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Hidden Benefits of Working with a Software Development Partner Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, will provide a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs. Evolution of the project = evolution of needs Value chain in software product evolution How a software development company can facilitate startups Growing scale and complexity, benefits of ongoing collaboration Engagement models: it's never too late to start a valuable cooperation! All in all, the key value that can be added to the success of your pro... (more)

All Test Case Management Tools Are Not Created Equal | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

If you’ve used test case management tools before, you’ll understand that there are a range of products on the market. There are old standards that have been around since before the dawn of the World Wide Web, and there are relative market newcomers that offer different levels of sophistication. Here are the factors that make the difference between test case management tools that help and those that hinder. Test Case Management Tools Should Cooperate with Issue Management Tools Your test case management tools should integrate with any and every tool your organization uses to track both software development and software quality. If your developers and project managers are using Atlassian to track feature development, your test case management tools should be able to read data and link between the various tools, such as Jira and Confluence. Your test case management tool... (more)

DevOps and Test Automation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Test automation is arguably the most important innovation to the process of QA testing in software development. The ability to automate regression testing and other repetitive test cases can significantly reduce the overall production time for even the most complex solutions. As software continues to be developed for new platforms - including mobile devices and the diverse array of endpoints that will be created during the rise of the Internet of Things - automation integration will have a huge hand to play delivering reliable, multifunctional products that end users want and need. Of course, test automation is not without its challenges. Let's take a look at some of the common hurdles testers face when trying to automate the testing life cycle, and ways around them. Interoperability One of the biggest challenges facing software vendors across the board is interoper... (more)

Static Analysis & Development Testing for Embedded Devices

By Jason Schadewald, Product Manager at Parasoft You know those conversations that you have more times than you can count? Well, I recently had one of those at Design West with a very bright software engineer. This poor guy had a number of experiences with static analysis tools that left him with the “compiler warning equivalence” impression. If your static analysis experience is largely with freeware and your training is limited to Internet forums, then I certainly understand how that impression can form. On top of that, he said that the static analysis tools he tried reported “over 20,000 messages.” It’s easy to see why he and many developers like him would find the effort insurmountable. What we’re dealing with here is a question of validity and quantity of results, and a mature Development Testing platform will help you manage both with minimal human interventio... (more)

Last Minute QA Testing By @Plutora | @CloudExpo [#DevOps #Microservices]

Most Common Enterprise Release Risk:  Last Minute QA Testing By Sean Hamawi It's a "given" in software development - release schedules always slip. Requirements shift, developers underestimate timelines, and quality assurance (QA) finds unexpected defects. Another law of software development is that final release dates are often inflexible. If a market or a holiday shopping season defines your release date you understand how important it is to meet a fixed timeline. Once you've promised a release to the business at the end of the quarter, you are under pressure to deliver software on time and under budget no matter how much your internal timelines have slipped. As a release manager, it is your job to make the best of a challenging situation and to find creative ways to bring a project to an on-time delivery. As release deadlines near, IT management is often faced wi... (more)

DevOps and Technical Debt – Are You Paying the Piper? By @PeWhouse | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

DevOps and Technical Debt - Are You Paying the Piper? Like me, you're probably familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. A cautionary tale about the consequences of reneging on debt - it sure scared the crap out of me as a kid. In enterprise IT, we also accrue debt, but of the technical kind. While the results of non-payment aren't as severe as those suffered by the good folk of Hamelin, not ‘paying the piper' will have dire consequences for any businesses trying to compete on an economic playing field where the rules are determined by software. DevOps of course is now being touted as a tune organizations must play if they're to digitally transform their businesses - and for good reason. Businesses in every vertical are showing that through effective cross-functional collaboration, automation, and the adoption of agile and lean practices, high quality s... (more)

Mobile Stress Testing | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

Falling beneath the umbrella of performance testing, both load and stress testing play an important role in assessing the availability and performance of your web or mobile applications under expected and extreme load. While the terms "stress testing" and "load testing" may be used interchangeably within a testing team or organization, the two differ when it comes to their definitions and purpose. Stress Testing vs. Load Testing Load Testing: A performance-related testing process that places simulated demand on software, web or mobile applications in order to measure responses and systems' behavior under both normal and anticipated peak load conditions. Its purpose: Providing insight into your application and system's behavior under expected load conditions. Stress Testing: A testing process designed to push an application's environment to its breaking point so that Q... (more)

Still Spending the Night on the Phone? | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

"Release night" is something of a norm in many development organizations. Not because it takes so long to deploy the software, but because there are so many unforeseen problems that need to be addressed right away. Sometimes there isn't a way to roll back easily: database issues, third-party services that only have a limited window to apply changes, etc. Everyone ends up scrambling to fix whatever they can before daylight, while under pressure from triage calls, anxious emails and the occasional foot traffic to your desk. Who wants to constantly live in fire-fighting mode? Well, you don't have to. It is possible to be confident when deploying your software products. Monitoring your applications and your environments is a proactive strategy to protect your productivity (case study). Monitoring is not about shifting blame; it is an opportunity to detect problems before... (more)

Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition)

This book is the perfect place for an experienced developer to start with iOS programming. I say experienced developer because this book does a great job of showing you the basics of C and the Objective-C language, but if you don't understand the basics of programming, you are probably going to get lost. Maybe not, but I found myself saying, "I am glad I already know what that is" about quite a few topics that were used to explain the subject matter. If you are experienced with C#, C, Java, or C++, you will be fine. This book does a great job of showing you what you need to know to get started with iOS. When you are done with it you should be able to easily move into learning more by reading more books, like iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (4th Edition). You will need to learn a lot more to be proficient in Xcode and iOS. The book is broken down into 5 part... (more)

Could 1,000 DevOps People Be Wrong? By @XebiaLabs | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Could 1,000 DevOps People Be Wrong? This year like last year, XebiaLabs polled Fortune 1000 companies in banking, manufacturing, healthcare, government and IT, interviewing DevOps teams and everyone from QA to C-level suites. More than 1,000 people were asked to share their perspectives on software delivery trends. Last year the survey found that application deployments fail up to 30% of the time and that 75% of managers believe their deployment process deserves a failing grade. This year, the survey revealed little change in attitudes. Once development of a feature or fix is complete, about a third of respondents said it still takes their organization between a week (32%) and a month (36%) to go live with their applications. High on the list of challenges cited: "Releasing features is too expensive to carry out as frequently as would be desirable." Last year, 48%... (more)

Continuous Deployment: Are You Afraid It Might Work?

This is a republished blog post by Aaron Nichols. You can find Aaron's original article on his blog where he talks about Web Operations, Culture, Security & Startups. If you want to get in touch with Aaron you can find him on twitter! I've been wondering for a few years now, why it's so hard to get companies to prioritize the work that I feel is important. I mean, I'm telling you how to do it and you aren't listening - don't you want to build quality software? Would you listen to that argument? I wouldn't. Everybody has an opinion about how to do things, what makes one better than another? I think you should listen to me, but that's irrelevant I'm on my 4th SaaS company at this point. I'm starting early this time and hoping to steer things in the right direction. I feel like I've observed some good and some bad and some really ugly at this point and I have a pretty go... (more)