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Approval Testing with TextTest

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2017

Approval testing is a test technique which compares the current output of your code with an 'approved' version. The approved version is created by initially examining the test output and approving the result. You can revisit the approved version and easily update it when the requirements change. Approval testing is supported by TextTest, an open source tool for text-based functional testing.

Getting Started with the SQL Server First Responder Kit

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 09, 2017 6

Your SQL Server database is slowly grinding to a halt, your DBA is on vacation, and you don’t know where to start. This is when you break out the SQL Server First Responder Kit. This open source project consists of a set of scripts to help the DBA, or accidental DBA, fix and tune a SQL Server instance.

Eric J. McNulty : Your People’s Brains Need Face Time

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 09, 2017

In a recent Strategy and Business article, leadership author Eric J. McNulty wrote about why distributed teams need to get together on a regular basis in order to be most effective. He cites research into distributed teams which shows that the value of face-to-face sessions far exceeds the cost of bringing people together.

Dead Code Must Be Removed

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2017 4

Dead code needs to be found and removed; leaving dead code in is an obstacle to programmer understanding and action, and there's the risk that the code is awakened which can cause significant problems. Deleting dead code is not a technical problem; it is a problem of mindset and culture.

Hazelcast Release Jet, Open-Source Stream Processing Engine

by Ben Evans on  Feb 08, 2017

Hazelcast, previously known for the open-source caching and in-memory data grid technologies, has announced a major release of their new stream processing engine, Jet.

A Comparison of Some Container Orchestration Options

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 08, 2017

A recent article compares some of the container orchestration options available today. They range from open-source ones that can be self-hosted, to containers-as-a-service offerings, which again range from startups to enterprise players.

JPMorgan Chase and Intuit to Securely Share Data Through APIs

by Karthick Viswanathan on  Feb 08, 2017

JPMorgan Chase and Intuit announced a partnership to share bank financial data easily and securely through APIs on January 25. With this partnership, JPMorgan Chase customers can now authorize the bank to share their account data with Intuit’s financial management applications like Mint and TurboTax.

Visual Studio Code 1.9 Extends Tasks, Improves Markdown Support and Terminal Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 08, 2017

Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.

Visual Basic: The Road Ahead

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2017

Microsoft has announced some major changes to how it will treat Visual Basic in the future. Representing the first major change in the company's approach in six years, Visual Basic will now be free to diverge from C#.

Bringing the Domain Back to Software Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 08, 2017

If you read the business press of today, you will find that the business side of the world sees IT as an impediment that holds them back. To overcome this, we need to shift focus from the machines to the domains and start reading and learning about the domains we are working in, David West noted in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

How Microsoft Solved Git’s Problem with Large Repositories

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 08, 2017

While Git is often considered to be the best version control software in wide adoption, the way entire repositories are copied onto the developer’s machine can be a deal breaker. Microsoft discovered this when they tried to migrate a 300 GB repository from their internal system to Git. The end result was the creation of the Git Virtual File System (GVFS).

Oracle Reminds Java Developers That Soon They Won’t Have a Browser to Run Applets

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2017

Oracle has recently published a new post in the series “Moving to a Plugin-Free Web,” advising developers to find replacement solutions if they still have Java applets running in production. Firefox is going to stop supporting them soon.

Microsoft to Offer Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 07, 2017 1

With more features being pushed down into less expensive versions, Microsoft is always looking for ways to justify the hefty price tag for Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. New for this year, the headline feature is “live unit testing”.

MicroProfile Becomes Eclipse MicroProfile

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 07, 2017

MicroProfile, the community initiative to provide a microservices standard for enterprise Java, has joined the Eclipse Foundation. The move is aimed at ensuring that MicroProfile remains a vendor-neutral project, and hopes to leverage the resources and momentum of the Eclipse Foundation. The decision has caused some arguments and temporarily diverted efforts from other objectives.

MIT Extended LLVM IR to Enable Better Optimization of Parallel Programs

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2017

Researchers at MIT have been working on a fork of LLVM to explore a new approach to optimizing parallel code by embedding fork-join parallelism directly into the compiler’s intermediate representation (IR). This, the researchers maintain, makes it possible to leverage most of the IR-level serial optimizations for parallel programs.

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