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  • Book Excerpt and Review: Release It!

    by Ryan Slobojan on  Dec 20, 2007 4

    'Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software' by Michael Nygard, which is nominated for a 2008 Jolt Award, discusses what it takes to make production-ready software and explains how this differs from feature-complete software. InfoQ spoke with Nygard about the areas that the book covers and some questions around how the book's philosophy fits in with concepts such as Agile.

  • Book Excerpt: Continuous Integration means Continuous Testing

    by Paul Duvall, Steve Matyas, Andrew Glover on  Aug 05, 2007 4

    Continuous Integration, a basic XP practice, has now become an accepted development best practice. InfoQ presents Chapter 6: Continuous Testing, with advice and examples for writing good tests to ensure system quality, from the book "Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk," which aims help teams make CI a transparent "non-event".

  • Implementing Automated Governance for Coding Standards

    by Mark Figley on  Jul 26, 2007 5

    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.

Agile, Architecture and the 5am Production Problem

Posted by Michael Nygard on  Jun 25, 2007

Can refactoring and TDD create “working software” that survives real life? Michael Nygard suggests that "leaky abstractions" ambush us at 5AM when we've paid too little attention to architecture. 25

Unit-Testing XML

Posted by Stefan Bodewig on  Jun 11, 2007

Today, almost every modern application consumes or produces XML. Stefan Bodewig explains the challenges in testing XML-based applications, and shows how to use the XMLUnit Java Framework to do so. 8

Agile User Interface Development

Posted by Dave Churchville on  Feb 19, 2007

Agile software development, shunning up-front design, has grown up in parallel to the emergence of "user-centered design," with its detailed user research and modeling. Can these be used together? 7

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