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All Models are Wrong

From the Copernican solar system to an engineer’s scale replica of a bridge, the world is full of models that answer our questions and help us solve problems. Lee Copeland tells us that a model doesn't have to be correct to be useful.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Developers Who Test

Every software professional knows that testing is hard, and the situation is even bleaker for software developers. The good news is that effective techniques exist that won't break the schedule or overwhelm developers with test cases. Let loose your inner tester with patterns designed with developers in mind.

Neil Harrison's picture Neil Harrison
Debunking Myths of Agile Development

Agile methods have made their way to the software mainstream in the last few years. As more organizations turn to agile development, its definition often gets obscured. Learn the facts behind five common agile myths, as Robert Holler attempts to dispel these misconceptions.

Robert Holler's picture Robert Holler
What Lies Beneath

Just when you think your application is free of defects, you find security vulnerabilities lurking beneath the surface. Penetration testing can help you get them before they get you. Ryan English discusses vulnerabilities and offers five steps to organizations looking to start a Web application security initiative.

Ryan English's picture Ryan English
The Demise of Record/Script/Play

Is the Record/Script/Play method of automated testing ready to take its final bow? What will the next generation hold? Linda Hayes reflects on the past changes in automation, inspects the current situation, and offers her vision of the future.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
A Look at Our Other Tool Look

In January, StickyMinds.com introduced a new eNewsletter that covers tools and automation for the software development lifecycle. In this month’s Tool Look column, the editors of Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com present a sample of what you can read each month in the Sticky ToolLook.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
Waterfall 2006

Check your iterations at the door—it’s time for Waterfall 2006. With a wink and a finger pointed squarely at the April 1 square on his calendar, Mike Cohn offers some hints about what to look for at the much anticipated Waterfall 2006 conference.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Project Roundup

Have misplaced priorities or a lack of focus allowed your development project to run wild? Don't let a stampede of defects, repairs, and requirements change drive your project. Follow Robert Galen's advice, and corral that development with release criteria.

Bob Galen's picture Bob Galen
From Primitive to Prominent

Automated code analysis tools are becoming more powerful and more necessary than ever before. Alberto Savoia takes a look at the evolution of static and dynamic code analysis tools, from their humble beginnings to their present status as indispensable technology, and tells us what he predicts for the future.

Alberto Savoia's picture Alberto Savoia
Refactoring: Small Steps to Help You Clean Up Your Code

Poor software design will slow down even the most well-meaning code. Code smells are one element of poor design to watch out for in your projects. C. Keith Ray explains how you can start washing away your code smells with a dose of code refactoring.

C. Keith Ray's picture C. Keith Ray

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