API Design and description is more than just a technical interface contract between machines. Apiary's Co-Founder and CEO Jakub Nesetril points out that the real consumer of an API description is the developer, with all the concerns of engagement, usability and communication that entails. We spoke with Jakub recently about Apiary's approach to API design and emerging API tools and workflows.
Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…
Google has open sourced Espresso, an Android automated testing framework that enables one to run tests on x86 machines in the cloud in a multi-threaded environment, solving the concurrency issues associated with UI testing.
The Behaviour Driven Development, BDD, tool Cucumber is popular in Ruby’s TDD community. It offers a way to write tests that anybody can understand, but is any of the benefits of Cucumber really that beneficial, Kevin Liddle asks in a case against Cucumber. Jon Frisby and Matt Polito has each written a response somewhat arguing against Kevin’s ideas, both seeing benefits in using Cucumber.
Agile has helped us move away from creating upfront requirements but we still have a huge amount of waste with lots of discovery and misunderstandings late in sprints. BDD is meant to decrease this by improving the communication between people working in the problem and solution domains, Matt Wynne states in a recent overview of Behaviour-Driven Development.
Running an DevOps expert panel, James Governor, analyst at RedMonk, asked whether it is necessary to simplify your infrastructure in order to be able to introduce DevOps. The panelists agreed that you need to change your systems and your organization to decrease your time-to-market. Even though existing infrastructure will stay, you’ll need to automate what you can to be able to innovate faster.
Cucumber Pro, an online collaboration and reporting platform on top of the popular BDD tool Cucumber, has been unveiled by the core maintainers of Cucumber. The new tool will target enterprises that require official tool support.
Over the past months, InfoQ published three research items on the current state of Ruby on Rails practice. Now the results are in and we're taking a look at what tools Rails developers currently use.
Simple founder and former Twitter engineer Alex Payne has released sovereign - a set of open source Ansible playbooks to create a personal cloud. This allows users and IT departments to move away from large cloud companies and onto services that are under their own control.
Easy access unit test generation functionality returns to Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 Preview based on a tool produced the Visual Studio ALM Rangers. Multiple unit test frameworks and C#/VB .NET are supported.
The recently released, Visual Studio Unit Test Generator includes support for multiple test framework and enables you to unit test applications directly from within Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.
Thoughtworks recently released a new installment of their technology radar highlighting techniques enabling infrastructure as code, perimeterless enterprises, applying proven practices to areas without, and lightweight analytics.
Start using Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) when designing an application and focus on the domain instead of the database, Julie Lerman, a Microsoft MVP since 2003, suggests. BDD lets developers focus on user stories and behaviour in the business domain when building up logic and tests. New to BDD, Julie has implemented a working example using Visual Studio, C# and SpecFlow.