jueves, enero 21, 2010

Los cambios que Borland y Google implican

Martinig, haciendo un resúmen del 2009, apunta dos hechos que miden el cambio en curso en la industria del software: la desaparición de Borland (entre otras), y el crecimiento en el alcance de Google:

Sobre Borland (Bye, Bye, Borland):
After the sale of its development tools division to Embarcadero in 2008, Borland kept only the tools dealing with requirements management and software testing. This didn’t improve its financial situation and finally Borland sold itself to MicroFocus. This was a sad end for a brand that accompanied software developer for more than 25 years. Software requirements have always been a secondary topic in the software development tools world and the trend towards agility hasn’t improved this. Now you can manage user stories with paper cards and a board. Approaches like UML are declining and you will find few items dealing with them in today’s programmers waterhole like dzone.comstackoverflow.com, The end of Borland is just the symptom that this world is difficult for requirements tools vendors.
Sobre Google (Google is (also) a Software Development Tools Company)

Google domination in the search engine world is well known, but as far as developers are concerned, it is amazing how Google is quietly occupying more and more space. Here are some of the software development initiatives of Google:
* Google App Engine
* Google Web Toolkit GWT
* Go Language
* Google open source projects forge
* Google I/O Conference

Google seems to have understood that besides the content, it should also be active in the plumbing that runs the Web. This is why software developers should be interested in what Google does in this area. You could do this following some blogs like the Google Code BlogGoogle Testing Blog. You will see that besides the well-known projects, Google releases a lot of interesting open source tools created by its development team.

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