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Strangling Legacy Code

Organizations saddled with legacy web applications often rewrite the applications from scratch. But what if an application could be rewritten a bit at a time by the same team that maintains it? Find out how one team "strangled" out legacy code with a new application—without having to start the rewrite from scratch.

Mike Thomas's picture Mike Thomas
Measurements that Matter

No one starts a project with the goal of failing, but some metrics experts claim that 80 percent of software metrics initiatives fail. Just as your software project has goals for success, you should have goals for success in your metrics initiatives. Find out what you can do to better your chance for success.

Alan Page's picture Alan Page
A Crash Course in Scripting

More and more software testing is becoming a technical activity—and that means programming. In the future, simply having domain knowledge won't be enough. Good craftspeople need good tools, and some of the most powerful tools in the tester’s toolbox today are dynamic programming languages like Perl and Ruby. If you aren't familiar with these languages, this article will help you get up to speed and start scripting in no time.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
The Cream of the Crop

Reuse is one of the rare things in our industry that everyone agrees is necessary. But as an industry, we are pretty bad at it. Welcome to the world of pragmatic software reuse. On your current project, follow the steps outlined in this article to create and deliver truly useful libraries of reusable components.

Simon P. Chappell
Reduce Stress, Write a Test

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. This month, Mike Clark explains how writing automated tests can give you confidence to change code fearlessly.

Mike Clark
Lights, Camera, Automate Software Builds and Deployments!

Picture this: a robust and scalable software build and deployment process minus the chaos. Follow these guidelines and best practices for building and deploying multiple applications in an integrated environment, and you might just find your happy ending.

Franz Garsombke
Write Sweet-Smelling Comments

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. This month, Mike Clark explains how to sniff out stinky code and write comments that count.

Mike Clark
Tame the Name

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. In the first iteration of this monthly column, learn why selecting names for classes, methods, and variables is an art you'll want to perfect.

Mike Clark
Open Source Disk Imaging with Frisbee

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tests and trends? You’ve come to the right place. Get one reviewer’s opinion of Frisbee as well as some facts straight from the developer’s mouth.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
What's the Buzz

Need information but don’t have time to wade through bookracks looking for that perfect reference? The StickyMinds.com Books Guide can help. Get the scoop from StickyMinds.com members on three books that can keep you up to date on the latest issues.

StickyMinds Editorial's picture StickyMinds Editorial

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