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Methods & Tools - News, Facts & Comments Edition - January 2008

*** News ***************************************************************

* Oracle Finally Acquires BEA Systems

After a small one month battle with an offer at $17 for share last October, Oracle Corporation and BEA Systems announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire all outstanding shares of BEA for $19.375 per share in cash. The offer is valued at approximately $8.5 billion, or $7.2 billion net of BEA’s cash on hand of $1.3 billion. It

http://blog.martinig.ch/?p=80

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* Sun is Buying MySQL

It should be something related to the sales period as the same day that Oracle scoop BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB for approximately $1 billion.

http://blog.martinig.ch/?p=81

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* Looking Back to 2007

At the beginning of 2008, it is time to look back at what happened in the software development world during 2007. Amongst the most important trends developed during this year, I put the continuation of the consolidation in the software industry, the entry of Microsoft in the battle for the rich internet interface market, the expansion of the usage of software as a service, the diffusion of open common architecture frameworks, the greater importance given to agile software development practice in the media and the better recognition of Ruby by commercial tools editors.

http://blog.martinig.ch/?p=82

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* M&T Industry Press Releases Channel

You can view the last product and company press releases from software development tools vendors on http://www.softdevtools.com/modules/news/

*** Numbers ************************************************************

* Evaluating agile adoption

Our current poll wants to know at what stage is the adoption of agile methods (XP, Scrum, FDD, etc.) in your organisation.

Go to our Poll section to participate and to see intermediate results.

You can also see the results of a similar poll conducted at the beginning of 2005.

*** Conferences ********************************************************

* EclipseCon 2008 March 17-20 2008, Santa Clara, CA, USA

EclipseCon 2008 has more than 350 tutorials and talks covering all aspects of Eclipse technology and commercial interests. There are dozens of talks on dozens of topics ranging from mobile computing to embedded devices and Java to C/C++. Eclipse as Platform is popular, and of course reporting and rich client issues.

http://eclipse.org/go/ec@mt

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* Software Practice Advancement 2008 March 16-20, Bedfordshire UK

SPA Conferences bring together experts and practitioners across a variety of industries, from around the world, to share the latest thinking in software development. At SPA we don't follow the latest fads, instead we help you identify the real advances that will enable you to build better software. Special discount available until 30th Nov.

http://www.spaconference.org

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* TheServerSide Java Symposium March 26-28 2008, Las Vegas, USA

Get skills that can be immediately applied to your projects at TheServerSide Java Symposium - Answers to your agility questions, tips for tactical design and scalability, insight into UML, model and test-driven development issues & advice for project management & team collaboration. Register before Feb. 22 to pay the Early Bird price!

http://javasymposium.techtarget.com/lasvegas/index.html?Offer=JSmtnl1210

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* Software Test & Performance Conference April 15-17, 2008, San Mateo, CA, USA

Join hundreds of other software developers, development managers, test/QA managers and senior test professionals at the Software Test & Performance Conference, April 15-17, 2008 in San Mateo, CA. Full day tutorials and over 70 training classes cover software test/QA and performance issues across the entire application life cycle. Register Today!

http://www.stpcon.com

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24th International Practical Software Quality and Testing (PSQT) Conference. May 5-9, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV

PSQT focuses on PRACTICAL software testing techniques.
* 1 Day conference with 28 Track and Feature Presentations
* 2 Keynote presentations by leading industry experts
* 4 Days with 7 Tutorials each day that will apply towards CSTP or CTM certification

http://www.psqtconference.com/2008west/index.php

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* Developer Day Scotland May 10 2008 Glasgow Scotland, UK

Mark in Saturday, 10th May, 2008 in your diary as the date when developer events change forever in Scotland! Developer Day Scotland is a free community event, run by community for community, which is based upon the highly successful Developer! Developer! Developer! community conference events.

http://www.developerdayscotland.com

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XP Day France 2008 12-13 mai 2008, Paris

Pour sa troisième édition, la conférence XP Day France est heureuse de vous accueillir de nouveau les 12 & 13 Mai 2008. Venez vous informer; rencontrer des praticiens des méthodes agiles: XP, Scrum, Crystal; et débattre de sujets concrets, organisationnels (équipes, conduite de projet) ou techniques (TDD, refactoring).

http://xpday.fr/inscription

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* 25th International Practical Software Quality and Testing (PSQT) Conference. September 8-12, 2008 - Minneapolis, MN

PSQT focuses on PRACTICAL software testing techniques.
* 1 Day conference with 28 Track and Feature Presentations
* 2 Keynote presentations by leading industry experts
* 4 Days with 7 Tutorials each day that will apply towards CSTP or CTM certification

http://www.psqtconference.com/2008north/index.php

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* Conquest 08 September 24-26, Potsdam, Germany

Since 1997, CONQUEST is the platform for software professionals bringing together the software engineering community to discuss software quality aspects, to see how quality engineering methods and techniques are used in both industrial and research environments, to see the latest tools, to share experiences on projects and representative case studies, and to hear about future directions.

http://www.conquest-conference.org

*** M&T News ***********************************************************

* New Humour Page in our links section

A new paged dedicated to software development related humour has been added in our links area. Feel free to enjoy it and contact us if you know additional material that could be shared with colleagues.

http://www.methodsandtools.com/links/links.php?id=19

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* The Toilet Paper Theory Applied To Software Development

A complete and extended version of our Winter 2007 editorial has been posted on our blog.

http://blog.martinig.ch/?p=75

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* LinkedIn Methods & Tools Group Created

Online professional networks are today an important tool to keep connections between people sharing the same interests. As a member of the LinkedIn network, I have created a group for Methods & Tools readers. If you want to join this group and be able to share your experience with other software development professionals worldwide, just click on the link below (you should be member of the LinkedIn network to do this)

http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/49777/20059D3C405C

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* Software Development Articles

Some of the last interesting additions to http://www.softdevarticles.com:

* Views: The Key to Database Agility

This article explains how the use of views in databases affords the best hope of bringing developers and DBAs together, facilitating the application development process, and bridging the object-relational gap.

http://www.softdevarticles.com/modules/weblinks/singlelink.php?lid=920

* How to Avoid Software Inspection Failure and Achieve Ongoing Benefits

This article examines why software inspections are not used more widely, identify the issues contributing to their lack of use, identify why inspection benefits deteriorate for many companies, and recommend what can be done to address and solve these issues.

http://www.softdevarticles.com/modules/weblinks/singlelink.php?lid=924

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* Future Issues of Methods & Tools

In future issues, you will find articles on:

  • Metrics for Code Review
  • UML versus Domain Specific Modelling
  • OpenUP
  • Requirements Reuse
  • How Quality is Assured by Evolutionary Method
  • Getting and Keeping Control over your Project
  • Risk management, the Evo way
  • Optimizing the Contribution of Testing to Project Success
  • Database modelling and XML
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development

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