How do I convince my manager that unit tests are important?

Could we write unit tests? Do we get some time to write unit tests? Is there a budget for writing unit tests?  How could I convince my manager that unit tests are important?

I am totally sure that almost every developer knows this questions, do you? What was the outcome? Could you persuade your manager that it is important to write unit tests? Sandro Mancuso, Software Craftsman and founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community, gives us some insights in his book, how a Software Craftsman would handle this.

I got the Ok from Sandro to publish the part about that topic. Thanks for that Sandro. And by the way, there is also an interesting part of how you could convince your team to write unit tests. But there are many many other interesting and inspiring chapters. Continue reading How do I convince my manager that unit tests are important?

Prerequisites for building an awesome dashboard – Part One

dashboardYou are working as a software developer in a team? So, the question is, how transparent is your development process?

At my current employer AOE – each team has its own Information Radiator with a custom dashboard. To get an idea of what an Information Radiator or dashboard is, read the whole blog post, there are some pictures which give you a good impression.

But it`s not my primary target to give you only an impression, I will also show you how you could build such awesome dashboards.

Continue reading Prerequisites for building an awesome dashboard – Part One

Jenkins Job Dashing widget

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I just released a new dashing-js widget on GitHub. It is a Jenkins widget which provides a highly visible view of the build status and build progress of selected Jenkins jobs.

Continue reading Jenkins Job Dashing widget

Must Read Books For Developers

51oXyW8WQwL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
by Robert C. Martin

Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship… Continue reading Must Read Books For Developers

Some thoughts on SUPER-scaling Magento

46b49ec3a5707634556cba65c1750cc60a6b90a1-services-1We’re currently kick-starting a Magento project with some very interesting (read: challenging) requirements regarding performance and scalability. My colleague Fabrizio has written an awesome Blog post about our thoughts on that.

I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to this article. Your Feedback (as a comment on Fabrizios Blog post) is very welcome!