In June this year I was asked to create a TDD training for 15 junior people in a sort of master class. Since I get more and more out of my comfort zone I decided to do it!
The duration of the training was for three days and given in Zwolle @ ITPH academy. A really nice facility if you ask me and good atmosphere. Two days of mostly theory and one day of practism. Keywords are TDD, ATDD, Gherkin, Cucumber and fun!
All the students gave positive feedback about the TDD training. Most enthusiasm was for the price 🙂 I was positive about this as well and executed it via socrative, an online tool for teachers and students to execute quizzes etc.
Lately I have been experimenting with Nexus IQ Server. This is a product from Sonatype. What I really like about this product is the overview it creates from all the external dependencies and their vulnerabilities.
Since open source is incorporated in more and more software projects I really think this is a valuable tool to implement in your tool stack. An example output is shown. Open source is hot and I feel that Sonatype masters this really nice in this part of their tooling software.
This tool can really help you fix your external dependency versions with known exploits!
A few weeks back I executed a workshop at CGI. The contents of the program was Cucumber and Selenium. I have experienced that the natural language of Cucumber/Gherkins can be really valuable in scrum environments. Especially the mix with the Selenium driver enables software developers to cooperate with testers thoroughly. Test behavior driven development can be of true value for your company and a very nice manner to add automated feature tests.
The tweet can be found here and some of the contents of the workshop can be found in this github repository.
Yesterday I installed the open source program called simpleinvoices in order to create products, customers and invoices. I really like it. Only problem I faced was that I used and exclamation sign in my database password. This resulted in a white page during installation. Turns out that simpleinvoices is shipped with the ZendFramework and that does not handle the “!” character properly 🙂
The code can be found here. Nice clean solution for invoicing if you ask me.
Cucumber is a kind of language that specifies so called features in order to specify a test case or scenario. It can run automated tests written in a behavior-driven development style. Cucumber is written in Ruby and since 2011 their is a Java port as well. An example feature is as follows:
Feature: Planets in universeScenario: The universe holds 8 planets Given I have a universe
When I step into a space plane
And I travel from the sun to the end of the universe
Then I pass the orbit of 8 planets
As of today I started to use WordPress for my website. In the past I have used Joomla of Drupal as well. However I must say that WordPress is more intuitive then Joomla. Installation is really a no brainer 🙂 Also for the purpose I have with my site, ie. to blog, I think WordPress is a good choice to do so.
This is also my first post. I will start with creation of my own theme that will be published as soon as possible. Just plain and simple. In order to blog and some quick links to my linkedin, twitter and facebook etcetera.