Weekly developer news – October 27th 2017

So, welcome to the 5th edition of developer news!

Again, as with last week, I could have included many more items, but am just going with the top 5 for now.

So, here we go again:

1 : Swagger is now the OpenAPI specification

Swagger, the most popular choice for API tooling and generation, contributed their V3 spec to the Open API initiative. This basically means that the specification used to drive API tooling, client, and server generation has now been accepted as an open specification, as a standardised way to describe APIs and the services they provide.

For more detail, checkout the article here.

2: What is the cost of reverse engineering?

More of a legal twist for this second item. The site internetcases has an article on a recent court case brought in both the US and UK relating to reverse engineering competitor’s software, not through decompilation, but through use of the system and inspecting the outputs. A court found that this did indeed constitute reverse engineering and considered it to be a breach of contract.

So, be wary of mimicking the behaviour of your competitor’s applications.

For more info, see the article here.

3 : Evidence of test driven development

This third item is an article presenting the findings of numerous recent studies into the value of test driven development, and the impact it can have, both positive and negative.

If you remain unconvinced, or need to ‘sell’ it to others, then this summary is worth a read.

4 : A.I. Developer Salaries

This article in the New York Times has been pretty popular this week. It seems that AI is indeed the hot topic, Many companies are looking to either build entirely new solutions based on ‘AI’ capabilities, or introduce AI components in their systems, and for developers with the right skills, there could be a job commanding a pretty decent salary!

5 : Visual Studio Code changes icon colour

Erm, so, the final item is, as the title suggests, Microsoft Visual Studio code announced that they are changing the icon colour back to blue in the next update.

Now, I wouldn’t normally include something as trivial sounding as that, but it seems us developers really take offence if someone changes the colour of an app icon that we use every day. Microsoft changing the icon back has generated huge volumes of comments around the web!

So, that’s it for this week. If you have any articles, announcements, tutorials, or anything else you think should be included next week, then just drop me an email.

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