Most development organizations of a significant size have some form of coding standards and best practices. Simply documenting these standards and keeping them up to date can be a significant challenge and enforcing them even harder. Our organization has found that enforcing coding standards and best practices in an automated fashion through our build process has been highly effective.
In this InfoQ article, Boris Lublinsky highlights the problems with exception handling in SOA, and suggests a SOA-based solution: a logging service that accepts all logging requests, stores and forwards them to an exception resolution service, which is responsible for enforcing rules about exception resolution, a notification service, an exceptions/logging portal, and service management.
The MOle, so named because it acts as the investigators agent, is a plugin that provides insight into the inner workings of Ruby on Rails in realtime, as requests come in and get processed. The author describes how the plugin came about and gives InfoQ readers a detailed introduction to his innovative plugin.
SOA and Agile: Which is right? Which is better? Are we comparing apples and oranges? Can they be used together, and if so, how? This is a discussion topic so come and put in your 2 cents! 22
Tess Ferrnandez, an escalation engineer in PSS (product support services) at Microsoft, outlines the procedure for tracking down where in your code an exception occurred by using a stack dump.