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Methods & Tools - Text Edition - May 2010

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Unified Modeling Language (UML) Still Widely Used

The Agile approach prefers face to face communication between developers and user. User stories could be specified in simpler artifacts like index cards rather than put larger requirements documents. Some people are even stating that there should be no other documentation than working code, the only artifact that is always updated in a software development project. I was therefore a little bit surprised that despites the popularity of Agile on software development web sites and its increasing large survey adoption numbers, the usage of UML in the organizations has not decreased. Read More

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*** Linkopedia ***

Linkopedia May 2010

Blog: How to make Scrum fail

Blog: New Programming Jargon

Blog: The 9 Capabilities of Communicators

Article: Test Driven Development using Flash Builder 4 and FlexUnit

Article: Common Product Owner Traps

Article: The Busy Developer's Guide to SQL Server Modeling

Tool: Instant Django is a portable Django development environment for Windows

Tool: theSCRUM is a free solution for teams using Scrum

Tool: Tattletale gets you an overview of your project or a product

Video: Continuous Integration and the “Cup of Coffee” Test

Video: Using FireBug to Debug JavaScript

Video: Selenium + FitNesse – A QA Multiplier Effect

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Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests

Object orientation (OO) is not a trendy concept these days, but it hasn't certainly lost it values. The purpose of this book is to integrate the development of object oriented software with the test-driven development (TDD) approach, more specifically with the Java language. Read More

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The Economics of Iterative Software Development

When you start reading this book, you will quickly understand that the authors are affiliated with IBM. This is nothing wrong per se, but this seems to influence too much the vision that the book proposes, ignoring approaches proposed by others. Read More

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