Category Archives: Development

Developers in the Mist

In my last post I started dissecting the term “cloud”, looking at Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and what it means in terms of Open Source Software.  This time I’ll be moving to the next layer of the cloud stack to look at Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS. PaaS provides a way of provisioning development environments and tools on top … Read more

TypeScript – Do we need it?

Last week Microsoft announced TypeScript, a new open source programming language.  The stated goal of TypeScript is to make it easier to write “application scale” JavaScript. Like CoffeeScript and a few similar languages that have sprung up over the past few years, TypeScript is a language that compiles down to JavaScript, allowing the code to … Read more

Open Source Junction 3: mobile and cloud, Oxford 20-21 March 2012

Mobile technologies have become an integral part of our lives. Research indicates that by 2015 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. Mobile applications and services are changing the way we engage with the web, and to a certain extent with each other. At the same time, cloud technologies deliver … Read more

DataFlow new release

As mentioned in an earlier post, DataFlow is an Oxford-based project in the JISC UMF programme building a data management infrastructure to help researchers manage their research data. OSS Watch, in collaboration with Open Directive, are providing licensing, development, community and sustainability support to the project, which is now getting very close to a new release. Developers have … Read more