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Executive Interview: Mughees Minhas, Oracle

Mughees Minhas is the senior director of product management for Redwood Shores-based Oracle Corporation where he specializes in application testing, database performance diagnostics, and data center monitoring and optimization. We recently had the opportunity to talk to Mughees about the rise of the cloud, market consolidation, and risk management.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Agile Code for Agile Teams

What makes a team agile? Is it in the way it plans projects or how it engineers its products? In this article, Steve Berczuk explains how agile code and technical practices can help a team stay agile across the product lifecycle.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Software for Good: The Maker Movement

Communities are sprouting up all over the world to provide an outlet for those who want to create new things and hack existing ones. In this article, Jonathan Speicher writes about one such group, HackPittsburgh, some of the projects he’s worked on, and the value the maker movement brings to those who work in the software industry.

Jon Speicher
Alternative JVM Languages For Java Projects

Java Virtual Machine has become a successful platform for applications written in many languages, not just Java. Alternatives like JRuby, Scala, Clojure, and Groovy can be more concise and offer new ways to approach problems.

Daniel Wellman's picture Daniel Wellman
When Software Smells Bad

Most software needs to be "maintainable" and have high "internal quality." But what does that mean in practical terms? Code smells form a vocabulary for discussing code quality and how well suited code might be to change. The smells also provide good indications as to what to refactor and how.

How Do You Write Good User Stories?

Expert answers to frequently asked questions. In this issue, David Hussman explains how to write good user stories.

David Hussman's picture David Hussman
Increase Quality with Table-Driven Acceptance Tests

Vague or ambiguous requirements can cause loops in development processes. Creating requirements that include acceptance tests cuts down on the looping and increases the flow of working software to the customer.

Ken Pugh's picture Ken Pugh Al Shalloway
How The Cloud Changes Software Production

Creating services in the cloud enables new capabilities and features to improve your product and empower your team. But the cloud also introduces challenges as to how to build and test such services. This introduction to the cloud shows how you can leverage this powerful technology and addresses how the cloud affects software development, testing, and the team.

Seth Eliot's picture Seth Eliot
Measure the Measurable: Improving Software Quality Through Telemetry

Observing customers in a usability lab can be invaluable for improving product design. But, once your software leaves the lab, do you know what your customers are actually doing and whether or not your software meets their expectations? Learn how engineers on the Microsoft Office team apply a variety of software telemetry techniques to understand real-world usage, how the results drive product improvements, and how you can apply similar techniques.

Jamie Campbell's picture Jamie Campbell
An Introduction to Scala

Scala is a programming language that blends functional and object-oriented language features. Scala programs run on the Java Virtual Machine and can easily interact with Java code. Learn how Scala can yield concise, safe, and compatible code and how you can start learning Scala on your own.

Daniel Wellman's picture Daniel Wellman

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