Archive for December, 2010

  • A new Android freshly baked!

    on Dec 23, 10 • by Vahid Jozi • with 1 Comment

    A new Android freshly baked!

    In my last post, I talked about some of the reasons why I started developing Android apps. The new Android 2.3 Gingerbread is even better than Froyo. I’m talking about a whole new Nerdy and the Droid factory. With Gingerbread released and rolled out on the new flagship phone, the Google Nexus S, the developers’ wait is over. Some of the new features and functionalities baked within Gingerbread are: 1.    More power under the hood My Nexus One lasts me about a day running Froyo. Android is now way smarter in managing its electrons with

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  • Why Android is such a developer magnet!

    on Dec 21, 10 • by Vahid Jozi • with No Comments

    Why Android is such a developer magnet!

    The open-source, Linux-based and hardware-independent Android mobile OS, with the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread release is giving mobile developers a whole new ball court to play in. Android is the fastest growing mobile OS among its competitors and with its share in the Smartphone user market growing, Android is attracting more and more enthusiastic developers. Being a Java developer I jumped right into Android development about a year ago. There is a whole list of reasons why I chose to develop Android apps over other platforms and here are some of them: 1.    Low development

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  • Software Development for Medical Devices Seminar

    on Dec 17, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 2 Comments

    Software Development for Medical Devices Seminar

    Yesterday we kicked off our first Medical Devices specific seminar in Boston, with our friends from SterlingTech and Vector Software. The day was all about software development for medical devices and more specifically, about managing software risk to help ensure you are compliant with all of the FDA regulations specific to software code. We had a great turnout, with over 75% of registrants showing up for this session. A couple of observations I found interesting from this event: The medical devices community seems to be fairly tight-knit. Everyone at the event seemed to know everyone else, and

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  • Lost in translation

    on Dec 16, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 1 Comment

    Lost in translation

      Do internationalization and localization take the fun and flexibility out of documentation? And here’s the answer: You betcha, sister! At the risk of starting a brawl in the documentation department, I’m going to respond  to my manager’s post about our new policy to facilitate the translation of our wiki . It’s a policy I refer to unaffectionately as the Stamp-Out-Fun-and-Flexibility policy. And yeah, I know that internationalization and localization are important to humanity and, um, sales. It’s just that making things more translatable makes documentation less agile and less fun. 1.    Wikis are agile

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  • Translation woes revisited

    on Dec 14, 10 • by Helen Abbott • with 2 Comments

    Translation woes revisited

    In a previous post, I discussed the problems we encountered when considering translating our entire MediaWiki-based documentation suite. I talked about how to get content out of the wiki for translation, and then get translated content back to our users. In this post, I want to discuss translation and globalization requirements more generally, and how our small, agile doc team, working in MediaWiki, handles each requirement. Fulfilling these requirements results in lower translation costs and easier translation: Provide a medium for the translated documentation that accommodates text expansion Use preformatted styles Minimize the amount of

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  • What, me worry (about Mac-attacks)?

    on Dec 9, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 5 Comments

    What, me worry (about Mac-attacks)?

    After being a PC user for most of my life, I just can’t help but feel a little bit exposed without any kind of antivirus on my shiny new Mac. I mean, I’ve heard it ad nauseum that the Mac just isn’t as prone to attacks as PCs are, but I for one just find that hard to believe. It is a computer that connects to the Internet after all; there has to be some level of risk there. According to this site, there are regular updates to address new Trojan horses, and other security

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  • Wiki translation woes

    on Dec 7, 10 • by Helen Abbott • with 4 Comments

    We moved all of our user documentation from Author-it to MediaWiki a few releases ago. At that point, we translated only a part of our documentation to Japanese – the help pages for detected issues. For these wiki pages, we used MediaWiki language templates to display language links at the bottom, and we copied-and-pasted the translated text. For our most recent release, we expanded the translation effort. This meant more copy-and-paste – from the wiki to Microsoft Word, to send to the translator, and then from Word to the wiki, when we received the translated

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  • Top 5 time wasters for developers

    on Dec 1, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 6 Comments

    Top 5 time wasters for developers

    Time’s a precious resource, so the saying goes. Don’t waste it. That’s particularly true for developers, who live in the critical path lane. And if there’s someone who knows a lot about time management, it’s Russ Sherk, an intermediate developer here at Klocwork, and the father of three young ‘uns. Russ works on our Klocwork Review and Klocwork Inspect products and handles licensing. For Russ, these are lessons learned over his six-year tenure at Klocwork. “These are things you need to think about or you won’t progress as a developer,” he says. Here’s what to

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