 8 Ways To Build And Use The New Breed Of Data-Driven Applications

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Brian Ascher.

Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing has been transformational for the software industry, but compared to what is coming next, you ain’t seen nothing yet. First, to appreciate where we are heading a quick review of where we’ve been is in order. Back in the olden days of business software a software company sold you an application which you installed on your servers and desktops which made business processes more efficient, facilitated workflow, and sped up information retrieval. As you used it this software accumulated data such as your customer records, financial results and manufacturing statistics.

If you wanted to deeply analyze this data for trends and insights you bought Business Intelligence or Analytics packages from a different set of software vendors so you could slice and dice your data, generate reports for executives, and hopefully decipher interesting trends about your business that you would then go act on. In the early 2000s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies emerged and enabled you to “rent” business applications, rather than buy them, as your employees accessed them through the Internet and their web browsers...

Java vs. Go: The case for cloud-specific languages

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

What does Google's Go programming language have in common with the cloud? It's the language of choice of cloud projects like Docker, Force.com, and Cloud Foundry's (Go)Router. Go is five years old, but you may not have heard much about it. That could soon change. Although languages like Java continue to be the most popular way we build software these days, new models are emerging.

They are constructed for modern computing architectures -- specifically, for the use of private, public, and hybrid cloud computing delivery models. Go is one of the modern languages written expressly for the cloud. Its growing popularity is due to its ability to provide concurrent operations, as well as other features that exploit the provisioning models of clouds...

Google's Go Programming Language: Taking Cloud Development By Storm

Grazed from ReadWrite.  Author: Matt Asay.

What do popular projects like Docker, Heroku's Force.com and Cloud Foundry's (Go)Router all have in common? They're all written in Go (a.k.a. "golang"), Google's five-year-old programming language.

While languages like Java continue to dominate programming, new models have emerged that are better suited to modern computing, particularly in the cloud. Go, written expressly for the cloud, has been growing in popularity because of its mastery of concurrent operations and the beauty of its construction...

Microsoft Partners: Xamarin Could Be Game-Changer For Mobile, Cloud Developers

Grazed from CRN. Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Microsoft, by either acquiring or investing in mobile app development startup Xamarin, would help developers tap into a ton of new mobility and cloud computing opportunities, according to some partners. Xamarin's tools make it possible to code iOS and Android apps using Microsoft's Visual Studio and C# programming language.

In addition to letting .Net developers write code for multiple platforms, Xamarin could get iOS and Android developers on board with coding Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was famously resistant to working with rivals' platforms, but partners think buying Xamarin would be a great way for new CEO Satya Nadella to show developers things are going to be different under his watch...

How DevOps Can Accelerate the Cloud Application Lifecycle

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

As I wrote in my last column, it's clear that cloud computing enables, and imposes, enormous change in applications. In that article, I focused on the technical changes cloud computing is forcing on application architecture — all designed to support the increased scale and load variability, higher performance expectation and changed pricing that cloud computing imposes.

What I didn't address was another traditional application assumption that cloud computing is upending: The application lifecycle. Specifically, the cloud requires a significantly faster rhythm of application management, which will impose change on IT organizations.
On the face of it, it may not be obvious why the technical capability of cloud computing would transform IT organizations and their processes...

Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS Tools Aimed at Enterprise App Developers

Grazed from ADTMag. Author: Jeffrey Swartz.

Red Hat this week announced an expansion to its OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) portfolio. The tools are targeted at letting developers build modern, composite and mobile apps to public, private and hybrid cloud environments

The company outlined its new JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift suite, based on its development environment for enterprise Java and middleware. In addition to providing new tooling for developers to build modern and mobile apps for PaaS clouds, Red Hat officials said the new suite will help developers connect existing legacy apps to cloud environments without recoding them...