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Allan Kelly05/24/13
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The Testing Triangle, Circle, and UAT

A few months ago Markus Gartner introduced me to the Testing Triangle, or Testing Pyramid. It looks like this...

Christopher Taylor05/24/13
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An New User’s Assessment of Asana’s Productivity Tool

One of the teams I work on recently started a test of Asana, a product touted as “…the next big step in productivity”. We were looking for tools to help us manage the work we do on a regular basis. I’ll put our work in two categories:

Trisha Gee05/24/13
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Be an Ambassador for Programming

You know how I keep banging on about attracting different types of people into programming? You know how we say we need to get them young?

Jim Bird05/24/13
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7 Agile Best Practices that You Don’t Need to Follow

Some commonly accepted ideas and best practices aren’t important: if you don’t follow them, nothing bad will happen to you and your project will still succeed, but there are a couple that you are better off not following at all.

Steven Willmott05/23/13
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Panoptix APIs: Helping to Create Better Building Efficiency Applications

The Panoptix software is all about increasing options for delivering better building efficiency. The Panoptix platform is open and offers APIs so their partners can offer their efficiency applications that take advantage of Panoptix data.

Esther Derby 05/23/13
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The Appreciation Gap

A simple thank you can make a difference; appreciation builds good will, and reminds people that they are valued as human beings, not just as CPUs (Code Producing Units) or FTEs (Full Time Equivalents).

Mark O'neill05/23/13
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Identity is the New Perimeter

It was Bill Gates who said that security should be based on "policy, not topology". It's a phrase which always stuck with me. Rather than basing security on where something is, you use a policy which is independent of the network.

Lorna Mitchell05/23/13
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Simplest PHP Generator Example

I really like the generators feature that's arriving in PHP 5.5, and since we're now into release candidate releases, it's actually not that far away.

David Pollak05/23/13
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Project Plugh: Open Source Log Analysis

I'm building an open source log manage/analysis tool that will offer folks what Splunk offers folks, except it's open.

Steven Willmott05/23/13
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API Economics: Create More Value than you Capture

When building an API, you want to create a lot of value for your users obviously, but you should also not try to capture all of that value. You should create more than enough.

Sam Lee05/23/13
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What if Enterprise IT Built Race Cars?

How a race car would turn out if it were developed by the equivalent of an Enterprise IT department (without DevOps).

Eric Gregory05/23/13
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Building Human Fault-Tolerant Systems

In this really excellent talk from Strata 2013, Twitter's Nathan Marz walks through the challenges and serious rewards of building systems that are resilient even in the face of human error...

Mitch Pronschinske05/22/13
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Links You Don't Want To Miss (May 23)

It's time to make Java debugging suck less, and it's also time to start pronouncing "GIF" "jif". Plus, some crucial employability tips and the real difference between "web" and "enterprise" developers.

Steven Lott05/22/13
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Legacy Code Preservation: Some Patterns

With modern languages and tools, legacy code conversion is quite simple. The impediments are simply managerial in nature. No one wants to have a carefully maintained piece of software declared a liability and discarded. Everyone wants to think of it as an asset that will be carefully preserved.

Jurgen Appelo05/22/13
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What Makes a Great Conference?

I’ve been asking around on email and on the social networks what makes a conference memorable, special, or amazing. This topic has my special interest, not only because I attend between 20-25 conferences per year, but also because I’m trying to help make the DARE 2013 a great experience.