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Since launching in 2009, GitHub has become the biggest Git repository hosting service in the world and is used by millions of individuals and businesses to manage software projects. It has also become a playground for open-source software projects that often involve a large number of contributors. When there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, it can become chaotic and scare off beginners. If you are a software developer that's ready to enter the GitHub fray, we have some advice on what to do — and what not to do — when you're contributing to a project in a Git repository.


The worldwide software-as-service (SaaS) market grew by 33 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 and Microsoft's SaaS business experienced significant growth as well. So much so, it has overtaken Salesforce as the number one enterprise SaaS provider, according to Synergy Research Group. Read on to find out more.


Outsourcing IT isn't a new concept. Companies have been doing it for years but to this day it remains a divisive topic. On the one hand, outsourcing makes sense because it can keep costs down for organisations. On the other hand, it's never good to see jobs go overseas. In an age when IT talent comes at a high cost, we want to know whether outsourcing software development is a good or bad idea.


Developers are a highly sought after these days as mobile and web applications are now a big deal for consumers and businesses. As such, the average salary for developers has increased significantly. If you're an organisation looking to recruit a developer, it's tempting to hiring one that doesn't demand much money so you can cut down on costs on the get-go. However, that can lead to big problems later down the track. Here's why.


Most people are familiar with firmware on a very basic level given that they are often prompted to download firmware updates on computing devices such as smartphones, laptops, printers and routers. Yet many are oblivious to the potential security risks that firmware can bring. To address this, Google's malware scanning service VirusTotal can now help users identify harmful firmware.


When you're working on an app, as an individual or in a team, it's easy to let some of the smaller problems slide such as bugs that are not deemed to be high priority. But these small issues can pile up and before you know it they turn into a big problem that you can't ignore. Here are four simple rules to fix this.


We often wish to share electronic documents with friends, colleagues, business or government, and the software application we use to prepare these documents will save them in a particular format.

Any application that later loads the document will also need to be able to understand this format. If an organisation can control the format, and convince people to use it, then they can use this as a very powerful tool to create a monopoly in the market.


Over a decade ago, Atlassian created Jira, a bug tracking tool that has evolved and gained popularity with software developers for tracking and planning projects. It's the product that made Atlassian the most successful Australian startup and it has now been split into three standalone offerings to make it more accessible to business users, not just software developers.


Software development is a dynamic industry and developers are finding it a challenge to stay on top of new technologies for their profession. That's according the Applications Developers Alliance's first ever Developer Insights report. We breakdown the results the report's results.