Archive for 2009

  • Hounding your sources

    on Oct 22, 09 • by Patti Murphy • with No Comments


    I remember that idyllic summer day when I saw my very agile dog Maggie jumping through the sprinkler. I laughed until I cried. And then I thought:  This reminds me of what I do for a living. I’m a technical writer and technical writing in an Agile environment is somewhat like chasing those water drops. You can run after those features, but early in the game there’s not really anything to hold onto. So, how does one document a feature that will probably change from one iteration (or day) to another without chasing one’s tail

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  • Going Agile Part 2: Preparing for Iteration 1

    on Oct 20, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

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    In part one of Going Agile,I talked about how we introduced Agile to our development team. This next post will look at the events that led to our first iteration planning meeting. During the weeks that led up to Iteration 1, there was much work that went on as a team, and much that each team member did individually. As the Product Owner, my biggest task was to create a backlog. Sure, I knew what the main new features were going to be, but I still needed to capture this, and add other oft-requested features

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  • Top 5 Java quality bugs

    on Oct 13, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    In a previous posts I reviewed the Top 5 C/C++ and Top 5 C# quality bugs that I that I see time and time again looking at customer code. I wrote my Java Top 5 with an embedded programming focus and the folks at decided to publish it on their site. Here’s a snippet below and the full Top 5 Java bugs article can be found here. While C dominates as the programming language of choice for embedded development, the use of Java is definitely on the rise. In fact, according to a recent

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  • Aerospace International: Squashing the Bugs

    on Oct 12, 09 • by Lynn Gayowski • with No Comments

    The traditional way to check software code has been for the code to be checked-in, then bugs found through testing, then debugged, before the cycle begins again. Not only is this extremely time-consuming and expensive but it also throws up the problem of other mistakes being inserted at the checking stage. However, source code analysis experts such as Klocwork have developed automated software development integrity tools that can automate the identification and assessment of software architecture flaws before the code is checked in, allowing programmers to submit bug-free code. As well as increased safety, another

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  • Compiler warnings, Coding standards, Code quality…oh my! (Part 1)

    on Oct 7, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    In this 3 part blog series I want to cover general misconceptions with static analysis coverage.  This will include a discussion about: compiler warnings available, different types of style issues including coding standards, and your available options to fit them into your formal process. Very often customers ask why we don’t cover specific checkers.  We always get great feedback on high value checkers that they would like to see.  But occasionally we get the request to find simple compiler warnings or code style issues. For the first part of this series I want to focus

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  • Top 5 Java Coding Mistakes

    on Oct 7, 09 • by Lynn Gayowski • with No Comments

    While C dominates as the programming language of choice for embedded development, the use of Java is definitely on the rise. In fact, according to a recent VDC survey, 12.3% of respondents currently use Java in the embedded space, and 17.9% expect to be using Java in the next two years. For those transitioning from embedded development using C, you might find yourself falling into the hype that Java is a “safe” language. For example, Java developers face no requirement for managing memory associated with objects. However, this is where the trap may be laid

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  • Military Embedded Systems: Architectural Visualization Key to Code Reuse

    on Oct 6, 09 • by Lynn Gayowski • with No Comments

    What can developers of military and avionics software systems do to take advantage of software reuse while ensuring that software is as bug-free and secure as possible? In all industries, software is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Take Boeing jets as an example. At 6.5 million lines of code, Boeing’s 787 aircraft flight control system has three times more code than the 777[1]. Given this growth trend, it is both unrealistic and impractical to rewrite an entire system from scratch for each new project. The reuse of code has become a universal software development best practice. It

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  • Klocwork Celebrates Continued 2009 Momentum

    on Oct 1, 09 • by Meranda Powers • with No Comments

    Klocwork surges past 600 customer mark with strong Q3 bookings and customer growth BURLINGTON, Mass. — Oct 01, 2009 — Klocwork, Inc., the global leader in automated source code analysis solutions for improving developer productivity, today announced it achieved strong quarterly customer and bookings growth for the quarter ending September 30th. The company reported a healthy mix of new orders and renewals from existing customers to achieve a more than 27% growth in bookings as compared to Q3 2008. In addition, the company saw a 35% year over year customer growth and now counts more

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  • Going Agile – Part 1: Introducing Agile

    on Sep 30, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    The first installment in my ‘Going Agile’ series will reflect on the earliest days that led up to our development team becoming an Agile development team. Before I get into this too deep, I should first set the stage a little. This organization is a medium sized ($500M in revenue) software company, with no other teams using Agile techniques. We were going to be the first. The product was well established, having been on the market for about 5 years, and traditional development methods were fairly effective from a delivery and quality perspective. The team

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  • ESC Boston Day 2 Recap

    on Sep 23, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    Overall a good show at ESC.  Always well run and put together.  In terms of vendors we had some great discussions especially with Electric Cloud.  We managed to see a great demo of ElectricInsight. ElectricInsight is very visual giving you an incredible view of the structure of a software build.  Not only a tool to help you visualize the impact of adding nodes to ElectricAccelerator cluster but it helps with diagnosing your build problems in seconds.  Really cool dependency analysis with a click of a button. In the end there is no doubt the economy

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