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Robert Diana01/11/11
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Data, Context, Analysis And Meaning

Data, context and analysis has come up a lot lately. I talked about data and context about a month ago when people were arguing about JSON vs. XML. The problem at that time was that people were comparing data formats instead of potential usage:

Giorgio Sironi01/11/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Lazy Setup

Shared Fixtures are useful to save time, and speed up execution: a resource is shared between many tests and is not recreated from scratch everytime. The typical example is always a database connection, which sometimes has an heavy bootstrap.

Lorna Mitchell01/10/11
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Github API: Issues List

I'm deeply involved with an open source development project (joind.in, the event feedback site) and we recently made the decision to move our issue tracking away from GitHub (because it's awful and meets none of the requirements for a bug tracker, but...

Stephen Forte01/10/11
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Agile Estimation Presentation by Stephen Forte

Last night I spoke at the SofiaDev .NET User Group in Sofia, Bulgaria on Agile Estimation. We covered how my Bulgarian is horrible, all I know is “pull” and “push” (as in doors). After an introduction to the estimation problem, we talked about User...

Jon Archer01/10/11
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Top ten tips for distributed scrum team teleconferences

Distributed software teams using scrum can spend a fair bit of time on the telephone. Even if you only talk for just sprint planning, daily stand-ups, reviews and retrospectives that could easily be 6+ hours in a two week sprint. When the team is spread...

Giorgio Sironi01/10/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Prebuilt Fixture

The goal we want to tackle today is: how to prepare Shared Fixture before the first test runs? There are of course other approaches, like lazy creation, but simply having it always available simplifies the rest of the test suite. For instance, the tests can...

Mark Lines01/07/11
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Updates to the Agile Manifesto?

The Agile Manifesto (www.agilemanifesto.org) is the rally cry of all software developers against the bureaucratic and wasteful, document-heavy and plan-driven traditional methods of building software.  However, it is almost 10 years old now.  While it...

Julian Simpson01/07/11
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XFD: now with CruiseControl and TeamCity support

Happy new year! Your belated Christmas gift is a new release of XFD, our build radiator, with support for CruiseControl, and Team City:

Chris Spagnuolo01/06/11
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Ideas without action are called dreams

 Did you have some great ideas in 2010? What became of them?  Did you act on them and create something…or are they still just great ideas? Here are some thoughts about ideas:

Giorgio Sironi01/06/11
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A programmer on the cloud

As a programmer, I hate duplication. But moving between different workstations, or even between a netbook and my primary computer, requires me to share data such as documents, code, PDF files and so on.

Martin Hinshelwood01/05/11
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What to do after a servicing fails on TFS 2010

What do you do if you run a couple of hotfixes against your TFS 2010 server and you start to see seem odd behaviour? A customer of mine encountered that very problem, but they could not just, or at least not easily, go back a version.

Venkatesh Kris...01/05/11
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Agile estimation and Planning – Presentation

Recently Mike Cohn presented the summary of his book Agile estimation and planning during Las Vegas Conference.

Giorgio Sironi01/05/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Implicit Setup

Sometimes a fixture is well-defined, and can be extracted from Test Methods without loss of clarity. Maybe it's only an irrelevant part of all the fixtures we'll need in a test. Or it is a System Under Test which is a leaf in the object graph, and its...

Den D.01/05/11
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MonoDroid in public beta

It was announced by Miguel de Icaza, the project lead for Mono (the open-source implementation of the .NET Framework) that the MonoDroid beta is now open for public access. MonoDroid is an abstraction layer on top of the Android SDK that allows .NET...

Peter Schuh01/04/11
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That Huge Estimate May Be a Vote of No Confidence

I’ve seen it happen several times. The business requests an upfront, full-cost estimate for some feature or functionality. A business person writes something up – far simpler than the normal story-writing or requirements-drafting process. The...