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July 1, 2015
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4 Ways to Speed the Process of Releasing Software

Say hello to happier customers and goodbye to release surprises by following these four tips.

No Excuses! 7 Phrases to Avoid When Web Application Performance Falls Short

There is no room for excuses when Web application performance issues arise. How you handle implementing Web strategies will differentiate your company and drive revenue.

The Surprising Truth about Exploratory Testing

In the modern age of Agile development, with software being updated and released faster than ever, exploratory testing is nothing short of essential. But what does the term actually mean?

How to Capture Code Coverage for Windows Azure Service Using VSTS

Code coverage is a way to measure what percentage of the source code of a program has been tested. Read on to learn how code coverage can help to improve the overall quality of a program and how to leverage Microsoft VSTS to get code coverage for Windows Azure Service and .Net.

I’d Rather Be Coding: Gathering Metrics

The fact that so few development teams want to gather metrics on what they are doing has always baffled me. The simple answer is that they’d “rather be coding.”

Cartoon of the week: Gamification

In this week's cartoon by David Blazek, we wonder if something has been taken too far...

The Need for Rapid Prototyping in an Agile Age

You've got a smart idea, but you need a working prototype to really show it off and test it. In the age of Agile development the ability to produce a prototype quickly, roll it out to end users, and create a feedback loop that influences the software you produce, is vital.

Do You Really Get Classloaders?

Java developers who understand the inner workings of Java classloaders can avoid common programming pitfalls and increase productivity.

So You Say You're Lean? Then Why do You Have Waste?

Lean software development is helping to improve efficiencies and profits. Start identifying waste by learning and applying the Seven Deadly Wastes of Software Development to your specific project and find out how Lean software development principles can improve production and lead to higher customer satisfaction.

The Day the QA Died

Where is QA now? What will happen to QA departments? In the new, Agile development world where working software is key, QA is becoming too expensive and slowing down the time-to-market.

5 Simple Tips to More Robust Unit Tests

The benefits of using unit tests are recognized throughout the software development industry. The problem with using unit tests begins when previously written tests fail to run or even compile. Dror Helper shares five tips for writing robust unit tests.

Unit Testing - Why Should You Care?

Long a staple of the Agile community, unit testing is becoming more and more popular. While there is a lot of content on how to unit, the question of why unit test isn't always addressed. There are very real, tangible benefits from unit testing - it's more than just "writing more code".

Web Storage API vs. Cookies for Browser Data Storage
The Web Storage API not only allows storing larger data in browsers but also in a more secure and efficient way.

Distributed Application Communication Using WCF
Learn how to define, implement, configure and host a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service and then consume the service in a client.

Spruce up your next application with the WPF Ribbon
Is it time to give your next application a major user interface face lift? Try the WPF Ribbon as used in Microsoft Office 2007.

Rapid UI Prototyping with Microsoft Expression Blend 3
In today's environment prototyping your UI can be paramount. This article will show users how to use the Microsoft Expression Blend 3 prototyping tool and discuss the differences between static, interactive and convertible prototypes.

Dynamic Language Support in the .NET 4.0 Framework
The focus of this article will be on the dynamic language support (DLR) that will be released as a part of the upcoming 4.0 version of the .NET Framework.

Add Video Capture to Your BlackBerry Applications
Take advantage of the latest BlackBerry features by adding video recording capabilities to your applications.

On Programmer Laziness & Anonymous Types
Programmers should look for the lazy way to solve a problem. Laziness is an unquantifiable myth.

Declaring Anonymous Types in VB
Using an anonymous type in VB, which is essential for technologies like LINQ, means that the compiler will generate a class for you based on context and named initializers saving you time and effort. To learn more read on.

Putting Architecture Principles into Practice
Learn how to explicitly define the principles upon which your IT organization stands and practical advice for putting them into practice.

The 7 Rules for Writing World Class Technical Documentation
Writing technical documentation can be a daunting task. Let Bob Reselman show you the way to writing great engaging technical documentation.

Dynamic Programming with Lambda Expressions
Add ultimate flexibility and power to your programs with function parameters and Lambda Expressions.

Forms Processing with the Zend Framework
Processing user-supplied form data can be fraught with errors. Not so with the Zend Framework! This tutorial shows you how to use the Zend Framework's Zend_Validate component to easily and conveniently validate complex form data.

Installing SQL Server 2008
Need your server and your site up and running quick? Let Greg Larsen show you what you need to know to get SQL Server running and configured.

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