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Alec Noller02/16/14
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The Best of the Week (Feb. 7): Mobile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Mobile Zone! This week's best include an in-depth tutorial on building an iOS and Android app with Cordova, DZone's Dev of the Week, Ariya Hidayat, a look at Android development with Eclipse and Xamarin, and more!

Vlad Mihalcea02/14/14
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A beginner’s guide to Git feature branches

Git makes branching a commodity and each feature can be developed in a separate branch. This is desirable since the merging process may be out of your control. If you develop on the default master default branch and a given committed feature is postponed, you will have to revert your changes prior to starting working on a completely different feature.

Luis Aguilar02/14/14
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Unit Testing 101: Creating Flexible Test Code

When going for test-driven development, we all know that the unit test code becomes critical part of the code base. Is because of this that it is really important to have a solid unit test source code structure; flexible, intuitive and maintainable enough so that when the amount of unit tests grow, it does not become an uncontrollable mess.

Max De Marzi02/14/14
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Neo4j Spatial, Part 2: Building a Recommendation Engine

In part 1 of this series, the author looked at how to get started with Neo4j Spatial and at some of the pieces we’ll use today to build a proof of concept application. The author is calling the application “Nom Nom Nom." So we’ll get data from Factual, from OpenTable, combine them, and import them into Neo4j.

Steven Lott02/14/14
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TCP/IP Mysteries and user support

It's not clear, actually, if this involves a TCP/IP "Mystery". What it may involve is a simple lack of ability to communicate. Or something.

Ian Mitchell02/13/14
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Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice

New agile "teams" are often just people who bear some sort of relation to the work that needs to be done. In this article we look at how rigor can be drawn around team boundaries, and at the duties stakeholders must fulfil in a new agile way of working.

Rob Galanakis02/13/14
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Can you grok Agile without a programming background?

The core question, which will continue recurring, is: can you truly understand Agile, or any development methodology, without having done that most fundamental development work: programming?

Mehdi Daoudi02/13/14
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What The World’s Worst DNA Mixup Teaches Us About Monitoring

The suspect’s DNA had been found at 40 crime scenes, linking her to burglaries, narcotics and six murders. It turns out the infamous ‘phantom’ wasn’t a murderer at all. Police were hunting an innocent factory worker who fatefully handled the same cotton swabs used to collect DNA samples from the crime scenes.

Pascal Alma02/12/14
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Unit testing with Mule ESB 3.4 Enterprise Edition

There is a big chance that when you are using the Mule ESB EE as your ESB implementation and you are creating functional/unit tests you sooner or later will need a license on your test classpath to be able to run Mule in your unit tests. Luckily this isn’t very hard to accomplish.

Mike Cottmeyer02/12/14
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Should You Use Agile To Build Your Next Home?

Before we start our conversation about governance in the structure-governance-metrics framework we’re building out, I want to take a minute and see if I can finally tell you guys about the house my wife and I were planning to build this past summer.

Ayende Rahien02/12/14
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Quick FAILs in Code Questions

Sometimes it takes very little time to know that a candidate is going to be pretty horrible. As you can probably guess, the sort of questions we ask tend to be “find me this data in this sort of file.” Probably the fastest indication is when they send me projects like these.

Alec Noller02/12/14
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Dev of the Week: Ariya Hidayat

Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Ariya Hidayat, engineer at Shape Security and creator of PhantomJS and Esprima.

Tom Howlett02/11/14
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A Return To Scrum

I thought we’d grown out of Scrum, I admit to describing it as agile training wheels, but I’ve found a new love for it and its constraints. I’m glad I got a taste of what happens when you remove them, and perhaps there are organisations that will flourish when you do. But I wonder if there really is?

Patroklos Papapetrou02/11/14
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My advice to (junior) developers about their career

The last couple of months I have met several young developers that either looking for the first job or are still trying to get their bachelor degree. Many of them asked me to give them my advice on how they can make their first steps in the software development career. In this post I summarize my advice to all these “young” and ambitious developers. Don’t be fooled by the word young.

Zac Gery02/11/14
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How Developers Gain Perspective: The Forgotten Approach

In business there are many ways to gain a better perspective about a project Customer visits are a fantastic way to expose developers to actual and/or potential clients. Initiating a visit shows customers a personal level of attention that they rarely get from most companies they interact with.