How well tested is your system? How do you measure it? Code coverage can give you the answer, however can we trust our unit tests? Trust him or not, but Rafał used to work for the investment banking industry in a big project where a lot of unit tests had no assertions (!). And yes… the […]

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The most challenging aspects to software development are always the people issues. Picking the right data structures, finding the right testing approaches are simple compared to building an effective software team. Most organisations fail to support developer promoted into technical leadership roles so where do you go to uncover the secret skills behind this important […]

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How do top speakers prepare before a conference? Previously, we spoke to Hubert Sablonnière after he gave one of the top rated sessions at Devoxx Belgium. Before his debut at Devoxx UK, we asked him how we goes about preparing to present.   How do you go about preparing for presentations? It’s a mix of […]

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Far from being a separate discipline from software development, DevOps incorporates software development along with delivery. At Devoxx UK, Helen Beal is talking about the DevOps Superpattern. We asked her how DevOps came about, and what it means now.   How did DevOps originate? From where? A Belgian chap called Patrick Debois coined the term […]

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“Duchess helps women to connect and to get the courage to take the next step.” Kim Spiritus is an active member of Duchess, a global organisation for women in Java technology. If you haven’t heard of it before, at Devoxx UK in a few weeks Kim and Regina ten Bruggencate are hosting a BOF: Meet […]

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Building a website that works for your users? That’s not normal! Myriam Jessier is talking at Voxxed Days Ticino about how you can be the hero behind the HTML, and make sure your users are happily using your product. We asked her what it’s all about.   What is usability? Usability means making products and systems […]

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“Doing Agile” is no more appropriate than “doing French”: Steve Pitchford will argue at Devoxx UK. Agile is a long-abused term in some businesses, a force for good, and sometimes a force for bureaucracy. We asked Steve what “Doing Agile” is, and why we should stop it.   What is ‘doing Agile’? For me, it’s a cardinal sin […]

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We should talk before we start writing code, and this doesn’t mean just documenting requirements. At Voxxed Days Ticino 2017, Lorenzo Cassulo is giving a talk about … talking. We asked him why we can’t just get our headphones on and start coding.   Who should you talk to before you write code? To everyone […]

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It’s time to move past the nuts of bolts of builds and Continuous Integration (CI) and focus on closing an easily overlooked gap in the age of Agile: the gap between how things should work versus how they actually work. In recent years, a movement has been brewing to do away with Quality Assurance (QA) […]

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We are all learning, all of the time in the tech industry. Having empathy benefits everyone, especially in a learning environment. Custom-built barriers One day, I went to a JavaScript brown bag (lunchtime learning) session. I don’t particularly like JavaScript, so I thought I should give it a chance. At the beginning of the session, […]

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