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Field Notes

Posts by Dave Nicolette

Should Unit Tests Touch the File System?

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Recently there’s been some discussion in the community about a long-held belief regarding unit tests: A unit test should not touch the filesystem. AFAIK, this idea gained currency after Michael Feathers published his rules for unit tests. It seems to me much of the debate is driven by differing assumptions about word meanings. Fortunately, that rarely […]

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Take full advantage of language features

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It’s safe to say a substantial amount of business application software is in production today. It’s less safe to speculate about exactly how much code is in production. An entry on StackOverflow hints at how hard it is to determine how much code exists, and how much of it is written in this or that programming language. In my line of […]

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Planning for technical debt

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There’s a problem with technical debt in the software field. Well, yeah. Okay. Sure. Actually, I didn’t mean that problem. I meant this one: Many people seem to be willing to incur technical debt in situations that don’t call for it. This article by Nishi Grover Garg, Paying Off the Technical Debt in Your Agile Projects, is representative of the […]

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What’s the value of Continuous Delivery?

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Continuous Delivery (CD) means the delivery of software changes incrementally and continuously (or nearly continuously) to internal production or to the external market. In recent years, CD has become a trend in the IT industry, as technological advances have made it a practical goal for many organizations. Well-known success stories are making the rounds, like […]

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The More Things Change…

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As test automation gains traction in the IT industry, people who have specialized in manual software testing worry about what may happen to their careers. It’s a hot topic these days. To understand who is affected by the growth of test automation, and the possible reasons they are worried about the impact to their careers, […]

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