A recent survey asked more than two hundred I.T. project managers a simple question: what is the greatest threat facing software-development projects today? Over ninety per cent of those polled replied with a single-word answer: zombies.
Last week I spent a couple of hours setting up a new service, dubbed BitSyncHub, that will accept POST requests from Bitbucket and synchronize a (Mercurial) repository with it's Github mirror.
You've probably read about those big name dotcoms that deploy new features to production up to tens of times a day. For most startups bringing features to production is still a manual, at best semi-manual process.
There was a new release of Juju this week, 1.11.3, that brought a “small feature” with a big impact on your AWS bill. You are now able to deploy multiple services on one cloud server instantly. Before Juju started a new server per service which resulted in a potentially high AWS bill.
How can developers and security people get along with each other better than what they tend to at present?
A couple of days ago, Synology released the open beta of DSM 4.3. Somewhere hidden in the release notes there was mentioned that the NAS now officially supports the hosting of GIT repositories. This is great news for all programmers.
Quality and productivity are, of course, important things. I certainly wouldn’t continue to practice Test-Driven Development if it added defects or took a significantly longer time to create functionality. But that’s not why I practice TDD.
A common feature in software systems is to allow users to define their own fields in data structures. Consider an address book - there's a host of things that you might want to add. With new social networks popping up every day, users might want to add a new field for a Bunglr id to their contacts.
For all Ruby applications you can use the cucumber gem. In the screencast we walk you through creating a basic Ruby project and installing cucumber using bundler.
My former colleague Anne Simmons recently wrote an interesting post in which she describes some of the reasons that she finds herself not wanting to write about technical topics.
So, you applied for your dream developer job, got an interview and thought it went well, but all you have to show for your effort is a rejection letter? Here are a few reasons why...
If you are an administrator looking for an automated way to deploy Couchbase at scale, look no further - Chef is a great platform solution. Once setup, it is a very clean solution that can work across any number of physical, virtual, or cloud servers, no matter what the size of the infrastructure.
Until I started working on the uSwitch energy website around 8 months ago I had not really done any support of a production system so I learnt some interesting lessons in my time there.
To demonstrate some of Scertify's features we performed such refactoring on a sub-project of Alfresco community edition, an open-source enterprise content management system. Doing so, we were able to suppress 25% of technical debt (11 days).
Working in an office surrounded by other developers -- each of us trying to solve the same problem independently -- feels like madness, so what stops us working together?
I got my first Succinctly book back in May 2012 only a couple of months after grabbing the initial release of Metro Studio. It was truly amazing that such a resource was being given out for free -- they weren’t the longest books but they told you exactly what you needed to know to get the job done.
There are certain key interception points during the development process that can greatly increase the likelihood of systematic reuse.
This article focuses on the limitations which automated software testing encounters and solutions to these limitations.
All seasoned developers have run into the infamous question "Is this a bug or a feature?" These "beatures" fall into a gray area and come from a variety of sources, including customers, sales people, developers, QA analysts, or anyone with a bit of tinkering knowledge.
When designing applications for Continuous Delivery, our goal is to grow an architecture that minimises batch size and facilitates a low cycle time. However, architectural decisions are often local optimisations that value efficiency over effectiveness...
What to do if an integration build fails? By failing I mean either there is a compilation error or an automated test fails. The general rule in most of the teams that I worked with is that this situation should be treated with the highest priority...
You’ve invested tons of effort, time, care and thought into your new software product. You live and breathe, sleep and wake up with it. You’ve been so thoughtful and caring about your future users, and you’ve performed to the best of your ability to make it the best software product in the world.
For episode 23, we sit down with programming veteran and Ruby expert Sandi Metz to discuss her new book: Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby! But we don’t just talk about design patterns...
Local web development on a Ubuntu Linux powered computer needs a LAMP stack installation. That is, the Apache web server, PHP for coding, and the MySQL database. Here is a method for setting it all up for the latest version of Ubuntu Linux.
I’m currently working on a Symfony2 based project. For deployments to various environments we use Capifony, a collection of Capistrano recipes for Symfony applications.