Andrew C. Oliver

Columnist

Andrew C. Oliver is a columnist and software developer with a long history in open source, database, and cloud computing. He founded Apache POI and served on the board of the Open Source Initiative. He also helped with marketing in startups including JBoss, Lucidworks, and Couchbase.

Cloud outages show multicloud is essential

Cloud outages show multicloud is essential

Outages are inevitable and vendors are unreliable. You can’t move fast enough unless you already have your service running on two or more clouds

Modern recipes for more resilient applications

Modern recipes for more resilient applications

New approaches and innovations at the edge keep applications alive when networks or services die

InfoWorld’s 2019 Technology of the Year Award winners

InfoWorld’s 2019 Technology of the Year Award winners

InfoWorld editors and reviewers recognize the year’s best software development, cloud computing, big data analytics, and machine learning tools

The best open source software for data storage and analytics

The best open source software for data storage and analytics

InfoWorld’s 2018 Best of Open Source Software Award winners in databases and data analytics

The best open source software for cloud computing

The best open source software for cloud computing

InfoWorld’s 2018 Best of Open Source Software Award winners in cloud computing

How developers can get the ops team on their side

How developers can get the ops team on their side

It shouldn’t be dev vs. ops. Instead, consider the ops team as one of your customers, and make software that it can use

How to present to management: A guide for developers and engineers

How to present to management: A guide for developers and engineers

Presenting to management is about realizing that you have a busy audience that wants to know the impact, cost, and risk of the plan

How to write better: A developer’s guide

How to write better: A developer’s guide

Developers who can write impactfully tend to advance faster in their careers than those who merely code

How to test developer, data science, and devops job candidates

How to test developer, data science, and devops job candidates

Even if they can show you code on GitHub, you want your finalists to do a trial project as a real, objective test. Here are the test projects you should use

5 reasons why your code is running so slowly—and how to fix it

5 reasons why your code is running so slowly—and how to fix it

Here’s how to address why the code runs well on your development machine but has totally borked in production

Virtual assistants don’t need developers or AI

Virtual assistants don’t need developers or AI

Virtual assistants could do so much more for enterprises, if only we’d realize they are essentially command-line interfaces that don’t require custom coding or AI tech to work

How to find a developer job after coding bootcamp

How to find a developer job after coding bootcamp

If you want a real developer job, a coding bootcamp won’t get you in the door. But if you add some real experience, you’ve got a shot. Here’s how to get that experience

How to use the Google Vision API

How to use the Google Vision API

Happy or sad? Cat or person? Use the Google API to detect details about images

7 books you must read to be a real software developer

7 books you must read to be a real software developer

It’s easy to learn to be a coder. But knowing how to code isn’t enough to get and keep a real job in software development

11 signs you’re writing great code

11 signs you’re writing great code

No matter what language or technology stack you use, if you can describe your code with these adjectives, good code should follow

How to get started with AI—before it’s too late

How to get started with AI—before it’s too late

Put these five prerequisites in place so you can actually execute on your artificial intelligence strategy

How to get started with AI—before it’s too late

How to get started with AI—before it’s too late

Put these five prerequisites in place so you can actually execute on your artificial intelligence strategy

Sensors and machine learning: How applications can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste

Sensors and machine learning: How applications can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste

All five senses take the form of some kind of sensor and some kind of mathematical algorithm, usually a supervised machine learning algorithm and a model

Sensors and machine learning: How applications can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste

Sensors and machine learning: How applications can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste

All five senses take the form of some kind of sensor and some kind of mathematical algorithm, usually a supervised machine learning algorithm and a model

The programming languages you should learn now

The programming languages you should learn now

if you're in the market for a new lingua franca, what you choose next might be influenced by your current language of choice

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