Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.
Moving SoundCloud into a microservices architecture has been essential in enabling our teams to develop production-ready features with much shorter feedback cycles, Phil Calçado writes in a three-part series sharing their experiences moving away from a monolithic system.
Software debt exists in different ways. Technical debt is widely known, some other forms are competence debt and quality debt. Software debt can cause product maintenance costs to increase and can depress developers. Several solutions exist to manage software debt.
Martin Fowler published an article on his website describing the different workflows that could be used when refactoring and explaining the reasons for combining them.
Delivering faster is one of the reasons that enterprises mention why want to use agile for software development. How can agile be used to become faster?
Roslyn is a set of libraries for handling compilation, scripting, workspaces, and IDE services. It is an extensible model with VB and C# being the first two target languages. While still far from completion, Roslyn is targeting VB 12/C# 6, this release marks a major milestone for the project.
JetBrains released version 4 of their Ruby IDE RubyMine. This release focuses on better performance, and contains incremental improvements and polishing in many areas. For NetBeans 7.1, a preview release of the community Ruby support is now available.
Daniel Brolund presented the Mikado method in a talk-cum-workshop here in Agile India 2012. This proposes a simple method for agile teams faced with poor legacy code, which needs to be refactored in pieces as and when new goals arrive.
VS11 will provide new tools that expedite unit testing, refactoring, and easier communication across the entire development team. These new components are intended to benefit everyone from developers, and testers to those deploying and maintaining the resulting application.
On October 26th, The Jolt Judges announced the awards for 2011 in the category “Design, Planning, and Architecture Tools”. In detail, the Jolt hall of fame now includes the products Paradigm for UML, Restructure 101, and Requirements Center 2010.
Yesterday we talked about the Roslyn Compiler and Workspace APIs. Today we take a look at the Roslyn Service APIs and how they can be used to extend Visual Studio. The extensions we will look at today are Code Issue, Quick Fix, Code Refactoring, Completion Provider, and Outliner.
Early reports suggested that the Rosyln project would just be a better runtime-accessible compiler and REPL-style interpreter, but it turns out that it is much more ambitious. By opening up the entire compiler pipeline Microsoft hopes that developers will create a wide variety of tools at many levels.
Refactoring is a technique for changing the internal structure of the program without changing its external behavior. On the face of it, refactoring seems to involve a good amount of thinking, however, too much thinking could be detrimental as well.
MaintainJ, a reverse engineering tools that provides runtime sequence and class diagrams for Java codebases, has released version 3.2 with multiple enchancements. MaintainJ is Eclipse-based and works on any IDE that is built on Eclipse platform.
Python Tools for Visual Studio, which has its first production release today, now supports all four major Python interpreters, CPython, IronPython, Jython, and PyPy. It is available with the free Visual Studio Integrated Shell or as a plugin for Visual Studio Professional.