Software Quality Insights:

April, 2009

April 30, 2009  8:42 PM

Virtual networks: Fully representative and protected

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Many IT environments of all sizes are enjoying virtualization in some capacity to save on costs, provision systems quicker and consolidate equipment. While the time to market availability for virtual systems is much quicker, there are built-in safeguards that can be rolled into any test,...

April 24, 2009  9:09 PM

How app visualization enables picture-perfect requirements

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Readers of Mike Kelly’s post on software security uses for data visualization –- the ability to visualize patterns of data –- asked us for info on application visualization,...

April 22, 2009  11:50 PM

Ways to drive adoption of test-driven development

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

At a recent Indianapolis Workshop on Software Testing, I joined a group of software testing pros in examining the practice of test-driven development (TDD). We brainstormed ahout how to increase adoption by helping teams new to the practice. While there are...

April 21, 2009  8:52 PM

Software testing careers: What’s your hedgehog concept?

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

I've worked with a lot of people new to testing. Helping people find an area within testing they like is something I enjoy doing. Testing is fun. It's challenging. I think it's got something to offer everyone who's willing to learn, is comfortable dealing with conflict and doesn't mind hard...

April 17, 2009  6:36 PM

Software security threats: Changing QA a must

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Software quality assurance (QA) and software security teams have long been separate islands within development organizations. That division is giving data pirates carte blanche to compromise software, cyber-security industry veteran Barmak Meftah told me recently. “Today, we are witnessing...

April 13, 2009  6:55 PM

Simple rules, applied to code reviews

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

I've always found Kent Beck's Four Rules of Simple Code to be a great framework for when I think about code reviews. Those rules are:

  1. The code correctly runs all the tests.
  2. The code clearly expresses the ideas/intentions...

April 10, 2009  1:24 PM

Tips for reducing debugging time

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

I recently received the following question related to debugging:

Debugging takes up a lot of my team's time. What are some shortcuts, process changes or alternatives that can reduce the need to debug frequently? How can TDD or IDE help?
Figuring out what process changes...

April 7, 2009  7:17 PM

Your company’s reputation: Critical but fragile

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

There is no more critical component to an organization’s capacity for trust than reputation.

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April 1, 2009  10:27 PM

Application performance testing issues: Cloud, virtual labs, scale-up

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Application performance testing used to be a standalone process, but the emergence of dynamic, complex mission-critical applications, virtualization and cloud computing calls for putting it into a larger practice, Mark Kremer, CEO of Precise Software Solutions...

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