Joel Spolsky, chief executive of Stack Exchange.

With this $40M, Q&A startup Stack Exchange could become a dev-hiring powerhouse

Software luminary Joel Spolsky figured out some years ago that if you want your startup to get big really fast, venture capital can help. And Spolsky, the chief executive of Stack Exchange, the company that runs question-answering websites like the popular programmer hangout Stack Overflow, is completely convinced that Stack Overflow could become the premiere place on the Internet for finding and hiring the best developers around.

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Software CMOs, meet your toughest customer: developers

Tech-savvy businesses have known for years that they must market to those who influence a brand’s customer experience the most — application developers.

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Swift is great, but you should still know Objective-C first

Apple sent waves through the developer community on Monday when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac OS X apps that’s designed to be fast, modern, and easy to learn by limiting the amount of boilerplate code needed to solve and debug common problems.

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4 tips to help you hire engineers in a world where devs hold all the cards

If you’re an engineering hiring manager, chances are you have a list of technical questions that are your gold standard for evaluating potential hires, right? Technical ability is imperative, of course. But are you getting the talent you really need?

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Here’s how to hacker-proof your app in 5 steps

As reports of companies suffering data breaches continue to roll in with alarming frequency, concern about data security has moved beyond the realm of IT pros and into the mainstream.

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Facebook’s Parse now lets your apps work offline

SAN FRANCISCO — At Facebook’s f8 developer conference, Parse had some big announcements: a handful of pretty useful new features, new service plans, and — oh, yeah — the capability to build apps that work offline.

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7 alternatives to TestFlight

Maybe Apple will improve TestFlight, bring it back to Android (doubt it), or drop it altogether. Only time will tell. Since we can’t predict the future, consider making one of these your favorite app beta tool.

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Facebook steps up Russian programming partnerships

A number of the social network’s top managers have visited Russia to meet local developers since Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Moscow last year, when the Facebook founder tried to woo Russian programmers to California.