Archive for July, 2010

  • Get a (tool-selection) plan, Stan

    on Jul 27, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 2 Comments

    Get a (tool-selection) plan, Stan

    Today, Mark Grice is in a better mood. The last time I spoke to the Klocwork Director and Manager of the International Reseller/Partner Network, he outlined 7 habits of highly ineffective Source Code Analysis (SCA) tool selection. Among those terrible habits, he described an SCA tool-selection process that involved endless feature comparisons and massive checklists of irrelevant requirements. His head almost exploded, but on this day our SCA guru was calmer.  Clearly, he’s been using relaxation techniques or drinking some of the good stuff, like acai juice. According to Grice, successful SCA tool adoption involves

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  • Agile Tools: An ROI Example

    on Jul 20, 10 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Agile Tools: An ROI Example

    There has been lots of discussion on this blog (and others for that matter) on the importance of early defect detection, refactoring, and code reviews, but what does it all mean to a team of developers trying to maximize their velocity in a 2 week iteration? Based on a number of studies, and some real-world customer feedback  we have put together the following ROI…but note that this ROI is not measured in dollars, but rather in hours saved, because a development team can more easily relate to a 20 hour time savings per iteration rather than

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  • Real developers don’t need tools

    on Jul 15, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 1 Comment

    Real developers don’t need tools

    As the topic suggests, this kind of argument has been around for some time.  Most developers can recognize the need for tools but once you start breaking the developer’s day-to -day workflow you might as well flush that tool down the drain. What developers need is a tool that seamlessly integrates with their development environment and their workflow, so they can meet their quality goals without taking a big productivity hit. It’s one thing to provide plug-in tools for the more popular IDEs like Visual Studio and Eclipse, but it’s an added bonus when defect

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  • I have the software skills; I had a decent interview; why didn’t I get the job?

    on Jul 13, 10 • by Carolyn Perkins • with 1 Comment

    People who do not get hired after an interview second guess themselves; they look for concrete reasons as to why they were not hired for that particular job.  They might justify it by saying the company sucked, the interviewer was an HR douchebag, the hiring manager did not know their stuff.  Of course, they may be correct in passing these judgments, however, chances are there simply was a mismatch between the person interviewing and the company.  When this happens, count your blessings that the people doing the interviewing for the company knew that.  Being brought

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  • Are in-person code review meetings a bad thing?

    on Jul 6, 10 • by Brendan Harrison • with 2 Comments

    As readers know, we’ve been talking about code reviews pretty regularly here and elsewhere over the past few months. To continue that discussion, here’s a question we run into often: are in-person code reviews as the primary way to communicate, by definition a bad thing? Here’s some more data from the Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Klocwork that shows the majority of respondents still conduct in-person reviews… elsewhere in the survey only 36% of respondents indicated that they worked on a centralized team with everyone in one location. So that means, if 60% still conduct

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  • EE Times: Modernizing the Peer Code Review Process

    on Jul 6, 10 • by Lynn Gayowski • with No Comments

    Code reviews play a critical role in the software development process and their roots can be traced to the birth of software engineering. But while the practice of software development has changed greatly since its origins, the code review processes employed by most organizations have not. Forrester Consulting recently surveyed 159 U.S.-based software development professionals to garner details on the state of today’s peer code review process. This study found that, while the code review process is held in high regard and is often a mandated development milestone, the best practices and processes being used

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  • Klocwork Growth Continues to Surge

    on Jul 6, 10 • by Meranda Powers • with No Comments

    Record Q2 bookings and continued product innovation contribute to stellar quarter BURLINGTON, Mass. — Jul 6, 2010 — Klocwork, Inc., the global leader in automated source code analysis solutions (SCA) for improving developer productivity, today announced it achieved a record level of bookings for the quarter ending June 30, 2010. The company achieved more than 70% growth in bookings as compared to Q2 2009, contributing to the largest first-half sales performance in company history. The company also recorded impressive customer growth, and now counts more than 700 customers worldwide. In addition to the business growth,

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