Software Quality Insights

A blog

April 10, 2014  11:51 PM

Agile is growing up and the way it matures is yet to be seen

Posted by: James Denman
Agile software development, Development

Today’s keynote was just as good as yesterday’s. It really made me think about what the future of Agile is now that it’s basically mainstream. Jeff Dalton, the keynote presenter, pointed out that very large organizations are beginning to muscle in on Agile. If the software quality community doesn’t take planned steps to keep Agile flexible, a risk exists that Agile processes will turn into rituals carried out by rote in large development corporations. Continued »

April 10, 2014  3:04 PM

A focus on metrics says shift software quality focus left

Posted by: James Denman
agile, Application lifecyle management, applications, Development, development cycles, project management trends, project planning, Software Quality, Software testing

Yesterday’s keynote speaker here at QUEST 2014 in Baltimore was Michael Mah. Mah is an interesting guy. He played a part in designing nuclear submarines for the U.S. government in the 1980′s. More recently, he supported the Sea Shepherds in their efforts to curb whale and dolphin hunting in Asia and took up flying very small Cessna aircraft. He happens to be a brilliant software engineer and he seems to be on a mission to fix the way we develop software. Continued »

January 11, 2014  11:24 PM

One word for software quality engineers in 2014 – “Continuous”

Posted by: James Denman
agile, Agile ALM, Agile Development, Agile integration, Agile software development, Agile testing, Application lifecyle management, Continuous, continuous delivery, Continuous Integration, project management trends, QA Trends, quality assurance, Software Quality, Software testing

I don’t know if there’s ever a single word that can sum up what’s happening – or going to happen – in a field as diverse as software quality. If that one word exists for software quality in 2014, I’m going to guess the best word will be continuous. Get ready to hear about continuous development, continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and most importantly continuous testing. Unless I miss my mark, these phrases are going to pop up again and again in 2014. Continued »

November 8, 2013  11:41 PM

Scala testing book illustrates effective use of TDD for Scala projects

Posted by: James Denman
Automated Test Design, automation, Automation Test, BDD, TDD

Weighing in at under 150 pages, Testing in Scala by Daniel Hinojosa is a quick, project-based introduction to using a test-driven or behavior driven approach to testing in – you guessed it – the Scala programming language. Continued »

October 18, 2013  11:01 PM

Thoughts on cloud infrastructure from an industry insider

Posted by: James Denman
Cloud, infrastructure, Project management, Software Quality

I had a great talk earlier this week with the CEO and founder of CloudBees, Sacha Labourey. It’s probably best to take this advice with a grain of salt, because Labourey does have a vested interest in the success of cloud services. CloudBees provides platform as a service (PaaS) for Java developers. Still, Labourey is a pretty straight shooter and I think he has a good deal of insight into enterprise application development. Continued »

October 11, 2013  9:59 PM

Software Quality Group of New England celebrates twentieth season

Posted by: James Denman
Agile Development, mobile applications, QA Trends, quality assurance

The Software Quality Group of New England (SQGNE) is celebrating its twentieth season of getting Boston area software quality professionals together to talk about what’s important to the greater software quality community. Steven Rakitin, the group’s president, is pleased with the group’s progress – especially in light of the scant funding the organization receives.

Once each month (excepting August when the group breaks for summer vacation) SQGNE facilitates bright, motivated discussions about the issues that matter to testing and project management practitioners. On October 9, 2013, Harish Narayan led a group discussion on the changing roles of the quality assurance profession. Continued »

October 7, 2013  5:41 PM

JavaOne 2013 in the rearview; setting sites on STP Con next

Posted by: James Denman
Java FX, Java One

So JavaOne 2013 has come and gone. staff have been busy at work pitching in with our sister sites to bring out some meaningful coverage of JavaOne and Oracle Open World. JavaOne is the event of the year for Java developers. Oracle Open World runs alongside JavaOne ever since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and the JCP a few years ago. This year’s big Java news centered around a few big breaks for Java EE 7 and the new features coming soon with Java 8.

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September 22, 2013  8:44 PM

How to look at mobile app performance depends the app’s audience

Posted by: James Denman
mobile performance, web development, website performance

Last week the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group joined forces with Boston’s Mobile Experience Optimization Group to discuss issues around Web-based mobile app performance. The discussion was led by Ariel Weil, a representative from Yottaa’s adaptive Web performance team, and Ilya Grigorik just happened to be a part of the audience. The discussion centered more around user experience than I expected, but they definitely raised some good points. Continued »

September 13, 2013  11:42 PM

Let’s shed some light on the far reaches of application security

Posted by: James Denman
Application security, cloud security, mobile applications, Mobile security, network security, security test, security testing, security threats

I think it’s sort of human nature to be uncomfortable with the unknown and with the things that aren’t under our control. That might be one of the reasons so many software quality professionals try to skate around doing security testing. Obviously there are other factors – getting caught up in pressing functionality or usability issues for one – but I think security is secretly scary for some of us. That fear is probably tied mostly to the number of aspects of application security that are out of our own reach.

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September 5, 2013  6:31 PM

New journeys in mobile application development start with a single step

Posted by: James Denman
HTML5, mobile applications, mobile apps, mobile devices

A week ago today, I sat in on a really interesting informational workshop. I learned all the basic pieces of building an incredibly simple mobile application. I write a good deal about mobile application development, but as yet, I hadn’t actually done any coding for a mobile app. I still don’t think I’ll stop writing about it and start doing it any time soon, but I do now have a much better appreciation and understanding of the practice of building mobile applications. The demonstration application we built was a simple HTML 5 app designed to run on multiple platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, for the most part. Continued »

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