Managed Extensibility Framework: What It is and Where It is Going

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 10, 2011

As the name implies, Managed Extensibility Framework is a framework for extending .NET applications. In a recent Channel 9 interview Oleg Lvovitch and Kevin Ransom talked about the history of MEF and what’s planed for version 2.

MIT introduces Oracle for Object-Oriented Programmers

by Michael Stal on  Oct 07, 2011

In a recent news article the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has introduced a technology for automatically remembering connections between objects. The provided system determines how objects in a large software project interact, so it can inform latecomers which objects they will need to design certain types of functions.

Behavior Driven Development In .NET

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 15, 2011 10

Behavior Driven Development (BDD) is being increasingly seen as an alternative way to approach Test Driven Development. SpecFlow and NSpec are popular frameworks for BDD in .NET. They help create test specifications that are easy to read even for non-programmers and allow the design of the software to be driven by it’s purpose.

Kevin Montrose on the History and Mistakes of the StackExchange API

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 15, 2011

Creating a public API for an existing website is always a risky venture, and StackExchange’s open editing policy makes it even riskier than most. In a recent series of articles, Kevin Montrose talks about what decisions went into the StackExchange API and what lessons they learned along the way.

Preview: 15th SPLC Conference on Software Product Lines

by Michael Stal on  Aug 05, 2011

The International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is the most important event that covers the full range of Product Line Engineering in software-intensive products. Its 15th incarnation will take place in the Munich City Center from August 21st to August 26th.

Software Architecture in the Movies

by Michael Stal on  Jul 31, 2011

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.

Mary Shaw and Dave Garlan have been honored for pioneering Research in Software Architecture

by Michael Stal on  Jul 01, 2011

The Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have awarded Mary Shaw and Dave Garlan the Outstanding Research Award 2011. Both computer scientists have pioneered the work on Software Architecture at the Software Engineering Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

New Books on Software Architecture

by Michael Stal on  Jun 17, 2011 4

Software Architecture is one of the important topics for software engineers, because many failures of software development projects are caused by inadequate design. Thus, it is essential to learn more about architectural issues in theory and practice. Interesting new books that have been published recently or in the near future could be very helpful

Will Machiel van der Bijl make manual Software Testing obsolete?

by Michael Stal on  Jun 11, 2011 5

Machiel van der Bijl from the University of Twente in the Netherlands recently introduced a Model-based testing approach which is supposed to automate software testing.

Do We Need an Iteration Zero?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Jun 07, 2011 1

There are usually multiple things which need to be done before the start of a project. Teams usually use 'Iteration Zero' to put all necessary systems in place in order to start delivering business value in subsequent iterations. Is this the right way?

Upcoming Conference CompArch 2011 in Boulder, Colorado

by Michael Stal on  Jun 03, 2011

The CompArch Conference is a federated conference that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in Component-Based Software Development and Software Architecture. This year the event is held at the University of Colorado in the United States from June 20th to June 24th. As general chairs Ivica Cnrkovic and Judith Stafford were appointed.

Annotation-Driven Dependency Injection with Google Guice 3.0

by Michael Floyd on  Apr 20, 2011 7

Late last month Google released Guice 3.0, a Java framework that implements the dependency injection (DI) design pattern. The motivation behind Guice was to make it easier for programmers to write DI code by reducing the need to write boilerplate factories. This article examines the new 3.0 features, loks at how Guice 3.0 supports Spring DI, and introduces Guice 4.1 (a.k.a. MiniGuice).

Attribute Based Caching for .NET

by David Cooksey on  Apr 06, 2011 1

Attribute Based Caching provides declarative method-level caching and cache invalidation for .NET applications. Attributes applied to a method specify how it should be cached with no additional code necessary.

OOD vs SOA Approach to SOA Domain Modeling

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Apr 05, 2011 3

Should one approach SOA domain modeling starting with informational or functional constructs? Is a canonical data model the answer to standardizing message formats? What are the various stages of SOA information modeling? Experts on Gervas Douglas's SOA distribution list on yahoo groups put forth their views to answer these questions and more.

Obeo Releases Obeo Designer 5.0

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 18, 2011

Obeo Designer enables business analysts and enterprise or solution architects to create their own modeling tools including domain specific notations or code generators. Code generation is handled by Acceleo, an Open-Source code generation environment based on a pragmatic vision of MDA, hosted by the Eclipse Foundation.

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