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Testing Lessons from Animals

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jan 04, 2018

We can learn from how animals search for food to understand testing better, argued James Bach. Over time testers find out where the buggy parts of a product are, but then it might be effective to occasionally wander off and explore other areas. Stop hoping that automation will save you, and learn to hunt for bugs.

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How Technical Practices Support Evolutionary Architecture and Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 21, 2017

Technical practices of XP such as TDD, Refactoring, CI and Pair Programming support emergent design and enable evolving your architecture. The first practice you need for continuous delivery is CI, committing to mainline every day. Being able to write clean, well-factored, and well-tested modular code is the most important skill for developers.

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IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3: Enhanced Support for Java EE 8, Spring Boot, and JUnit

by Michael Redlich Follow 11 Followers on  Dec 20, 2017

Just three months after their last release, JetBrains recently released version 2017.3 of their flagship product, IntelliJ IDEA, with a host of new features including enhanced support for Java, Java EE 8, Spring Boot, Kotlin, and Docker.

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How Do We Automate Testing?

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 07, 2017

Test automation will demand time and attention, but when done the right way, is worth the investment. Don’t overdo automation; instead, focus on the needs and requirements. Having clean and easy-to-read code is very important to keep your test suite maintainable.

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Designing Services for Resilience: Nora Jones Discusses Netflix Chaos Engineering at QCon SF

by Daniel Bryant Follow 595 Followers on  Nov 16, 2017

At QCon SF Nora Jones presented “Designing Services for Resilience Experiments: Lessons from Netflix”. Key takeaways from the talk included: the customer experience is a priority; designing for resiliency testability is a shared responsibility; configuration changes can cause outages; and engineers should have have explicit monitoring in place to detect antipatterns in configuration changes.

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JUnit 5 Released

by Amit K Gupta Follow 6 Followers on  Oct 24, 2017

JUnit 5 was released recently - the first major revision of JUnit in over a decade. The new release is one of the first projects to use the new EPL-2.0 license and features a modern modular architecture to assist toolmakers as well as end users.

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Bob Martin: Test Contra-Variance

by Andrew Morgan Follow 3 Followers on  Oct 10, 2017 3

Bob Martin, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, has published a blog outlining the pitfalls of writing tests and code which have a co-variant structure. In essence, he emphasizes that the structure of tests should be designed in a contra-variant way, decoupling them from production code and leading to a less fragile and easier to refactor codebase.

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Tackling Technical Debt at Meetup

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 24, 2017

Continuous product health can be realized by regularly prioritizing the highest impact technical debt items and knocking those off systemically. You need to continuously iterate how you're tackling technical debt to drive more and more impactful results. Going for maximum impact items first and communicating the impact of paying down technical debt is what Yvette Pasqua, CTO of Meetup, recommends.

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LLVM Has Documented the PDB Format, Complete with PDB to YAML Conversion

by Jonathan Allen Follow 500 Followers on  Aug 21, 2017

LLVM can now generate PDB files, allowing the use of Windows debugging tools. In addition, they have documented the format and created tooling for analyzing with and generating PDB files from YAML.

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Adopting Agile and DevOps at Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 17, 2017

Embedding agile and DevOps had a positive impact on the role of QA at Wyndham; focusing effort in the earlier lifecycle stages has led to smoother releases with fewer bugs and post-production issues. Business colleagues and customers are more involved throughout the delivery cycle, making testing a shared responsibility .

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GitHub for Testers

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jul 27, 2017

Talk to a developer about version control, and you’ll likely hear about Git as a workflow tool, and GitHub as both a place to store code and a personal resume. It can be beneficial for testers to join and use Github for personal and professional projects and to contribute to existing projects.

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Managing Crowdsourced Testing

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jul 13, 2017

Crowdsourced testing is a unique way of involving the crowd- meaning the real users/testers- into software testing under real world conditions. It helped Swisscom to find defects very early in the development process and increase the quality of products.

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Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust

by Daniel Bryant Follow 595 Followers on  Jul 10, 2017

Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an OCI image-compliant container builder that creates “microcontainers” with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.

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QCon New York Day 2 – Developer Experience Track Summary

by Shane Hastie Follow 18 Followers on  Jul 03, 2017

Day 2 of QCon New York had a Developer Experience track which looked at ways to simplify the development process and provide ideas around removing friction, reducing the time from code to production and becoming more efficient in developer practices.

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How Testers Can Become More Technical

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jun 15, 2017

Testers who are able to successfully apply technical techniques of the testing craft during testing are more valuable; they increase both the quality and productivity of their teams. To become more technical, testers can learn something about code, and they should know how to manipulate and parse text files and how to use the most important analysis tools for their application platform.

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