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  • Apiary spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards.

  • Seeking to enable "3D for everyone," Microsoft acquired Swedish software maker Simplygon 3D, which specializes in 3D data-optimization for virtual reality application development.

  • Programming no longer is just for highly trained experts. In fact, some people who have little or no formal training in software development are using the latest development platforms to work with widely used programming languages such as C++, JavaScript and others, according to industry research. Today, programming languages and tools are being judged not only on the quality of the applications they produce, but also by their ease of use and level of developer productivity. CodeFights, a company that makes an educational tool to help software engineers improve their coding skills, has released its annual State of Programming report, which reveals the popularity of certain programming languages in different parts of the world. The CodeFights reports also takes on some misconceptions about programmers and discusses the languages with which they are the most proficient. This slide show will cover CodeFights' findings to provide insights on how developers are using certain languages.

  • New industry research by Appvance and Vanson Bourne finds 54 percent of users see software testing as a nagging bottleneck.

  • Pyze enables mobile app publishers of all sizes to maximize app growth, personalize engagement—and make some money at the same time.

  • Realm Scanner is a new open source mobile demo application built together with the IBM Cloud and Mobile team that uses Watson image recognition.

  • Google's Embedding Projector web applications will give developers a way to visualize how well their machine learning systems are interpreting data.

     

  • Microsoft plans to convene the Build 2017 developers conference in Seattle, Wash. after holding the show in San Francisco for the past several years.

  • Cloud-based development environment is designed to enable developers and business analysts to co-create enterprise apps with effective user interfaces.

  • Alphabet-owned DeepMind says it will open source the code for its DeepMind Lab that provides an environment that AI researchers can use to train virtual software agents to act autonomously.

  • Google's new OSS-Fuzz software testing service only be available at least initially for really large and critical open source projects

  • Google App Maker will enable developers to quickly build applications that readily integrate with G Suite applications such as Gmail, Docs and Drive, the company says.

  • We've been moving toward this for more than 15 years: The rise of citizen development of software apps. This is the creation—or ideation, if you will—of business applications and application features by the employees who use them. Citizen developers is a clear trend as 2016 wanes, and a specialized new IT business sector is springing up around it. Please note that nobody is saying the conventional—and, in many ways, unconventional—software development communities of skilled and experienced professionals are going to become irrelevant anytime soon. However, since the turn of the century, a growing number of enterprise and consumer applications intentionally have been designed to be configured for specific use cases by line-of-business professionals who wouldn't know a line of code from a verse in a Shakespearean play. But they do know how to follow a wizard, use a drop-down menu and follow directions. A lot has changed from the days of write code, test, debug, test again, debug, beta test, release GA—wash, rinse, repeat. This eWEEK slide show, based on new research from software toolmaker Quickbase, examines this trend.

  • Google will work with global media giant Bertelsmann and e-learning company Udacity to administer the scholarship program to train Android developers in Europe.

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