Apple puts its weight behind Blender as it becomes a “Patron”

Developers who use Blender for creating 3D models will be pleased to know Apple has put its weight behind the popular software.

Apple has joined the Blender Development Fund as a “Patron” which means the Cupertino giant will support the future success of the software.

In an announcement, The Blender Foundation said that Apple will also “provide engineering expertise and additional resources to the Blender HQ and development community to help support Blender artists...

SmartBear releases its 2021 State of Software Quality | API survey

SmartBear has debuted the 2021 edition of its State of Software Quality | API survey report.

The company has been releasing its report since 2016 so has accrued deep insights that are valuable to the development industry. This year’s report features responses from over 1,600 global API professionals and spans more than 17 different industries.

The headline takeaway is that just over half (51%) of respondents started creating APIs in the last five years—indicating...

Perforce acquires AI-based mobile testing experts 21 Labs

Enterprise development solutions provider Perforce has acquired the AI-based mobile testing experts at 21 Labs.

The acquisition will bolster Perforce’s existing portfolio of solutions for the enterprise development lifecycle with powerful testing capabilities.

21 Labs’ self-learning, AI-based mobile automation testing tool helps businesses to deploy quality iOS and Android apps faster.

Shani Shoham, CEO and Founder of 21 Labs, said:

“Together,...

Codecov breach prompts fears of another SolarWinds-style hack

A hack impacting software testing firm Codecov is expected to have resulted in hundreds of networks being compromised, prompting fears of a fallout similar to the recent SolarWinds attack.

Codecov has over 29,000 customers including companies such as IBM, Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Atlassian, Washington Post, and GoDaddy. The potential scale of the attack has led to a federal investigation.

"We are aware of the claims and we are investigating...

Opinion: The art of perfecting business-to-business apps

Take a look at Apple's iOS app ecosystem, and you'll see three distinct markets: consumer, enterprise, and business to business. The App Store catering to the consumer market is easily the most developed, with almost two million apps to choose from and fully realized revenue streams supported through subscriptions and ads.

Enterprise apps are far less common. They're distributed through mobile device management (MDM) platforms like Jamf or AirWatch, which means they involve a...

‘Most loved’ programming language Rust now has its own foundation

Rust, the world’s “most loved” programming language, now has its own independent foundation.

The language was originally designed by Graydon Hoare at Mozilla Research and has ranked “most loved” in Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey for the past five years.

In a blog post, the Rust Foundation wrote:

“Mozilla, the original home of the Rust project, has transferred all trademark and infrastructure assets, including the crates.io package...

Q&A: Nicolas Hourcard, QuestDB: The advantages of a time-series database

Developers need higher performance databases to unlock the full potential of exciting but ever more data-hungry applications.

IDC forecasts that the global datasphere will grow from 45 zettabytes in 2019 to 175 zettabytes by 2025. Furthermore, the analysts expect that around 30 percent of the world’s data will need real-time processing.

"Today, more than five billion consumers interact with data every day — by 2025, that number will be six billion, or 75 percent of...

State of the Octoverse 2020: Devs increase productivity despite pandemic

GitHub’s latest State of the Octoverse has been released, offering developer insights for a year which has been unlike any other.

Fortunately, software development is one industry which could adapt quickly to the unique circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Many developers already work remotely so, for some, minimal-to-no changes were required to their working habits during lockdowns.

56 million developers used GitHub in 2020—making over 1.9 billion...

State of the API 2020: Investments remain strong despite challenges

Postman’s State of the API report for 2020 suggests that investments have remained strong despite the challenging economic climate.

The report is the most comprehensive survey of the API industry—surveying a total of 13,586 developers, testers, executives, and others.

Abhinav Asthana, Co-founder and CEO of Postman, says:

“Our annual survey reveals that the API ecosystem is expanding, investments are flowing, and momentum for an API-first philosophy is...

Congress wants Apple and Google to clamp down on foreign apps

Congress is calling on Apple and Google to clamp down on apps that weren’t born in the USA (cue Springsteen).

Trump’s administration is currently mulling a complete ban of any Chinese software but, while that debate is ongoing, Congress wants the two largest mobile platform holders to begin clamping down on foreign apps in less radical ways.

The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent two letters to the CEOs of Apple and Google to request they probe...