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Integrating Collaborator with JIRA

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Many Collaborator customers use JIRA as their bug tracking utility and, as a result, need integrate the two tools. Generally, their workflow dictates that they create JIRA Issues whenever they create reviews in Collaborator. The information found below describes the process … [Read more...]

Code Review Solutions [Infographic]

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Software is create by humans. It's inevitable, then, that it will contain some defects or errors. Rather than putting all of the pressure on the testing teams to investigate and find as many bugs as they can, many developers and development managers reap the benefits of … [Read more...]

Feeding the Flame of the Collaborative Development Revolution

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Agile, open source, the cloud, and DevOps have all led to a world where everyone should be involved in programming. Yes, everyone.  Once upon a time there were users and there were IT and never the twain would meet... except to do battle over tech support lines. Also in a … [Read more...]

Who Should Review My Code?

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Choosing who to include in a review of your code is an important part of the development process. In larger organizations, you may have code review teams consisting of a manager, a security expert, a few more senior developers and a few younger developers. Less formal teams … [Read more...]

Top 10 Software Blunders of the Last Decade

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Anyone who builds software understands that bugs and defects are unavoidable. And while no user will ever be happy about finding bugs in a product, there are certain industries in which even a single bug can have a catastrophic impact on a business or its customers. The … [Read more...]

The Value of Using Checklists During Code Review

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When I joined SmartBear a little over a year ago, a Collaborator customer suggested a new feature: checklists. When I asked for a use case to get a better idea of the ways in which he wanted to use the feature, he sent me a quote from the book the founder of Collaborator … [Read more...]

Where Did HealthCare.gov Go Wrong? Let’s Start with “Everywhere”

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What should have been a straightforward e-commerce site development project turned into a laughing stock – and a disaster of unmitigated proportions. Let’s look at how that project went sour, in the context of developers and IT leaders avoiding another one … [Read more...]

GOTO Still Has a Place in Modern Programming. No! Really!

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Mea culpa! Sometimes, the experts agree, GOTO can be very useful. When I wrote a few weeks about Apple's SSL GOTO security fiasco, I put the blame on GOTO. I quoted no less a seer than programming guru Edsger W. Dijkstra who wrote way back in 1968 that the goto statement … [Read more...]

Quality in Agile Development: Notes from Keep Austin Agile Conference

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  I attended the Keep Austin Agile conference last Friday at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX.  The conference was sold out, with 500 attendees. In fact, more than 100 people were said to be waiting on the guest list to get in. Why all the excitement? It’s clear from … [Read more...]

John Boyd and the Origins of “Agility”

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Agility is all around us these days, but the origins of Agile programming and Agile marketing lie in the Korean War and the work-up to invading Iraq. Lisa Morgan recently wrote that “Most software organizations are some version of Agile” here on the Software Quality … [Read more...]