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  • The Long Journey Towards Database Lifecycle Management

    by Ben Rees on  Nov 23, 2014

    Application Lifecycle Management is a standard process, but there have been obstacles to using the same practice for databases. Ben Rees, General Manager for Database Continuous Delivery at Red Gate, explains why the road ahead is now clear for Database Lifecycle Management.

  • An Introduction to Chef and to Cookbook Development Flow

    by João Miranda on  Nov 23, 2014

    “Infrastructure as Code” is a tenet of the DevOps community. But treating Infrastructure as Code is a tall order. Development practices have also evolved rapidly and nowadays that means continuous integration, automated tests and more. We’ll make a brief introdution to Chef, a well-known IT automation tool, and use it to illustrate the state of the art.

  • Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals. Part 1

    by Michał Bartyzel on  Nov 22, 2014

    All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, in this first article in a series Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs. In this article he discusses how to manage a conversation, explore the needs and clarify expectations.

Is Your Java Application Hostile to JIT Compilation?

Posted by Ben Evans on  Nov 21, 2014

Many apps fail to make full use of the capabilities of the JIT compiler. In this article we investigate some simple tricks to identify issues that may be making your application unfriendly to JIT.

Interview with Alex Holmes, author of “Hadoop in Practice. Second Edition”

Posted by Boris Lublinsky on  Nov 20, 2014

The new “Hadoop in Practice. 2 Edition" book by Alex Holmes covers a lot of topics building Hadoop code and organizing data to support code simplicity and execution speed.

The Resurrection of Product Risk Analysis

Posted by Chris Schotanus on  Nov 19, 2014

Product risk analysis (PRA) can be done during the various phases of sequential or agile system development. This article shows how to apply PRA to elevate it from project level to domain level.

A Business Perspective on APIs

Posted by Matt McLarty on  Nov 18, 2014

This article, the first of a new series, examines APIs from a business perspective. It covers the importance of tying your APIs back to your business value, with examples from Amazon and Twilio. 2

Article Series: Web APIs: From Start to Finish

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  Nov 18, 2014

This series takes the reader on a journey from determining the business case for APIs to a design methodology, meeting implementation challenges and maintaining public APIs on the Web over time.

Interview and Book Review: Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners

Posted by Craig Smith on  Nov 17, 2014

"Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners" by Ilan Goldstein is a must read book that delivers real world examples on how to effectively implement and embed Agile in your team or organisation.

Simulation-Based Embedded Agile Development

Posted by Jason Ard, Kristine Davidsen, Terril Hurst on  Nov 16, 2014

In this article, authors discuss how using simulation as an integral part of the development process can improve product quality, reduce cost, and deliver reliable working code.

Q&A with Gojko Adzic on Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories

Posted by Ben Linders on  Nov 15, 2014

The book fifty quick ideas to improve your user stories aims to help people to write better user stories and support teams in iteratively delivering products that satisfy their customers' needs.

Git and GitHub LiveLesson Review and Q&A with the Author

Posted by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 14, 2014

Git and GitHub LiveLessons is a video course based on a live workshop given by Peter Bell. Here, we present the course content and finally ask a few questions to the course's author.

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