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Architecting Visa for Massive Scale and Continuous Innovation

Posted by John Davies  on  Feb 06, 2012 1

John Davies examines Visa’s architecture and shows how major enterprises have architected very complex integrations incorporating Hadoop, memcached, Ruby on Rails, and many others to deliver innovative technology solutions. John explains how the platform architecture and technologies -- integrated and invented -- must be reliable and able to massively scale.

TDD as if You Meant It

Posted by Keith Braithwaite  on  Jan 13, 2012 7

Keith Braithwaite conducts a tutorial class on TDD based on the following technique: Add a test, See it fail, Make all tests pass, Refactor, and Repeat until done.

TDD/BDD as Architectural Tools

Posted by James Kovacs  on  Jan 11, 2012 2

James Kovacs explains how to use TDD and BDD to focus the architectural efforts on the high-value areas of the code in order to obtain just-in-time software architecture.

Convention-over-Configuration in an Agile World

Posted by James Kovacs  on  Nov 24, 2011 8

James Kovacs discusses using TDD and BDD to avoid complexity and creating evolving architectures where convention is emphasized over configuration.

BDD with Puppet & Cucumber

Posted by Tom Sulston  on  Feb 24, 2011

Tom Sulston explains how to manage systems with Cucumber and Puppet based on BDD principles, including practical tricks and pitfalls. The session demoes using those tools.

A Scalable, Peer-led Model for Building Good Habits in Large & Diverse Development Teams

Posted by Jason Gorman  on  Oct 05, 2010 2

Jason Gorman presents how developers can learn TDD to the point of transforming the knowledge acquired into habits by exercising a number of practices over a period of 4-6 months followed by evaluation done by fellow co-workers.

Fighting Layout Bugs

Posted by Michael Tamm  on  Sep 28, 2010 2

Michael Tamm offers solutions for automatic testing of a web application’s presentation layer through HTML and CSS validation and by detecting layout bugs using JavaScript and image processing.

Test-Driven Development of Asynchronous Systems

Posted by Nat Pryce  on  Sep 17, 2010

Nat Pryce exemplifies how he dealt with flickering, false positives, slow, and messy tests appearing in asynchronous testing when trying to perform end-to-end testing.

The Joy of Testing

Posted by John Hughes  on  Aug 24, 2010

John Hughes shows how to explore the possible bugs of a code by creating a series of tests in Erlang and using multiple test frameworks, discovering the faults through successive tests and evaluating the frameworks while doing it.

Bad Code, Craftsmanship, Engineering, and Certification

Posted by Robert C. Martin  on  May 26, 2010 5

Robert C. Martin, during his keynote at QCon London 2010, tried to figure out why there is so much bad code written. He offers advice on writing good code talking about a bad code example, Boy Scout rule, functions, arguments, craftsmanship, TDD, continuous integration, pairing, small cycles, patterns, engineering, certification, and other elements contributing to qualitative code.

Testing C# and ASP.Net Applications Using Ruby

Posted by Ben Hall  on  May 21, 2010

Ben Hall shows how Ruby testing tools can help with .NET and ASP.NET development and takes a look at RSpec, Webrat, Cucumber, Selenium and others. Also: a peek at using IronRuby for testing .NET apps.

Sustainable Test-Driven Development

Posted by Steve Freeman  on  May 07, 2010 1

Steve Freeman offers advice on writing good tests that make development easier avoiding adding dead weight code that is hard to maintain. Freeman covers the following areas: test readability, complex test data, test diagnostics, and test flexibility.

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