As a developer, you likely spend a lot of time working with code and other files on your computer. To make your life easier, there are several different automation tools available that can help you automate various tasks.

If you frequently work with the same set of files, for instance, you can use an automation tool to have those files open for you each time your development environment launches. Or, if you often need to run the same set of commands in your terminal, you can use an automation tool to create a shortcut for those commands.

Two of the most popular automation tools are Ansible and Vagrant. Ansible is a configuration management tool that can be used to automate various tasks, such as provisioning and maintaining servers. Vagrant is a tool that can be used to create and manage virtual development environments.

Both Ansible and Vagrant have their strengths and weaknesses. Ansible is typically more complex to learn than Vagrant, but it can be more powerful once you get the hang of it. Vagrant is generally simpler to use than Ansible, but it doesn’t have as many features.

So which automation tool should you use? In this article, we’ll compare Ansible vs. Vagrant and explore the main differences between them. We’ll also discuss when you might want to use each tool for your projects.

Written by: Prashant Thomas

With the rapid development of technology, machine learning and deep learning are growing more sophisticated and are being applied to a wider range of tasks. It’s critical to comprehend how these fields operate and what they mean as they grow in popularity. Given their potential, these technologies could significantly alter our societies. For instance, they could lead to advances in medical care, more efficient transportation systems, and even new forms of communication.

With regards to machine learning and deep learning, the options are virtually limitless. We can anticipate that these technologies will have a bigger and bigger impact on our lives as they develop. However, we need to be mindful of the risks involved and ensure that these technologies are developed responsibly. What challenges will these technologies face as they continue to evolve? How will they impact the way we live and work?

In this article, we’ll look at some of the potential applications of these technologies, as well as their potential implications on society. Read on to find out more!

Written by: Prashant Thomas

The decision to develop a mobile application is always a difficult one because you have to develop a business strategy, identify your target audience, analyze your competition, and estimate a budget. Even after completing all these tasks, you have one other important thing to consider, choosing between a native or cross-platform mobile application development framework.

Cross-platform development is the best strategy if you want to create a mobile application that many people can use. By developing your app for multiple platforms, you can make sure that it is accessible to users on a variety of devices. Even though there are several cross-platform mobile application development frameworks available, most developers prefer using Flutter or Xamarin. 

It’s crucial to conduct thorough research and pick the framework that best suits your requirements. In this blog, we’ll take a look at whether Flutter is a better alternative to Xamarin for developing cross-platform mobile applications. But first, we are going to briefly discuss about cross-platform development.

Written by: Prashant Thomas

When it comes to leveraging an enterprise solution that can benefit a business in more ways than one, one shouldn’t overlook the importance of software testing. There are several things to take into account before choosing a software testing company that you think is right for your business. The key to all this is your own quality assurance needs. Depending on those needs, your requirements from a software testing service varies.

Before signing a contract with a potential software testing partner, here are a few questions you should find answers to.
 

Does your potential software testing partner have a good reputation?

 
Reputation is not necessarily the most important aspect to consider. But a company with a bad reputation certainly doesn’t fit the profile of an ideal partner. It’s a good idea to look up your potential software testing partner on Google Reviews and their social media pages.

Reputation alone doesn’t say a lot about the quality of a company’s service. Looking up recent news articles on the company can shed some light on the company’s service quality.
 

Does the service’s price tag match its quality?

 
A preliminary research on the company’s reputation should also give an idea on their service quality and how most companies charge their software testing services. The next step is to check the pricing of your chosen candidates and see if their price tags match the quality expected from them. If any of them are charging more than what you would expect for their level of service quality or if the price exceeds your budget, you can cross them off your list.

However, almost every leading IT and Application management services company offering development and testing services would have slightly bigger price tags on their services mostly owing to their success streak and trusted reliability.

Then there are some companies offering services with suspiciously low prices. Chances are they could be either outsourcing testing services or cutting corners. To avoid such companies, it’s best to look into the technical capabilities of the potential candidates.
 

How qualified are your testers?

 
Looking into the qualifications of the people who will be doing the testing for you is also something you should not neglect. You need to make sure they aren’t just generalists who know their way around IT services. They should be specialists with experience when it comes to testing enterprise-grade software. It’s a good idea to speak directly with the testing team and get a measure of how professional they are when undertaking testing projects.
 

Can the candidate company integrate with your tools and technology?

 
This step ensures that the software testing company you are thinking of hiring is familiar with your existing quality assurance practices, and that they can integrate well with the technology you are already using.
 

Conclusion

 
Choosing the right company for testing is a challenge in itself. With software testing being just as important as software development today, businesses shouldn’t shy out of researching their potential partners thoroughly before signing the partnership contract.

Written by: Kiran

Microsoft recently announced that they are working on the next version of their signature IDE, Visual Studio which could bring major changes to software development. Reportedly, the tech giant is still in the early planning phase for the next Visual Studio tool suite release, named Visual Studio 2019. The earliest signs of Visual Studio was spotted at GitHub, which is turn about to be acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion in company stock.

John Montgomery, director of program management for Visual Studio at Microsoft, after revealing that Visual Studio 2019 is in the works in his blog post, also added that we will be seeing many indicators of the company laying the foundation for the latest Visual Studio suite in Github, where their Developer Tools team spent a lot of time in.
 

Sneak peek

 
Visual Studio 2017 was launched in March 2017, which gave rise to a speculation that Visual Studio 2019 would be released in early 2019. However, the company did not reveal anything on the release, but promised to say more in the coming months.

John Montgomery’s blog post still provided a couple of goals for Microsoft’s new Visual Studio release. The company intends to release Visual Studio 2019 faster, with a goal of making the IDE suite more reliable and effective for teams. Visual Studio 2019 is also expected to be easier to use with a short learning curve.

The director also added that we can expect better refactorings and navigation, in addition to a more capable debugger and faster solutions loads and builds. The company would also be exploring the collaboration aspect of the next version, leveraging connected capabilities like Live Share to facilitate real-time collaboration. Cloud scenarios are also expected to be more seamless.

Another intriguing reveal was Microsoft’s willingness to improve team productivity by having Visual Studio utilize Azure to deliver AI-driven assistance to the IDE. Seemingly, other Microsoft technology solutions will also be getting updates to leverage AI, considering the fact that the company seems to be willing to invest in hot trends.
 

Where they are headed

 
Because they specifically mentioned Visual Studio’s Live Share feature, we can expect the company to improve the feature. Live Share was announced in November last year, and quickly became popular for its co-authoring capabilities i.e. enabling developers to work together on the same code, much similar to the edit capabilities of a few Office 365 applications. Essentially, the company wants their new Visual Studio to facilitate real-time collaboration effectively.

Aside from its goals for the IDE suite, Microsoft expansion plans also seems promising since their announcement of the GitHub acquisition earlier this month. It was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who also added that GitHub will remain an open platform and developers would still be able to extend it. Developers would be able to use the languages, operating systems, and tools of their choice for their projects, and deploy the code on any cloud and any device.

We will be seeing Microsoft’s IntelliCode, an AI-powered assistance for cloud scenarios in Visual Studio 2019. When introduced during Microsoft’s Build 2018 Developers Conference in May, IntelliCode was applauded. The AI-driven program learns over time and streamlines formatting while suggesting APIs and recommendations to avoid errors. The company is leaning on Azure to train IntelliCode and get it functioning in Visual Studio 2019.

The company also revealed that it took about a whopping 2000 high quality GitHub repositories to train IntelliCode’s machine learning model and ensure that it sticks to best practices.
 

Conclusion

 
Although the company didn’t give out any info on the release of the new Visual Studio version, they certainly made it clear that the path they are taking would benefit every Application Management services company leveraging their technologies. Montgomery also teased an announcement in the next few months. Developers who participated in the Visual Studio 2017 Preview would likely be the first to get information on the release of the first beta version of Visual Studio 2019.

Written by: Ratheesh V S