Software testing is one of the most important phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The delivery of the end product is based on better design, better coding, better testing, and meeting the requirements. The quality of the product is measured by testing the product based on functional and non-functional requirements with the help of testing tools and techniques. The tools are useful in simulating a real life situation and the user load. For example, testing a web application with more than 1000 user load is a very time consuming and tedious task if we do it manually. But the performance testing tool that comes along with Visual Studio 2010 can simulate this scenario and test it in a very short period of time. Visual Studio 2010 provides additional tools for testing all type of applications and scenarios such as Unit testing, Load Testing, Web testing, Ordered testing, and generic testing.
This article by Satheesh Kumar N and Subashni S, authors of Software Testing using Visual Studio Team System 2010, provides a high level overview on all the testing tools and techniques supported by Visual Studio 2010. This article covers the following topics:
- Testing as part of the software development life cycle
- Types of Testing
- Test Management in Visual Studio 2010
- Testing Tools in Visual Studio 2010
measured by testing the product based on the requirement, using different testing tools and techniques. Even though we test the product with different tools, the real judgement of the product comes from the testing that simulates the real life situation, for example, by simulating the actual number of users, by simulating the load and simulating the actual production environment, and then by measuring the product. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 provides not only the development environment and code maintenance for application but also different testing features such as Unit test, Load test, Web test, Coded tests, and Ordering tests list.
This article by Subashni.S and N Satheesh Kumar, will give us an understanding of the tools in Visual Studio and an overview of the different types of testing supported by Visual Studio.Read Visual Studio 2008 Test Types in full
In this article by Alexandru Serban, let's take a more realistic software development scenario. What I am going to build is a room-reservation system for the newly launched Orbital Hotel. As you well know, this is the very first space building, after the International Space Station, used for tourism, allowing people to enjoy a view of our blue planet and stars from their private rooms. OK, OK, the Orbital Hotel doesn't yet exist, but when it does, it must have a room reservation system anyway. Who knows, it might be this one.Read Visual SourceSafe:Creating a Service-Oriented Application in full
MySQL Workbench is a visual database design tool recently released by MySQL AB. The tool is specifically for designing MySQL database.
MySQL Workbench has many functions and features; this article by Djoni Darmawikarta shows some of them by way of an example. We’ll build a physical data model for an order system where an order can be a sale order or a purchase order, and then, forward-engineer our model into an MySQL database.Read Visual MySQL Database Design in MySQL Workbench in full
ETL (Extract Transform Load) is the most resource consuming part of data warehouse development and maintenance. An ETL tool, particularly one that is GUI-based, can leverage the productivity and quality of ETL development and maintenance.
WebSphere DataStage from IBM is an ETL tool. In DataStage you build and execute ETL jobs visually on its GUI clients. This article by Djoni Darmawikarta shows how to build and execute an ETL job with DataStage. Specifically, we’ll build a job that loads a Customer Dimension table from an input sequential file (implementing an SCD1, Slowly Changing Dimension Type1; a well-known technique from Dimensional Data Warehouse methodology).Read Visual ETL Development With IBM DataStage in full
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a programming language built into Microsoft Office applications. As you improve your skills in any application from the Office System, you will eventually realize that although Microsoft Office applications offer a large number of tools, they do not offer everything you need to perform your daily chores. Such chores may include creating a corporate custom-format, a custom function that calculates commission payments, and so on.
Thus, VBA works as a gap-filler; in other words, its main purpose is to ensure that you can do whatever you need to do in your job.
In this article by Robert Martin, author of Excel Programming with VBA Starter,you will get to know a bit about VBA, its basic features, what you can do with it, and how you can put it to work with a view to facilitating your daily work, by automating common tasks.Read Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in full
This article by Kim Schulz, author of Hacking Vim 7.2, will contain recipes focusing on the following subjects:
- Tips for when you develop Vim scripts
- How to debug a Vim script
- How to use other scripting languages when writing Vim scripts
Many developers new to Django get tripped up on the vocabulary and purpose of different pieces of the system—models, views, generic views, model managers, and so on. With some functions belonging to models and others to views, it can be confusing to know where to put the logic of your applications.
The view is where most of your application logic will be executed. Before we can work with views, however, we need to look at the URL dispatching system to see how a view is matched up with an incoming request. Once we have seen the URL dispatcher and some working views, we'll take a look at some shortcuts Django offers us to accomplish these actions even more quickly.
You can write entire Django sites without using models, but you'd have a hard time doing that without views or generic views.
In this article by Scott Newman, we will:
- Create a sample application to work with
- Learn how the URL dispatcher works and how URLs are matched to views
- Explore the structure of views
- Build views to display a list of content and content detail
- See how to cut down development time with generic views
- Examine when to use regular views instead of generic views
In this article by Will Hacker, the author of the Mobile Prototyping with Axure 7, we will learn about getting our work on the mobile devices. The main reason for creating a prototype is to exercise a design idea to see if it matches the expectations of stakeholders and can be easily used by the people for whom we are designing. If it doesn't, and we fail, that's OK. That's why we make prototypes. Failing fast and learning from that are important parts of iterative design.
In this article we'll look at:
- Publishing prototypes to AxShare
- Creating home screen icons
- Creating app splash pages
In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn the basics of how to do post-processing and perform color correction on your videos, add them on to the sequence editor, cut them, move them along the timeline, mix and blend the video strips, add effects, and finally, control the speed of playback in an individual manner. Read Video Editing in Blender using Video Sequence Editor: Part 1 here.Read Video Editing in Blender using Video Sequence Editor: Part 2 in full
In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn the basics of how to do post-processing and perform color correction on your videos, add them on to the sequence editor, cut them, move them along the timeline, mix and blend the video strips, add effects, and finally, control the speed of playback in an individual manner.Read Video Editing in Blender using Video Sequence Editor: Part 1 in full
In this article by Alex Libby, the author of HTML5 Video How-To, you will learn to convert a video into any of the formats needed for HTML5 Video playback.
In this article, we will cover:
Transcoding video into new HTML5 format
Installing playback support
In this article by Peter Spannagle and Sarah Soward, authors of the book Wordpress and Flash 10x Cookbook, we will cover the following:
- FLV Embed plugin
- Video blogging using WebTV Plugin
- Video blogging using Free WP Tube theme
This article applies primarily to a client/server environment where all the content objects are stored on a central server.
In this two-part article by Dirk Manuel, you will learn how to:
- Check in/out a content object
- Display and Revert to an earlier version history of an object
- Restore a deleted content object
- Export content/Import content-backup file
- Import content from a previous version of UPK or OnDemand
This article by Rahul Pitre, will help you try your hands at writing your own HTML mark up to tweak your site.How to install off-the-shelf components to enhance your website is the next skill you'll learn in this article. You'll install a custom FAQ component because the built-in FAQ page doesn't work as advertised.
In this article you will:
- Add an HTML module to your page.
- Write HTML in the HTML module. Chances are that you don't know a lot about HTML. So, you'll take a crash course on a small subset of HTML that will help you to get started with writing your own markup, if you so desire.
- Perform some common page-building tasks such as embedding flash movies, PayPal buttons, and other such external content in your web pages using the HTML module.
- Download and install an FAQ solution that renders a customized FAQ page.
In this article by Alfonso V. Romero, we'll see some of the Velocity elements used in Roller to display data from your weblog and work with Roller's model and data objects to access your weblog's data from custom templates.
To know more about $model object and $url read Working with Templates in Apache Roller 4.0.Read Velocity Model and Data Objects in Apache Roller in full
In this article by Daniel Langenhan author of the book VMware View Security Essentials, we will cover the following topics in this section:
- Basic of the network
- Network pools
- Types of vCloud network
- IP management
This article by Jayaram Krishnswamy shows how you can develop a VB.NET 2.0 application using the integration features provided by the SQL Anywhere database. The SQL Anywhere tools are directly accessible without going out of the Visual Studio 2.O IDE. The article describes a window application with two examples developed with this easy to use integration interface. SQL Anywhere also provides a DataWindow specifically for .NET but this is not included in this article.Read VB.NET Application with SQL Anywhere 10 database: Part 2 in full