“On the eleventh day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… 11 tweeters tweeting…I take my hat off to you all.”

As you well know I’m a tweeter myself – @Frank_Borland – so although I appreciate the efforts of everyone, I decided to give a shout out to some technically-inclined tweeters. Like me they’re developers, technology lovers, coders and testers to the core and there are plenty of great links and thoughts here. So don’t forget to follow them and follow me @FrankBorland in 2013.

1. Pamela Fox: https://twitter.com/pamelafox

2. Mike Orzen: https://twitter.com/MikeOrzen

3. Alison Gianotto: https://twitter.com/snipeyhead

4. Jurgen Appelo: https://twitter.com/jurgenappelo

5. Lorna Mitchell: https://twitter.com/lornajane

6. Robert C Martin, (Uncle Bob): https://twitter.com/unclebobmartin

7.  Ligaya Turmelle: https://twitter.com/lig

8.  Kane Mar: https://twitter.com/scrumology

9. Girl Develop It: https://twitter.com/girldevelopit

10. Ministry of Testing: https://twitter.com/testingclub

11. Amber-Lee Wolverton: https://twitter.com/thecodegoddess

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“On the tenth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… 10 software failures… costing millions (hopefully not on your watch :-).”

Once again financial institutions feature in this top 10 of 2012 at http://www.testmagazine.co.uk/2012/12/the-highest-profile-software-failures-of-2012 but glitches and bugs can strike any size of development project as we all know. You would be unlucky to lose quite as much as the trading firm which saw $440million disappear in 45 minutes. But no doubt the big money-losing headlines will still be around in 2013 – and the importance of quality testing to safeguard the bottom line and customer relations has never been stronger.

Here is also a link to a superb webinar featuring my friend Archie Roboostof, Borland Portfolio Director, talking about Performance Testing Pitfalls and how 7 seconds cost a company $7 million http://tinyurl.com/d8wlnjf

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“On the ninth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… 9 mobile apps… and not an Angry Bird in sight.”

Where would be without them? From addictive games to must-have productivity tools, apps are driving the explosion of mobile devices worldwide. The best mobile apps increasingly have features that are unique to the environment, so they are far more than just mobile extensions of their online counterparts.

As apps become more sophisticated, so must the testing, and we all know how many platforms and devices that means. (Or do we? In China alone, I hear that 500 million phones alone are bought each year – quite amazing.) There’s a lot of room for error, so the best functional testing should be high on any developer’s Christmas shopping list.

Check out these 9 free apps if you’re an iPhone user or if you’re an Android user here are your free top 9.

So, the sing-along so far goes:

“On the ninth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gave to me:

Nine mobile apps, Eight bloggers blogging, Seven agile myths, Six mobile trends,

Five I-D-Es,…

Four USBs, Three testers, Two Borland stars,

And a copy of Turbo Pascal!”

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“On my 8th day of Christmas, I give you… 8 bloggers blogging… or that’s 9 if you include me.”

I love a good blog, especially when it’s about test driven development, mobile
development or getting our heads around agile. Here are my top 8 sites where I
keep up with your views in the development community. They range from the
informative Kitchen Soap to the bright insights of Rosie Sherry. You should
check them out yourself.

1. Peak Performance: http://scott-barber.blogspot.co.uk

2. Curious Tester: http://curioustester.blogspot.in/

3. Alexander Beletsky: http://www.beletsky.net

4. Matt Wynne: Tea-Driven Development : http://blog.mattwynne.net

5. Kitchen Soap: http://www.kitchensoap.com/

6. Andrew Shafer: http://stochasticresonance.wordpress.com/

7. Joel on Software: http://www.joelonsoftware.com

8. Rosie Land: http://rosiesherry.com

Thank you guys for all your ongoing insights, and do keep in touch with
me, your fellow testing blogger, right here. It would be great to hear
recommendations from other developers too on any blogs I haven’t mentioned
and should be keeping an eye on.

Thanks,
Frank

 

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“On the seventh day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you…” : 7 agile myths… and the real truth behind them:

My new colleague Julian Dobbins has it right – ‘agile’ can mean different things to different people. Just this lack of a clear definition has probably helped create some of the myths surrounding agile development methods. Here are seven of the most common, dismantled one by one by AgileTV.

And you could do worse than read this informative article on agile by Julian:

So, the Carol so far sounds like this:

“On the seventh day of Christmas,
Frank Borland gave to me
Seven agile myths,
Six mobile trends,
Five I-D-Es,
Four USBs
Three testers,
Two Borland stars,
And a copy of Turbo Pascal!”

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“On the sixth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… 6 mobile trends”… these are sure to keep testers busy in 2013:

We all need to keep up with mobile trends if we’re going to develop successful apps. So to deliver the innovations and quality our customers expect, testing has to keep up too.

Here is a link to Techiestuffs ‘Top 6 cutting edge mobile application trends’ which is definitely worth a quick look.

My view? You guessed it: lean, agile and affordable is the way to go. Whether
it’s pay as you go on mobile, video on the go or even context-awareness on the
go, by using real-time, real mobile user interface testing, we can work directly
with the devices we want to test. That makes life a whole lot easier for testers,
particularly if you’ve got the broad platform support of Silk Mobile.

There I go again, taking over the debate. So the question is – how do you see
mobile trends affecting your test workloads in 2013?

silkformobile

 

Here are my lyrics so far by the way:

On the sixth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… Six mobile trends, Five I-D-E’s, Four USBs, Three great testers, Two Borland stars, And a copy of Turbo Pascal.”

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“On the fifth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… Five I-D-E’s… check out my favorites, and tell me yours:”

We programmers live with them every day, so they had better be good.

Some love Eclipse, some can’t do without Visual Studio. What’s for sure is that you want your IDE to work as you do – and the folk at Borland keep their solutions open so they can do just that. Plugging in whatever tools you need has to be the key.

So what’s your IDE, and what works best with it for you?

Here’s a nice post I found on a suggested Top 5 from 2010. Are these still
up there in your opinion?

Here’s also a link to a Top 10 from 2011.

So how about 2012? Are the same ones still going strong? The floor, as they
say, is yours…

And incidentally, here are my 12 Developer Days of Christmas carol lyrics so far:

“On the fifth day of Christmas, Frank Borland gives to you… Five I-D-E’s, Four USBs, Three great testers, Two Borland stars, And a copy of Turbo Pascal.”

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