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27 July 2015
27 July 2015

Multi-Platform Mobile Development with PhoneGap

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It seems a great idea to have your application on all the main mobile platforms as well as on the desktop. Nothing beats writing an app specially for each device, but then you've created a full-scale maintenance headache. Are technologies like PhoneGap/Cordova or Adobe Air, using a browser-based UI, the perfect compromise? If so, what frameworks do you use?… Read more
16 April 2015
16 April 2015

Catching Performance Issues in Development

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Refactoring code won't cause performance problems, right? This was the assumption when Chris Hurley and his team went out to improve some legacy code. They decided to separate the database access from business logic and standardise on Entity Framework, but when it came time to test the code using real-world workloads, unexpected performance issues appeared. Chris recounts how they discovered, investigated, and resolved these issues using ANTS Performance Profiler. … Read more
06 February 2014
06 February 2014

Acceptance Testing with FitNesse: Multiplicities and Comparisons

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FitNesse is one of the most popular tools for unit testing since it is designed with a Wiki-style interface that makes it very easy to set up individual tests. Michael Sorens' sixth article in his series delves into the nuances of multiple inputs vs. multiple outputs, multiple rows vs. multiple columns, as well as things that can trip you up when attempting to validate a value.… Read more
16 January 2014
16 January 2014

Acceptance Testing with FitNesse: Symbols, Variables and Code-behind Styles

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Although FitNesse can be used as a generic automated testing tool for both applications and databases, it excels at unit testing since it is designed with a Wiki-style interface that makes it very easy to set up tests. In part 5, Michael Sorens explains how to use symbols and variables effectively, and why those terms are themselves rather problematic… Read more
31 July 2013
31 July 2013

Acceptance Testing With FitNesse, The Overview

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FitNesse is an open-source framework for supporting user-acceptance testing. The aim is to make the construction of the individual tests as easy and intuitive as possible. It works with Java, .NET and database applications. It is very useful, but needs a simple 'tips from the trenches' guide to its use. Here is the start of that guide.… Read more
03 June 2013
03 June 2013

T4 – The Insource Code Monkey

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T4 usually stays behind the scenes in Visual Studio, but if you find that you have a good reason to write similar code over and over again, or use a lot of copy and paste, then it could be that you have a specific use for T4. There are times when it can be useful for generating code templates but it is versatile to provide a solution for a number of programming headaches.… Read more
28 January 2013
28 January 2013

Prototyping Desktop Deblector

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Deblector is an open-source debugging add-in for .NET Reflector; the Reflector team investigated whether they could integrate it into Reflector's desktop application, and updated the source code to introduce compatibilty with the latest version of Reflector before releasing it back into codeplex… Read more
20 September 2012
20 September 2012

An Overview of SharePoint 2013 App Development Model

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Microsoft have put a lot of resources into improving SharePoint. SharePoint 2013 introduces 'SharePoint Apps', which are executed within the browser. This provides a lot of opportunities for extending Sharepoint-based applications to make them fit the customers requirements more closely, and paves the way for cloud-based SharePoint services.… Read more