Peter Wayner

Contributing Editor

Peter Wayner is contributing editor at InfoWorld and the author of more than 16 books on diverse topics, including open source software ("Free for All"), autonomous cars ("Future Ride"), privacy-enhanced computation ("Translucent Databases"), digital transactions ("Digital Cash"), and steganography ("Disappearing Cryptography"). His work regularly appears in InfoWorld, and he consults on software projects big and small. The second edition of his book on robot cars, "Future Ride," is out now. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packard's TechBeacon marketing website.

12 dark secrets of technical debt

12 dark secrets of technical debt

Software development is never done. Whatever feature requests that fall by the wayside or later crop up become an amorphous, hard-to-define debt with payback rules all its own.

6 tools that make machine learning easier

6 tools that make machine learning easier

Vendors are taking the mystique out of machine learning by offering layers for automating data prep and algorithm choices, opening up AI to motivated, data-smart business users.

10 reasons software projects are slower than we expect

10 reasons software projects are slower than we expect

Despite efforts to re-engineer software development with new methodologies and tools, projects still warp time lines thanks to bureaucracy, new demands, and the nature of code.

12 dark secrets of cloud security

12 dark secrets of cloud security

The cloud is essentially a dark pool of computational power and that mystery can lull us into complacency. Here’s what you don’t know about keeping your data secure in the cloud.

Top 6 chatbot building platforms

Top 6 chatbot building platforms

Chatbots are fast becoming a business cornerstone for customer service efforts. Here are the key tools you can use to leverage AI to better serve your customers.

9 dark secrets of low-code software development

9 dark secrets of low-code software development

Low-code tools offer the promise of building apps in a snap, but when you look more closely at the platforms, outcomes, and processes, the reality of low code isn’t quite so simple.

12 dark secrets of encryption

12 dark secrets of encryption

With data security a key concern across all systems, encryption is increasingly becoming the go-to solution. But encryption may be less of a sure thing than you think.

The 12 dark secrets of data science

The 12 dark secrets of data science

From hidden costs to highly suspect conclusions, data science is not without its detractions and limitations — despite the ongoing hype.

13 signs your software project may be doomed

13 signs your software project may be doomed

Software projects can get derailed before you know it. Here are the subtle warning signs that your latest app dev initiative isn’t going quite as well as it seems.

11 leadership practices that could sink your software project

11 leadership practices that could sink your software project

Software development outcomes can be foiled by any number of ‘antipatterns’: management practices that seem sound in theory but rarely pay off when zealously adhered to.

What those developers really mean

What those developers really mean

Developers speak a language unto themselves. Here’s how to cut through their half-truths and sneaky barbs to know what’s really wrong with your code, timelines, expectations and management style.

Java vs. Google's Go: An epic battle for developer mind share

Java vs. Google's Go: An epic battle for developer mind share

The upstart Go is giving stalwart Java a run for its money on greenfield server-side web apps

21 hot programming trends—and 21 going cold

21 hot programming trends—and 21 going cold

Hot or not? From the web to the motherboard to the training ground, get the scoop on what's in and what's out in app dev

Python vs. R: The battle for data scientist mind share

Python vs. R: The battle for data scientist mind share

Here’s how the general-purpose favorite of scientists stacks up against the stat head’s data-honed tool of choice

9 lies programmers tell themselves

9 lies programmers tell themselves

Confidence in our power over machines also makes us guilty of hoping to bend reality to our code

Angular vs. React: An epic battle for developer mind share

Angular vs. React: An epic battle for developer mind share

Two of the hottest open source web dev tools butt heads over your next project

13 reasons not to use Chrome

13 reasons not to use Chrome

Chrome may be the world’s most popular browser, but it isn’t necessarily the best one

Cloud made easy: Get started with Digital Ocean

Cloud made easy: Get started with Digital Ocean

Build a web presence in minutes with DigitalOcean’s dead-simple cloud service

PHP vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share

PHP vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share

Here's how the old guard and upstart darling of the server-side web stack up against each other

10 new AWS cloud services you never expected

10 new AWS cloud services you never expected

From data scooping to facial recognition, Amazon’s latest additions give devs new, wide-ranging powers in the cloud

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