Howard Wen

Howard Wen is a freelance writer who has contributed frequently to O'Reilly Network and written for Salon.com, Playboy.com, and Wired, among others.

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Big ethics for big data

June 11 2012

"Ethics of Big Data" authors Kord Davis and Doug Patterson explore ownership, anonymization, privacy, and ways to evaluate and establish ethical data practices within an organization. read more

Developing cross-platform mobile apps with C#

June 05 2012

Web developer and author Greg Shackles reveals the advantages of using C# over C++ for writing mobile apps. He also explains why Android and iOS developers should give C# a serious look. read more

The rewards of simple code

April 23 2012

Simple code is born from planning, discipline and grinding work. But as author Max Kanat-Alexander notes in this interview, the benefits of simple code are worth the considerable effort it requires. read more

Patterns snap mobile app designs into place

March 30 2012

There's a direct line between a great app experience and a great app design. In this interview, "Mobile Design Pattern Gallery" author Theresa Neil weighs in on app patterns and UI best practices. read more

Business-government ties complicate cyber security

February 06 2012

Is an attack on a U.S. business' network an attack on the U.S. itself? "Inside Cyber Warfare" author Jeffrey Carr discusses the intermingling of corporate and government interests in this interview. read more

Mobile interfaces: Mistakes to avoid and trends to watch

January 17 2012

In this interview, "Designing Mobile Interfaces" co-author Steven Hoober discusses common mobile interface mistakes, and he offers his thoughts on the latest mobile device trends — including why the addition of gestures and sensors isn't wholly positive. read more

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks

November 09 2011

The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA. read more

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks

November 09 2011

The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA. read more

Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point

August 15 2011

"Programming Honeycomb" author Marko Gargenta discusses the state of Android 3.x, the technical hurdles of Honeycomb, and why the slow adoption pattern of Android tablets may soon change. read more

The evolution of iOS development: Better tools and a lot more to think about

August 11 2011

Dan and Tracey Pilone, authors of "Head First iPhone and iPad Development," discuss the maturation of the iOS world, how the iPad has changed development patterns, and what they hope to see in iOS down the road. read more

Getting started with HTML5 apps

July 12 2011

"Programming HTML5 Applications" author Zachary Kessin discusses the tools, technologies, and knowledge that help developers build HTML5 apps. Plus: Learn the most common app development mistakes and how to avoid them. read more

The ascendance of App Inventor

June 03 2011

Google's App Inventor has transformed from a simple entry point for Android programming into an increasingly robust app creation platform. In this interview, "App Inventor" co-author David Wolber discusses the tool's evolution and future applications. read more

Wireless sensor networks can see and shape the world

March 14 2011

"Building Wireless Sensor Networks" author Robert Faludi discusses the practical application of sensor networks and how he thinks they will evolve to meet a variety of needs. read more

Why the Droid line caught on

February 15 2011

Preston Gralla, author of "Droid 2: The Missing Manual" and "Droid X: The Missing Manual," discusses the disconnect between consumer concerns (does it work?) and tech world worries (is Android too fragmented?). read more

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips

January 20 2011

Traditional marketers and businesses tend to downplay Facebook's utility. That's a mistake, according to Dan and Alison Zarrella, co-authors of "The Facebook Marketing Book." In this interview, they explain why engagement is the key to Facebook campaigns. read more

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