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Methods & Tools - Text Edition - January 2013

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Methods & Tools 20th Anniversary

The first issue of Methods & Tools was printed in January 1993 as a 16 pages newsletter. This small publication had the goal to spread knowledge about software development methods and tools with a global perspective. Today Methods & Tools still has the same objective and wants to thanks all the authors from the five continents that shared their knowledge in our pages in the past 20 years. Read more about Methods & Tools 20th Anniversary

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*** Numbers ***

Running Software in the Cloud

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*** Linkopedia ***

Software Development Linkopedia December 2012

Web site: Practical API Design

Web site: Impact Mapping

Web site: Source Code Analysis Tools

Web site: Coding the Architecture

Blog: Transitioning from time estimation to relative estimation

Blog: Test Driven Retrospectives

Article: Your Client Isn’t Your Product Owner

Article: The Transaction Manifesto: A Direction for NoSQL Database Technology

Article: Java Secure Random Number Generation

Article: The Business Analyst Role in Agile Software Development

Tools: CMocka, a unit testing framework for C

Tools: Saga, a code coverage tool for JavaScript

Video: Intelligent Mistakes in Test Automation

Video: People: Your Most Agile Ingredient

Video: Effective Programming Patterns

Video: Thinking in Functional Style using F# and C#

Video: Ten Web Performance Tuning Tricks in 60 Minutes

Find more interesting links on the software development directory, the software development tools web site, the software development articles web site, the software development blogs or the software development videos web site.

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*** Books ***

Impact Mapping

This approach put back in front the most important questions to ask when you start a project: "Why are we doing this?" This is a book that you should not only buy for yourself, but that you can offer to you CIO and every senior manager sponsoring IT projects.

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*** Quote of the Month ***

Automation code, including scripts, is software and, like all software, can have bugs and therefore must be tested. Reviews, even inspection, of automation testware can help find problems and bugs in the testware itself and can help to ensure that the automated tests are fit for purpose.

Source: Experiences of Test Automation, Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster editors, Addison-Wesley

*** Conferences ***

Agile India, February 26 - March 4 2013, Bengaluru, India

SPTechCon, March 3-6 2013, San Francisco, USA

EclipseCon 2013, March 25-28, 2013, Boston, USA

STARCANADA, April 8–12 2013, Toronto, Canada

Big Data TechCon, April 8-10 2013, Boston, USA

GOTO Zurich, April 8-12, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

GOTO Zurich for Leaders, April 8-12, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

JAX, April 22-26 2013, Mainz, Germany

ICSE 2013, May 18-26 2013, San Francisco, USA

Android DevCon Spring, May 28-31 2013, Boston, USA

International PHP Conference, June 2-5 2013, Berlin, Germany

webinale, June 3-5 2013, Berlin, Germany

Scrum Day, June 11-12 2013, Berlin, Germany

GOTO Amsterdam, June 18-20 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SPTechCon, August 11-14 2013, Boston, USA

Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, October 14-16 2013, Portland, USA

Android DevCon West, November 12-15 2013, San Francisco

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Methods & Tools Article Pipeline

In our future quarterly PDF issues, you will find articles on:
* Mobile Apps Performance Testing
* Distributed Software Testing Teams
* Scrum and Risk Management
* Hiring Agile Software Developers
* NOSQL Databases
* Software Craftmanship
* Saga
* Behat
* Codeception
* RoboSpock
* git-TFS
* Portofino
* Concordion+

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