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Last Software Development Articles Published by Methods & Tools

* Risk First - Coding Bets
You are making a coding bet any time you start coding a new feature, accept a new task, or go hunting for a bug on a software development project. This article looks at just three different types of coding you can do (there are probably lots of others), examining the nature of the stakes and the rewards for each type of bet. Then, it discusses how this insight might inform the development process.
* SO Planning – Open Source Visual Project Management Software
SO Planning (Simple Online Planning) is a free web-based open source project management tools that aims to provide the basic functionalities of project planning: defining projects, people, resources, tasks and using all these to create a project plan. It provides a visual timeline that allows managing resources involved in multiple projects, making it easier with color codes.
* JetUML – a Simple Open Source UML Diagramming Tool
JetUML is a simple desktop open source Unified Modeling Language (UML) tool UML diagramming. The concept of JetUML is to provide the basic support for sketching software design ideas. JetUML currently supports the following UML diagrams: class diagrams, sequence diagrams, state diagrams, object diagrams and use case diagrams. Diagrams can be exported to image file format, and copied to the system clipboard for integration with other tools like word processing software for documentation.
* Linx - Build & Host Backend Applications in Low Code
Linx enables the rapid development and deployment of backend software applications like APIs, integrations and automations. Developers design and debug solutions in a familiar procedural style using a drag and drop interface with access to 1000s of ready made functions. Solutions are deployed with one click to servers running in the cloud or on-premise.
* Parallel Testing With the TestNG Java Test Framework
Parallel testing execution is a concept that has a huge importance in the world of automation testing. Any kind of work that we do in parallel always saves time. Similarly, in end-to-end testing of an application, running tests in parallel instead of running sequentially saves test execution time which can further save time in the remaining software testing phases and application delivery activities.
* So You Want to Automate? Becoming A Software Tester
This article discusses myths about becoming a software tester and "Automation Engineer". Its goal is not to discourage you, my dear reader, from beginning your software testing journey. What you have to make sure is that you have as much information as possible to make a conscious decision. First, we will discuss just software testing. Next, we will talk about test automation. The last part of the article will share some tips on how to start your software tester training.
* MantisBT - Open Source Bug Tracking Tool
MantisBT (Mantis Bug Tracker) is an open source web-based bug tracking tool that has been available for more than 15 years and that offers an interface in 50 languages. The software provides ways to customize the user roles and the bug process workflow.
* How To Choose Between Microservices and Serverless Architectures
Agile software development and continuous delivery are changing the view of organizations on their software architecture and its evolution. Two current architecture trends, Microservices and Serverless, try to answer these challenges. This article aims to answer the questions you might have about their benefits and disadvantages and to help you to make the right choice for your software architecture future.
* Helping Software Development with a Product Discovery Phase
In the software development, it is common that clients approach development agencies like ours with a product they want to create. However, sometimes these ideas involve a huge product or sometimes a smaller one, but it still has some undefined aspects; for example uncertainties about its potential users, its functionalities, monetization strategy, etc. which can make the estimation process difficult. This article explains what the Product Discovery process is all about and why it is essential for a successful software development project.
* Selenified - Open Source Selenium Extension for DevOps
Selenified is an open source test framework that provides mechanisms for simply testing applications at multiple tiers while easily integrating into DevOps build environments. Selenified offers traceable reporting for both web and API testing, wraps and extends Selenium calls to more appropriately handle testing errors, and supports testing over multiple browsers in parallel, either locally or in the cloud. It can be a great starting point for building or improving test automation in your organization.
* Knowing Where to Start Cleaning Your Code
Learn how you can use code churn, a measure that indicates the amount of change that takes place in a particular area of code during programming, to determine where you should clean your code and use a refactoring approach.
* Measuring And Increasing Team Alignment
Learn how to build extraordinary teams and organizations with alignment among team members to ensure consistently high performance and successful projects.