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Interview Questions for Novice Software Testers

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If you’re interested in software testing, you don’t need robust tech skills so much as a heavy dose of tenacity and a strong service mentality. “It’s still a young profession so there are a lot of misconceptions about the role,” says Ben Yaroch, President of the Association for Software Testing and Senior Software Quality Engineer for ExactTarget, an Indianapolis-based digital marketing platform. “Most applicants have had some exposure to testing but they haven’t done it full time,” he says. “I… continue…

4 Ways to Debug Application Crashes

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Among the worst things that can happen to an application developer is having their software crash at a customer’s location—and having the customer on the phone to them, screaming. So how do you prepare against such an eventuality? In this article I’ll look at a few things you can do to be ready when–not if–something goes wrong, whether it’s hardware failure, a disk crash or someone pulling out a power cable and corrupting a disk. Actually, if you can deal… continue…

Pascal Is Way Underrated

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While it came slightly later to the party (see my article here), Pascal’s history can perhaps be summed up with the phrase, “Always the Bridesmaid never the Bride.” Developed at the end of the 60s by professor Niklaus Wirth, Pascal was only intended to be a teaching language. Original Pascal had very limited string handling, no disk access and, crucially, lacked any kind of library mechanism. What it did have was an easy-to-read syntax, a good type system, facilities for… continue…

Four Lessons in Project Management From Healthcare.gov

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The Obama administration claims that roughly 6 million people have signed up for a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the highly controversial law. Administration officials had originally hoped for 7 million signups by March 31, the deadline for those who want healthcare coverage in 2014. But those officials aren’t conceding defeat over the lower signup figure; instead, they’re attempting to cast it as a strong rebound from Healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout last October. Click here to find more… continue…

The Opposing View: How Tizen Could Win

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Samsung expanded the horizons of wearable computers this month with a trio of fitness-oriented smartwatches running two different operating systems—neither of which is Android. Two of the three, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2, run the open(ish)-source, Linux-based Tizen operating system. The other, a fitness tracker named the Samsung Gear Fit, uses a customized version of the Real Time Operating System (RTOS), a lightweight OS designed to run so quickly and use so little computing power it can… continue…

Should You Develop for Tizen?

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Launching a brand-new mobile operating system is, to put it mildly, a difficult endeavor. It takes years of development, hordes of devoted programmers, a couple hardware partners, and a willingness on the part of the developer community to build third-party apps that’ll actually attract users. Given those challenges, a new mobile operating system emerges only once in a long while, although the past few quarters have seen the rise of some notable contenders: Ubuntu Touch for smartphones, first unveiled by… continue…

Business Requirements Are the Foundation of a BA’s Success

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Teams sometimes gloss over a project’s business requirements in their haste to begin development. They do this at their peril, and it’s often up to the business analyst to lead them away from danger. The term “business requirement” describes a need that leads to one or more projects meant to deliver solutions and result in desired business outcomes. Business opportunities, business objectives, success metrics and a vision statement are key elements. Without them, it’s impossible to clearly decide what should… continue…

Amazon’s Hiring Is Just One Sign of Retail’s Tech Focus

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Amazon’s IT recruitment efforts in 2013 dramatically outpaced those of all of its competitors, according to a report published on the industry website Retail Information Systems News. During the year, the company posted about 17,000 tech jobs, more than 57 percent of all postings among the top 10. That’s a lot of postings, and we should note the report didn’t provide a definition for what jobs it considers “tech” or how it counted the ads. Still, the number is an… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Win32 Disk Imager Project

The software’s core team talk about their Win32 Disk Imager project, originally developed for the Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Netbook release. continue…

Is Apache Spark the Next Big Thing in Big Data?

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In any article or blog post, any mention of Big Data usually includes something about Hadoop. When it comes to Big Data, Apache Hadoop has been the big elephant in the room, and the release of Hadoop 2.0 in 2013 made the environment easier and more stable. But even with the inclusion of Impala for querying stored information real-time, Hadoop is still a batch-based system that processes data in, well, batch mode. Big Data processing is said to have three… continue…