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Methods & Tools - September 2018
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*** Quote of the Month ***

Too many developers have an unrealistic view of the relationship between the quality of their software and the time and cost of creating it. The received wisdom is that more reliable software takes longer to write.

A mountain of good industry data, however, paints a different picture. Far from costing more, in the vast majority of cases improving the reliability of our code would actually end up costing us less.

The counterintuitive causal mechanism for this strange effect has been known for several decades. The later we discover them, the more bugs cost to fix. A bug discovered by users in production can cost 100x more to fix than if it had been caught as soon as the programmer made the error.

The difference in cost of fixing bugs at later stages in development can be so large that, by taking more care to catch them sooner, we can actually end up going faster.

This is a strategy called defect prevention, and it has been hugely successful at not only helping teams to improve the reliability of their code, but also to save time and money delivering working software. It’s a win-win.

The net result is that better software usually costs less to create.

Source: TDD, Jason Gorman,

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A Coach Guide to Agile Testing

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Tools: ArchUnit is a free, simple and extensible library for checking the architecture of your Java code using any plain Java unit test framework. That is, ArchUnit can check dependencies between packages and classes, layers and slices, check for cyclic dependencies and more. It does so by analyzing given Java bytecode, importing all classes into a Java code structure.

Tools: Muse is a framework for visually building and running automated website tests with the goal of maximizing productivity and maintainability while minizing coding requirements. Test scripts are created as data (rather than code) that can be easily manipulated by other tools, such as the MuseIDE. It is designed to provide the flexibility, extensibility and maintainability that is frequently missing from high-level test development tools.

Tools: Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option. There is however an alternative to manage your Agile software development projects if you have a low budget… and a small team. Some providers of commercial Scrum tools provide a free version of their software with some limitations.

Tools: Commercial and Open Source JMeter Plugins The Apache JMeter is an open source load testing tool developed by the Apache Foundation that can be used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources. It can be used to simulate a heavy load on a server and also some functional testing. JMeter has an open architecture that can be extended with plugins.

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