Methods & Tools - Text Edition - September 2010

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Continuous Integration Poll

The last M&T poll was asking: Do you use a tool for continuous integration (automated build and unit testing)? A large majority of the participants is using continuous integration tools, even if it still remains to see what is the type of the continuous integration used by participants. Read the complete analysis of our Continuous Integration Tools usage survey

Load or Performance Testing Tools Poll

The current poll is asking: Do you use a tool for load testing ? Go to our web site to participate and to see intermediate results.

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*** Linkopedia ***

Linkopedia September 2010

Blog: Why Enterprise Architecture Doesn't Work

Blog: Simplicity: A New Model

Blog: Natural selection in IT

Site: Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development

Article: Test web applications with Selenium RC

Article: High-Performing Teams Begin with A Firm Foundation

Tool: #TestsEx is a set of extensible extensions

Tool: FluorineFx is the free and open source Flex remoting gateway

Video: Top 10 Mistakes in Unit Testing

Video: Solution Focused Agile Coaching

Video: Filling the Professionalism Gap: Craftsmanship and Policy

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*** Books ***

Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn

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*** Conferences ***

iqnite 2010 Schweiz, September 21 2010, Zurich, Switzerland/a>

Lean & Kanban 2010 Europe, September 23-24 2010, Antwerp, Belgium

Software Testing Analysis & Review, September 26October 1 2010, San Diego, USA

iPhone/iPad DevCon, September 27-29 2010, San Diego, USA

Iqnite Nordic, September 29-30 2010, Stockholm, Sweden
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Iqnite UK, October 4 2010, London, UK
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Java2Days 2010 conference, Octobre 7-8 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria

Agile Eastern Europe, October 8-9, Kyiv, Ukraine

Iqnite Austria, October 13 2010, Vienna, Austria
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Agile Cambridge 2010, October 14-15 2010, Cambridge, UK

Lean Enterprise Software and Systems, October 17-20 2010, Helsinki, Finland

Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, October 18-20 2010, Portland, USA

Software Test Professionals Conference & Expo, October 19-21 2010, Las Vegas, USA

SPTechCon, October 20-22 2010, Boston, USA

Iqnite Australia, October 26-27 2010, Sidney, Australia
Methods and Tools readers get discount of 15%. Simply use the code MT 2010.

Agile Development Practices East Conference, November 14-19 2010, Orlando, FL, USA

Devoxx 2010, November 15-19, Antwerp, Belgium

Scrum Day, November 16-17 2010, Berlin, Germany

Practical Product Lines, November 17-18 2010, Venlo, The Netherlands

iqnite South Africa, November 18, Johannesburg, South Africa
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XP Days Benelux, November 25-26 2010, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

ACCU Conference, April 13-16 2011, Oxford, UK - Call for Paper until September 26

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Methods & Tools is looking for open source tools articles

Methods & Tools has introduced this year a tool section in its PDF issues. I am therefore looking for short (3-4 pages, screenshots included) presentations articles of open source software development tools (JUnit for instance). If you are commiter to an open source project or working with such a tool and willing to present it to the readers of Methods & Tools, do not hesitate to contact me.

Methods & Tools Article Pipeline

In future issues, you will find articles on:
* Core Protocols
* Distributed Agile
* Source Code Analysis
* Decomposition of Projects
* Non-Functional Requirements: Do User Stories Really Help?
* Process Improvement, the Agile Way
* Testing Dojos
* Creating Type Specific Data Libraries to Drive Test Automation
* Junit Tool
* soapUI Tool
* Bromine Tool
* Agilefant Tool
* Camel Tool
* ServiceMix Tool
* Ant Tool
* Apache CXF Tool

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