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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DevOps and business forge a new definition of APM

Applications are growing more complex and living on a wider range of platforms than ever before, and the application performance-management space is evolving along with them. APM platforms are providing more unified, flexible and predictive monitoring hubs for developers and operations, spurred to deliver more targeted application information faster. At the heart of this changing … continue reading

The modern Visual Studio tool belt

Developing in Visual Studio is more complicated than it used to be. As Visual Studio 2015 approaches, Apache Cordova tools and open-source efforts around the .NET ecosystem open an array of new cross-platform and cross-OS possibilities for Windows developers looking to branch out across devices and onto Linux and Mac. As Microsoft’s flagship IDE grows … continue reading

Keeping a mobile tester’s head above water

Being a software tester is no easy feat, especially when technology is constantly changing. In the past, when testers had to assess an application, they didn’t have to worry a whole lot about different operating systems, devices or screen sizes, according to Joe Schulz, director of mobile testing at Orasi. “We have lots of different … continue reading

Navigating a shifting PDF component landscape

PDFs have been around for a long time—more than two decades, in fact. As the platforms displaying the format have evolved beyond a simple desktop, more and more tools and components proliferate behind the scenes to ensure those documents crisply render and display on whatever application or screen they pop up in. Since its inception … continue reading

Scrum and the enterprise

The race to be the best, deliver high-quality software and to be the first to market has many organizations turning to different methodologies in order to speed up the development process. One methodology organizations have been flocking to in particular is Scrum. “I always will recommend Scrum if an organization is new to Agile and … continue reading

Testing in a modern, mobile and agile world

Test early and test often is a mantra every tester these days is familiar with, but with the advent of mobile and methodologies such as DevOps and agile, testing can get lost. “Organizations are expected to put code out faster, and there are pressures to do that, said Kyle Cochran, vice president of product management … continue reading

Software licensing trends mean business

Software licensing models are continually evolving to accommodate new technologies and business models. Over the past 15 years alone, licensing terms have expanded to take into consideration the mobile population, virtualized servers, multicore processors, subscription models, and the digital delivery of products. Metered usage may represent the next wave of change as the number of … continue reading

How to get Git into the enterprise

Developers love Git. But as Git adoption grows in the enterprise, the complexity can become overwhelming, and in retrospect, some say more thought should have been given to things like access control. While centralized version control systems remain popular, Git is gaining traction fast, especially among agile teams. Since more enterprise tool vendors are integrating … continue reading

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