Articles by Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Ew… you got CSS in my Javascript

The other weekend I test drove a little Javascript library to output CSS style rules from within Javascript. I took the most obvious Javascript-literal approach to get the most out of Javascript support in editors. I called it Csster (“sister”), and it looks like: Csster.style({ h1: { fontSize: 18, color: ‘chartreuse’ } }); All it

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Javascript Testing Talk in Oakland

Next week at EBig Jonah and I are wrapping up our world tour of talking about Javascript testing. March 17th in Oakland: “Recent evolutions in Javascript testing frameworks now allow creating test suites, test-driving development, and running tests on a continuous integration server. This allows us to support more complex Javascript, have confidence in the implementation,

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Test-Driven JavaScript with ScrewUnit and BlueRidge

Jonah and I are taking our presentation about Javascript Testing on the road next Tuesday at 6:30 in Palo Alto, at the SDForum The teaser for it… Recent evolutions in JavaScript testing frameworks now allow creating test suites, test-driving development, and running tests on a continuous integration server. This allows us to support more complex JavaScript,

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Recipe for 5 Whys with an Agile Software Team

5 Whys is a great way to get at the root of quality problems. On my last three projects, when I felt like code quality was dropping, I ran a “5 Whys” session. I have found it adds variety, solves a very specific problem, and plugs right in as an alternative to an agile reflection.

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Agile Practices… visualized?

Only pure agile devotees will find it interesting… Revisiting agile methodologies, I wanted to solidify my understanding of the differences between agile, scrum, XP, etc. I went through a mini-research project of reviewing the “canonical” sources of these practices, and then built a quick visualization to clarify my understanding: http://ndpsoftware.com/agile_methods/agile_methods.html Hint: Try dragging around the

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

assert_changes and assert_no_changes in Ruby

Update: This code and documentation is now available on github: http://github.com/ndp/assert_changes/tree/master The Problem On our work on gobalto.com, we spend time to have good fixture data for our tests– data that can represent all the important application states that our tests require. As a result, our tests are very dependent on the data. It’s important

Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Convenient CSS and Javascript in Ruby on Rails

I get tired of hunting through a hierarchy of folders and files, from the views to the public folder, to locate a certain CSS or Javascript file. It’d be convenient to have them right with the markup, but embedding these definitions within your HTML markup is a bad idea for several reasons. For our current

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