Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Implicit Conversions
I’ve been writing Java for a long time, but over the last few years, I’ve had the itch to shift my primary language towards one that isn’t afraid to add cool new features, backwards compatibility be damned. And so, buoyed by the enthusiasm of my fellow Nerds, I’ve begun digging into Scala.
Continue reading Scala Development with IntelliJ IDEA
Do you have the need for speed?
There are many reasons for needing to have a project done quickly. Some of the most common reasons for a timeline-driven software project include fiscal year requirements, marketing campaigns, product pitches and trade shows. Continue reading Timeline-Driven Software Design and Development
Right now, Spring is the de-facto standard framework for Java-based development, especially in corporate environments. Usually when we talk about Spring, we’re talking about web development using Spring MVC. While Spring is still hugely popular, in recent years we’ve seen a number of lighter, simpler frameworks *ahem* spring up that can make simple web development much quicker and easier. So, is Spring on its way out?
Continue reading Why Bother with Spring Boot?
The goal of nearly all content is to convey a message and spark an emotion. In software, content is brought to life with interaction and animation, which join together to add further meaning to words by the software’s medium: the user interface. Maybe you want your interface to help the content move you when you see it, feel it when you click it, or grok it while you read it. In today’s digital age, software stands as one of our most expressive mediums brought to life for the user. Enter creative coding: a development approach or technique that unifies design and technology to portray your message with great depth.
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Windows XP, as an operating system, has had an interesting life. From the moment of its release, it received a rock-star welcome, with over 17 million sales within two months of launch. In comparison, Lady Gaga’s first album, The Fame, sold 15 million copies.
After Windows XP’s meteoric rise, it put on its suit and tie and swiftly became the de-facto standard for enterprise operations. It brought such wonderful features as group policy – which allows administrators to prescribe how computers should look and behave on the network – USB 2.0 support, remote desktop, increased wi-fi support and much, much more.
Continue reading The Legacy of Windows XP
Once again, Google’s annual developer conference has come and gone. Last week, The Nerdery was an official host site of the 2015 Google I/O live stream viewing, and two of our Nerds were lucky enough to travel to San Francisco to attend the conference in person. The list of announcements that came out of the keynote address is long, but the overall feel of this year was a focus on refinement rather than reinvention.
Translating those changes into a product roadmap can be difficult, but we’ve identified some of the key takeaways for those developing or maintaining an Android application.
Continue reading Google I/O Takeaways: What Android App Developers and Product Managers Need to Know
Sitecore, a software company that specializes in content management and digital marketing systems, recently announced it would be taking over the integrated services currently provided to Sitecore customers by the popular third party integration, MaxMind GeoIP Lookup Service. Starting May 4th, Sitecore will begin offering this service directly via Sitecore IP Geolocation Service, an app available through the Sitecore App Center.
Continue reading Sitecore Announces Upcoming Change to Geolocation Services
Google recently made two major announcements that will dramatically impact where websites land within all search results.
Continue reading Mobile-Friendliness Essential for Google’s April 21 Update
Each year The Nerdery has a holiday party. And each year our Nerds try to come up with a new way to engage and interact with fellow party-goers. This year, they created an app that integrated with iBeacon technology (naturally). Watch what happens when our own employees are both the app creators and users. Continue reading Creating The Nerdery Holiday Party App – An Integrated iBeacon Experience
A few years ago, saying that you had a smartwatch put you in the “nerdiest of the nerds” category. You probably had a Casio calculator watch, which while occasionally handy, couldn’t do much beyond basic calculating and telling the time.
The most popular wearables right now are fitness trackers – the likes of FitBit and Nike Fuel Band, which collect data and report it back to your phone or computer. But Google, Microsoft and Apple are all making huge pushes to go the next step and get consumers wearing smarter devices that act as second screens to personal devices, and can serve as standalone devices as well.
With the weight of the biggest tech companies behind them, wearables have the power to do more than ever before and will transform the mobile experience. Continue reading How Wearables Will Transform the Mobile Experience