Speaking at DevWeek 2010

Two talks about improving software

A quick note to say that I'll be presenting two talks at DevWeek 2010, which is taking place at the Barbican in London next year. Both talks have an underlying theme of improving software quality...

1. Improving quality with an automated build process

This session will look at the development processes in use for an ASP.NET application where quality and consistency have a direct effect on the reputation of the organisation. We'll look at: Subversion and our use of code branches to manage release complexity; Visual Studio and the add-ins we use on a daily basis; NUnit and our strategies for achieving over 90% code coverage through a combination of automated unit, integration and load testing; NAnt and how it allows us to build, test and release code from any of our development branches in an automated and repeatable way; CruiseControl.NET and how it performs continuous integration and testing on all of our development branches.

2. A developer's guide to load testing

Load testing is an often forgotten and seemingly difficult task that many people shy away from doing. It doesn't have to be this way though, with a basic level of load testing often enough to give you confidence that you've satisfied your performance and scalability requirements. This session will look at load testing a website from a developer's perspective. We'll look at the difference between load testing, stress testing and soak testing along with a hands-on demonstration of an open source load testing tool that you can use to get started. If you're building websites in Java, .NET, PHP or indeed any other programming language, this session will show you how easy it is to load test your website.

The latter is a much extended version of the load testing session I presented at Skills Matter earlier this year, where we'll actually go through creating a full load test script with Apache JMeter as well as looking at some of the problems associated with measuring latency when load testing. As always, DevWeek looks to be an excellent conference.

About the author

Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown ... see simonbrown.je for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.

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