Topic: Software Development
User research analyzes human behavior to expose the goals and motivations of people. But is the purpose of these insights really just a report to hand off to a design or engineering team? Kate Rutter says, "No!" She uses the analog favorites, pen and paper, as hands-on, visual tools to bring other stakeholders into the analysis process.
Mike Dunn, a veteran technologist in the media industry, recently attended and spoke at the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference. In this episode he and host Jon Udell review the highlights of the conference and discuss some emerging practical uses of semantic tools and techniques.
Moira speaks with Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, Pretty Good Privacy, the most-widely used email encryption software in the world. In his latest effort, the Zfone Project, Phil enables any two individuals to carry our a secure telephone call over the Internet.
Joel and Jeff discuss software updates, the power of APIs and plugins, and leading by example.
Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer of Mozilla discuss the status of browser development, particularly as it relates to Firefox. They review a number of current open development tools as well as the specifications for HTML 5, particularly as they relate to video. They also talk about Google Chrome, both as a browser and an operating system.
Android is the new player in the smartphone segment and the Android Developer Challenge gave its winners cash and exposure from the launch of the platform. In this talk from 2009 Emerging Communications Conference, Mary Ann Cotter, founder of one of the top 20 applications, Cooking Capsules, describes her journey from idea to launch and shares tips for mobile application developers.
There's a new effort to define an XML representation for iCalendar, the venerable standard for exchanging calendar information. In this interview, host Jon Udell talks with the authors of the proposed specification -- Mike Douglass and Steven Lees -- about why it's needed, what kinds of problems it will and won't solve, and how the capabilities that iCalendar enables compare to those enabled by the newer CalDAV standard.
Joel and Jeff sit down with Miguel de Icaza of the Mono project to discuss Mono, Silverlight / Moonlight, and the pros and cons of open sourcing your code.
Michael DeHaan discusses Cobbler, a Linux server that can be used to set up networks quickly. He gives the background of the project and reviews how it is installed and used. He talks about developing software in an open source environment. Michael also discusses where he wants to go with the project in future versions.
Cloud computing can be a powerful tool in academic research but the costs associated with commercial implementations and the established hardware available at most universities has left a gap in the development of solutions for academic environments. Join Rich Wolski, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbra, as he discusses the challenges involved with building an open source project that gets scientists' heads into the (computing) cloud.