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Visual Studio, Git, Jira and Jenkins – a headache or joy?
12. December, 2012  |   Pedja Bihor

Hello everyone, I am really excited about writing this, because its truly been a while since my last time. As I am completely new to Jenkins, Jira and Git I must apologize for the eventual lack of details on setup/installation on these systems as I am sure that many of you will have more experience than me on this. Worry not though, I promise to put in good links on instructions for how to do this :)

Like the name implies, we will look at how a development environment supporting CI and TDD can be created using open source tools such as Git, Jira and Jenkins together with Visual Studio. I am personally used to working with TFS, which means having about everything I need in one place – my IDE.

By saying “almost everything” I am pointing to functionality such as viewing tasks related to myself as well as creating new and updating them, viewing current sprint status, creating custom builds as well as doing full CI cycles, checking in / out as well as merging / branching code, viewing history of code / comparing as well as having full traceability to sprint/tasks/changesets when I checkin and the best of all – no context switching, its all integrated in the IDE (Visual Studio)!

Now, I do like this approach because of several reasons

  • it helps me stay focused at my work by reducing context switching
  • it supports my way of developing by dispatching builds every time I checkin which in turn executes my tests, this makes some kind of assurance that checked in code is sensible
  • it offers me easy overview on how the current sprint is doing
  • it offers easy overview for my project manager as well as customer(s) at how the work is progressing

In this article, I am assuming that you have basic knowledge of Git, and Jira as well as using Visual Studio.

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Practical use of SoaML
7. December, 2012  |   Odd Christian Landmark

UML (Unified Modeling Language) is a well established standard for modeling requirements, software components, databases etc. SoaML (Service oriented architecture Modeling Language), as an extension to UML, has been here for a while as well, but it hasn’t got the attention of IT architects in the way it maybe should have. Before an enterprise architect, business architect or solution architect starts to use a modeling language, he or she needs to see practical use of it in actual models, that gives some kind of value into the development life cycle. The video below tries to capture the essence of practical use of SoaML, focusing on services, and what a service is, at different stages.

Enterprise architecture and services
25. April, 2012  |   Odd Christian Landmark

How can Enterprise Architecture be used to improve service reuse in a Service Oriented Architecture? It is about finding the right granularity of the services, and lifting the focus from the primitive services towards processes and common information concepts.

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Adding JUnit support for webMethods integration server
25. February, 2012  |   Christian Nedregård

greenbird has created a simple JUnit-based framework to enable effortless and comprehensive unit- and functional testing of webMethods Integration Server Flow elements.

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First impression of Windows Azure Service Bus EAI & EDI Mapper, December 2011 CTP
25. February, 2012  |   Omar Slomic

First of all, I’m a BizTalk developer so I will review Azure Service Bus EAI & EDI Mapper from a BizTalk developer’s perspective. As a start it is important to mention that Azure Service Bus EAI & EDI came out in December 2011 for the first time. It is still in its early phase and it offers some EAI-possibilities by offering an orchestration-like designer and endpoint integration through WCF LOB Adapters. For those who have never heard of WCF LOB adapters, it is an adapter pack that ships with BizTalk Server 2010 installation media offering adapters for SAP, Siebel, etc. Now let’s go back to the new Mapper and take a peak on what it looks like.

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