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How to deploy software automatically over SSH?

I am dealing with a distributed application which is going to mange a network of Linux-based servers spread among different places. Having the SSH credentials (as the most supported connection ...
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Is there any logical reason to auto-generate code documentation? [closed]

Automatic documentation generation can be done with a variety of tools, GhostDoc being one of the more prominent. However, by definition, everything it generates is redundant. It takes a look at ...
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How do I test my code in Python other than by doing it by hand?

I am used to user testing in Java, and I also manually test each section of code I write, but now, I want to automate it. There is no GUI for this project, so user testing is not required and I can ...
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What's a good way to make sure that locally serialized data can be deserialized in newer code?

Context: I'm working on an HTML 5 game without persisted state. Every time you refresh the page, you start at the beginning. People are requesting that they can start where they left off if they ...
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Automatically analyze excel files

I have to replicate a manual generation of a large number of excel files. I started to manually track the relations between cells ( files, formulas, etc). I also had a talk with the person which ...
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How to distribute, one virtual token to each person in this world, and make sure nobody gets more than one? [closed]

How to distribute, one virtual token to each person in this world, and make sure nobody gets more than one? In other words, how to prevent a user from creating more than one user account in a site? ...
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Automated GUI tests take too long because of doing same steps before the “main test action” can proceed

We are developing a desktop application and I am responsible for GUI testing. Currently we have around 500 tests which take 8 hours to complete. The tests are testing almost every button/menu/field ...
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How can you estimate time for tasks which primarily consist of figuring out a problem?

While it is relatively possible for an experienced developer to estimate how long it will take to implement code when the pattern and problem the code is solving is well understood, how can you make a ...
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How to Deal With The “Automation is Easy” Mindset?

The title says it all. Some employees in our company believe that automated tests are "easy" and that it "should take a day" to write suites of COM and UI tests. What can be done to counter this? ...
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Does the method of adjustment matter, or just the final calibration?

A company produces software (and hardware) that is used to both perform automatic adjustments on electronic test equipment as well as perform calibrations of the same equipment. The results of the ...
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SBCL development on Windows, including CFFI

I have been asked to automate the operation of a Windows (WinForms) application, performing some fairly complicated statistical analysis along the way. My first thought was the usual suspects: .NET, ...
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Continuous integration and modifying existing UI automation tests

Our team is currently facing a situation where we are changing a feature that is in the product today. This feature has Selenium automation tests associated with it. We are performing a fairly major ...
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Mapping variable inputs to user interface elements

Background Developing a system for creating eBooks. The data is highly normalized. The eBook designs are packaged as "themes." The themes can be configured with options for: fonts, colours, some ...
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Automating database deployment using a CMS

My team are developing Umbraco websites and looking to improve the automation of our database deployment. Currently we have automated builds and deployments of our source code using Kiln and Team ...
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Create an automated program to check a site every day [closed]

Is it possible to create an automated program that will visit a web page every day? I'd like to make it run in the background (preferably non-visibly) when my computer loads and I have internet ...
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When to bail on a proposed solution?

Here's a *hypothetical* issue. There is a performance issue in the current release. Its difficult to find the cause of this issue because the performance tests haven't been run in roughly 10+ ...
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Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”? [closed]

I am a DBA fledgling with a lot of experience in programming. I have developed several CLI, non interactive apps that solve some daily repetitive tasks or eliminate the human error from more complex ...
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How can I maintain a SQL schema upgrade that goes out to our users on a regular basis?

I work on a project that uses a SQL database as a back end, and a desktop app as a front end. We do releases on a regular basis, and as part of a release, our client needs to update their SQL server. ...
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UI (Specifically FLEX) automation testing

I was wondering whether the community utilizes automation tests to the extent of UI? Is there some common best practices for testing UI? Also - the product I'm working on is flex-based. I would love ...
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How can you provide a public writeable API and not get spammed?

So say you had a site like StackExchange. Now imagine you created a machine-writeable API capable of posting questions and comments and doing everything your browser can do. Of course, about 5 ...
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Automation Approaches: Events/Triggers/Cron [closed]

It has been my experience, when building websites, that most of the logic of a system is executed when user input is accepted, be it via POSTs, GETs etc. I would like to know what processes or ...
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How to identify (business) processes for automation?

I recently started at a company and am working on statistical data analysis and data handling (market research). A lot of my tasks were previously done entirely by hand, so I created a few tools to ...
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Using a “dead man's switch” to manage time-sensitive code

In our software environment, we often run a/b tests, as is probably good practice. However, our environment is set up such that, in very short order, the code starts to become very crufty with dead ...
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How to create an auto-grader in and for Python

I'm trying to create an auto-grader for one of my beginning programming courses for python. From my online search, I've come to know that it is effectively a unit test framework that tests the ...
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Acceptance tests for large multi-step online form

I have to extend/fix a large online form written by other developer. There is a lot of code, mixing PHP and JS. It's kind of write-only style of coding and I want to redo it completely, but currently ...
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What is development automation?

When someone refers to "Development Automation", what is it exactly? What are some frameworks for development automation? My boss asked me to develop a strategy for implementing such in the company ...
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What are the downsides of leaving automation tags in production code?

I've been setting up debug tags for automated testing of a GWT-based web application. This involves turning on custom debug id tags/attributes for elements in the source of the app. It's a non-trivial ...
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Automated deployment/installation of development tools [closed]

My team is looking to automate installation/deployment of all of our development tools. The main driver for this is to ensure that everyone in the team has a consistent development environment setup ...
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How to get started with this project?

I recently finished my C++ programming class, and I'll start school in september. There is a limited online Parking spot registration and it always gets filled very quickly. I would like to create a ...
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What software models are appropriate for daily builds and continuous integration?

On reading the joel test and about daily builds, a discussion with a few tech-lead friends of mine in various companies revealed that they never did daily builds or continuous integration because ...
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How do I go from “here's the zip” to a good release strategy?

I can write code, resolve dependencies, and get my program to run on my computer; I have no idea where to go from here though. How do I get the software ready for distribution? The school ...
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Design pattern for an automated mechanical test bench

Background I have a test fixture with a number of communication/data acquisition devices on it that is used as an end of line test for a product. Because of all the various sensors used in the ...
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Automatically delete files after they expire

I've got this idea for some time and I was wondering if anyone has seen such a feature/app in any operating system and if you haven't, what do you think about it. Where do you think I should begin? ...
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What does “automating a use case” mean and what are the tools to do it?

What does 'automating a use case 'means and how does the tools that automate helps with that? whats makes automation good to do and does it holds any significance for web developement.
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User input and automated input separation

I have a MySQL database and an automation script which modifies the data inside once a day. And these columns may have changed by an user manually. What is the best approach to make the system only ...
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Website Country Detection

I have a web crawler, and I'm looking for hints that will help me automatically detect a website country of origin. And by country of origin I generally mean the country the website is targeting. For ...
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Can I use Ruby to automate everything?

I face various types of applications (web-based, GUI-based, command-line, etc.) on various platforms (Windows, Linux, etc.) to operate everyday. There is a great opportunity for me to automate tasks ...
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What does “automated build” mean?

I'm trying to add Continuous Integration to a project. According to Wikipedia, one major piece of CI is automated builds. However, I'm confused about what, exactly, that means, as the CI and build ...
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Why would you create a deployment script in PowerShell when you have TFS?

I'm experimenting with automatic deployment / continuous integration and had a talk with my team lead. I told him I'm investigating creating build/deployment scripts in PowerShell and he said ...
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Automated web tests depending on developer code

When QAs write automated selenium tests to test a multi-layered website (e.g. testing a web app which is on mvs design, spring and database) should the tests make use of existing classes and ...
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What are the disadvantages of automated testing?

There are a number of questions on this site that give plenty of information about the benefits that can be gained from automated testing. But I didn't see anything that represented the other side of ...
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Software testing automation documentation

What document types could be used when describing software testing automation (on any phase, automation planning, test design, implementation, reporting)? Is there any standard types of documents? If ...
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Storing passwords for usage in scripts

There are few situations that require users to provide their password while automating things during development process. Site deployment is only one of the common situations. Creating dmg files under ...
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Which tool to use for creating application releases?

I'm wondering what others use as a tool for creating the final package to hand over to the customer. For now, these are the tasks it should perform for our company: build a set of VS projects ...
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1-click software release

I am rewriting a vb6 installer into NSIS. One of my priorities is to compile-to-release in the least number of steps possible; ideally, a one click process, in which all needed files are included, ...
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Branching an application setup/installer across versions?

I am wondering whether I should branch our installer script/project-file (we use InnoSetup) with each application release or whether I should keep one in installer script that generates the setup for ...
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What can I use to generate API documentation with my custom formatting?

I want to automatically generate documentation for a java project, but I'd like to have my own custom styling for it. As an example, take the stackoverflow api (method description page), can that be ...
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Build management: does this exist?

I want something that I haven't so far been able to find in anything but theoretical papers and books. If it doesn't exist I'm rather dumbfounded because it sounds like a lot of people use these ...
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Using automated bdd-gui-tests to keep user-documentation-screenshots up do date?

Are there developpers out there, who (ab)use the CaptureScreenshot() function of their automated gui-tests to also create uptodate-screenshots for the userdocumentation? Background: Whithin the ...
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What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool?

What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool, and how would it be used? Examples would be a plus, but please don't turn this into a list. What are the key factors that should be evaluated when ...