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I'm a Software Developer who just loves to code, even when not working I'm always playing with the newest technologies and learning.

I've previously been a Source Control Administrator (damn you ClearCase!), a mobile developer (damn you BlackBerry!) and have done extra-curricular consultancy work which has taken me into Virtual Basic, Google Web Toolkit and all sorts of things...


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answered How to inspire an intern with programming?
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
Superb suggestion about the versions of the schema! This is exactly the sort of thing I'd be keen on.
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
Smells to me like you have a better perspective on the full cycle, rather than a through-and-through developer :)
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
I agree that procedure and policy have their place, but people can make mistakes. Several people can make mistakes. Assumptions are made, assurances are given without full knowledge of the situation etc. Is there not room for a technical solution within the code that checks assumptions about configuration are correct - allowing the users / operators of the solution to move on and focus on the more corner case possibilities for a problem?
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awarded  Commentator
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
@Telastyn Don't you think most of these cons - other than the security concern - can be applied to unit tests?
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
An interesting suggestion @FrustratedWithFormsDesigner and it's one I'll look into. My only problem with that is it's an external application - but if it's looking at internal logs, then it might be good enough.
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awarded  Yearling
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
"And really, how are the post-deploy checks going to save your system once you've broken it?" Heh, a good point :) But it's more that you can confirm that things have gone well before you start allowing users onto the system.
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
So humor me. Why is it totally outside the realms of possibility that you'd like, as a developer, to allow your testers to confirm the status of an application before they start functionally testing? Or to allow your support staff to check quickly that the system is functioning as expected? We already create Unit Tests to improve the faith a developer has in his application - why can't we extend that so that our users (internal or external) can have the same faith?
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
I was hoping for a more technical solution than a people-learning solution :S
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awarded  Student
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
I'll say hypothetical...
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awarded  Editor
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comment Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
@RobertHarvey I've added an example to perhaps help with what I'm trying to ask in my question.
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revised Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
modified to make it a bit more "programming-y"
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asked Is there much thought towards internal diagnosis testing within an enterprise application?
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answered How do I review my own code?
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awarded  Critic
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comment How can we reduce downtime at the end of an iteration?
Because believe me, when the sprints require you work late - you'll work late :)