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3D printers: The next wave of robots

When combined with scanners, today's 3D printers do more than mold figurines out of plastic goop. They're closer to displacing a broad swath of everyday jobs than you think

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Review: AppStudio is like Visual Basic for mobile dev

NSB/AppStudio simplifies development of mobile Web and hybrid apps with a Visual Basic-like, drag-and-drop IDE

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Exception handling in WCF

Take advantage of fault exceptions in WCF to send user friendly error messages to the service consumer when an exception has occured

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How just about everyone gets unit testing wrong

Automated unit testing is a great tool to help deliver higher quality software at a lower cost. But most software teams either don't write any unit tests or write too many

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Why culture is as important as skill for outsourced agile teams

The success of agile teams, especially outsourced or embedded agile teams, depends as much on their cultural fit as the skills of individual team members

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Review: Microsoft Azure beats Amazon and Google for mobile development

Easier than Amazon's Mobile SDK and more complete than Google's Firebase, Azure Mobile Services has more of what developers need

IBM helps mobile apps meet accessibility guidelines

The Mobile Accessibility Checker flags potential accessibility issues with mobile apps

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Java update spotlights JavaScript, memory usage

Java Development Kit 8, Update 40 from Oracle addresses memory management, native packaging, JavaScript compatibility, and usability

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Mozilla rolls out dev-only 64-bit Firefox for Windows

Long-delayed, fully 64-bit Windows version of Firefox emerges via Mozilla's special Developer Edition channel

Atlassian offers high-volume, Git-based code management

The Stash Data Center can support thousands of developers all submitting their code changes at once

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Mozilla tackles parallel JavaScript

Mozilla is experimenting with its SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine to maximize hardware power

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Tag teams: The collaborative power of social tagging

Tags do more than classify, they also coordinate collaborative processes -- which is why using tags well is fundamental to Web literacy

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Is AngularJS ready for the enterprise?

AngularJS has a habit of stranding its users in backward incompatibilities, but its Google pedigree and wild popularity may well give it staying power

Google shares code to help server software digest HTTP/2

The open sourced software, called gRPC, is an updated standard for transmitting Web pages and apps over the Internet

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Reconciliation between Node.js and io.js could be near

A proposal from io.js advocate Mikeal Rogers suggests a path to reunify the code and governance

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Microsoft stakes claim on smartwatches with Band SDK

Competing with Apple and Google, Microsoft hopes developers can create apps that give the Band platform an edge

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Patent trolls are on the run, but not vanquished yet

Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done

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Building microservices with Node.js

Why build monoliths when you can compose applications from services? Here are some guiding principles for using Node.js and the Seneca framework to create microservices apps

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