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Fake News – Java is Dead!

Roger FrechBy Roger Frech, Senior Software Engineer

“Java is Dead”, “Java is Dying”, “Java is Obsolete” and other variations on the meme of Java mortality appear frequently on line in the IT “press”.  These are click-bait, intended to draw your attention to a headline, or get some cheap SEO.  For the more complex and nuanced truth about trends in Java usage – look beyond opinions for evidence.

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A Practical Look at Go, Part 1

By Ken Walker Senior Software Engineer

About two years ago, I was working on a project written in the Go language. Go was originally developed by Google in 2007 for internal use, but was later released (open source) for general use. The project I was on was a large enterprise-wide service that collected large amounts of data (and did it well). This article introduces some of the interesting aspects of the language that might entice you to consider it for your own use, while pointing out a few things of which to be aware if you do.

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Binding a Floating Point Property to a TextBox With a StringFormat in WPF

By Ken Walker Senior Software Engineer

Microsoft’s WPF bindings are a fine piece of technology. They are flexible and powerful, allowing changes to your objects’ properties to ripple through the rest of your application with a minimal amount of coding effort.
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Adding and Handling Click Events for NVD3 Graph Elements in Angular Applications

Larry Van Sickleby Larry Van Sickle, Senior Software Engineer

NVD3 is an easy-to-use JavaScript library for building charts and graphs. Very often designers want to have a chart be interactive, letting user drill down on data by clicking on elements of the charts. For example, on a bar chart of votes by state, the user could click on the bar for Texas and see a new chart with the votes by region for the state.

AngularJS is a versatile toolset for building browser-based applications.

How can a developer make the elements of a chart clickable using NVD3 in an Angular application?

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Agile Testers Can Increase Their Value by Donning Many Hats

by Rema Sreedharakurup, Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

Rema_Pic_BlogIt seems today that no discussion about software development is done until someone brings up ‘Agile.’ And for good reason, as Agile is all about agility – an Incremental and iterative delivery model which focuses on business value, encourages flexibility and rapid adoption to change. It’s based on collaborative efforts to achieve common goals.

The agile principles & values are very short and sweet, but in the real world, Agile is not that simple. Remember, it’s a collaborative effort that requires people – Developers, Testers, all the folks involved in the product development who are trying to perform their best in this transforming phase and get things DONE… all the while trying to get accustomed to new processes that get introduced to improve delivery, and where output is expected quickly. Though, as Albert Einstein once said, “in middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Hence for me as a Test Engineer, this transition to Agile opened up a wide array of opportunity where I could wear many hats – as a developer, as a tester, a customer advocate, a constant learner, and much more.

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Codeception: A Clean and Simple Solution for Web Test Automation

by Troy Rudolph, Senior Software Engineer

troy-rudolphThe market certainly offers many test automation tools for testing in a variety of environments, but there is a relatively new one I particularly like for automated testing in web applications. While Codeception is intended primarily for testing PHP applications, the UI testing tools may also be used to easily create automated tests for web applications, as well.

In Codeception, these tests are referred to as acceptance tests. These tests are based on the notion of Behavior Driven Development (BDD). Essentially, BDD states that tests should be specified in terms of desired behavior. In the case of BDD, the behavior described is that of a user (or tester). To learn more about BDD, I would encourage reading the inventor’s article at http://dannorth.net/introducing-bdd.

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