There are times that I really hate Internet Explorer

I’m working on putting some band-aid fixes into an application supplied to work by an outside vendor. For various reasons, I can’t say who, which I really think is a shame, but…

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Fun with graphs – metrics for CruiseControl builds

Update: Woo-hoo… I got the second graph working the way I want. Check out the demo page linked below.

I’ve been playing with XPlanner recently, and I was impressed by the graphs that it could produce. So I knocked up something similar (using the same technology) for CruiseControl.

‘ve been playing with XPlanner recently, and I was impressed by the graphs that it could produce. So I knocked up something similar (using the same technology) for CruiseControl.

You can find a snapshot of it at http://www.users.on.net/robertdw/demo/demo.html… the data behind the two graphs is real, BTW (the reason there were so many broken builds at the start is because it was a brand new project, and the builds didn’t pass until there was something to compile), so this isn’t a fake in any way.

The two graphs I have got up are a pie chart showing proportion of good vs bad, and a time-chart showing number of good/bad builds each day. (What I want to do in the end is have the Y axis of the time chart be the time of day of the builds, so we see when builds of both types cluster, and how long they take to fix)

Obviously for the real thing, I would polish it up and place it in as another tab on the reporting web page. Once I’ve done playing (in a couple of days, maybe a week), I will be committing the result. However, I’d love feedback, and although I’ve sent a letter to the CruiseControl devel list, I thought I’d post this here as well to see what people think.

So… thoughts and feedback anyone? Suggestions? To quote Dr Crane: “I’m listening”. Drop a comment in or send me a letter.

When offshoring can work

I can’t believe I’m writing about this, but here goes…

Offshoring is part of a continuing trend of economic displacement. In its current form, it’s been going since about the mid ’70s, when cheap bulk transportation (ocean-going cargo ships) combined with an increase in industrialisation in undeveloped countries (specifically: Japan and Taiwan at the time) started to result in manufacturing jobs heading to cheaper countries. This trend continued, and now the vast bulk of manufacturing work occurs along the Asian Pacific Rim (though I’d expect Africa to pick up if the political situation there ever stabilises).

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Adding unit tests to a J2EE application

I got asked a very simple question today: how do you go about adding unit tests to an already existing J2EE app? In particular, so you can test your logic standalone, without needing to go through a deployment cycle and test it in the server?

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