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I started programming with Swift the first day it was available. Back then all we had available was Apple's The Swift Programming Language, and Using Swift with Cocoa and Objective-C eBooks. I got in a few weeks of heads down work before the plug was pulled on our project. When the project was shut down I was handed a project that required 100% of my attention so I was forced to shut down Xcode for a few months. That was a blessing and a curse. Curse because I don't remember anything I was doing, and a blessing because now there are several books available for getting started with Swift. I am reading four books on Swift before moving on to iOS. This might seem like over kill since I have spent a lot of time in Objective-C, but this is what I do to learn when I am trying to learn something I am not using at work. I am not that quick or smart, so I need to repeatedly ... (more)

Android Security Essentials LiveLessons | @CloudExpo [Cloud]

I unintentionally watched all three hours of this video series in one sitting. The presenter hooked me and before I knew it, it was three hours later. It is a very fast paced tour of the security issues that can arise when using the Android platform. The tour is built around the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) top 10 Mobile Security Risks as a guideline. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) top 10 Mobile Security Risks are - M1: Weak Server Side Controls M2: Insecure Data Storage M3: Insufficient Transport Layer Protection M4: Unintended Data Leakage M5: ... (more)

Sparx Systems Releases Enterprise Architect 12

There is only one tool I have open more than Xcode, Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Android Studio, that tool is Sparx Enterprise Architect. Below is their recent announcement of Enterprise Architect 12. There is no tool on the market that compares to Sparx Enterprise Architect at such a great price. If you have never checked it out, do yourself a favor and check it out now!! Continuing a long term commitment to the development, extension and refinement of its flagship UML based modeling tool, Enterprise Architect, Sparx Systems is proud to announce the official release of Enterprise ... (more)

Book Review: Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly

Finally a book from an industry leader that has the guts to write about the real world of Agile software development. If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be 'truth'. This book is going to raise the blood pressure of some of the Agilists out there. If you think you may be one of those, do yourself a favor and keep at the forefront of your mind that the author points out all the good in Agile too. He is not telling a one sided story. When reading a strongly opinionated book like this, we tend to only see the things the author is pointing out as our flaws, or ... (more)

Book Review: Adaptive Code via C#

I have seen a lot of Scrum projects flop and flop hard. There are so many IT shops that look at the little iterative Scrum diagram and think, "well that looks easy enough", and they are off and running. Regretfully they don't understand that Scrum is just a process, and a development process is only as good as the team you've assembled. In real world development project's processes should be tailored for a given project. Allowing you to account for your team's skills and availability, your business's needs, the tools you have available, the environment you are working in, the di... (more)