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Methods & Tools - News, Facts & Comments Edition - January 2009

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Can Borland Survive Yet Another Crisis?

Borland discretely announced the resignation of Tod Nielsen, CEO since 2005, going to VMware as COO. Borland will also reduce its workforce by approximately 130 employees, or approximately 15 percent of its regular full-time staff. Will Borland survive yet another crisis?


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CMMI: Less Hyped Than Agile but Equally Popular ?

Not aware 13%
Not using  29%
Investigating  8%
Analysed and rejected 4%
Trying to reach Level 2 12%
CMMI Level 2, 3 or 4 20%
CMMI Level 5 14%

Participants: 392

Ending date: January 2009

CMMI is the successor of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) or Software CMM. CMMI is certainly not currently a hyped concept. You will find no CMMI category on or and the CMMI channel on has two subscribers. I was therefore surprised to see in this survey that the adoption, ignorance or rejection rates for the CMMI were very close to the results achieved by a similar survey on agile approaches ended at the beginning of 2008. I didn't find any former statistics about the CMMI adoption, so it is difficult to compare the results of this survey with other numbers. Both surveys are also telling us that formal process adoption is growing in software development organization. The importance of CMMI numbers can be explained by the geographical diversity of Methods & Tools readership: an important percentage is coming from Asia where the CMMI label is important to sell outsourcing services. Knowing that CMMI adoption rate is close to the Agile rates, I wonder also if there were some overlap, as I think that there are many companies without a formal process.

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(r) Capability Maturity Model, CMM, and CMMI are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University. (sm) CMM Integration is a service mark of Carnegie Mellon University.

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Linkopedia January 2009 test patterns presents material about refactoring test code

FlexMonkey is a testing framework for Flex apps that provides for the capture, replay and verification of Flex UI functionality.

Automation for the people: Deployment-automation patterns, Part 1. This article identifies a collection of key patterns for developing a reliable, repeatable, and consistent deployment process capable of generating one-click deployments for Java applications.

Yin Yang & Project Management. How understanding the balance inherent in agile guiding principles can help project managers make the transition from traditional project management methodologies to agile.

Patterns in Practice: Design For Testability. This article examines the design issues, patterns, and principles that can enhance testability.

Diving into PHP: Video Series. This is a brand new series on the ThemeForest blog that will show you EXACTLY how to get started with PHP

JUnit Performance Testing - Instrumentation and Assertion

The Value of Small Tests. This video demonstrates the value of small, isolated tests and explain good engineering practices for how to structure them.

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* International Test Certification Weeks (ITCW)

Tampa, FL - February 9-13, 2009
San Antonio, TX - March 2-6, 2009
Washington, DC - March 30 - April 3, 2009
Minneapolis, MN - April 13-17, 2009
Chicago, IL - May 11-15, 2009

20 Full day in-depth Software Testing and QA courses taught by Leading Industry Experts in Software Testing & Quality


* Open Source Singapore-Pacific-Asia Conference & Expo 2009, February 16-18 2009, Singapore

The Open Source Singapore-Pacific-Asia Conference & Expo will be the seminal event, where the best and brightest developers, executives, and visionaries will gather to set the future course of Open Source across the region. The conference will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, an exhibit hall and endless networking opportunities.


* BASTA! Spring Edition 2009, February 23 - 27, 2009, Darmstadt, Germany

BASTA! is the innovative conference for all .NET and Visual Studio developers. Best practices, hands-on power workshops, interesting sessions and well-known international .NET experts will support your current and future projects. Company Discount: You save an additional 10% discount if you register with two or more colleagues from your company!


* REConf 2009, March 9-12, Munich, Germany

Requirement Engineering is getting more and more a crucial factor within the software development area. For Compliance Models like CMMI, Spice etc. the usage of RM&E Methods are a must. REConf is the largest European Conference regarding Requirement Engineering.


* Boosting Software Quality with Agile Processes March 18-20 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

The Nordic Rendez-vous for Agile specialists are taking place in Stockholm, March 18 – 20, 2009. If you are keen to identify the way to control software development via Scrum and Agile test management


* TheServerSide Java Symposium, March 18-20 2009, Las Vegas, USA explores current trends in enterprise Java. In-depth coverage of the latest frameworks and open source tools, architectural best practices, SOA case studies and much more. Choose from 45+ technical sessions across 5 tracks: Frameworks, Architecture, SOA, Language, Tools & Techniques.


* Software Practice Advancement 2009, April 5-8 2009, London, 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 31st Jan.


* CITCON North America 2009, April 17-18 2009, Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA

The Continuous Integration and Testing Conference is an Open Space conference for developers, testers, tool developers and everyone who is interested in continuous integration and testing. This is a chance to connect with other people on topics you care about, learn from their experiences, and share your own.


* JAX 09, April 20-24 2009, Mainz, Germany

JAX is the leading conference on Java, software architecture and agility in Europe. It offers a special blend of topics that signal the direction of the Java Enterprise Community in the upcoming years. Very Early Bird: Including FREE Agile Day PLUS Early Bird Prices! You save up to 700 EUR if you register by February 12, 2009!


* Eclipse Forum Europe 2009, April 20-24 2009, Mainz, Germany

Eclipse Forum Europe is the conference for all experts using Eclipse as a strategic platform - either as a development environment, as runtime for Rich Clients, as a server framework and also for vertical industry frameworks. The 4th Eclipse Forum Europe in Mainz offers you again the best speakers and the most important companies within the Eclipse ecosytem. The conference program focuses on all aspects of the Eclipse platform.


* SOACON 2009, April 20-24 2009, Mainz, Germany

SOACON is the conference for software architects, project managers, and IT strategists who want to inform themselves about the latest insights about SOA. Very Early Bird: Including FREE Agile Day PLUS Early Bird Prices! You save up to 700 EUR if you register by February 12, 2009!


* ACCU 2009 Spring Conference, 22-25 April 2009, Oxford, UK

The ACCU conference has a tradition of high quality sessions covering many aspects of software development, from programming languages and technologies to development processes, and softer aspects such as team building, communication and leadership.


* Practical Software Quality and Testing Conference West,

April 27 - May 1 2009, Las Vegas, USA

If you are looking for a long day filled with dense, scholarly papers on how academics think software quality can be approached, forget about the PSQT conference. On the other hand, if you are looking for a full week chock-full of lively and timely information about software quality and testing, presented by nationally known experts who actually practice what they preach, then PSQT is for you. Free Airfare for full week registration!


* TeamConf, 5-7 May 2009, Munich, Germany

TeamConf the conference about Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Join the community and learn more about best practices with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server.


* webinale 09, May 25-27 2009, Berlin, Germany

What will be important for the World Wide Web in future? What will change, how will it look like? Visit the webinale 09 in Berlin and talk with our top speakers and many other experts about these questions. Very Early Bird: You save up to 399 EUR if you register by February 27, 2009!


* RailsWayCon, May 25-27 2009, Berlin, Germany

No other framework has recently influenced the world of software programming as much as Ruby on Rails has. S&S Media will set up a world-class conference in early 2009 in Berlin featuring the brightest heads of the Ruby on Rails community – creating exposure to the world’s most modern and favourite framework and bringing together all who work with Ruby on Rails!


* Code Generation 2009, June 16­18 2009, Cambridge, UK.

CG2009 brings developers and leading experts in code generation tools and technologies together in a unique, participative event. Whether you are a veteran or a novice with Domain-Specific Languages, MDA, Executable UML, Eclipse Modeling etc. you will benefit by taking part.


* Jazoon'09, June 22-25 2009, Zurich, Switzerland

Jazoon'09 will again attract famous Java experts and geeks to Zurich. In contrast to other events, Jazoon places emphasis on the active participation of the community and in turn invites everyone to contribute lectures on interesting research results, developments and practical experiences.

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* Methods & Tools Article Pipeline

In future issues, you will find articles on:

  • Database Locking
  • Architecture Decay
  • Code Generation
  • Scrum Backlog LifeCycle
  • How to Build Articulate UML Class Models
  • Open-Source Messaging Servers
  • Responsibility Driven Design with Mock Objects
  • Agile coding and testing
  • Timing and Synchronization in Executable UML
  • How to Quantify Quality: Finding Scales of Measure
  • TDD,FDD and BDD Compared

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