Most times in your application a solid unit test trumps testing your UI. But that’s no reason to neglect your UI from having to endure the same rigorous testing you give your models. “But I don’t have time to sit around and tap every part of my application.”, you say. Enter Automation…
A decade or so ago the idea of running a full 3D software suite on a mac laptop was pretty much unheard of. Processor speed and memory were the greatest obstacles, and the aggregate of 3D software for the Macintosh platform was rather limited, as well as expensive.
As a recent convert to Test Driven Development (or TDD as his friends call him), I was surprised to hear that there were in fact 2 kinds of developer driven testing. The standard one that everyone knows of is unit testing: writing little testXXX methods that test a single publicly exposed method. But the lesser known – but just as important – are acceptance tests: tests which verify that a group of classes working together properly fulfill some functionality.
So this first post will take a closer look at the first type of testing, unit tests, and will go into the value it provides to you as a developer.
Google’s AppEngine is a very useful platform in the way it allows developers to have an application server up and running within 10 minutes.
It leverages the Google infrastructure, too, offering high speed, high capacity, etc.
However (Hmm), AE does not allow for the usual multi-threading mechanisms…
As Facebook integration into iOS comes along, it feels like all applications must integrate social features. Having the ability to review your Facebook friends list within your app is one of the most important social features. Sharing the app or posts from within the app with friends is one of the best ways to virally spread the product among several people.
One of my recent projects required upgrading the Facebook SDK to the latest version, 3.1. It was using Version 2.0.
Meetings. When used correctly, they lead to synchronized teams, informed stakeholders, and better requirements. They help to identify issues affecting an organization. They’re great for resource planning, sharing vision, and all kinds of useful stuff.
A clear, focused meeting energizes the participants. These meetings are a force for good. These meetings make the office smile.
Then there are those other meetings.
Here I am sharing a little tidbit about HTML5 video for anyone that needs a refresher. If one needs to seek a video to a specific time, one can do something like this: