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Avoiding the pitfalls of automated testing

Companies today are like teenagers learning how to drive; there’s a lot of stop and go, and a strong desire to go fast. While it’s necessary for organizations to find a solution that fits their agile transformation, experts suggest there is no need to rush. Before getting the green light to go to market, teams … continue reading

The PDF file format: A work in progress

With almost every sector of the economy facing a digital transformation, businesses must find new ways to get their information and data online. No longer does it make sense to have documents stored on paper. To keep up with the ever-changing times, more and more businesses are turning to the Portable Document Format (PDF). “Due … continue reading

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The DevOps transformation: How to get there and who to follow

DevOps is an obtainable practice for enterprises and businesses looking to rapidly build and release high-quality applications. It’s mainstream, and there’s a real reason companies are implementing their own DevOps strategy: It works. Enterprises are reaping the benefits of implementing DevOps. Companies are building in automation and Continuous Delivery solutions, they’re shifting management and responsibilities, … continue reading

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A guide to Dev-Test-Ops offerings

BlazeMeter: BlazeMeter ensures delivery of high-performance software by enabling DevOps teams to quickly and easily run open-source-based performance tests against any mobile app, website or API at massive scale to validate performance at every stage of software delivery. The rapidly growing BlazeMeter community has more than 100,000 developers and includes prominent global brands such as … continue reading

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In a Dev-Test-Ops environment, how much testing is enough?

Companies have heard the saying “test early and test often” more times than they can count, but in a DevOps environment, testing is an important aspect of the software development process. SD Times spoke with some experts about how much testing can be done in a Dev-Test-Ops environment, and how companies can determine how much … continue reading

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Putting the test back into DevOps

The DevOps community is all about speed and high-quality releases, and since mobile applications and websites drive traffic and revenue, companies can’t afford to have site crashes or send out buggy releases. To emphasize the importance of testing, people are putting it back into DevOps, literally, so it shifts both left and right to the … continue reading

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SCM brings control to the software development workflow

Software is ever changing, and with software releases being pushed out almost every week with multiple people involved, it can be easy to get lost or make a mistake. Experts talk about DevOps and agile as being methodologies for achieving better, faster and higher-quality code, but in order to achieve that, development teams need to … continue reading

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Evolving ALM brings all hands on deck

Before the shift in software methodologies, the application life cycle was fairly simple—or at least straightforward. Now, contextual elements of ALM have changed drastically because of the evolving nature of the industry. Where the old ALM process was all about managing application development, today’s faster pace of delivery and more complex applications are forcing companies … continue reading

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Software testing is all about automation

Automation is just like every other technology in that it takes effort to be successful. It’s another strategy that can be incorporated into the software testing life cycle, but issues come from testers figuring out how they can build it into a process and determining what solutions or tools are right for their company. Over … continue reading

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Continuous Delivery: Getting code where it needs to go

DevOps is about more than getting development and operation teams to work together. It is a philosophy to get teams to embrace collaboration, ship code faster, and be more responsive to the market. And just working together isn’t enough to achieve that goal. In order to truly be successful within DevOps, organizations need to adopt … continue reading

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Effective APM requires more data

Application performance isn’t just about speed anymore; it’s about enabling high-quality user experiences that deliver tangible business value. Achieving that goal requires fast, easy access to more types of data than traditional APM solutions have provided. “You have to understand each and every transaction from the start of an action on the user interface all … continue reading

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PDF 2.0: Clarifying the standard

We are living in a digital age, and businesses no longer want to store their information and data on hard copies. Businesses from across a broad range of industries are turning to the Portable Document Format (PDF) to bring their printed documents online. “PDFs are really becoming the de facto electronic document standard,” said Gerald … continue reading

Low-code solutions: Empowering businesspeople to make their own applications

As organizations seek faster time-to-market releases of the software necessary to stay ahead of the competition, new solutions that enable the business to create applications without the need for IT to get involved are starting to emerge. As with all things, of course, there are several angles from which to approach this need. Some platforms … continue reading

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How to plug into DevOps

The DevOps movement is gaining momentum, albeit at different speeds in different organizations. While the goal has been to streamline workflows between development and operations teams, there are a number of technological and cultural challenges companies have to address to optimize DevOps, and more importantly the entire software life cycle. If you’re confused about how … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: JetBrains changes course on licensing… again

On Sept. 3, software development toolmaker JetBrains announced it was changing its licensing model from a perpetual model to a subscription model. The company’s rationale for creating JetBrains Toolbox is that the new distribution model would cost customers less and simplify management of the licenses. The Toolbox plan also would let customers pick and choose … continue reading

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Software licensing flexibility is key

Today’s businesses run on software, but the ways they want to license it are changing. To keep pace with end users’ expectations and to stay competitive, software companies are embracing more types of licensing models, including perpetual, subscription, pay-per-use, hybrid and others. On-premise licenses are being supplemented with or replaced by SaaS alternatives, and more … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: Learn a new language over the long weekend

Welcome to another long weekend. What better time to learn the very basics of a new language? We’ve got a host of links below to some tutorials, so dive in and learn you some Ruby, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN, Factor, or whatever! Looking for a fun way to learn Ruby? Try Ruby is a great place … continue reading

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NoSQL: It really is all in the name

For most of the 1990s, databases were the most boring tool in the shed. The rise of the Web over the aughts changed the demands placed on databases, but did not meaningfully change the form of the data stores we so know and love in our day-to-day application work. The constraints placed on applications to … continue reading

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ALM techniques can help keep your apps in play

For developers and enterprise teams, application life-cycle management in today’s development climate is an exercise in organized chaos. As movements such as agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery have created more hybrid roles within a faster, more fluid application delivery cycle, there are new definitions of what each letter in the ALM acronym means. Applications have … continue reading

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Requirements must keep pace with agile

It long has been understood that requirements are the very first step in the application life cycle. After all, you can’t build what you don’t know, so requirements are what inform software development from the beginning. Requirements take time to create, though. Business meetings result in ideas for new products or features, and then business … continue reading

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ALM Essentials: Rules and principles to follow

Magdy Hanna, CEO of Rommana Software and chairman of the International Institute for Software Testing, laid out some of the most important rules, tips and crucial components that a developer, project manager or tester must focus on in the ALM process. What’s in an ALM tool: “Application life-cycle management is supposed to span the whole … continue reading

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Software testing no longer stands alone

Long gone are the days when a tester would sit on one side of the wall and wait for the developers to throw code over. Today’s testers are not only wearing their testing hats, but also the developer’s hat, the security team’s hat and IT’s hat. “Testers need to be able to pick up any … continue reading

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DevOps: It’s all about the culture

In an environment where the development teams get along with the operations teams, organizations are finding it easier to deliver software faster, with better quality. What’s their secret? DevOps. “With DevOps, you get agility, you get speed, you have the ability to deploy applications very quickly, which means that you can release new features and … continue reading

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Flexibility is critical for Big Data analytics

Big Data analytics is transforming the way entire industries operate, and yet individual organizations are still struggling to unlock the value of their data. Given the speed at which businesses operate today, a lot of tool and platform providers are attempting to balance the power and scalability of their offerings with ease of use. Although … continue reading

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