Topic: Software Development
Today there are tools for testing web applications, but they are difficult to use, costly, and poorly integrated with web browsers. In response to these limitations, Vik Chaudhary and Abelardo Gonzalez of Keynote Systems announce their new web testing product, the Keynote Internet Testing Environment.
As Business Intelligence becomes more and more popular as a way for companies to achieve an advantage, some companies ahead of the curve are adopting open source BI software. Analysts have not been positive in their predictions of open source use, but they may be mistaken. Mark Madsen describes the results of his study showing who is using open source BI software, why they're using it, and what the benefits are. His results indicate that while open source BI is not widely accepted yet, its users are just ahead of the curve.
Joel and Jeff sit down with Jason Calacanis to discuss the business side of software, including Mahalo's "Skee-Ball" economy, when VC funding is appropriate, and whether SEO matters.
Cloud computing has become the most discussed methods of infrastructure deployment. George Reese, author of Cloud Application Architectures, joins Phil and Scott to discuss the style. In addition to giving an overview, he reviews the specific issues related to it, including storage options, security and privacy, and how to deal with disaster recovery.
Anyone who has developed applications for mobile phones knows that dealing with the phone companies takes much longer than writing the software. In this presentation from the 2009 Emerging Communications Conference, Jamie Siminoff announces the launch of GRID.com, a service made to replace the tedious one-off negotiations over services with a frictionless, pay-as-you-go model.
Joel and Jeff discuss killer IDEs, how much interview feedback is appropriate (for both parties), and how to teach young programmers who think they know it all.
MySQL is not quite ready to run enterprise scale Internet applications, but Mark Callaghan and the MySQL team at Google are working on addressing its shortcomings. In this presentation from the 2009 MySQL Conference, Callaghan describes some of the requirements that Google's scale creates, the improvements they have made to MySQL, and their open questions to guide future development.
Joel and Jeff discuss bespoke software development, URL routing, the God Algorithm, and getting your database under version control.
For Linden Lab's founder and chairman Philip Rosedale, the open-ended social experiment that is Second Life doesn't end at the borders of the virtual world he envisioned and brought to life. The company itself is an evolving social and organizational experiment. In this conversation, Philip Rosedale tells host Jon Udell how mechanisms like the Love Machine and the Rewarder have succeeded -- or sometimes failed. And he discusses the ways in which Second Life supports the decentralized work style of Linden Lab.
Joel and Jeff sit down with Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster to discuss the shifting sands of Apple and Microsoft APIs, the value of software development conferences, intuition versus empiricism for developers, and "parrot programming".