Posts Categorized in Software development

At Redgate, we’re fascinated by software development and how to do it smarter, better and more intelligently. How do we reduce the burden of legacy code and technical debt, for example? How do we use test-driven development to make the code as robust as possible. How do we apply UX principles and skills to make the complicated software we develop intuitive to use?

7 April 2015

7 April 2015

Have you tried team exploratory testing?

If not, why don’t give it a go? As a company which adopts an agile methodology, testing is an integral part of the development process at Redgate. Team exploratory testing is an approach we take so that everyone on a team, from the developers to the support engineers as well as the project and... Read more

26 March 2015

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26 March 2015

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The 5 big benefits of automated deployment

“Every software development team should have a fully automated deployment process.” That’s according to pretty much everyone I meet at conferences and events. It’s not even a debate. It’s a declaration. In actual fact there are only a small percentage of software development teams who have a ‘one-click’, totally hands-off, fully automated deployment process.... Read more

19 January 2015

19 January 2015

User research- it’s better as a team sport

User research is a team sport as many user research teams – particularly those working in agile development teams, such as the GDS User research team – have discovered. This discovery is perhaps due to the growing realisation that user research in the agile software development cycle has the greatest impact when it isn’t... Read more

18 December 2014

18 December 2014

What’s in a (strong) name?

Package managers are brilliant. The obvious win is the convenience of versioning your dependencies without having to commit binaries to Git. Lots of people use package managers for third party dependencies, but I’m going to talk about using them for components within an organisation. This is where package managers fulfil their true potential – making... Read more

10 December 2014

10 December 2014

JavaScript unit tests

The amount of JavaScript code being used at Redgate is increasing quite rapidly. We are writing more web based products and also opting to use web technologies like CEF for our desktop products, so it is inevitable that a lot of our code is going to be written in JavaScript, like it or not.... Read more