Being Prepared

It happens every once in a while. I waltz into the classroom looking forward to a new lesson and suddenly realize that today is the final exam. Everything I should have been preparing for is finally due. And I haven’t done anything — no flash cards, no notes, no readings, no late night, caffeine-infested sessions…

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Failing Fast

Raise your hand if you have seen this before in your development or production error logs.

As you might have guessed, this is informing us that we are calling a method or property on an object that is currently null. The stack trace might be able to help us to locate where the error…

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What is Software Quality?

What would you say if I asked you what are the marks of high quality software? Would you have answered, “a really nice/slick/sexy user interface?” Or perhaps you would have said, “absence of known defects or bugs.” Those in the TDD camp might have replied, “thoroughly tested and validated with automation.” Or an architect might…

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Fired Up!

In my last post, I shared with you the reasons why I wanted to start a new blog. However, I forgot to mention that the major impetus for grabbing the qualitysoftwarematters.com domain name came from my participation in a free blogging course provided by John Sonmez of simpleprogrammer.com. If you haven’t heard of him, you…

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Welcome

Welcome to my new blog on quality software matters. This is a new home where I plan to focus on the matter of how to build quality software. Hopefully, each week I will be able to deliver a post on some idea or question I have about the topic. You may be asking yourself, Why…

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New Library for Non-Deterministic Testing

I have currently been working on creating a system-level, feature test for some functionality that our company is developing to allow hospitals and health care providers to request a batch of eligibility requests for patients using a combination of Visual Studio 2012, SpecFlow 1.8 and FluentAssertions. In doing so, I ran into the problem of…

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