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Maarten Ectors07/26/13
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Startups: Want to Launch New Features Hourly?

You've probably read about those big name dotcoms that deploy new features to production up to tens of times a day. For most startups bringing features to production is still a manual, at best semi-manual process.

Maarten Ectors07/25/13
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Deploying Multiple Services on One Cloud Server Instantly

There was a new release of Juju this week, 1.11.3, that brought a “small feature” with a big impact on your AWS bill. You are now able to deploy multiple services on one cloud server instantly. Before Juju started a new server per service which resulted in a potentially high AWS bill.

Troy Hunt07/25/13
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Of Developers, Security Professionals, and Playing Nice Together

How can developers and security people get along with each other better than what they tend to at present?

Pieter De Rycke07/25/13
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Git Support in Synology DSM 4.3 Beta

A couple of days ago, Synology released the open beta of DSM 4.3. Somewhere hidden in the release notes there was mentioned that the NAS now officially supports the hosting of GIT repositories. This is great news for all programmers.

George Dinwiddie07/24/13
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Why I Practice TDD

Quality and productivity are, of course, important things. I certainly wouldn’t continue to practice Test-Driven Development if it added defects or took a significantly longer time to create functionality. But that’s not why I practice TDD.

Martin Fowler07/24/13
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Martin Fowler: User Defined Field

A common feature in software systems is to allow users to define their own fields in data structures. Consider an address book - there's a host of things that you might want to add. With new social networks popping up every day, users might want to add a new field for a Bunglr id to their contacts.

Clemens Helm07/24/13
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How to Set Up Cucumber with Ruby and Rails Projects

For all Ruby applications you can use the cucumber gem. In the screencast we walk you through creating a basic Ruby project and installing cucumber using bundler.

Mark Needham07/24/13
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On “The fear of blogging about technical topics”

My former colleague Anne Simmons recently wrote an interesting post in which she describes some of the reasons that she finds herself not wanting to write about technical topics.

Don Pinto07/23/13
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Deploying Couchbase with Chef

If you are an administrator looking for an automated way to deploy Couchbase at scale, look no further - Chef is a great platform solution. Once setup, it is a very clean solution that can work across any number of physical, virtual, or cloud servers, no matter what the size of the infrastructure.

Mark Needham07/23/13
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Lessons from Supporting Production Code

Until I started working on the uSwitch energy website around 8 months ago I had not really done any support of a production system so I learnt some interesting lessons in my time there.

John Sonmez07/23/13
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6 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Developer Job

So, you applied for your dream developer job, got an interview and thought it went well, but all you have to show for your effort is a rejection letter? Here are a few reasons why...

Armel Gouriou07/23/13
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Takeover of Alfresco's Technical Debt

To demonstrate some of Scertify's features we performed such refactoring on a sub-project of Alfresco community edition, an open-source enterprise content management system. Doing so, we were able to suppress 25% of technical debt (11 days).

Tom Howlett07/22/13
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On Collaboration

Working in an office surrounded by other developers -- each of us trying to solve the same problem independently -- feels like madness, so what stops us working together?

Simon Jackson07/22/13
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Syncfusion’s “Succinctly” Series of Free eBooks

I got my first Succinctly book back in May 2012 only a couple of months after grabbing the initial release of Metro Studio. It was truly amazing that such a resource was being given out for free -- they weren’t the longest books but they told you exactly what you needed to know to get the job done.

Vijay Narayanan07/22/13
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Interception Points for Systematic Reuse

There are certain key interception points during the development process that can greatly increase the likelihood of systematic reuse.

Aleksey Savkin07/22/13
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Limitations of Automation Software

This article focuses on the limitations which automated software testing encounters and solutions to these limitations.

Zac Gery07/21/13
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The Beature: Is It a Bug or a Feature?

All seasoned developers have run into the infamous question "Is this a bug or a feature?" These "beatures" fall into a gray area and come from a variety of sources, including customers, sales people, developers, QA analysts, or anyone with a bit of tinkering knowledge.

Steve Smith07/21/13
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Pipeline Antipattern: Serialisation

When designing applications for Continuous Delivery, our goal is to grow an architecture that minimises batch size and facilitates a low cycle time. However, architectural decisions are often local optimisations that value efficiency over effectiveness...

Rado Buranský07/20/13
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The Rule of Failed Integration Build

What to do if an integration build fails? By failing I mean either there is a compilation error or an automated test fails. The general rule in most of the teams that I worked with is that this situation should be treated with the highest priority...

Olga Kouzina07/20/13
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Why People Don't Understand How to Use Your Software

You’ve invested tons of effort, time, care and thought into your new software product. You live and breathe, sleep and wake up with it. You’ve been so thoughtful and caring about your future users, and you’ve performed to the best of your ability to make it the best software product in the world.

Paul Reed07/19/13
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The Ship Show: Practical Object OO (and Cat!) Design with Sandi Metz

For episode 23, we sit down with programming veteran and Ruby expert Sandi Metz to discuss her new book: Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby! But we don’t just talk about design patterns...

Andy Hawthorne07/19/13
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Setting Up a LAMP Stack on Ubuntu

Local web development on a Ubuntu Linux powered computer needs a LAMP stack installation. That is, the Apache web server, PHP for coding, and the MySQL database. Here is a method for setting it all up for the latest version of Ubuntu Linux.

Bas De Nooijer07/19/13
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Using a Proxy for Capifony/Capistrano Deployments

I’m currently working on a Symfony2 based project. For deployments to various environments we use Capifony, a collection of Capistrano recipes for Symfony applications.

Mike Driscoll07/19/13
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Python Logging: How to Log to Multiple Locations

Today I decided to figure out how to make Python log to a file and the console simultaneously. Most of the time, I just want to log to a file, but occasionally I want to be able to see stuff on the console too to help with debugging.

Dan Haywood07/18/13
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Using Buildreactor to Monitor CI Jobs

Following on from yesterday’s post (using travis-ci for github projects), I thought I’d use a Chrome plugin to monitor their status. The one I chose was buildreactor (itself hosted on github).