I’m often asked for advice on how to improve a company’s development process. Almost without exception, the advice I provide is the same:
Yesterday, I encountered an analysis issue that appeared to be resolvable with a simple pattern replacement technique.
To support increased responsiveness to business needs, an enterprise is considering a move to monthly site releases.Â
Increased frequency of releases places additional demands upon the engineering, QA and release teams with regard to developing, maintaining, testing, and tracking multiple lines of development.Â The challenge to the enterprise is how to balance the engineering teamâ€™s need for ongoing development, which is often experimental in nature and uncertain in outcome (the â€œwhatâ€), with those of the business whose focus is more schedule-driven, and thus highly dependent upon calendar time (the â€œwhenâ€).
Today Collabnet announced an agreement to purchase SourceForge Enterprise Edition:
Let the consolidation war begin.
I was recently asked to compare Subversion (SVN) to Perforce, and explain why I would choose to implement SVN rather than Perforce as a replacement for an existing CVS installation.
We are preparing to introduce the paid Silver account plans. This will compliment the existing Silver accounts, which will remain free.
Software engineering professionals find me in Google when they’re researching Release Management, and often they will email me questions about how to approach a specific issue or challenge they are facing.
We’re pleased to add another IDE to the list of officially supported direct clients RadRails – [http://www.radrails.org] Radrails is built on the Eclipse tool foundation, and as such, provides the same connectivity as Eclipse itself. Your Freepository Silver Account SVN repository may be accessed in Radrails by simply adding a new SVN Repository in the SVN Repository Exploring perspective. When prompted for the SVN URL, type in your Silver account SVN URL like this: https://svn.freepository.com/[your-account-id] This is the same URL that you will find in your admin menu when you login to Freepository.
If you’re reading this, you probably know that Freepository began offering integrated SVN & Trac accounts on January 1st of this year. We have many, many members, and as a result, the service gets put through numerous use cases every day. Most of these we’ve considered, modeled and designed to or around. Occasionally we encounter a new one.
The next major redesign of the Freepository is in the planning stage now. The focus of this release, tentatively scheduled for early May 2007, is ripping out as much of the legacy CGI as possible and replacing it with asynchronous calls to either the database or the repository server. Ajax? Yeah. But please don’t start shouting web 2.0 or any of the other silly-sexy terms being thrown around by every dime-store startup CEO that walks past.