Software Quality Insights:

March, 2009


March 31, 2009  8:00 PM

New book: Step-by-step Eclipse plug-ins, plus Java testing tool

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

I found a handy tool for automating testing of Java graphical user interfaces (GUIs) while reading Eclipse Plug-ins, third edition (Addison-Wesley) by Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel. This month, I also...

March 31, 2009  1:41 AM

Recession survival tips for project managers

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

In an economic downturn, project managers have to motivate teams that may be worried and overworked, a situation in which projecting optimism, confidence and an “anything is possible” attitude is a must, according to project management consultant and trainer Michelle LaBrosse. On the...


March 27, 2009  4:17 PM

Using screen recorders as a lightweight form of documentation

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Any time I find that I need to create training material or reference material, I ask myself if it makes sense to use some sort of screen capture utility to capture that information. I find that it can be a better medium for some types of content. And, given current technology (both commercial...


March 24, 2009  12:12 AM

Blu Age at EclipseCon: On agile, an agile project, reverse engineering

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

On the eve of EclipseCon in Santa Clara, CA, which opened today, I interviewed NetFective Technology Group president Christian Champagne about agile adoption and legacy application reverse engineering, as well as a legacy app makeover that Blu Age...


March 23, 2009  1:07 PM

How test-driven development increases overall usability

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Test-driven development (TDD) can be the path to not having to reinvent the wheel with every new test. In the test-driven development I've done, I've found that my tests force me to write a more manageable interface over time. Early in a programming a class, I find that I can get away with...


March 17, 2009  1:20 PM

Upcoming software testing conference tutorials

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

The Association for Software Testing (AST) recently announced the tutorial lineup for its upcoming conference in Colorado Springs. It's an impressive lineup, covering both mainstream topics (like agile) and more...


March 12, 2009  6:36 PM

Figuring out what to document for operations

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

With several agile teams I've worked with, thinking about operations has been an afterthought. Even when operations personnel are captured as stakeholders upfront, many times the hand-off from development to production is ... well, "less than coordinated."

I think this happens for a...


March 10, 2009  7:19 PM

Why video modes matter in software testing and configuration

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

In my software testing work, I've found that video configuration consistency is a critical factor in a system’s performance and behavior under test conditions and an important factor in delivering technology in the intended fashion.  Naturally, traditional resolution requirements for a...


March 10, 2009  12:55 PM

Privacy issues with cloud computing

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Judith Myerson recently published a developerWorks article on cloud computing versus grid computing. It's a fantastic read if you're new to the topic, and provides tons of links for where to learn more. While introducing...


March 9, 2009  12:41 PM

Agile, management tools help small team boost software quality

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Scheduling, documentation, tracking bugs and –- most critically -– producing great products with a small development staff are the headaches Dan McRae, Comet Solutions Inc.’s software engineering manager, faces every day. I talked with McRae recently about how he’s combined best...


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