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Testing In Production - 03/11/18

There’s a good chance you have some kinds of tests for your code. You probably have some unit tests and you may have higher level integration tests. Maybe your integration tests are written in something like cucumber or a record/replay test automation tool. Now, the hard question, do you run these tests against production? Most folks I talk to don’t. They think of testing as something that happens in pre-production environments. If you have a QA/test team working on your project you may even think of testing as something that delays the push from development to production. As a former tester, I’d like to propose that you run at least some of your tests against production. read more »

The Dreaded Whiteboard - 02/26/18

I noticed that people had a lot of assumptions about what a made a whiteboard answer good. Most of those assumptions were not things that I and others I know look for in whiteboard interviews. So I decided to share what I’m looking for in a whiteboard interview. read more »

Auntie Aja on Abstracts: You Can Do Better - 01/25/18

Auntie Aja is back. This time I want to talk a bit about conference session proposals. It is CFP season. I’m busy submitting talk proposals to events I want to attend. My coworkers and friends are doing the same. Like many folks, I’m asking coworkers and friends to review my abstracts to make sure I’m not missing anything important. I’m also advising people who don’t submit to events very often on how to improve the chances that their submission will be accepted. Today I’ll cover some of the issues I see over and over. read more »

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Recent Talks

ConFoo Vancouver 2017 - 12/03/17

Syntax Isn’t Everything: NLP For Rubyists

Ruby Conf 2017 - 11/14/17

4 Programming Paradigms in 45 Minutes

Rails Conf 2017 - 04/26/17

Syntax Isn’t Everything: NLP For Rubyists

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