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GitLab Data Loss Incident Prompts a Review of its Restore Processes

A short outage this week on the GitLab hosted code service struck a combination of fear and sympathy across the tech community and offered a sharp reminder of the importance of testing your backups again and again (and again). On Tuesday, a GitLab administrator had accidentally erased a directory...
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From Food to Sofas: How Open Source is Changing the World Beyond Software

The term open source software has existed since 1998. Before that, the only people who spoke about open source were in the intelligence community, where open source was a specialist term that referred to publicly available intelligence information. This usage played a role in inspiring the...
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Agile Is More Than Scrum

Most people use the terms Agile and Scrum interchangeably. It’s often not even clear what the difference is. So, last week during our Jakarta Scrum meetup (organized at Happy Fresh), we decided to find out. We did a group study on some different Agile concepts: Kanban, Lean and Lean startup, XP,...
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How The Linux Foundation Goes Beyond the Operating System to Create the Largest Shared Resource of Open-Source Technology

Mark Hinkle relied on open-source products, such as Linux, Sendmail, and Apache, to build out the infrastructure for the ISP and hosting provider he worked for in the mid-1990s. “That’s what really got me fascinated by the fact that people were working on solutions and sharing changes that...
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Automation Is the Key for Agile API Documentation

The very idea of documentation often invokes yawns followed by images of old-school, top-down Waterfall project management. Documentation is often seen an albatross to an agile project management process built with rapid iterations, learning from customers, and pivoting. Yet, particularly with the ...
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How to Build Powerful and Productive Online Communities

We have all witnessed the significant shifts in technology in recent years. An application economy has formed, microservices and the cloud allow us to build large-scale systems, and virtual reality, augmented reality, health monitoring, and others are changing how we live, work, and play. At the...
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3 Highly Effective Strategies for Managing Test Data

Think back to the first automated test you wrote. If your like most testing professionals, you probably used an existing user and password and then wrote verification points using data already in the system.  Then you ran the test. If it passed, it was because the data in the system was the same as...
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12 Signs You’re Working in a Feature Factory

I’ve used the term Feature Factory at a couple conference talks over the past two years. I started using the term when a software developer friend complained that he was “just sitting in the factory, cranking out features, and sending them down the line.” How do you know if you’re working in a...
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Apple Is Doubling Down on Open Source

Apple has been getting religion on open source, but more than code the industry needs its voice.   Apple may be the most secretive tech company on the planet, but it's finally starting to open up to open source. While the company has yet to issue its own open source report card, Google style, an...
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Agile, DevOps and the Algorithmic Enterprise

The next big trends for technology leaders today are Agile, DevOps, and becoming data-driven 'algorithmic enterprises'. That's the opinion of Mike Mason, technology activist and adviser to the CTO at ThoughtWorks. Speaking to Computing recently, Mason explained that an effective data strategy is...
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