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Don’t Prioritize Features!

Estimating the “value” of features is a waste of time. I was in a JAD session once where people argued about if the annoying beeping (audible on the conference line) was a smoke ...
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Software Developers Hate Worthless Tasks

Most software developers that I know, especially the best ones, loathe worthless tasks. This is probably true of most people who strive to do what they do to the best of their ability, ...
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How to Cheat at Application Security

Developers need to know a lot in order to build secure applications. Some of this is good software engineering and defensive design and programming – using (safe) APIs properly, carefully ...
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How Hackers Choose Tools

Recently, a 2001 blog post with the title Java’s Cover written by Paul Graham (of Y Combinator fame) spread across Twitter and was linked by all the other usual tech site suspects. ...
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Help, My Code Isn’t Testable! Do I Need to Fix the Design?

Our code is often untestable because there is no easy way to “sense1” the results in a good way and because the code depends on external data/functionality without making it possible ...
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Signal-to-noise ratio in your code

You write code to deliver business value, hence your code deals with a business domain like e-trading in finance, or the navigation for an online shoe store. If you look at a random ...
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Eclipse with EclEmma: Visualizing Code Coverage

Last time, we saw how Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) allows us to work towards a concrete goal in a very focused way. In this post, we’ll look at how the big BDD and the smaller ...
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A Classification of Tests

There are many ways of testing software. This post uses the five Ws to classify the different types of tests and shows how to use this classification. Programmer vs Customer (Who) Tests ...
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Domain Modeling: Naive OO Hurts

I’ve read a post recently on two ways to model data of business domain. My memory is telling me it was Ayende Rahien, but I can’t find it on his blog. One way is full-blown object-relational ...
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Version control branching strategies

Almost two years ago we started a new project (related to SOA/BPM infrastructure) on a large telco organization. Project is going very well and run on production since last summer. ...
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