So JavaOne 2013 has come and gone. SearchSoftwareQuality.com 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.
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 »
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.
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 »
This week it’s a quick wrap-up of recent content on SearchSoftwareQuality.com before I head out for the weekend. Jenn Lent shows us the places where automation falls short of the hype. Jan Stafford shows us a couple of Agile success stories. But first, let’s look at some of the things application security expert Dan Cornell has been up to. Continued »
This week I’m going to bring up a few things I got to see at Agile 2013 in Nashville last week that I should have written up while I was at the conference. These are the extra blog posts I planned last week but didn’t have time for, all rolled into one. I’ll write about Legos, asking questions, and bluegrass music. They all relate to Agile in one way or another.
Automated integration testing sort of presents us with a paradox. The problem is that automated testing makes the most sense for large organizations where there’s a lot of testing to be done; however, these big enterprises tend to have large, complicated development environments where it tends to be hard to build automated tests for integration. So, it’s not quite a catch 22, but it is rather inconvenient that the more an organization needs their integration testing automated, the harder it’s going to be automate it. A growing open source project might have found the trick to cutting the knot – if its name doesn’t get in the way too much. Continued »
It’s been a busy week and I’m itching to start the weekend, so this week’s post is going to be short, but I’ll make up for that with extra blog posts next week. I take off for Nashville in about forty-eight hours. This conference is going to be a real challenge to cover on my own, but it should be a really fun challenge. Plus, I’m looking forward to announcing some news from one of our application security experts. Continued »
My head is spinning this week. The summer seems to be rushing by in a blur. I’m gearing up for Agile2013 in Nashville Tennessee (August 5-9) and I’m torn between wishing I was leaving tonight and wishing I had an extra week to prepare. There’s so much excitement packed into one little week, I don’t know how I’ll keep up with it all. Continued »
I don’t think I’m the only one that gets a little bit turned around sometimes when I’m talking about Agile. It’s tough to quickly state what Agile is and how it affects software development teams on a day-to-day basis. Some teams focus on these aspects, concepts and practices, while others focus on those. Ideally, Agile should be a holistic effort, but I think in real life most companies that are trying an Agile approach are still focused on specific processes and might not see how those processes fit into the big picture.
I mean, I know the Agile manifesto: “People and communication over process and tools; working software over heavy documentation; customers over contracts; and responding to change over sticking to the plan.” Those are all set in my mind and so are the twelve guiding principles in the Agile manifesto. I won’t list all twelve, but I think “break down work into smaller components that can be completed quickly,” and “provide motivated individuals the environment and support they need and trust them to get the job done,” are two good ones.
But – even with a solid picture of what software development teams should be doing, I still get a little confused about how an Agile development team does those things. Continued »