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· · 2004
· · · June
· · · · 13 (2 entries)

Sunbeams, June 13 · Here­with the lat­est har­vest from the Sunbloggin’ pos­se: John Clin­gan is on a bit of a roll; his top piece ques­tions the whole “technology analyst” ball­game, and sec­ond from the top, he wash­es some dirty Sun laun­dry in pub­lic (who says we don’t let it all hang out­?). Ed­uar­do Pelegri-Llopart does some ba­sic consciousness-raising about J2EE and Ap­pli­ca­tion Server­s. And Martin Hardee writes about the hor­ren­dous dif­fi­cul­ty of keep­ing some­thing like Sun.­com or­ga­nized and (ide­al­ly) use­ful; that’s a prob­lem I wouldn’t be brave enough to any­where near.
 
Yet Another TDD Sermon · I’ve preached here be­fore (more than once) about the virtues of Test-Driven Devel­op­ment (TDD), but nev­er giv­en it top billing, so here goes. Over the last twen­ty years I’ve seen the rise of Struc­tured Pro­gram­ming and Object-Oriented Pro­gram­ming and Mes­sage Pass­ing and the Re­la­tion­al Model and those are all good things, but TDD is the sin­gle biggest ad­vance in my life­time. It might (fi­nal­ly) turn soft­ware from an amateur’s kitchen to an en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­pline. Here­with some more anec­do­tal ev­i­dence, and prac­ti­cal ad­vice for Soft­ware Devel­op­ment man­ager­s. [Up­dat­ed with point­ers to PyUnit, NUnit and PHPUnit.] ...
 
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