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Microsoft to acquire R language powerhouse Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is acquiring Revolution Analytics, a major commercial distributor of the R statistical programming language.


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No need to boost H-1Bs, says GOP Senate immigration head... Wait. WHAT?

What bizarre, parallel universe is this? Jeff Sessions is now the chair of the Senate subcommittee on Immigration. But he doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye with his Republican colleagues about tech-worker H-1B visas. In IT Blogwatch,...

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BlackBerry wants to require app developers to make apps for its platform

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants net neutrality to extend to content and applications, so that developers of apps for Android and iOS will have to develop on the BlackBerry platform.

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Review: IBM Bluemix bulks up Cloud Foundry

IBM's full-featured PaaS wows with Watson and an amazing array of services, but many are not yet ready for prime time.

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Next up for Microsoft: Close the app gap

While eyes will be on Microsoft today as it touts Windows 10 for consumers, the company's Build developer conference in three months will be just as important to the upgrade's future.

Yeah, we've had years that felt like that too

Consultant pilot fish has written a relatively simple program for this accounting system to roll up costs by months and years. So why is it taking so long to run -- and generating so many journal entries?

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Java will focus on modularity, real-time apps in 2015

Modular Java, due in Java 9, makes for a sleeker footprint, while Safety-Critical Java targets secure real-time systems

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TypeScript is industrial-strength JavaScript

Like it or not, JavaScript is the language of the Web, but it's tough to manage for enterprise-scale development. TypeScript offers an attractive alternative

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14 nightmare clients — and how to defang them

Here’s how to identify and neutralize beastly client behavior before it gets the best of your project

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PHP vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind-share

Here's how the old guard and upstart darling of the server-side Web stack up against each other

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Next-gen Rust systems language moves to 1.0 alpha

A beta release for the systems programming language is expected for February with a general 1.0 release to follow

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Microsoft's Build conference registration starts Jan. 22

Microsoft will open registration to its Build developers conference next week.

Why "over-engineered" is NOT a dirty word

Inventory time is coming around, and this pilot fish is assigned to write a program to do a parts explosion -- but the specs sound just a little questionable to this programmer pilot fish.

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Apple will set even bigger App Store records in 2015

Developers made more than $10 billion building apps for iOS in 2014 -- they'll make a whole lot more in 2015.

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Review: The big 4 Java IDEs compared

How Eclipse, NetBeans, JDeveloper, and IntelliJ IDEA stack up in capabilities and ease of use.

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Coming soon: Better geolocation Web data

An overwhelming portion of data on the Web has geographic elements, but for Web developers, wrangling the most value from geospatial information remains hard to do.

Marco Arment sparks debate about Apple software quality

The influential blogger, who often writes about Apple, stirred the pot with a post that called out the Cupertino, Calif. company for losing its way on software quality.

How much do you want it to be?

It's the 1990s, and this pilot fish is the IT guy for a small manufacturing plant, working with a programmer whose approach to fixing problems is more than a little dubious.

AT&T builds on Internet of Things offerings with cloud-based data store

AT&T unveiled new design tools and a managed service for enterprise-based developers to use in building Internet of Things apps and services.

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