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Anyone that's managing an enterprise IT with aging or outdated client/server systems is starting to feel the heat. Soon, their systems and applications will be obsolete and unsupported. At the same time, the industry as whole is seeking the fastest gateway to the latest .NET, HTML5 and mobile deployments including SaaS models. Right about now, there will be a knock on your door with team members offering their advice as to what you should do to ‘keep up' with the latest trends and supported architectures. Here are three of the buzzwords they will have probably used, and what they actually mean. Rewrite: While the end result will be a bespoke and modern application, it's a lengthy, costly and risky path using one of the new unproven web frameworks. Technical migration: Sounds great, sure, but where are those automatic tools that will take your legacy client/server ap... (more)

The Severity of Software Bugs: Are We Doomed?

Everyone hates software bugs - developers hate them in their code and consumers hate them in their products. Here are some facts about software bugs: · The US economy loses over $60 billion annually – the size of Puerto Rico’s GDP – fixing software bugs · To fix a bug during QA costs more than 7 times the amount to fix during developer coding (according to IEEE Computer, January 2001) · Waterfall software development model was introduced in the 1970 as a way to minimize bugs, but the author himself noted it as being a flawed, non-working model · The way we’ve been preventing bu... (more)

Independent software vendor cuts development budget for internal timecard application by 66% using Visual WebGui

When Embedded Resource Group (ERG), an engineering contract, consulting and full-time placement corporation headquartered in the heart of the Silicon Valley, sought to create a new system for submitting on-line timecards for employees, it’s search successfully led to an implementation with Visual WebGui that cut costs and offered additional benefits. Embedded Resource Group had built an ASP.NET website for its hourly contractors and employees to submit online timecards, supplemented by an internal WinForms application that enabled the administrator to utilize the timecard data... (more)

A Second Chance for Desktop Developers

As the years pass, the world is replete with solutions for men and women - on a personal level.  Rogaine, Botox, and the host of other solutions for making us younger.  But unfortunately for the professionals in the technology world, as new technologies are introduced there’s no quick fix Viagra-type of solution for developers needing new skills for web and cloud development. To start with, an average Ajax Web application would require the mastering of over 5 new languages and at least 4 new technologies, not to speak of the development management of a multi-tier architecture.  T... (more)

How to Start Unit Testing .NET Projects

This article was written by Gil Zilberfeld, Product Manager, Typemock. The first tool you need is a testing framework. You have a couple of choices there. If you are using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional or above, you already have the Microsoft unit testing framework installed. The framework comes also with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System. You may also decide to go with one of the open source frameworks: NUnit, MbUnit (now part of theGallio project) or xUnit. There are minor differences between the different frameworks, but the main features are the same. Howev... (more)