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Ancient Computer Character Code Tables – and Why They’re Still Relevant

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There’s rhyme and reason to character codes, but it’s not poetry. It’s the evolution of ancient machine controls. Knowing how rudimentary character codes work gives you control over what an application visually represents to the user. There are good historical reasons … [Read more...]

The Software Tester’s Easter Egg Hunt

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I recently came across a video clip of Paul Holland that was published last December by the Association of Software Testing. In the video (above), Holland makes the connection between a software tester's day-to-day work and a good ol' fashioned Easter egg hunt. What … [Read more...]

Show Me The Money: The New Open Source Motivation

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If you think open source programming is still about developers working on projects for love or to scratch an itch, think again. A recent Linux Foundation survey found that today's free software developers are in it for the money. One stereotype of an open source … [Read more...]

Wi-Fi at 802.11ac: Fast and Maddening

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Good news: Wi-Fi networking technology is improving. Bad news: The top speed may surpass your backhaul, and carriers will become the most frequent bottleneck. There will be joy, and there will be disappointment. The latest IEEE 802.11ac spec will allow wireless speeds in … [Read more...]

Managing Your Mobile Testing Strategy

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Test management of mobile applications presents unique challenges that require more thorough planning than most other types of software. Mobile projects are extremely complex, requiring project managers and test managers to plan carefully or risk being late to market - or … [Read more...]

The API Revolution [Infographic]

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Tim O'Reilly called it Web 2.0. Niclas Reimertz has dubbed it the Golden Age. Most recently, technologists like to refer to it as the Internet of Things. Regardless of the semantics, it's clear that that we're in the midst of a massive advancement in the way we all interact … [Read more...]

The Treacherous Land of Undocumented APIs

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APIs have obviously gained a lot of momentum in business over the last few years. More than a “player to be reckoned with," APIs have turned into an economy in and of themselves. Evolving from a rather simple use case – enabling easier computer-to-computer communication – … [Read more...]

Can Your Tool Test Itself? SoapUI 5.0 Can!

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I've heard that Blocket.com, Sweden's largest second-hand sales website, (similar to Craigslist in the U.S.) has 45 developers and two testers. That sounds surprisingly low, considering they release new versions daily - or maybe just because of that fact. On the other … [Read more...]

Supporting Windows XP after April 8: What You Need to Know

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Microsoft is finally casting off its old operating system, which means you are sort-of on your own. Here's what's in store for sysadmins and developers, and what you need to do starting April 9. After years of threatening to end the life of Windows XP, Microsoft finally … [Read more...]

Why Containers Instead of Hypervisors?

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Our cloud-based IT world is founded on hypervisors. It doesn't have to be that way – and, some say, it shouldn’t be. Containers can deliver more services using the same hardware you're now using for virtual machines, said one speaker at the Linux Collaboration Summit, and … [Read more...]

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