Building a Node.js REST Microservice: Part Three

Introduction This is the third part in a series of tutorials focused on the process of creating, deploying, and consuming a Node.js REST microservices. In part one, I walked through the initial creation process and laid out the path forward. In part two, I connected the Node.js app to a database, and updated the routes […]

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Hiring for Agile Team Members

One of my colleagues recently asked me how I interview people who have agile experience listed on their resume. I gave him some pointers, and it got me started thinking, “How do I interview for Agile experience?”. So building on the thoughts I gave him here is what I do. I start by looking at […]

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Building a Node.js REST Microservice: Part Two
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Introduction This is the second part of a series of tutorials focused on the process of creating, deploying, and consuming a Node.js REST microservice. In part one of this series, I walked through the initial creation process. I demonstrated how to leverage Node.js and just a few modules to create a functioning REST microservice. While […]

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Building a Node.js REST Microservice: Part One
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Introduction This is the first in a planned series of tutorials walking through the process of creating, deploying, and consuming a Node.js REST microservice. In this post, I will demonstrate the initial setup and creation of the microservice and its routes. By leveraging just a few Node.js modules, you will quickly have a functional REST […]

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6 Signs Your Agile Project Isn’t Really Agile

More and more organizations are adopting agile software development processes and practices. But in many cases, these organizations have declared they are agile without actually changing how they develop software. Declaring that an apple is an orange doesn’t make it so. These six key indicators can help you determine whether your agile project isn’t really […]

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Setting Up My Home Lab For Ethical Hacking

In this tutorial, I will explain how I was able to set up my “home lab” or cluster of virtual machines for ethical hacking purposes. For this tutorial I will be using Oracle Virtual Box to set up my “home lab”, I will be attacking from a Kali Linux vm, and my target vm will […]

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Is Behavior-Driven Development Right for Your Team?
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If you are currently applying agile principles and run into situations where the team’s outcome occasionally deviates from the business needs, you might consider applying Behavior-Driven-Development (BDD). BDD is a mechanism for fostering collaboration and discovery through examples. – Dan North BDD is a way to “shift left” the validation of the work, ensuring it […]

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An Example TDD Session

I’ve arrived at work and gotten myself a coffee. I’m feeling pretty wakeful and eager to get started for the day. I walk over to the corkboard to check what work is needed to be done. I am sort of feeling in the mood to do something on the smaller side, so I look for […]

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Building Confidence in Your Automation

I recently had the pleasure of doing a webinar with Jeff Payne on test automation. In it, I rehashed some of the points from my Keynote out at STARWEST, but mainly we got to have a wonderful discussion on some key talking points. Despite what some people thought, none of these questions were pre-planned or […]

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Picking the Right Branch-Merge Strategy

To succeed with distributed rapid development, a branch-merge strategy is key. A good strategy facilitates processes among multiple developers or teams and is the basis for any well-functioning DevOps pipeline that uses continuous integration (CI). While there are many ways to implement CI and DevOps without a branch-merge strategy, most mature organizations use them to […]

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