The January 2015 digital issue of BZ Media’s SD Times is available for your reading pleasure. The issue looks back at the year that was, with software exploits and hacks dominating the headlines. The editors decided 2015 was “The Year of Security” ... or lack thereof. We also take a look ahead at some things you might see in the coming months.
• Technical debt: What it is and why you should care: The term ‘technical debt’ was coined by industry thought leader Ward Cunningham and is generally understood to mean the sacrifice of quality for speed. Improving suboptimal code already released can take longer and erode confidence in the code. So you see, technical debt is absolutely something you should care about, and this article tells you how to avoid it.
• Top 10 technology predictions for 2015: December is the time of year that research firms come out with their predictions for the coming year, and this year we spotlight the work of IDC, which expects trillions to be spent on what it calls “3rd Platform” technologies – software founded on cloud computing, Big Data, mobile devices and social tooling. Editor Rob Marvin runs down the list.
• A blended approach to managing data: Version control, testing environments and continuous integration are hallmarks of good software development practices. So why haven’t these techniques made their way into data management? Senior editor Alex Handy looks at the situation in this in-depth feature.
Also, this issue’s “Buyers Guide” covers tools for testing mobile applications.