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SCM-Manager Plugins Part 11: Redmine

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SCM-Manager can be connected to several issue tracking applications like Bugzilla orJIRA®. The basic functionality of those connections is the same: You can change the status and add comments to issues by using keywords in your commit messages. In this post we will show you how to use the scm-redmine-plugin to connect SCM-Manager to the popular OpenSource issue tracker Redmine and  thus improve your documentation.

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Functional Testing

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Gauge is a lightweight behavior driven testing framework that allows you to automate end-to-end tests. In this post we will show an example of how to write a test framework with Gauge in Java code.

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Software Prototyping: Rapid Application Development

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Prototypes are a great way to get feedback on design ideas and the feasibility of technical solutions. RAD (Rapid Application Development) is a methodology that focuses on starting development asap instead of writing rigorous design specifications. In contrast to the advice from the first post on software prototyping, to never use a prototype in production, RAD does exactly that. That is why we want to take a closer look at it.

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#NoEstimates – Part 2: Get Started

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#NoEstimates is a lean and agile methodology that focuses on the delivery of customer value. To reach this goal it tries to minimize non-value-creating actions like the estimation of implementation effort for User Stories. In the first part we introduced the basic ideas of the methodology. In this part we want to provide some tips on how you can get started with #NoEstimates.

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#NoEstimates – Part 1: Just Another Agile Methodology?

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In the "Lean way of thinking" effort to estimate the implementation time for tasks, user stories or features, is waste, because it doesn't produce value to the customer, it just makes people feel better. Therefore time spent on such activities should be reduced as much as possible. #NoEstimates is an agile methodology that helps you to focus on creating customer value instead of spending time on things that don't create value.

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Testing Docker Infrastructure with Serverspec

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It`s already quite common to describe infrastructure in code with e.g. Puppet or Chef. These days there is another option for that: Docker. Especially for Docker it is important to keep track of the infrastructure’s configuration, because sources for your containers might have changed or vanished. Therefore you should test your infrastructure to ensure that it is as expected. Serverspec offers you the ability to do exactly that.

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Requirements Engineering – Part 2

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Finding out about all requirements of a product and ensuring their implementation is the key to a happy customer and to satisfied stakeholders. Therefore it is advisable to invest enough time into investigating and finding out about requirements. In the first post about requirements engineering we introduced the "Requirements Traceability Matrix" that allows you to keep track of your requirements. To fill this list with content we now want to take a closer look at possible sources and the classification of requirements.

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How to Keep Track of Requirements

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Whenever you start a project, the first step is to find out the initial requirements. Sometimes there is already a detailed functional concept, sometimes there is just a vague idea. The important thing is that the requirements are explicit so that the final product will be able to meet them. If requirements are vague it's hard to be sure that they are being met.

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SCM-Manager Plugins Part 10: Script

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If you want to automate activities or execute infrequent tasks, you can use the scm-script-plugin. It allows you to write and execute scripts for SCM-Manager in Groovy and ECMAScript. Scripts require less overhead than plugins, but their performance can be weaker.

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Software Prototyping

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Prototyping is a great way to get an impression of how a product or idea could look like. In manufacturing you can use e.g. 3D printers to create prototypes. In software development you still have to code but you can apply different principles compared to developing a "real" product. We want to give a short introduction into software prototyping, because it can help you to develop better software, faster.

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