Java One was Cloud Crazy

I went to Java One last week and was a bit surprised by the amount of cloud chatter. I expected to hear a lot about Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy on stage together. I expected melancholy predictions that this would be the last Java One. I did not expect to...

The “last mile” – It often seems like 10

[This is a guest post from an Electric Cloud technology partner: Daniel Nelson, VP of Products at Phurnace Software (www.phurnace.com)] In the software development lifecycle the results need to ultimately get out into production.  The application must make it onto the server, the server needs to be configured and all...

JavaOne 2009

Planning to head to JavaOne this week?  Stop by our booth in the Expo Hall and say hello.  We'll have product experts on hand to show you our latest and greatest solutions for Java development.  Come see us at booth #304. http://java.sun.com/javaone/...

Annocat: e pluribus unum

ElectricAccelerator annotation files are a fantastic way to get a grip on your build behavior and performance, but what if your Build (capital B) spans more than one invocation of emake? Annotation gives you a good look inside any single invocation, but there's no way to get an overview of...

Just a minute!

Efficiency sure is popular, especially in the business of software development. NetApp would like to help you track storage efficiency. Nokia Siemens Networks hopes you're thinking about network efficiency And Cisco points out that energy efficiency should be at the top of your cost-cutting strategy list.  Infrastructure vendors are on...

Delta: the coolest tool you’ve never heard of

One of the challenges that any developer faces is finding a small test case that reproduces a defect reported by users. That's often easier said than done: when the defect originally shows up during parsing of a makefile consisting of 20,000 lines of nested calls to $(eval), separating the interesting...

Enabling Agile Software Development

Agile is great.  It seems that everyone is either adopting or talking about it (of course many of those will probably be perpetually adopting and talking).  However not everyone is succeeding with Agile.  One reason is that in order for Agile to work well you need highly experienced developers that...

Using ElectricCommander to Parallelize Build and Test Processes

When we talk about parallel builds at Electric Cloud, we're most likely to be talking about ElectricAccelerator, which does an awesome job of speeding up builds automatically, giving 10-20x speedups on a regular basis. We sometimes forget to mention that ElectricCommander can also be used to parallelize build processes, with...

Makefile performance: pattern-specific variables

If you've been using GNU make for some time, you are probably familiar with both pattern rules and target-specific variables. You may even be familiar with the intersection of these features: pattern-specific variables. But you may not be aware of a subtle change in gmake 3.81 which affects the processing...

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