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Exploring Programming Languages’ Science and Folklore

Functional programming! Declarative! Object-oriented! Strong typing, static, dynamic! The programming community certainly has put a lot of energy into deciding techniques and methodologies by argument. But is there persuasive experimental evidence about what truly helps and … [Read more...]

What Wayland Means for Developers

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For two decades, X has been the foundation for Linux graphics. Ubuntu's decision late in 2010 to switch to Wayland shakes things up all the way to those roots. Just over a month ago, the official 1.0.0 release of Wayland appeared, as well as its associated Weston project. … [Read more...]

Better Bashing: 4 Tips to Strengthen DevOps using Bash

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You might know bash as the old-fashioned, command-line, lowest-common-denominator fossil built into Linux. It's actually much more. Here are a handful of reasons to reconsider bash for automation – including, perhaps, things you didn’t know bash could accomplish. Smart … [Read more...]

Against Inheritance: A Better Balance for Object Orientation

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It's time to send the pendulum back the other way, says long-time programmer and author Cameron Laird. Object orientation is a good thing — but only when used in moderation. I don't like a lot of what’s called object-oriented programming (OOP). More to the point, it appears … [Read more...]

Now is the Time for Your Website to Adopt “Microformats”

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Microformats had the reputation of being a philosophical plaything, rather than a practical tool. That's changed in the last few years, though: it's finally time to join the microformats bandwagon. Demonstrate how mobile-friendly you are by making the "Contact" and … [Read more...]

Take Your Desktop Application to the Web in 15 Minutes

Any desktop application can be quickly turned into a secure Web server using standard, well-tested open-source components. While others have probably experimented with this technique, which requires only a conventional browser with no plugins, it apparently has never been … [Read more...]

Why QA Must Have Its Own Databases

Too many test departments rely on the kindness of outsiders for one essential artifact of a test cycle: databases. It's time to have your own databases, ones that you control. It's right for the organization, right for quality assurance, and a boost to your career. QA-owned … [Read more...]

Don’t Be Perfect

To be a professional at testing requires a balance between technical and personal strengths. If you want to get ahead in your own career in quality assurance, learn how to turn the pitfalls of test measurement into personal triumphs. You're a good quality assurance … [Read more...]

Frontiers in Virtualization for Quality Assurance

QA led the charge to virtualization over the last decade, often teaching other departments about the advantages and pitfalls. With QA now facing the toughest problems it’s had in 30 years, it’s time to wring even more benefits from virtualization. The same goes … [Read more...]

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

You probably say "Turing Test" without thinking overmuch about the source of the expression - or its inventor. We live in a world greatly informed by the insights and perspectives of Alan Turing. The world where he lived, though, was unsympathetic to much of his person, and … [Read more...]