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*** Numbers ***

Who perform functional testing?

Our last poll asked: Who perform functional testing in your IT department? Functional testing looks for differences between the initial end-users’ requirements and their actual implementation in the software application. Look at the complete results of this survey and see how much specialization still prevails in functional testing.

NoSQL Databases Adoption

Our current poll: Is your organization using NoSQL databases (MongoDB, CouchDB, etc)? Go to our web site to participate and to see intermediate results.

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*** Books ***


This book is a classical work that has emphasized for a long time the importance of people in software development. As the authors write it: "The major problems of our work are not so much technological as sociological in nature." The book covers all topics related to the people aspect of software development: productivity, office environment, hiring, leadership, team building.

Read the complete review of Peopleware

Reference: Peopleware – Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, Dorset House Addison-Wesley, 978-0-321-93411-6

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*** Linkopedia ***

Software Development Linkopedia December 2013

Blog: Unit Testing: Defining the right “Unit”

Blog: A Dungeon Master's Guide to SCRUM

Blog: Personal Behavior-Driven Development

Blog: Our checklist for improving mobile websites

Article: Supply cloud-level data scalability with NoSQL databases

Article: Are You My Customer or My Partner?

Article: Why Even Good Managers Cause Projects to Fail

Article: Database Deployment Challenges

Tool: 4WS.Platform - rapid development of web and mobile applications

Tool: Poltergeist - a PhantomJS driver for Capybara

Video: Programming is Terrible: Lessons Learned from a Life Wasted

Video: Creating Customer Value with Quality Requirements

Video: The Pomodoro Technique

Video: Why We Need Architects (and Architecture) on Agile Projects

Video: Test-Driven Development: Write Better Code in Less Time

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

*** Quote of the Month ***

Tools and machines are great, but in the end, it is the people who matter. Putting together an effective automated test team requires lots of planning and skills.

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

*** Conferences ***

DevOps Summit: Fundamentals of DevOps, February 27 2014, London, UK

Business Efficiency through Process Improvement, February 27 2014, London, UK

Application of ALM for Today’s Business Requirements, February 27 2014, London, UK

Wearables DevCon, March 5-7 2014, San Francisco, USA

Big Data TechCon, March 31-April 2, Boston, USA

Software Testing Analysis & Review Canada Conference, April 5-9 2014, Toronto, Canada

STAREAST, May 4–9 2014, Orlando, USA

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