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Developer writing code at his computer The Developer’s Role in Testing and Quality

Of course a developer's primary job is to produce good code, but there's also a lot they can do to contribute to quality and test their code before it gets to a tester. Code quality techniques help developers write better code, more thoroughly understand their changes, and avoid builds with many easy-to-find problems.

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Justin Rohrman
"No code" typed inside brackets Merging New Codeless Test Automation with Your Existing Code-Based Test Scripts

Adopting a codeless solution can be an amazing boost to quality, productivity, and tester career growth, but in most organizations, such test suites will have to be merged into existing code-based test scripts. To succeed, developers, testers, and management all should consider the differences between the two options.

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Eran Kinsbruner
Programmers at a hackathon 4 Reasons Your Company Should Hold a Developer Hackathon

Hackathons, where developers meet up to do some collaborative programming, are a great venue for problem-solving and creativity. They give employees the potential to get ideas out there that could pay off big, work the bugs out of new technology, and increase morale—and, best of all, they can be held anywhere.

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Athena Baker
STEM Girl Scout Cookie Sales Help Fund STEM Badges, Including Cybersecurity and Programming

It's officially Girl Scout cookie season, and that means you’re doing a good thing when you buy those boxes of cookies. The Girl Scouts offer science- and technology-related badges and journeys to introduce girls to computer science, robotics, mechanical engineering, space exploration, and cybersecurity.

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Pamela Rentz
Two people practicing pair programming Solo Programming, Pairing, and Mobbing: Which Is Right for You?

Programming often is considered an individual pursuit, but there are other options gaining popularity: pairing, where you work with another developer or tester, and mobbing, where the entire team works on one thing at a time. Each is effective for certain kinds of challenges. How much collaboration is right for you?

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Jeff Langr
Laptop with code on the screen Code Katas for Testers

A kata is a small programming task you build a solution to. The point is to develop programming skill through familiarity with programming patterns, which is a useful practice for testers today. You’ll learn about software development, testing, continuous integration, exploration—and even how to be a better person.

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Justin Rohrman
A group of people participating in a mob programming session Mob Programming: Working Well Together

Mob programming is a whole-team approach to creating software where everyone works together on the same thing at the same computer. It's not a bunch of people watching one person write code, but rather everyone thinking, discussing, designing, and collaborating. Sound crazy? Here's how it improves the quality of code.

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Woody Zuill
Pipelines, photo by Bernard Hermant Testing Your DevOps Is Just as Important as Testing Your Software

Many DevOps engineers fail to test their automation code in the same way they test the software they deploy. It's crucial for software to have tests, and this should apply to infrastructure-as-code software too, if we plan to change and improve this code with no worries about breaking automation in our DevOps pipeline.

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Alan Crouch