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Rob Williams07/17/13
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TDD Checklist Shortcut on Mac

If you read Kent Beck's book on TDD, he sets forth the idea that developers should work from a little scratchpad of tasks. I like this idea a lot.

Eric Gregory07/16/13
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A Monitoring Framework with DTrace and MongoDB

Dan Kimmel of Delphix shares a thoughtful presentation on building a monitoring framework with DTrace and MongoDB.

Mark Needham07/16/13
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Git/GitHub: Squashing All Commits Before Sending a Pull Request

My colleague Michael has been doing some work to make it easier for people to import data into neo4j and his latest attempt is neo4j-shell-tools which adds some additional commands to the neo4j-shell.

Paul Underwood07/16/13
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Organize Your GitHub Gists with GistBox

Because I use sublime text 3 as my code editor I used to just store all my code snippets as a snippet in sublime. This was fine if I was always working on one computer but what if you code on multiple computers?

Mark Hinkle07/16/13
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The Citrix Open Source Prize

Mark Hinkle announced that Citrix was announcing its own Open Source Prize. The first objective is to integrate Asgard, one of the Netflix OSS tools, with Apache CloudStack.

Senthil Kumar07/15/13
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Kineticwing IDE – Lightweight And Cross Platform IDE

Kineticwing IDE is a simple, lightweight and portable IDE for quickly developing websites without installation.

Daniel Ackerson07/15/13
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Why Teaching Developers to Test is a Good Investment

Test a developer’s software and you’ll find bugs. Teach a developer to test and they can release their software.

Nicolas Frankel07/15/13
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Even Server-Side Devs Should Check Out AngularJS

It is not because I’m a big Vaadin fan that I’m completely rejecting other technologies even before trying them. In this regard, I must stay I’ve been strongly impressed by the AngularJS talk at Devoxx France 2013.

Kris Buytaert07/15/13
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Using Broken Development Frameworks, or Why We Don't Use Zurmo

Why did DBAs used to hate developers? Let me tell you a story. A couple of weeks ago one of our customers wanted to start experimenting with a new type of CRM. A gamified CRM. Zurmo.

Rodrigo Julian ...07/14/13
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Book Review: Instant RSPEC Test-Driven Development How To

If you are just starting with RSPEC or want to refresh your knowledge and discover tricks and implementations, will

Chris Haddad07/14/13
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How Can Everytown IT Adopt DevOps?

Donnie Berkholz has an excellent blog post describing why EveryTown IT hesitates to adopt DevOps and Cloud, even though they realize significant business benefit may be achieved.

Brian King07/13/13
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Private Clouds And Why Monitoring Matters

A private cloud, no matter which technology it is based upon, is nothing without proper cloud monitoring. In such a scenario, operations can easily spiral out of control and the IT team has little knowledge of how the technology is running or how to prevent major problems.

Shay Shmeltzer07/12/13
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Oracle Releases New 12c Versions of Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF

Oracle JDeveloper is a free IDE that covers the full development life-cycle from UML through coding, testing, profiling and deployment. Key new features in the 12c version are enhanced Maven support, new Profilers (code share with NetBeans), Git support, Dependency viewer...

Kris Buytaert07/12/13
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Open Business Models

A couple of months ago, Opscode came out with a bunch of announcements, one of them being that they are going to support the Open Source Chef in addition to their own platform. I'd love to see more companies do this formally.

Roger Hughes07/12/13
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Getting Started With Spring’s MVC Test Framework - Part 1

I’m going to take a look at Spring’s MVC Test Framework and apply it to some of my existing sample code to figure out whether or not it does what it says on the tin.

Eric Gregory07/12/13
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Continuous Delivery, Bloated WARs, and Jugaad

In this conversation from JavaOne India, Xebia's Adriaan de Jonge tackles what could be an unexpected obstacle to continuous delivery: bloated WAR files. Plus, he explores continuous delivery in relation to the Hindi concept of Jugaad -- nimble, creative fixing.

Sony Arouje07/12/13
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Is Our Strategy of Identifying Experience Flawed?

In our current system we judge experience based on number of years. Is number of years the best criteria for judging a person’s experience?

Mark Hinkle07/11/13
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In Case You're Not Already Sold on DevOps...

I won't lie, I'm a bit of a Gene Kim fanboy. David Nalley suggested, actually sort of insisted, that I read The Phoenix Project almost immediately after it came out. This turned out to be a Good Thing™.

Trisha Gee07/11/13
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Spock Passes the Next Test - Painless Stubbing

In the last post I talked about our need for some improved testing tools, our choice of Spock as something to spike, and how mocking looks in Spock. As that blog got rather long, I saved the next installment for a separate post. Today I want to look at stubbing.

Alexander Beletsky07/11/13
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Think Ahead, Think Logging

Preparing an application for production means preparing good error logging. I’m going to show you how to extend your Express.js with proper logs.

Alex Curylo07/11/13
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Roundup: A/B Testing Solutions

So we were asked recently “What’s your experience with A/B testing on iOS?” After quashing our instinctive retort of “Hah! They’ll be ice skating in hell the day there’s enough time and budget to ship ONE version of anything properly..."

Trisha Gee07/10/13
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Spock is awesome! Seriously Simplified Mocking

We're constantly fighting a battle when developing the new MongoDB Java driver between using tools that will do heavy lifting for us and minimising the dependencies a user has to download in order to use our driver. Ideally, we want the number of dependencies to be zero.

Ted Neward07/10/13
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On Programming Tests

It's official: I hate them. Don't get me wrong, I understand their use and the reasons why potential employers give them out. But the ones where the challenge is to implement some algorithmic doodad or other?

Mark Needham07/10/13
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Survivorship Bias and Product Development

Survivorship Bias: "The logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived” some process and inadvertently overlooking those that didn’t because of their lack of visibility."

Aaron Klein07/09/13
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5 Simple Tips to Improve Your AWS Security

A key advantage of AWS is that it is dynamic and can be scaled according to need. That advantage, however, can cause security nightmares. With that in mind, here are 5 easy tips to insure that you keep up your end of the bargain.