What Doesn’t Kill You…

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much effort you pour into your projects; there will always be someone trying to rain on your parade. This was the experience here at Software Planet Group when totally out of the blue, in a New York pizzeria-style move of underhanded, mafia-like rivalry, our client was hacked by their long-time greatest competitor.

The victims in question were Ted and Marie Giouzelis, proud owners of The Lunchmaster, a school meal delivery solution.

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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Binance-Like Crypto Exchange?

Just as the name suggests, a cryptocurrency exchange is a business, online or otherwise, allowing its customers to trade digital as well as traditional fiat currencies. In recent months, starting up this type of company has increasingly become more enticing, as despite the market’s volatility, companies such as Binance have been making good profit, and prominent exchanges like the Tokyo-based Binance are publicly benefiting from extraordinary amounts of success.

Yet replicating such an achievement is not without its challenges, as important security issues must always be borne in mind.

Nevertheless, by understanding the right components and developing a thorough game plan, you can build a successful crypto exchange both iteratively and inexpensively.

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Are Copywriters and UX Writers One and the Same?

Though explaining what copywriting is may at times prove challenging in itself — you’d be surprised by how often writers are asked if it has anything to do with an ad about stealing cars — with the recent introduction of UX writers into the scene, making sense of these roles has increasingly become more problematic.

Nevertheless, today, Software Planet would like to shed some light onto the many differences between these important positions, and discover whether or not a single individual at your company may successfully be able to fulfil both roles.

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Prototypes, MVPs and POCs — Steps to Market Readiness

According to a recent study by CB Insights, the #1 reason why startups fail is a lack of market need. This was shown to be the case in approximately 42 percent of all surveyed businesses. The great lesson here, of course, is that as an aspiring entrepreneur, you must always be careful to not put out there something that consumers simply have no appetite for — but how can you be so sure?

Well, if you’re a regular blog reader, you probably know that an MVP, or minimum viable product, is an excellent way to gauge the market readiness of your product, but this is where things can get a little confusing. After all, how does this differ from a prototype, or even a proof of concept (POC)? These terms get thrown around by techy developers all the time, but deciphering what they mean can often be a challenge.

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Legacy Code: Rebuilding Working Software

Do you find that in recent times, it’s become increasingly more difficult to support your company’s system? Are you struggling to find developers who can get the job done? Have development rates over the years grown progressively more alarming? You could be relying on outmoded legacy code.

Yes, gloomy though the thought may seem, it doesn’t matter how cutting edge or top of the line your product once was — eventually, it is bound to become outdated and pose far more problems than actual solutions.

This is why it is so vital to approach your legacy systems with a well-informed dosage of both foresight and caution. So to help you in this regard, Software Planet Group would now like to outline below some of the commonest approaches for dealing with this nagging issue.

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The Importance of Animation in UI Design

While the launch of the iPhone just over a decade ago is rightly hailed as a revolution in mobile technology, it also heralds the beginning of a much quieter — yet comparably significant — transformation. Thanks to touchscreen technology, operating our applications has evolved from merely clicking up and down static lists to pinching, tapping, dragging and swiping our way through our programs.

Paired with modern animation tools, these powerful new ways to interact with our systems pose exciting — and often unexplored — opportunities for any business hoping to better engage with their customers.

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Top Trends Redefining Enterprise IT

If there is one industry that has undergone massive upheaval in the last decade or so, then that would be IT. The term “digital transformation” may be an oft-used cliché, but one can hardly dispute that it remains as current as ever.

Increasingly, because technology has evolved at a pace far greater than anyone could have anticipated, many businesses are being forced to make one of two simple choices — play catch-up or throw in the towel.

So for all the non-quitters out there still trying to navigate this new technological era, here is a compilation of the most important trends that are turning IT on its head:

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Who Should Pay for Bug Fixes?

In a perfect world, every application would sit comfortably atop wholly stable, never-changing systems.

Unfortunately for utopians everywhere, however, the foundation upon which modern software is built is much more akin to a ticking time bomb.

While software solutions should always be delivered in working order, all it takes is a single Windows or Linux update failing to play well with a program for something somewhere to snap.

And just to make matters worse, these things are completely unavoidable!

But they also beg the inevitable, oft-awkward question: when so-called bugs eventually do make an appearance, who should be responsible for paying for them?

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Artificial Intelligence: Finding Value in the Hype Haystack

From promises of bringing forth an imminent utopia to marking the end of the human race, artificial intelligence has often been the subject of much hype and very little substance.

Last year, however, with voice assistants and conversational UIs dominating homes and the media, the hype may have finally peaked at fever pitch.

But in the age of Siri and self-driving cars, how close are we really to a so-called singularity, and more importantly, is AI in its present form a worthy investment for your business?

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What Great Tech Leads Are Made Of

For developers interested in moving up the ranks, the idea of becoming a tech lead may be as appealing as it is intimidating.

After all, when leading development teams, only a small proportion of the skills acquired as a programmer will prepare you for the role.

Gone are the days of merely aiming to design and write quality code. Instead, developers must now learn to understand people, resolve conflict and effectively juggle an extraordinary amount of tasks.

Thankfully, here at SPG, we are all about keeping things simple.

So to make this transition as seamless as possible, here are some essential skills every tech lead hopeful is expected to bring to the table:

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