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Top Tech Topic of 2011: Tablets

I believe the technology winner for 2010 was Cloud Computing. Over the course of 2010 delivery of Cloud-based products heated up and made a mark in the market. This started with releases such as Microsoft's Azure and continued throughout the year with nearly every major vendor releasing products or strategies. 2010, however, is over and we are in a new year.

Don't Get Left Behind: Build Your API

For online applications, having an API should simply be a part of doing business. This week I attended CloudStock where in one of the sessions John Musser talked about the change in perception that has occurred with APIs. I wrote a quick article that is published on DevX. To learn some of the benefits of creating APIs as well as discover tips for building the best APIs, read my article The Rise of APIs - Lessons from the CloudStock Conference.

Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools Released

Microsoft has reported the availability of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. Visual Basic developers no longer have to wait to start building WP7 applications using Visual Basic! You can tap into the trial version of the tools now.

Java Is Still Firmly Planted In Enterprise IT Shops

Just ask Forrester, and they'll tell you that the data reveals that Java is still firmly planted in enterprise IT shops for custom-developed applications. Forrester asked software decision makers the question, "For custom-developed applications, which development platforms does your company use?" The answers were as follows:

Google Is Ready to Change the Channel

I've said for years that as developers you need to get out of the rut of thinking about applications in the context of a computer screen at specific resolutions. I've also warned about thinking that smaller is the only direction that resolutions were changing.

Developers Plus Community Equals Give Camps

As the holidays approach, charities tend to become more front and center. Even without the holidays, developers around the world are stepping up and donating time and services in a very unique manner. The concept of a GiveCamp has taken root and is growing.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • The open source cloud computing project OpenStack has come a long way since NASA and Rackspace launched it in 2010. Backed by leading technology infrastructure providers including Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, and VMware, OpenStack underpins significant workloads at an increasingly diverse set of organizations, including BWM, CERN, Comcast, eBay, and Wal-Mart. For CIOs engaged in broader programs to win, serve, and retain customers -- and refocus business technology (BT) spend -- a planned and pragmatic …

  • Today's enterprise datacenter can be one of the most complex business environments with dozens (for smaller business), hundreds (for larger and midsize business), even thousands (for hyperscale businesses) of servers that must be managed and monitored. At this level, just managing the cords can be challenging — let alone keeping up with the growing need for more agility and scalability within the datacenter. Simply put, companies are aggressively looking for less complexity and more agility from their …

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