Methods & Tools - Text Edition - February 2011

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*** News ***

Quality Analysis Evening with the Java User Group Lausanne

The Java User Group Lausanne (JUGL) organized an evening where Java quality analysis tools were compared side-by-side, analyzing the same open source project. More than 100 participants came to watch the presentations done by Coverity, Headway Software, Parasoft, Sonar and XDepend. Read more

Microsoft Cloud Strategy by Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer made a presentation in Switzerland this week and I had the chance to be selected as an attendee for his conference. Its topic was the Cloud opportunities offered by Microsoft. His talk was followed by a more technical presentation on Azure by a Microsoft consultant. Read more

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Software Linkopedia February 2011

Web Site: Software Testing Mnemonics

Web Site: Free e-Book for Index Based SQL Tuning

Blog: The Elephants in the Agile Room

Blog: Clean Code and Clean TDD Cheat Sheets

Article: Getting Started with Domain-Specific Languages

Article: Specialization and Generalization in Teams

Tools: Steak – Minimalist acceptance testing on top of RSpec

Tools: Archi – Create enterprise architecture models

Video: How to Write Clean and Testable Code

Video: The INVEST Model for User Stories

Video: Web Testing at Google

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*** Books ***

Managing Software Debt by Chris Sterling

Technical debt has become a trendy term for an issue that exists since the beginning of software development projects. It is what happens when you neglect, consciously or not, the long-term quality of your software to achieve other usually short term benefits. After defining the concept of software debt, Chris Sterling explores the topic of managing software debt in all software development activities.

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*** Conferences ***

Scandinavian Agile Conference 2011, March 3 2011, Espoo, Finland

Android DevCon, March 7-9 2011, San Francisco, USA

TheServerSide Java Symposium, March 16-18 2011, Las Vegas, USA

EclipseCon, March 21-24 2011, Santa Clara, USA

iPhone/iPad DevCon, April 4-6 2011, Boston, USA

ACCU Conference, April 13-16 2011, Oxford, UK

Software Quality Assurance Days, April 22-23 2011, Kazan, Russia

Application Developer Days, April 29-30 2011, Saint Peterburg, Russia

STAREAST, May 1-6 2011, Orlando, FL, USA
Method and Tools subscribers using promo code MTAE save up to an additional $200!

SPTechCon, June 1-3 2011, Boston, USA

iqnite 2011 Suisse, June 16 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Jazoon'11 - The International Conference on the Modern Art of Software, June 21-23 2011, Zurich, Switzerland
Call for papers: submit proposals for presentations at the Jazoon'11 conference until March 4th.

Agile 2011, August 7-13 2011, Salt Lake City, USA

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Methods & Tools is looking for open source tools articles

Methods & Tools has introduced this year a tool section in its PDF issues. I am therefore looking for short (3-4 pages, screenshots included) presentations articles of open source software development tools (JUnit for instance). If you are commiter to an open source project or working with such a tool and willing to present it to the readers of Methods & Tools, do not hesitate to contact me.

Methods & Tools Article Pipeline

In future issues, you will find articles on:
* Automated Acceptance Tests and Requirements Traceability
* Complexity Theory for Software Developers
* Agile Risk Management
* Persona Driven Development
* Function Point Estimation Models Comparison
* The Art of Mocking
* Use of Quality and Capability Models and Standards
* Solid Configuration Management
* Ant Tool
* Maven Tool
* Tellurium Tool
* GiveWenZen Tool
* Apache CXF Tool
* Selenium Tool
* RSpec Tool
* FEST Tool
* Cruise Tool
* Liquibase Tool

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