ThoughtWorks recently published the latest update to its Technology Radar; a report produced to help technology decision makers understand emerging trends in software development techniques, tools, languages and platforms. There are some interesting observations of interest to Agile software development teams.
A Coverity study concludes that open source code using static analysis has on average a lower number of defects than commercial code, but they are on par when it comes to code of similar sizes.
On January 4th, IBM announced it is going to acquire the cloud and SOA integration service company Green Hat. Testing is one of the main challenges when developing cloud or SOA based applications. Buying Green Hat IBM hopes to offer more productive testing approaches and other benefits for such types of large scale software systems. Green Hat will be integrated into IBM Rational Solution.
There are a number of automated testing frameworks or tools for Android applications, including but not limited to Activity Instrumentation, MonkeyRunner, Robotium, or Robolectric. LessPainful is providing automated tested on real devices as a service.
Sonatype, the main company which drives Maven development, has joined a growing list of companies which aim to help organisations understand and audit their open source software usage, with the announcement of the Sonatype Insight software suite.
Gorilla Logic have today announced the availability of FlexMonkey 5, their open source automated testing tool for Adobe Flex and AIR.
Keeping up-to-date with software architecture can be a tough endeavor. Information is normally available within thick books or somewhere hidden in the Web. Another more entertaining way can be to watch clips available at video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
The experts of the software company EdgeCase have recently assisted the Enterprise Architecture Company Janova from Ohio in building a Web-based, automated testing tool. The tool is provided as a Cloud-based application that enables users to define the test scripts used for Batch Processing in plain English. For its implementation the developers leveraged the programming language Ruby.
Microsoft has unveiled at TechEd North America 2011 some of the new features coming in Visual Studio: more Agile tools for project planning and collecting stakeholder feedback, a connector for providing operations feedback to developers, plus architecture diagrams and unit testing for VC++.
False confidence is often grounded in wishful thinking. It is defined as a state where the projected reality and the actual reality might differ considerably, however for a limited period of time, it does give a feeling of having everything under control. There are many such situations in Agile development which make a team hold onto the false confidence crutch only to fall later.
Cedric Beust has announced TestNG 6.0, with Guice and YAML support and including improvements to the Eclipse TestNG plug-in.
It is always a herculean task to write automated regression tests for a legacy application. The questions vary from where to start, how much to automate and deciding on the best strategy for automation.
On December 22nd, 1600 GMT, the Skype services started to become unavailable, in the beginning for a small part of the users, then for more and more, until the network was down for about 24 hours. A week later, Lars Rabbe, CIO at Skype, explained what happened in a post-mortem analysis of the outage.
Kent Beck re-released JUnitMax, a continuous test runner plugin for Eclipse that tightens the feedback loop of programmers aiming for a low risk, high throughput pace of development.