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Dror Helper07/18/11
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How to return default(Type) in runtime – a TDD example in four unit tests

I’ve found this question while going over my old StackOverflow answers:I'm using reflection to loop through a Type's properties and set certain types to their default. Now, I could do a switch on the type and set the default(Type) explicitly, but I'd...

Giorgio Sironi07/18/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Move Field

Object-oriented programming is based on the encapsulation of state and behavior associated with that state in decoupled items called objects. In the previous issue of this series, we saw how to move behavior to match existing state, while today we'll see the...

Martin Fowler07/17/11
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Command Query Responsibility Segregation

CQRS stands for Command Query Responsibility Segregation. It's a pattern that I first heard described by Greg Young. At its heart is a simple notion that you can use a different model to update information than the model you use to read information....

Jim Highsmith07/16/11
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Shortening the Tail

In Agile Project Management, I wrote a short section on a performance metric called “shortening the tail.” I liked using the metric, tail length, because it is easy to calculate and tells a lot about an organization’s Agile implementation. It’s not a...

James Shore07/15/11
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Let's Play TDD #123: MiGLayout

The source code for this episode is available here. Visit the Let's Play archive for more episodes! Many thanks to Danny Jones for figuring out the HD Youtube embed code. 

James Betteley07/15/11
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Greasemonkey script for CI system

Here in Caplin Towers (it’s not really called that) we’ve got a couple of projectors displaying the Continuous Integration builds up on the walls. It’s pretty useful until you get to the point where you’ve got more projects than space on the wall....

Venkatesh Kris...07/15/11
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Increase in Iteration Duration for benefit

Deciding the iteration duration is not easy. It depends on various parameters like  Duration of the project, Agile Maturity of the team, risk mitigation factors, Project domain etc.   Most of the Agile proponents suggest 2 weeks iterations.  ...

Marc Löffler07/15/11
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Food for Thought #10 – Bring food

Have you ever been invited to a wedding without food? Have you ever been to a birthday party without a cake? What about a barbecue without the meat? Watching a football match without chips and beer? Even at a funeral they serve some food. Usually when...

Dele Sikuade07/15/11
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Top 5 Reasons Why Forums Don’t Work For Community Support

Traditionally, independent software vendors have utilized forum software to provide a platform for their support sites. You know, users come to the website looking for a solution to their problem, only to be pushed over to the “self-help” forums where...

Michael Dubakov07/14/11
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Visual Builds Board

At TargetProcess we develop by feature. It means that every user story and every bug have separate branches. Also it means we have quite many builds, since every branch should be tested separately. Visual Builds Board shows statuses of all builds. It is a...

Jared Richardson07/14/11
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Automated Testing is Not QA

Quite often (and again very recently) I've run into a simple, but frustrating, misunderstanding. I'll often come to work with a team, evaluate their current state, and chart a path for them to move forward. For many of the teams I encounter, this ends up...

Daniel Ackerson07/14/11
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Stabilizing Application Architectures Through Simplification

Consider the following: People are complicated and companies are run by a lot of people. A relationship between two people is complicated. Relationships between companies? Well, you see where I’m going. Outsource a software development project requiring...

Giorgio Sironi07/14/11
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Unit testing JavaScript code when Ajax gets in the way

The previous part of this article is here, but it's not required for understanding the current topic.Unit testing is one of the best tools I have in my box to aid the design of my code. Yet I'm not always in the environment where unit testing is easy:...

James Betteley07/14/11
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Continuous Integration: The Last Mile

Conquering the Last Mile I went to the London C.I. Meetup recently where Gus Power (how he chose a career in I.T. and not as a pro-wrestler with a name like that I do NOT know) delivered a talk entitled “C.I. The Last Mile”. Gus seems to have a...

Jim Bird07/13/11
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Kanban, Scrum/XP and the Paradox of Constraints

Building and maintaining software is about confronting limits: