When is a developer conference more than just another vendor and developer conference? When the leading technologies including cloud, Internet of Things, devices, platforms, frameworks and architectures are combined with the ingenuity of developers in one location for a couple of days, the result is a creative explosion, a coming together of minds and machines. There are many developer conferences through the calendar year. There are numerous weekend hackathons, maker fairs, meetups and developer gatherings. Blooming this Spring in San Francisco on May 23 and 24, is DevNet Create: The IoT and cloud developer conference where applications meet infrastructure. I can only say one thing: Developer Relations Professionals and Developers – Be There or Be Trapezoidal!
DevNet Create: Where Applications meet People, Places, Things, the Cloud, and Business
From the conference page: “Join the brightest of the IoT, cloud and enterprise developers to bring clarity to the blurred lines between infrastructure and applications. Enterprise app developers are driving the future of business through cloud, IoT and new developer platforms and tools trends. These apps aren’t just for business—they affect everything—people, places, and things. They are built on a programmable infrastructure connected through APIs and DevOps practices, making the relationship between infrastructure and apps symbiotic.”
Two Tracks, lots of Hands-On to Create: IoT and User Experience, Cloud and DevOps
The call for papers closes this Thursday March 30, 2017. Submit talks at https://www.papercall.io/devnetcreate2017
Blog post announcing “Introducing DevNet Create Conference in May 2017” at http://blogs.cisco.com/cloud/introducing-devnet-create-conference-in-may-2017
Conference home page: https://www.devnetcreate.io/2017/
Where: Bespoke at Westfield San Francisco Centre
When: May 23 and 24, 2017
Where Apps Meet …
I love the apps focused themes that are included for each of the two tracks. They are all based on a statement that starts with “Where Apps Meet…”
Read Susie Wee’s (Cisco VP & CTO of DevNet Innovations. Experience/Technology/Teamwork/Developers) blog post: “Where apps meet …”
IoT and User Experience track:
- Where Apps meet Things
- Where Apps meet Places
- Where Apps meet People
- Where Apps meet Design & Architecture
Cloud and DevOps track:
- Where Apps meet Microservices
- Where Apps meet Deployment / SLAs / Scale / Expectations
- Where Apps meet Security
- Where Apps meet Analytics (Intelligence)
David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
No developer program, platform or technology is an island. Developers leverage multiple developer programs, platforms, services, tools, methodologies and industry standards in their every day work. A developer building an enterprise database application will leverage ANSI SQL standard syntax and write code using one or more industry standard programming languages. A developer building a mobile home automation app will access devices via REST/JSON, BluetoothLE, a NEST thermostat, some beacons and a few Z-wave home controllers. In the previous two sentences, I’ve mentioned a developer’s reliance on at least 5 different industry standards that are driven by industry groups, driven by industry alliances in cooperation with global and national standards committees. Things can sometimes get more complicated or cause additional work when there are competing standards. Developer Relations programs and evangelists need to work with their engineering teams to understand the industry standards and work with industry associations to correctly educate developers about their products, platforms, services and devices. We also need to stay on top of the changes that take place in versions of standards.
Industry Associations and Standards
When I assess developer relations programs, one of the aspects I look at is which programming languages your program supports. When I see C++ listed, I look to see if I can find the support for the approved and draft specifications for ISO C++. When I see that a product or service supports home automation and the Internet of Things, I look for mention of Apple HomeKit, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth Classic, BluetoothLE and the soon to arrive Bluetooth 5. When developers start to develop applications that integrate smartphones with cars, developer programs will have to evangelize how their products and services support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, On-Board Diagnostics II connectors and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Developer Relations and Industry Standards
Which developer relations programs are doing a good job of integrating industry associations and standards into the everyday life of their developer members? Here are just a few of the many developer relations programs and developer community sites that work with industry associations and provide information to their members.
Microsoft – Windows Embedded Automotive 7. “Windows Embedded Automotive 7 is an extensible technology platform for automakers and suppliers to deliver in-car experiences that keep drivers connected and informed. Leveraging a range of devices, services and technology, the platform extends work and home into the vehicle through connected car scenarios.”
Google – Android Auto – “For the road ahead, Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.”
Intel – Intel IoT – “The developer kit is optimized for rapid prototyping—a way to prove or enhance your ideas or turn them into products. The kit provides all the hardware and software you need to speed up prototyping and time to production.”
Autodesk – BIM Interoperability – “Autodesk has supported the buildingSMART initiative on COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) BIM data standard. In January 2013, we completed the independently audited buildingSMART Alliance COBie Design Challenge for Architectural Design and Coordinated Design, achieving 100% positive marks with a complete COBie deliverable that required no additional processing or edits.”
Qualcomm – Embedded Computing – “Make the next generation of embedded systems more aware, connected, intelligent and interactive with the portfolio of hardware and software solutions on Qualcomm Developer Network. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors for embedded deliver superior performance, low power consumption and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.”
C++ compilers – Compiler support for new ISO C++ features. “These include C++11, C++14, C++17 and various technical specifications”.
Philips – Philips Hue and Apple HomeKit – “The new square-shaped Philips Hue bridge supports the hardware authentication required for Apple HomeKit and enables all your Philips Hue lights to work with Apple HomeKit technology. One of the coolest new features enabled by linking Philips Hue to Apple Homekit is that you can use Siri to control your Philips Hue lights. Turn on your lights. Dim to the desired brightness. Recall pre-set scenes. Even tell Siri to set up for a party.”
Apple – Bluetooth for Developers – “Create an engaging and connected user experience by integrating Bluetooth® wireless technology in your apps and hardware accessories. And with Core Bluetooth framework, it’s easy for your apps to interact with the growing number of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.”
How does your Developer Relations program help members use Industry Standards?
I’ve only mentioned a very few of the tens of thousands of industry standards and associations that help guide application development. Let me know what your developer program does (beyond providing a links) to help your members build awesome apps that rely on multiple industry standards.
David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
While developers go about their daily tasks, they are also keeping an eye out for hot and cool (can I say both words in the same breath?) technologies invading their development space. Who doesn’t want to read about hot developer topics and work on really cool technologies? Who doesn’t want to make sure they are keeping up on today’s and tomorrow’s hot topics? On every developer news site, most programming blogs, at tech conferences and during just about every product launch you’ll hear the presenter make a connection to big data, machine learning, deep learning, mobile devices, cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The discussions go beyond a focus on one hot developer topic to include the integration of multiple technologies to create awesome solutions.
The Latest Hot Developer Topics
You don’t have to look very far down your favorite developer news sites to see headlines focused hot developer topics.
What are the latest trends impacting software developers? The need for Big Data development solutions is becoming a reality for more and more companies with the hyper-explosive growth of company data. To improve business decision making, developers are leveraging analytics platforms, machine and deep learning technologies. To connect beyond our desktop computers to billions of devices and sensors, developers are exploring interfaces to every device in their office, on their manufacturing floor, connected to their bodies, running in their homes and available in their cars. To scale their company’s platforms and services, developers are enhancing their application architectures to be housed in on premis and cloud based computing and storage environments.
Evans Data Researches the Hot Developer Topics
Evans Data Corporation was created to fill the demand for market research, market intelligence, and strategic planning in the software development industry. Since then we have become the industry leader in market intelligence focused on all areas of development from software to hardware to mobility. Developers present a highly focused, highly technical and very influential segment of the software industry, and the need to keep a finger on the pulse of the development community is well understood by many manufacturers. Because of the nature of development and the quickly changing technologies that form their world, traditional market research and consulting services seldom achieve adequate results.
Several Evans Data hot developer topics research reports are available. We also cover emerging developer trends in our global development, developer population, developer marketing and developer relations surveys. Click on the links below to find a description and table of contents for each report.
If you don’t find a report on this list, contact us and we’ll collaborate with your team to create custom developer research for topics key to your company’s success.