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Comment Re:To Stop History Repeating Itself (Score 1) 535

The EU shouldn't take any punitive measures. Those will only give the leavers an excuse for why things are going badly. "we were right, but we're being boycotted by the nasty EU".

Although in the end it doesn't matter much since we've seen how little facts matter anyway. It'll be the EU's fault anyway...

Comment Re: Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

Ah well.. I just remember another thing that happened first on iOS before Android.. tethering. iOS had it in 3.0 mid 2009, Android got it in 2.2, mid 2010.

Huh? I've had tethering on my Android when iOS still had to be jail breaked to get tethering. That was the most importing feature my Apple friends were jealous about.

Comment Re:Why bother (Score 1) 163

because of Oracle...

In many organisations for whatever reason the choice is often limited to MS-SQL and Oracle. Also many applications you can buy support MS SQL or Oracle.
In corporate dollars, running it on Linux can be a lot cheaper. The license costs are not so much the issue. If you have a good Unix team, maintenance costs per server can be a lot cheaper.
And if OS is not a factor, MS SQL vs Oracle can be very tempting. Technically Oracle may be ahead, but their license schemes would make Tony Soprana blush. If you don't need the extra Oracles features, MS SQL can be a very tempting proposition. Lot's of companies would love to leave Oracle because of their license thuggery. Lot's of them don't even run Oracle on virtualised servers due to the stupid licenses.

This means that MS SQL can be a much stronger competitor to Oracle, and that can mean this can be a major cash cow. To me, regardless of good press with the open source fans, MS choice to port MS SQL to Linux may financially be a very smart choice. They may loose a few MS Server licenses, but might end up with selling a lot of MS SQL licenses.

Comment Verification and validation (Score 3, Informative) 77

First of all, thank you Linkedin for open sourcing this! Always good to share.

First, three hours is not enough time to conduct any manual testing steps, so holding ourselves to this constraint ensures we won’t revert to using manual validation to certify our releases.

I've been in testing for some time and have been taught to make a distinction between verification and validation.
Verification is checking if the software works according to specs. Validation means: does it actually work for us. By defintion that means that you can automate verification but not validation.
Is that just semantics? Not for testers. In the test community there currently is a big debate going on checking vs testing.
See i.e. Michael Boltons blog. . Checking can be done automated. Real validation in my opinion can not.

What I am curious about is the 'to production each three hours' That sounds great, but although I don't use a linkedin app on my phone, I am still pretty sure users don't get their app update three times a day.. With such rapid deployment, I suspect it takes multiple deploments before it adds up to a significant increase in usable functionality.

Many small releases means in general that mistakes are also small and quickly fixed. I am actually in favour of them. But it is not a full garantuee that one of these small releases will not break something badly that would have been found by even a limited manual test. The chance that that happens may be much lower with small releases but it still exists and the impact is still high.

Automated tests can perform a huge amount of checks quickly. Humans can't beat that. But they can also overlook the blatanly obvious. I would hope they would have manual testing at least prior to releasing new functionality. To find these things, but also to do some validation by the definition above.
Else I suspect it may work well for them for quite some time but it may bite them badly at one point as well.

 

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