Application release automation lets people, processes and tools move in harmony

Software teams are not unlike a symphony orchestra. Every skilled musician is an expert with his or her instrument, but they need to work in sync and harmony with the entire group of players. How is it possible that 200 or more individuals know to start together, stay in tempo, remain in tune with each … continue reading

Navigating the endless ALM river

Agile development and DevOps are fueling the evolution of application life-cycle management (ALM) as delivery cycles continue to shrink. While the original promise of end-to-end visibility and traceability is still important, today’s ALM is more about continuous processes. Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) reflect that and the changes that … continue reading

CA Technologies builds out its DevOps portfolio with BlazeMeter acquisition

With its acquisition of continuous application performance testing company BlazeMeter, CA Technologies aims to strengthen its position in continuous testing, testing efficiency, and its DevOps portfolio. BlazeMeter will integrate with CA’s Continuous Delivery solutions to offer CA and BlazeMeter customers solutions that address testing bottlenecks. It will also give customers a more diverse set of … continue reading

Why software tools need to adjust to the changing landscape of ALM

There’s no hiding the changes happening in the application life cycle. Heavily influenced by the likes of DevOps and agile, ALM today is affected by market disruptions and the role that business leaders and stakeholders play throughout the process of delivering software. Companies are focusing on the rapid and continuously changing landscape of ALM and … continue reading

Apache CouchDB 2.0, CA to acquire BlazeMeter, and Datadog’s APM extension—SD Times news digest: Sept. 21, 2016

The open-source database Apache CouchDB has hit version 2.0. CouchDB is designed to scale from Big Data apps to mobile devices. “CouchDB 2.0 finally fulfills the project’s original vision to bring reliable data sync to Big Data and Mobile in one seamless solution,” said Jan Lehnardt, vice president of Apache CouchDB. “The team has been … continue reading

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

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

Industry Spotlight: Build performance tests into code

Agile software teams can’t afford to clog their code pipelines with antiquated testing practices. While many shops have moved to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, they also need Continuous Testing capabilities to achieve a continuous ecosystem. “Testing is no longer just about ensuring quality. It’s a gateway that allows you to move from one stage … continue reading

Rancher 1.0 is released, Quali open-sources plug-ins, and new functionality for BlazeMeter—SD Times digest: March 29, 2016

Rancher Labs has announced its open-source container-management software is out of beta and generally available. Rancher 1.0 aims to accelerate all aspects of the software development pipeline, from writing and testing code, to running complex microservice-based applications. Features include the ability to select from multiple container orchestration frameworks like Docker Swarm and Kubernetes; a cloud-agnostic … continue reading

The weaknesses of C++, Google’s new mobile design hub, and Feathers 2.0—SD Times news digest: March 17, 2016

Due to the lack of variety in brackets and parentheses on a regular keyboard, the syntax of modern C++ sometimes gets tricky, according to Dima Korolev, captain of engineering at opinion aggregation company Staance. Some problems with C++ include array indexing and lambda definitions. Korolev also mentioned that Objective-C uses square brackets to send messages. … 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

Application performance a key theme at Velocity NYC 2015

A word that was heard frequently when walking through the booths at the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity NYC conference was “performance.” The conference provided a new perspective to performance and Web operations, and it gave everyone from developers to technical executives solutions to solve their dynamic website and application challenges. (Related: How government is using DevOps) … continue reading

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