Simon Stewart presents the activity of Google’s Engineering Productivity team and the role Software Engineers in Test (SETs) play in helping software developers to make their code more maintainable, recommending some of their tools: Gold linker, Eclipse, distcc, JDepend, graphviz.
Gerard Holzmann discusses Spin, a design analyzer tool, and Scrub, a code review tool, used by Jet Propulsion Laboratory to analyze and fix the software used for critical solar system exploration missions.
Sam Newman discusses how to improve the process going from software development to production, covering the following steps: building, configuration, automated testing, deploying, monitoring, logging and disasters. He offers practical advice on how to avoid transforming the development, QA and Operations into silos by using build pipelines providing continuous builds and deployment.
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.