Archive for June, 2013

Top 10 Productivity Apps For Android

June 27th, 2013 Leave a comment 1 comment
Top 10 Productivity Apps For Android

Smartphones are the way of the future- or so we’re told. Smartphones should make our lives better, easier, and more productive- but finding the right combination of apps and workflow to maximize your productivity is often easier said than done. Here’s a list of apps that could help point you in the right direction when it comes to getting your operation more productive! 1. Google Docs (Free) Easily on the top of productivity checklist, Google Docs is the on-the-go app that a great deal of people swear by (though it’s a mystery why Google took so long to roll it out initially)…. View full post »

Top 10 Chrome Extensions That Should Have Been In The Browser

June 23rd, 2013 Leave a comment
Top 10 Chrome Extensions That Should Have Been In The Browser

Sometimes… well, sometimes browsers seem to be lacking that special something. While Chrome in particular is a great browser, there are some extensions that just make so much sense that they should be rolled into the browser itself. Here are a few quite natural extensions that we think should be part of every Chrome install! 1. TimeStats TimeStats is an awesome extension for Chrome that basically shows you how much time you’ve spent on each website. You probably already know that you don’t want to know, but having it put in front of you can definitely help you visualize the time wasted… View full post »

Getting Started with Android Programming

June 19th, 2013 Leave a comment
Getting Started with Android Programming

Android is the most-common operating system on mobile devices around the world. Phones, tablets, etc. that utilize it are outselling Apple iOS-based devices by nearly two to one globally. The Android App markets, like Google Play, are filled with useful apps for users to download and are eagerly flooded with users looking to enhance their devices. Yet many developers are unsure of how to get into Android programming. Compared to the iOS SDK, getting a clear path set for Android development isn’t as well-mapped. That is changing quickly. Here is a simple roadmap you can follow to get started programming Android… View full post »

Is Hadoop Going Away? Not Likely

June 15th, 2013 Leave a comment
Is Hadoop Going Away? Not Likely

Hadoop is a fairly new technology, but there are already some who are predicting its downfall and slide into disuse: some recent rumblings on the Internet claim that, indeed, Hadoop and HDFS are going to be going away in the near future even despite the fact that they’ve only just recently become a staple of enterprise development and deployment. The reason that Internet pundits are giving for Hadoop’s demise is the rising trend of real-time data processing, something that Hadoop doesn’t do well at all, and because of this more and more enterprises will be turning away from Hadoop and… View full post »

How To Avoid the 5 Most Common C++ Mistakes

June 11th, 2013 Leave a comment
How To Avoid the 5 Most Common C++ Mistakes

We’ve all been there. From newbie to old hat, the unexpected compiler error and subsequent hair pulling as we look for the problem that could have caused it is one of the most frustrating things a programmer can experience. Yes, it’s probably even worse than the old “C is better than C++” argument (or “C++ is better than C”, take your pick) that continuously makes the rounds. If you’ve ever been an instructor teaching people how to program in C++, you’ve no doubt learned what the five most common, frustrating mistakes programmers can make are. If so, here’s… View full post »

Fundamentals of Android Applications

June 7th, 2013 Leave a comment
Fundamentals of Android Applications

Android applications are written in the Java programming language and compiled using the Android SDK tools. A compiled app will include all data and resource files packed together in one package, which will be a single file with an .apk extension. That single file is the full Android application and is what devices will use to install the app. Installed apps live in their own little sandbox on the device. This way is something goes wrong with one, it’s unlikely to break out of its sandbox and affect other apps. The easiest way to envision this is to… View full post »

A Look At the Common Programming Languages of Today

June 3rd, 2013 Leave a comment
A Look At the Common Programming Languages of Today

There are literally thousands of programming languages and variants, though most are largely unused and many have been scrapped on the relic pile. Today, programming and development happens on just a handful of popular programming languages, with the choice being usually a matter of what type of development is being done and the preferences of the team doing the engineering. In general, programming languages are broken into two categories: compiled and interpreted. A compiled language has the finished program condensed into machine code for direct use by the computer without requiring re-interpretation every time. Interpreted language will be… View full post »