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Shortcuts to Productivity

November 2, 2010


Earlier this year, I read Neal Ford's book, The Productive Programmer. It is a great book and a short read as well, so I highly recommend it. In this book, Ford talks about ways to make yourself more productive and the book contains a wealth of useful tips. This inspirational text got me thinking how I could increase my own productivity. As a result, I made a few changes; one that has been extremely helpful is expanding my use of keyboard shortcuts, also known as hotkeys.

A Practical Approach to Unit Testing

May 7, 2010


Last year I was asked to give a 1 day workshop on how to write unit tests. I put together a presentation and workshop format and it was a huge success. The team quickly took to not only writing unit tests but was able to quickly utilize mock frameworks and other testing tools. Code coverage for the application quickly jumped and management was pleased. I recently took another look at this presentation to see if I wanted to revise anything and I thought that I might want to share some of the thoughts here. These guidelines are intended to get somebody started with unit testing quickly, but could be a welcome refresher for somebody who has been writing tests for a while.

Branching Problems with a Multi-Module Maven Project

February 16, 2010


I was impressed last year when I found that the M2eclipse Eclipse plugin handled multi-module projects checked out of Subversion using Subclipse with ease.  Eclipse does not natively support a nested multi-module project structure recommended by Maven, and getting the two to work well together has historically been a pain.  M2eclipse has solved this by […]

Enforcing Coding Standards

February 10, 2010


While most teams recognize the importance of coding standards, I have witnessed too many development teams who define a set of coding standards, yet do not enforce them.  If you are not enforcing the coding standard, then you have no way of knowing your team’s compliance with the standard and its effectiveness is negated.  In […]