JAVA: Developers can dish out tastier Web apps with JSweet. With JSweet, which recently became available via open source, developers can leverage their Java skills to build Web apps in JavaScript. The technology transpiles from Java to TypeScript and, in turn, JavaScript. TypeScript is a Microsoft-built superset that compiles to JavaScript. Read more

JAVASCRIPT: Ransom32 – Even JavaScript Can Implement Ransomware. Despite JavaScript living inside the browser’s protected and sandboxed environment, restricted on what it can or not do on the user’s machine, it is still possible for those restrictions to be bypassed upon infection with ‘drive-by download’ malware. Read more

IN-DEMAND SKILLS: What Are the Most-Wanted Data Science Skills for 2016? To find the most-wanted data science skills, CrowdFlower analyzed job postings on the business-oriented social media site, LinkedIn. Hadoop, Python, Java, and R round out the top five in-demand skills. Read more

NEVER TOO EARLY: Fisher-Price Now Has a Toy That Teaches Preschoolers How to Code. When is the ideal time to start your child on the path to a comfortable and mostly satisfying career as a developer? High school? Grade School? Fisher-Price thinks preschoolers should be introduced to the problem solving skills they might one day need to be a great coder. Read more


TRENDS 2016: 3 Trends That Will Shake Up App Development in 2016. With the number of apps and mobile users projected to increase exponentially, developers who create the most advanced technology fastest will gain the competitive edge needed to stand out amongst competition. Read the rest

HYBRID APPS: Web Standards Evolution Drives Hybrid Apps: IDC Study. Progress in the Web platform standards such as HTML5 and in the latest versions of iOS and Android has made Web languages and tools more viable for a greater swath of enterprise apps, according to a recent IDC study. In a report titled “The Evolving State of Mobile Software Development,” IDC analyst Al Hilwa says Web platform technologies now occupy an “ever-larger footprint” inside of many third-party cross-platform mobile platforms. Read more

AGILE: Why One Real Estate CIO is Sold on Agile. A part of a plan to increase business value, Marcus & Millichap is embracing agile software development as it plans to refresh or replace several applications in 2016, says CIO Ken Sayward. Read more

HEALTH TECH: Sending Medicaid to the Cloud. The Wyoming state government already has considerable experience with cloud-based services. It uses Google Apps for Government, NEOGOV for human resources and is looking at for customer relationship management. But as its Department of Health prepares to issue an RFP to replace its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), all eyes in the Medicaid IT sector are on Wyoming because it will be the first time a state has tried to move away from an expensive custom-developed system to an MMIS-as-a-service approach. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems January 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


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