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Article : Will Pair Programming Really Improve Your Project?
on 2008/1/11 1:25:14 (1478 reads)

This article is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP [1], by Matt Stephens and Doug Rosenberg. The book provides an entertaining look at some of the flaws behind Extreme Programming (XP), whilst suggesting some alternative strategies and practical techniques to achieve XP's agile goals in a more rigorous way. For this article we concentrate on pair programming - and in particular the book Pair Programming Illuminated [2] by Laurie Williams and Robert Kessler.

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Article : Continuous Integration: The Cornerstone of a Great Shop
on 2008/1/9 0:10:06 (1484 reads)

This article shows how continuous integration can help to keep projects on track with a rapid feedback on the product status.

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Article : Six Resources to Check On-line Your Web Site Accessibility
on 2008/1/9 0:08:58 (1001 reads)

Creating the interface for a Web site is not always an easy task. Besides the questions of size and colours, you have to deal with many technologies like HTML, JavaScript or CSS style sheets, without taking into account specific languages like Flash. Then you have to find a solution that will be acceptable on different browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera, Netscape, Safari) across different versions. The resulting code is not always pretty, furthermore if for earlier versions of your Web site you used some generators and you did not bother to control the generated code.

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Book : Testing Web Security: Assessing the Security of Web Sites and Applications
on 2007/12/31 8:14:26 (1058 reads)

Following a straightforward, accessible approach, this book will take you step-by-step through the process of testing the security of your Web sites and applications. Whether you’re a software tester, system administrator, developer, manager, Web master, or security engineer, you’ll find valuable information on how to use testing as a security measure.

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Article : Using Customer Tests to Drive Development
on 2007/12/31 8:13:19 (1832 reads)

Like many agile software development teams, our team writes tests for each feature before the feature is actually developed. We’ve found many advantages to using tests to drive development, not only at the unit test level but at the functional, system and acceptance test levels. Not only do we have tests which show whether we’ve delivered the correct functionality, but we benefit from increased communication and collaboration, increasing the chances that we will deliver exactly what our customers want. Writing just the right amount of tests and level of detail has proved difficult at times, as has the automation and timing of the automation effort. The effort to overcome those problems has paid off and led us to devote even more resources to driving development with customer tests.

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Quotes : And the Winner is...
on 2007/12/31 8:12:23 (1459 reads)

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning."


Richard Cook

Quotes : The Limits of Debugging
on 2007/12/31 8:10:44 (1578 reads)

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."

Brian Kernighan

Article : Modeling the Real World for Load Testing Web Sites
on 2007/12/31 8:00:24 (1939 reads)

If you want to get an accurate idea of how your Web site is going to perform in the real world, it pays to create a load profile that closely models conditions your site will experience. This article addresses nine elements that can affect Web load. Requesting your Web site’s home page 100 times per minute is not going to give you a very accurate idea of how your Web site is actually going to perform in the real world. This article seeks to provide an overview of some of the load parameters that you should consider when designing the test load to be used for performance testing a Web site. The more accurate the load profile can be made, the closer the performance tests will be to modeling the real world conditions that your Web site will ultimately have to survive. This, in turn, will lead to more reliable test results.

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