TechTarget at Alpha DevCon 2016: The World Has Moved to JSON – You’d Better Get Comfortable With IT

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TechTarget at Alpha DevCon 2016: The World Has Moved to JSON – You’d Better Get Comfortable With IT


(From Left:) TechTarget's Fred Churchville, DAIKIN's Daniel Santucci, MedStar's Bruce McKinnon, Gartner's Jason Wong and Alpha Software's Selwyn Rabins during an Alpha DevCon 2016 luncheon

(From Left:) TechTarget's Fred Churchville, DAIKIN's Daniel Santucci, MedStar's Bruce McKinnon, Gartner's Jason Wong and Alpha Software's Selwyn Rabins during an Alpha DevCon 2016 luncheon


TechTarget Associate Editor Fred Churchville attended Alpha DevCon 2016 last week and wrote about lessons learned at the event. In particular, he was intrigued by talk about JSON and mobile apps. In his article “Announcements at Alpha DevCon verify dev world's move to JSON data,” he discusses why JSON will speed app development, particularly around data integration and why it’s a must-have skill for developers today.

Experts at Alpha DevCon made it clear that “businesses that are not comfortable working with data in the JSON format risk falling behind in the application development race.” He then highlighted work Alpha Software has done to make it’s Alpha Anywhere rapid mobile application development and deployment platform easier for developers to work with data in the JSON format. He offered one example presented by Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin during one presentation:

“For example, [Bricklin] noted how the [Alpha Anywhere] ViewBox controller, which is designed to help developers create controls with specific behaviors, allows developers to work on JSON data directly, giving them more flexibility to create powerful applications.”
"The world has moved to the JSON format," Bricklin said during his presentation. "You better all be comfortable with it soon."
Churchville also interviewed Gartner Research Director Jason Wong, also attending Alpha DevCon 2016, who reiterated Bricklin's predictions:
"’JSON is REST, and REST services are pretty much the new way of integration,’ Wong said. ‘When you talk about APIs and integration, you're talking about REST.’”
“Wong pointed out that the asynchronous, lightweight and discoverable characteristics of REST, in addition to its ability to facilitate integration and connect with APIs and microservices, make it attractive for modern developers. He also added that it is ideal for mobile apps, which tend to call services from multiple, diverse systems.”

To read the full article on Alpha DevCon from TechTarget, click here.

To read more about some of the news and content coming out of DevCon, click here.
New Research: Treat Mobile Apps as Products, Not Projects
New Industry Report Names Alpha Anywhere a Top Enterprise App Development Platform

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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