SQM Software Scramble: A New Hope
Collaborate | Posted October 19, 2012

A long time ago in a blogosphere far, far away, developers and testers were desperately searching for useful and entertaining blog posts to get them through their Friday afternoon. And up until now, we've been limiting you to a lowly 5 Software Development Stories that blah blah blah. But why? We aren't quite sure, it just seemed like a good number. So, just as Lord Vader did to Ben Kenobi, we are striking down the old Software Quality Mashup. Well, sort of.

                             Photo credit: Lucasfilm


Really, we just want to be more flexible so we can open up a whole new galaxy of informative (and sometimes just plain funny) resources. No more limiting you to five links. Instead, we're going to share as many useful resources as we can find; it could be four, it could be nine. I know, it's anarchy, but stick with me. Soon, this bi-weekly post shall become more useful than you can possibly imagine!

Now, ladies and gentlemen, wookies and dewbacks, I present to you *drumroll, please* the new and improved... Software Scramble! Okay, the name is a little lame, we're going to point you to so many useful articles, graphics, forums, tools and online events that you'll forget all about how the name makes you oddly crave breakfast with a side of bacon. 


First off, we've got this great infographic that gives a comparison of the three major Cloud providers: Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and Microsoft SkyDrive. The graphic breaks down the different components of each provider, and should be useful in helping you decide which one best suits your needs.


In this post, codepo8 gives a demo on using data-* attributes to store extra information in HTML elements without polluting the class name or using a non-semantic element. Using invisible energy to influence visual code? The force is strong with this one!


Here we have a great discussion on an Agile-minded LinkedIn group about what the definition of "done" really is. This can be a huge issue, so feel free to browse the responses or give your own input!


Next, we've got this post by @mombrea about debugging AJAX issues in Internet Explorer. It's short, it's sweet, and it could end up saving you a lot of headaches.


Now is the time to get out a pen and paper. Even if you're already doing Scrum, there are always improvements that can be made, and who better to learn from than the best in the business? In these two videos, @jeffsutherland compares and contrasts Scrum styles of Microsoft and Facebook. For a glimpse into how we do it at SmartBear, check out this short video of Scrum Master Ulrika Park providing her own insight into how she applies Agile methods at SmartBear-Sweden.



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Have a good weekend!


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