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.

14 reasons why software projects fail

14 reasons why software projects fail

From outsized expectations to fundamental feature changes, software development projects get derailed — or declared failures — thanks to a variety of project management and technical factors.

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

11 predictions for the future of programming

11 predictions for the future of programming

Our coding crystal ball offers clues about the kinds of turns your programming career will take in the years ahead

Should you go with Google's Go? 7 pros and cons

Should you go with Google's Go? 7 pros and cons

The once cutting-edge language is taking off -- and may be a prime candidate for your next project

The 7 most vexing problems in programming

The 7 most vexing problems in programming

Here be dragons: These gnarly corners of the coding world can be formidable foes, even for seasoned pros

7 chronic browser bugs plaguing the web

7 chronic browser bugs plaguing the web

From video glitches to memory leaks, today’s browser bugs are harder to pin down, even as they slow the web to a crawl

The power of lazy programming

The power of lazy programming

These 13 tools and techniques prove that, when it comes to coding, laziness is a virtue

7 bad programming ideas that work

7 bad programming ideas that work

Cheaper, easier, faster, safer -- sometimes bad habits are better than good enough

7 programming languages we love to hate — but can’t live without

7 programming languages we love to hate — but can’t live without

Tools masquerading as languages, maddening syntax, dusty code that won’t die -- here's what has us shaking our fists

13 fabulous frameworks for Node.js

13 fabulous frameworks for Node.js

This baker's dozen of lean and mean Node.js frameworks can help streamline your development of fast websites, rich APIs, and real-time apps

Cloud review: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Joyent

Cloud review: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Joyent

The top five public clouds pile on the services and options, while adding unique twists

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