Peter WaynerContributing Editor, InfoWorld

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.

First look: Microsoft's sharp, new Windows Phone SDK

Windows Phone SDK 8.0 gives developers extensive features, snappier code, lots of help, and the option to code in JavaScript and HTML

Security through obscurity: How to cover your tracks online

From Tor to steganography, these six techniques will help obscure the data and traces you leave online

Seven apps making the most of HTML5

HTML5 is more than a few years old and no longer a curiousity. Web pages that used to simply emulate a piece of paper are now expected to do something snazzy to justify their existence. Thanks to HTML5, along with innovations in JavaScript and CSS, interactive logic is a standard strategy for Web programming, and full-fledged Web apps are everywhere. All it takes is a few extra tags to rewrite the world's software as a Web page.

Great Open Source Map Tools for Web Developers

A rich ecosystem of free maps, free data, and free libraries give developers excellent alternatives to Google Maps.

Programmer Personality Types: 13 Profiles in Code

Coding culture offers no shortage of character. Here are the specs for determining your developer breed.

11 Hard Truths About HTML5

HTML5 heralds some nifty new features and the potential for sparking a Web programming paradigm shift, but performance falls short of the hype.

Attack of the Mobile Browsers

Firefox, Opera, and a horde of mobile upstarts give iPhone, iPad, and Android users plenty of alternatives.

Attack of the Mobile Browsers

Firefox, Opera, and a horde of mobile upstarts give iPhone, iPad, and Android users plenty of alternatives.

Battle of the Web Browsers

Stop. Don't look up. Don't look outside of the box, the rectangle holding this text. Can you tell me which browser you're using?

A Bountiful Year for Open Source

The feasting on open source software continues, but some wonder if the check might be coming due.

HTML5 in the Browser: Canvas, Video, Audio, and Graphics

The five characters HTML5 are now an established buzzword, found everywhere on the Web and often given top billing in slides, feature lists, and other places...

12 Programming Mistakes to Avoid

The dirty dozen of application development pitfalls -- and how to avoid these all-too-common programming blunders