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- December 07, 2015
With all the talk about the ongoing worldwide software developer shortage, it's encouraging to see the grass roots efforts by the non-profit Code.org to bring coding to everyone. In fact, the group ...
- December 01, 2015
TechTarget's 2015 salary survey shows developers are mostly optimistic, content and challenged by new technology. Find out why software developer pay could stand to be increased.
- November 30, 2015
Coding is a good living, but the average software developer salary can vary widely depending on which country developers are in and what specialty they have.
- November 20, 2015
It’s tempting to think of the worldwide software developer shortage as a chicken and egg problem. Is there too much demand? Are there too few people? It doesn’t matter which came first because of ...
- November 06, 2015
Learn about the software developer shortage and the efforts being made to expand training and staffing in the industry.
- October 28, 2015
It's a fine line between appropriate, and not. But in today's open society, how do you draw that line? After all, what is funny to one person is offensive to another. I was talking to our testing ...
- October 23, 2015
At JavaOne, GitHub's Matthew McCullough will explain why the future is collaborative software development. It's not just about the one rock star any more.
- October 20, 2015
With a global software developer shortage predicted to get worse, hiring software developers has become very difficult. Get expert advice on what works.
- October 16, 2015
The hot software developer skills of the future might not involve as much coding as you think. Find out how you can be that in-demand dream developer.
- October 16, 2015
A worldwide shortage of coders has left employers scrambling, but smart software developer training strategies can help fill the gap.
- September 15, 2015
A brand new report from the Application Developers Alliance (and conducted by IDC) showcases some very encouraging news about the software development profession. A healthy 68% of today’s software ...
- September 02, 2015
I've been talking to a lot of stressed out testers recently. These are people who take their profession seriously but don't always think anyone else does, particularly when they're told time and ...
- September 01, 2015
Matt Heusser offers a wrap-up of the CAST 2015 software testing conference, with a summary of several compelling keynote presentations.
- August 10, 2015
In all of the Agile talk last week at Agile2015, there were lots of good, insightful observations, a ton of interesting, useful and actionable data and a few downright jaw-droppers. The ...
- August 06, 2015
VersionOne's 9th annual survey shows that Agile development teams are more productive, projects are more visible and it's easier to roll with changes. Too bad corporate culture isn't always on Agile's side.
- August 06, 2015
At Agile2015, discussion turned to how a user story can offer a different approach to Agile security.
- August 05, 2015
The keynote at Agile2015 emphasized why companies should modify Agile based on needs, rather than following core values.
- August 03, 2015
From large-scale Agile news to how science impacts Agile, presenters discuss the topics that will be included in Agile2015.
- July 30, 2015
Is this your first time going to Agile2015? You’re not alone – it’s my first time too – but from what I understand this isn’t your mother’s tech conference. So I asked Agile consultant and author ...
- July 23, 2015
Have you heard about the brand new hotel in Japan that is staffed exclusively by robots? If you’re lucky (and English-speaking), you’ll be welcomed at the front desk by a robotic dinosaur. Japanese ...
- July 09, 2015
The Boston Software Craftsmanship Meetup group met recently to play a couple of programming games. They were gracious enough to let me sit in as one of their own. The games were to demonstrate the ...
- June 26, 2015
Red Hat Summit / Dev Nation 2015 fell pretty well in line with the theme everything old is new again. The three main themes repeated again and again were containers, DevOps and microservices. I ...
- June 25, 2015
For a journalist, an all-night hackathon can be a pretty intimidating undertaking. I was sure I'd be way over my head sitting with professional programmers as we built and programmed as Raspberry ...
- June 03, 2015
The folks behind Alpha Anywhere, including Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin, gathered a bunch of their users to focus on mobile application development and specifically on tablet applications ...
- April 30, 2015
Turning data into information depends on the context it's used in. It takes a new type of engineer to discover the right big data analytics use cases to pursue.
- April 27, 2015
Data privacy lawyer Jeff Kosseff discussed the current state of data privacy law as it applies to big data at the Big Data Tech Con in Boston.
- April 01, 2015
The Yellow Pages Group (YPG) in Canada grew out of traditional print publishing. Now, they're a major player in internet directory services across Canada. The transition wasn't easy. It took a ...
- March 31, 2015
IT pros told their career stories at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco, which featured career advice, software project stories and calls for community service and diversity in IT.
- March 11, 2015
There's one big question at the heart of everything that good software project managers do. How do we develop software better? How do we improve the ways and means through which we develop ...
- March 02, 2015
One of the main tenets of Agile development is to empower the development team to make its own choices. This is really important because it helps the developers identify with their projects in a ...
- February 09, 2015
DeveloperWeek 2015 is one of the largest tech events in the country. Find out the latest news from the show.
- January 12, 2015
One year ago this Sunday, I predicted that the word for 2014 would be continuous – as in continuous development. I know it might be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but the word 'continuous' did seem to ...
- September 09, 2014
The proposed testing standards have met fierce opposition in the testing community, including a petition stop the ISO from moving forward.
- April 17, 2014
Quest 2014 in Baltimore is the annual software testing and quality assurance conference for all IT professionals.
- December 04, 2013
In this photo story, Seng Lin Shee, senior software engineer at Ancestory.com, discusses the pros and cons of transitioning to continuous software development.
- October 25, 2013
Dan Bartow, SOASTA's VP of product management, explains why continuous testing isn't practiced enough and what mobile testers should do about it.
- October 02, 2013
The Internet of Things is the interconnectedness of things that access the cloud. Applications can control a wide variety of real-world appliances.
- September 27, 2013
Java expert Kai Wähner explains the importance of an integration framework and the differences between this approach and ESBs and integration suites.
- June 25, 2013
The Boston Java Meetup Group welcomed BDD guru Alan Parkinson, who explained the value of automating tests with Cucumber.
- May 17, 2013
Software quality assurance is gaining respect as a profession -- but do QA testers have the scripting and security skills the role now requires?
- May 07, 2013
Keynotes at STAREAST 2013 discuss planning for quality control and getting a handle on error messages.
- April 03, 2013
Mobile testing isn't the only big change shaking up the software lifecycle. The mobile planning and coding stages are also undergoing major shifts.
- February 19, 2013
Check out the top ten threats presented by enterprise mobile applications, according to the OWASP Mobile Security Project.
- February 13, 2013
Ask mobile software developers 'What is BYOD?' and, along with the reply 'bring your own device,' they are quick to add 'but some restrictions apply.'
- January 16, 2013
Code signing aims to keep malicious code out of mobile apps by verifying where the code came from.
- November 26, 2012
Mobile application testing doesn't get the priority it deserves. Experts explain how to meet the challenges of testing.
- November 19, 2012
Mobile embedded applications are vulnerable to attack and subject to compliance mandates, and require more robust testing practices than other apps.
- October 02, 2012
Applications running on mobile devices pose new challenges for test professionals. In the near future, mobile device testing will take center stage.
- August 13, 2012
Consultants provide insight into logical strategies that aid in team communication in Agile organizations that include structured conversations.
- August 13, 2012
How can Lean-Agile principles help guide teams in successfully adopting Agile in the enterprise? Alan Shalloway, founder and CEO of NetObjectives, is presenting "Scaling Agile with Multiple Teams: ...
- May 24, 2012
Author and Agile expert Mitch Lacey discusses his new book, “The Scrum Field Guide - Practical Advice for Your First Year.” Lacey fields questions about mixing Scrum methodology, team size and types of projects that can benefit most from the use of ...
- May 11, 2012
Read how Agile evangelist John Miller brought Scrum to a fourth grade classroom, teaching the students valuable lessons in teamwork, decision-making and managing work.
- March 08, 2012
Recently, SSQ created a quality metrics guide which includes a series of articles, tips and stories related to measuring software quality. It's a complicated and controversial topic with no easy ...
- November 14, 2011
Couched in terms of Agile development, Howard and Rogers explore the importance of strong leadership, communication, collaboration and teamwork using techniques such as self-directed teams and DISC analysis to understand communication styles in ...
- November 02, 2011
In the first of a three-part interview with co-authors Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour, we are introduced to their new book, “The Economics of Software Quality.” They describe “structural quality” vs. “functional quality,” along with challenges ...
- August 10, 2011
At the Agile Alliance 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, there are 268 sessions, so choosing which ones to attend has been a challenge. Behavior driven development (or BDD) is an area that I hadn't ...
- August 09, 2011
Everyone, including Agile team members, can benefit from the power of positive thinking. The keynote speaker at this year’s Agile 2011 conference, Barbara Fredrickson, explained how positive psychology relates to success in Agile development, ...
- August 08, 2011
Scott Ambler describes the Agile Scaling Model (ASM), a contextual framework that can be used to adopt and tailor Agile practices to meet challenges faced by delivery teams of any size.
- July 19, 2011
Today SOASTA announced CloudTest Lite, a free, enterprise-class performance test tool for Web and mobile performance testing in the cloud. I spoke with SOASTA's CEO, Tom Lounibos, and the ...
- July 18, 2011
The Agile Alliance 2011 conference hosted an array of experts. Learn about Agile development, exploratory testing, Scrum and software testing with Q&As and videos from the speakers.
- May 04, 2011
I'm guessing James Bach has never been accused of being a "yes-man." The outspoken test guru, well-known for his intolerance of step-by-step test scripts, is at STAREAST 2011 and delivered a ...
- April 08, 2010
If a picture's worth a thousand words, a visualization's worth a thousand pictures. A "visualization" is a term used to describe a functional software prototype. This form of rapid User Interface ...
- March 29, 2010
Last fall I listened to James Whittaker talk about his book, "Exploratory Testing," at a virtual presentation hosted by uTest. I have since been able to read the book and follow-up with Whittaker ...
- March 03, 2010
During a discussion about Scrum at the Boulder Agile User Group (BAUG) meeting recently, Paul Quarles of Oppenheimer Funds shared his experience as a Product Owner demoing to the business in a ...
- February 22, 2010
Matt Heusser challenges the idea that there are no silver bullets in software development, suggesting that new approaches to software delivery can actually change the essence of how the work is done, including examples for your team.
- February 12, 2010
Lately, I've been talking with software testers and developers about software methodologies, and I've noticed the Agile vs. waterfall camps are very divided. Miss Manners will tell you to stay away ...
- December 15, 2009
Automation Anywhere, a provider of automation software solutions has entered the software testing market with its new offering, Test Anywhere. Test Anywhere uses SMART Web and object recorders to optimize and monitor software testing processes and ...
- December 07, 2009
In a recent article on JMeter, I related some tips for recording JMeter tests using the proxy recorder. Sometimes when you're recording tests, you want to exclude certain transactions like images, ...
- July 31, 2009
If you don’t read software testing blogs, you’re missing some great advice and thoughtful ramblings on testing philosophies. I tap into those blogs daily, and here I’m sharing the wealth with this ...
- July 10, 2009
Is software testing really necessary? Do we do it just because everyone else does it? Why is software testing important? While ideas about testing vary, the motive is generally the same: someone ...
- May 21, 2009
Jon Kern, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, told me recently that many companies won’t adopt the agile development methodology soon. Why? Some companies are doing just fine with waterfall, he said, ...
- March 18, 2009
Out of all agile practices, many organizations struggle the most with adoption of test-driven development (TDD) -- but that doesn't mean they're giving up on the challenge.
- December 15, 2008
In this Q&A, Michele Sliger, consultant and co-author of 'The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility,' talks about the role of project managers in an Agile environment.
- November 07, 2008
Treating testing as a phase rather than something that should be done continuously throughout software development is a recipe for defective software, says Kevlin Henney.
- October 30, 2008
This special report takes a look at the challenges of testing SOA applications, as well as blind spots to be aware of. It also provides tips on how to test SOA applications.
- October 01, 2008
Google's Darin Fisher, a software engineer on the Chrome project, talks about how the Web browser was developed and tested. As you might suspect, agility, speed, and testing were all critical.
- July 25, 2008
Poor code quality is a disaster waiting to happen. For example, making changes to bad code can result in broken code. Kevlin Henney explains the importance of catching problems in code at the source so that they don't manifest into large problems ...
- July 23, 2008
Software testers often use triage to determine which steps to take in the testing process. Rob and Anne Sabourin explained to an audience at the Conference of the Association of Software Testing (CAST) how lessons from labor triage can be applied to...
- June 25, 2008
The quality assurance (QA) department needs to be involved with software and Infrastructure changes to ensure the functionality, security, and performance.
- May 07, 2008
Concurrent programs loom as a major developer and tester challenge as multicore processors grow in use. A dynamic analysis tool for Java from Coverity may automatically detect multithreading deadlocks and race conditions, while incurring low ...
- April 11, 2008
Not properly signing off on a software project's requirements limits the quality assurance (QA) team's ability to ensure that the software does as it's intended.
- March 07, 2008
According to a recent Info-Tech report, six types of functional tests can be used to ensure the quality of the end product. Those tests are unit tests, functional tests, systems tests, regression tests, system integration tests and acceptance tests.
- March 05, 2008
When offshore testers partner with the client's user acceptance testing (UAT) team, they can be better assured that the business's needs are met and that bugs are found early.
- February 21, 2008
Software configuration management tool AccuRev 4.6 for ClearCase allows for collaborative development between groups using ClearCase and AccuRev via bi-directional synchronization.
- February 06, 2008
A Forrester study found that problem resolution is inefficient at most organizations. By automating the process companies can solve problems faster and cut costs, Doug Laney says.
- December 17, 2007
The Coverty Prevent SQS static code analyzer helps developers identify race conditions and other concurrency defects in multi-threaded applications earlier in the development cycle.
- December 03, 2007
The terms iteration and increment are often used interchangeably. The problem is, however, they don't mean the same thing. Kevlin Henney explains the differences, as well as how to use iterative development to improve your development process and ...
- November 01, 2007
It's tempting to consider use case diagrams as context diagrams because they do show context. But having one diagram for both will result in an unreadable cloud of bubbles.
- October 29, 2007
On any software project, you need take the time to work things out upfront so you don't have fires to put out when the application is released.
- October 08, 2007
Bypassing requirements testing can lead to software that doesn't do what users expected, costly software changes and often project failure.
- September 24, 2007
Putting too much into a use case diagram can often render the otherwise useful technique of use cases almost useless. Kevlin Henney recommends a more balanced and restrained approach in order to not lose readers in a myriad of bubbles and ...
- August 16, 2007
Software quality suffers when IT managers poorly communicate with their team and make decisions based on their own self-serving interests.
- August 01, 2007
While still early in the adoption curve, software development and IT groups are finding Six Sigma, often combined with other process improvement efforts such as Lean and CMMI, helps to reduce defects and improve quality.
- July 25, 2007
By doing unit testing, programmers can catch bugs early before they cause significant problems or delays. It's important, however, that programmers feel comfortable testing and not be scared off by extreme testing practices. Alberto Savoia explains ...
- July 23, 2007
Software testing and QA groups already pushed to the limit face even more challenges with SOA applications. Automation through modeling can help monitor and test such applications.
- July 18, 2007
Ideally use cases capture the functional requirements of a system in terms of identifiable and testable goals. The trick is writing and documenting them so that they offer value not just for requirements gathering but also for software design and ...
- June 25, 2007
Paul Duvall, co-author of a new book on continuous integration, discusses how CI has evolved and how it can improve software quality. He also offers some tips for development teams on how to do CI.
- June 04, 2007
The changing face of application lifecycle management (ALM) has application development organizations looking to tools and technologies that help them collaborate across functional silos, work across large geographic distances and work more ...
- May 21, 2007
Alistair Cockburn, a signatory on The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, talks about the agile landscape, what has changed and where his methodology, Crystal, fits in.
- April 18, 2007
AccuRev founder and CTO Damon Poole has developed a methodology he calls Hyper Agile. Recently he talked with SearchSoftwareQuality.com about the benefits of Hyper Agile, how it differs from other agile methodologies and how it helped in the ...