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  • This tuition free, P2P programming school wants to find tech’s next hero

    This is pretty cool. A new incubator, aimed at creating the next generation of African innovators, has launched. Called WeThinkCode_, the digital training programme is free, uses peer-to-peer principles, and has no teachers or classrooms. Created through a founding partnership between First National Bank, BBD Software Development and Derivco, the incubator has partnered with various companies, foundations and individuals to sponsor students as it looks to eliminate the gap in tech skills on the continent. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the programme doesn't just want to source and train Africa's future coding talent, it also wants...

  • Drupal’s on the rise and South Africa needs to get onboard with that

    While there are numerous content management software (CMS) offerings out there, across the globe there is a tendency to stick with the big three open source frameworks when it comes to web development – Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. Of these, Drupal gets the least love from South African developers. The relationship perhaps needs some reconsideration, especially since internationally, there is a strong move towards its use in larger, more demanding websites. The international upswing: Globally, the list of Drupal clients is increasing by the day, with news organisations (The Economist, Al Jazeera, Weather.com), the public sector (www.whitehouse.gov, London.gov.uk, World Economic...

  • Microsoft SQL server coming to Linux mid-2017, preview build available

    In a blog post, Microsoft has announced that SQL Server will be making its way to Linux with a final release scheduled mid-2017. "This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers", said group vice president, enterprise infrastructure, at International Data Corporation, Al Gillen. The system looks to incorporate a host of features, such as Stretch Database which allows users can access data on-premises via the cloud. A preview build of SQL for Linux is already available with 'core relational database capabilities'. "By taking this key product to Linux Microsoft...

  • Building an ecommerce store? We look at 6 solutions for you

    With ecommerce constantly gaining traction in South Africa, it may be time to start that online store you've always dreamed of. While larger retail chains are jumping on the ecommerce bandwagon and moving into the digital space to be all-in-one solutions, there is still plenty of room to launch your own venture. You might not be technically inclined, working on a budget, or what unsure of what to do next. We've got you covered. Memeburn takes a look at either different ecommerce solutions to see which is right for you. For this list, we've looked at two add-on ecommerce solutions, two...

  • 5 steps to making your WordPress site mobile friendly

    Mobilegeddon or Google’s 2015 mobile-friendly update cemented the fact that we live in a mobile-first world. The algorithm update by the search-engine giant favored websites, which were optimized for smaller screens, including WordPress websites. No longer a blogging tool, WordPress CMS (Content Management System) is a favorite with industry professionals to build brilliant websites. But Google doesn’t want websites to be just brilliant, it wants them to be mobile-friendly all the way. Here comes the big (and the most obvious) question. How to make a website mobile-friendly? Is it through age-old tricks or some new trends on the market...

  • How to make websites fly

    One of the pillars of UX is to have a website that loads QUICKLY. Speed matters - just look at the now famous study showing how "one second could cost Amazon billions in sales". Google also plays a massive role in rewarding fast-loading sites. Since its advent, Google has prioritised delivering results at breakneck speed, and in recent years has been using site speed as a ranking factor. So how does one go about delivering one's content as quickly as possible? Any discussion with regards to website speed should be split into front end and back end considerations. Front end Front...

  • Is QA dead?

    Test automation is not a new practice. Most software teams are trying to automate testing in some way or another, especially as a replacement for long, manual regression testing cycles. If you’re a QA, you’ve probably wondered what this means for your job. In the world of ‘automate everything’ – where do you fit in? Is the role of the QA dead? Let’s start by talking about the obvious benefits of test automation. Computers test faster than humans One of the first benefits people see from test automation is that it drastically reduces the time it takes to test a system....

  • Building a mobile app? We look at 11 of the best frameworks for you

    When developing your mobile app there are several methods you can use. These methods include native, web apps, and cross-platform development. In this article, we'll be looking at cross-platform development. The best, yet more difficult way to develop a mobile app is to go native. The native development process involves writing the application in the desired program's native language, such as Object-C (SWIFT) on iOS, which is them compiled into machine code. The main advantage of developing a native application over hybrid is the performance gained by utilising hardware and software features directly. The biggest disadvantage comes at the price...

  • Dear students, are you programming yet?

    Programmers, known within the industry as developers, are the builders, inventors and problem-solvers of the digital age. Our lives are all but dependent on computers, and developers are the brains behind the workings of every type of computer imaginable - from your desktop PC and smartphone to the systems sending spacecraft into orbit or the programme that tells your washing machine to rinse and spin. And yet, despite being one of the few lucrative careers that require little to no formal tertiary training, development careers have been reserved mainly for the upper-middle classes who grew up tinkering with computers...

  • 6 reasons your customers hate your website

    You know the importance of having a business website. You may even have jumped on the ecommerce bandwagon decades ago. However, recently, your website traffic has dropped, and your conversion rates are abysmal. The Web is constantly changing — ‘tis the nature of the beast — and if your website isn’t changing with it, you are likely to find increasingly lower traffic. Here are a handful of common website problems that might be driving your customers away. 1. Your slow load It is 2015, and precious few Internet users still bother with dial-up connections. Because connection speeds increase every day, most...

  • Could Ruby on Rails be a godsend for manufacturing?

    Optimizing processes using technology is common across business segments, and in manufacturing, this becomes important to ensure the full potential of a production set-up. Today, manufacturing is moving towards an era of a full-scale automation and effectively monitoring and managing the production process is key to an efficient and effective manufacturing set up. Globalization has enabled companies to set up manufacturing units around the world to aid in effective distribution, cost advantages, optimum resource allocation, and most importantly, increase production. The existence of manufacturing set ups across the world has made it even more difficult to effectively administer their...

  • Controversial Google, Oracle case could put future API usage in jeopardy

    Both Google and Oracle are tech giants and their technology is ingrained into our everyday lives. The latter company owns the Java platform, which is used in most pieces of technology. Even with all of Oracle's success, the company is looking to target other tech giants. Oracle has decided to sue Google over copyrighted API's, more specifically their usage within Google's Android operating system. Google claims the usage consisted of only a small portion of the Java Standard Library. However small the usage may be, the code had still been used. After Silicon Valley judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, sided...

  • Web developing wizards – startup industry gold

    In a world where our last true currency is ideas; we find ourselves surrounded by opportunity to build and grow. Global connectivity and instantaneous communication has created a world where the mad reside among us and the thinkers rethink the box altogether. Yes, the world of online development from websites to apps and all the search engines in between is upon us and creativity has never looked so free. It doesn’t matter how it came to you, be it in a dream on a cold and stormy night or in a chat over coffee with an old friend, an...

  • Personalisation: not a technical tool, but a way to build closer relationships with people

    Watermark Consulting’s 2014 Customer Experience ROI Study confirms what marketers have always instinctively believed: providing a good customer experience makes sound business sense. Leaders in customer experience outperformed the Standard & Poor 500 Index by 26 percent, while laggards actually posted negative returns of -2.5 percent. Here’s the issue: Personalisation is one of the most important strategies that companies use to provide a great customer experience, and digitalisation provides new and powerful ways to personalise everything, so is it OK to just pull out all the digital stops and wow the customers? It may be counter-intuitive but the...

  • 5 hot tips for turning browsers into buyers

    It’s the blight of every ecommerce site. Spend huge amounts of money on attracting visitors. The visitors look around for a while, click on a few things here and there and then move on without buying a thing. What a waste! But what if you do something so interesting or so outrageous that a passing visitor has no choice but to put down some cash and have a piece of it. Here’s an attempt to move out of being deserted by site visitors and moving into being actively courted by them. 1. Lure them with window merchandising This may seem like a no-brainer,...