Oracle JDK: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

With the news that Oracle have now changed their Java licensing terms and should no longer be providing updates of the ubiquitous SE 8, understandably, a lot of people have begun to wonder what all of this will mean for the future of their businesses.

So to help clear away the prevailing current confusion, in this article, Software Planet Group would like to put forward some critical guiding insight.

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Are Desktop Applications Dead?

For years now, speculation on the eventual demise of the trusty personal computer has been going rife and rampant, yet as far-fetched as these predictions may initially appear to be, when one honestly takes the time to consider their individual habits, the arguments do hold a remarkable amount of water.

After all, outside of the work environment, when was the last time that you actually sat down in order to use a laptop or your standard desktop computer? To many of our readers, it most certainly will have been a while.

Naturally, therefore, the situation spills over onto our desktop applications as well. Microsoft Word is facing fierce competition from Google Docs, online applications such as Mint and Personal Capital have already given Quicken a most serious run for its money, and even grade-A programs like Photoshop and InDesign are starting to have their reigns threatened by formidable web contenders.

Consequently, desktop technologies are effectively on the back burner, yet this, as one would expect, is a dangerous path to follow, and some of the cracks are already beginning to show.

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Programming in 2019: Which Technology Should I Choose?

When it comes to deciding on a project’s programming technology, things can quickly take a turn for the murky. After all, though we are oftentimes certain of what it is that we are hoping to achieve, as soon as you throw in some complex technical details, it is difficult to determine if we are making the correct decision.

Thankfully, however, Software Planet are committed to making this process as simple as is humanly possible, so for today’s article, we would like to walk you through some of the main technologies in use today and help you identify what you can do to yield maximum benefits.

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2019 in Digital Transformation

By now, digital transformation is already well under way in the vast majority of organisations, but owing to the market’s notoriously changeable winds, knowing where to invest can quickly turn into a challenge. Just last year, for example, cryptocurrencies were largely being hailed as a great unexamined goldmine, but there is now growing support that these popular technologies are significantly less secure than originally understood. And what of the case of Oracle, which is now charging Java users extortionate licensing fees?

Nonetheless, by staying well abreast of the latest technological trends, Software Planet Group believe that you can make wise decisions that will help your business stay firmly ahead of the game.

So without further ado, it is time to take a look at the year in digital transformation!

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The Difference Between Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Over the past few years, with every new and exciting product, the terms “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” have increasingly been thrown about. As a result, puzzled consumers everywhere are often left to wonder if they’re really just buzzwords for the exact same thing.

But could that actually be the case? After all, last time we checked, neither Siri nor Alexa were anywhere near the exceptional capabilities of Jarvis from Iron Man, or the solemn, ghoulish precogs in Spielberg’s Minority Report. So what gives, tech world?

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Dawn of the Progressive Web Application

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change” ~Charles Darwin.

Do you remember when native mobile applications first came meteor-crashing into the scene? Most people couldn’t get enough of them! From amusing virtual lightsabers to far more handy unit converters, back in 2008, it didn’t matter if your program was a star or a dud — if it was on the iPhone, all eyes were on your company.

But just as natural selection is so crushingly apparent in nature, in today’s lightning-paced, ever-changing technological world, the ubiquitous native application, long unchallenged, may soon be reaching an untimely demise.

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SPG Reviews: Influencer Marketing Solutions

Understandably, our customers are often concerned about the correct way to go about marketing their software products. But while no magic recipe for success currently exists, in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that highly sought for solutions like Google Adwords and content marketing can only take you so far. Beyond there, one must think outside the box.

So for this article, we would like to highlight just one of the many ways that you can do this, by ramping up your marketing efforts through the engaging power of social influencers.

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Native vs. HTML5 vs. React Native Apps: Who Wins?

In the seemingly eternal battle for mobile domination, campaigns are waged on multiple levels.

However, while most people are well acquainted with the public squabbles of Apple and Samsung, in the background, a much more subtle contest takes place, as programmers and CEOs scuffle to determine the best technology for mobile app development.

Understandably, to the technically disinclined, it may come as a surprise that not all apps are built natively. Yet in reality, not only are alternative technologies extremely common, but there are many valid reasons for putting them to good use.

A Cornucopia of Options

Beyond iOS’ native ObjectiveC and, Swift, and Android’s own version of the Java programming language, software engineers are able to create apps using web technologies like HTML5, or hybrid solutions that include both web and native components, such as Flutter, PhoneGap, React Native, the Ionic framework, among others.

With every case, it is important to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses that will serve to aid companies in their final decision.

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Top Trends in the Healthcare Industry Today

Despite the fact that many businesses are still yet to fully embrace digital technology, we are living in the time of what is widely being hailed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Rapid advancement in fields such as quantum computing, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology are causing disruptive change to virtually every industry, and healthcare is no exception.

In fact, as one of the world’s largest and most dynamic industries — annual investment soared by as much as 26 percent last year — the healthcare sector is in a prime position to bring us some of the most exciting and life-altering applications. So as 2018 begins, let’s take a look at the trends that are starting to cast light on the future of digital medicine.

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When Game Development Meets External Vendors: Game Over?

The global gaming business is at an all-time high. This year, the industry is expected to generate over $150 billion (£116.5bn) in revenue. To anyone truly paying attention, however, this should come as no surprise. Just in the United Kingdom, between console, smartphones, PC, VR headsets and the internet, half of the population plays video games today. Astoundingly, however, despite the industry’s rapid expansion, most software companies have been unable to cope with the unique needs of game creators.

At Software Planet Group, we have worked very hard to overcome this problem. Over the years, our experience with various gaming companies has led us to refine our development process and create an entirely separate system that strives to work for everyone. As a result of this assembled knowledge, however, we have also found that many aspiring game makers are unsure of where to begin. This is why for this blog post, SPG would like to highlight some of the invaluable lessons we picked up along the way.

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