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Agile, DevOps and Eating Your Own Dogfood

by Ben Linders on  May 18, 2015

An interview with Yaniv Yehuda, Co-Founder and CTO of DBmaestro, about how they are doing agile development and using DevOps, how they implemented continuous delivery, on agile practices that turned out to be difficult to implement, and the benefits that they are getting for using agile and DevOps practices.

Benefits of Continuous Testing

by Ben Linders on  Apr 30, 2015

At Unruly teams have been applying eXtreme Programming (XP) since being founded in 2006. Teams take a test-first approach to developing code and invest in automated checks that can be run in live environments. InfoQ interviewed Rachel Davies about the importance of a continuous approach to testing, how this has evolved over the years and the business advantage that it delivers to Unruly.

How BDD Has Helped to Address Communication Problems and Improve Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Apr 23, 2015

Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.

Google Proposes to Enhance JSON with Jsonnet

by Abel Avram on  Apr 21, 2015 8

Google has open sourced Jsonnet, a configuration language that supersedes JSON and adds new features without breaking backwards compatibility: comments, references, arithmetic and conditional operators, array and object comprehension, imports, functions, local variables, inheritance and others. Jsonnet programs are translated to compliant JSON data formats.

Key Takeaways from DevOps Days Ljubljana 2015

by Manuel Pais on  Apr 05, 2015

DevOps Days Ljubljana 2015 took place on the 3rd and 4th April and talks covered the full CAMS spectrum: Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing.

Google Strategies for Automated Android UI Testing

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2015

Convinced that “whatever can be unit tested should be unit tested”, Mona El Mahdy, a Software Engineer in Test at Google, has written a blog post proposing several approaches to perform unit tests on the user interface of Android applications. Mahdy recommends Robolectric and the Android Studio Gradle plug-in for general unit testing, and Espresso or UI Automator for creating and running UI tests.

5 Design Principles for System Configuration

by Manuel Pais on  Mar 25, 2015

Popular configuration mechanisms like conf.d pose multiple problems when trying to converge system configuration using configuration management tools. Ish-Shalom proposes five design principles for configuration that prevent those problems. The core ideas being the use of a configuration API and the separation of configurations based on the type of system updates they require.

Creativity and Testing: Do They Go Together?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.

Why BDD Can Save Agile

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 10, 2015 3

Matt Wynne, founder at Cucumber Ltd spoke at QCon London 2015 on how BDD can leverage the benefits of Agile on teams struggling with common patterns like lack of predictability, communication and quality.

Experiences from Continuous Testing at Siemens Healthcare

by Ben Linders on  Feb 24, 2015

Marco Achtziger shared his experiences with deploying continuous testing in large scale agile project at Siemens Healthcare at the OOP conference. InfoQ interviewed Achtziger about continuous testing and continuous integration, infrastructural and social challenges with continuous testing, testing processes and tools, and improving continuous testing.

Monitoring as a Service

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 19, 2015

James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.

Config Management Camp: Containers and Configuration Management Future

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 17, 2015

Julian C. Dunn, product manager at Chef, presented at Config Management Camp about how configuration management needs to adapt to a containerized world, while Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer at Puppet Labs, talked about the future of configuration management, and how the emerging and future technologies will still need to have configuration management into account.

Config Management Camp: Lean Configuration Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 16, 2015

Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.

Config Management Camp: BOSH, CoreOS and Kubernetes

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 13, 2015

Andrew Clay Shafer, senior director of technology at Pivotal, presented at Config Management Camp on BOSH, the project used to deploy Cloud Foundry PaaS, while Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate at CoreOS, talked about CoreOS and Kubernetes, the open source project started by Google to manage a cluster of Linux containers.

Config Management Camp: Beyond Configuration Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 10, 2015

Mitchell Hashimoto, founder of HashiCorp and creator of Vagrant, presented the first Config Management Camp keynote, describing the status of the datacenter in the past and today, the existing problems and outlining solutions, such as distributed systems, failure tolerance or usage of containers.

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