CS-448 Software Development Capstone

Hello everyone; this is my first blog post for the CS-448 Software Development Capstone course.

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Code Review vs Unit Testing

With this semester coming to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to write about our most recent topic discussed (code review) and compare it with something widely covered during this course: unit testing. I found a great Codacy blog to aide my exploration of the similarities, differences and importance of these two topics.

Codacy explains that code review generally means to manually inspect the code, whereas unit testing is implemented to automatically detect bugs within the code. It seems to me that unit testing is focused solely on finding malfunctions (bugs) in a product, whereas code review considers the overall style, readability and functionality of that code as well.

Rather than asserting that one is superior to the other, Codacy suggests that both code reviews and unit testing ought to be done in all software projects. I feel software developers can produce efficient and supreme quality products when appropriately combining the two techniques. Thus I have to agree with Codacy regarding the implication that unit testing should not replace code reviewing, and vice versa. Continue reading “Code Review vs Unit Testing”

Angular Project: “Clean-up” and Good Style Practices

My teammate and I are currently finishing up our Angular “Blackjack” project. The program seems to be running fine and doing everything we originally intended it to do. Now comes the important task of “cleaning up” our project. Examples of this are going through our program, rectifying any remaining bugs, and fixing any potential style inefficiencies within our code.

In order for us to clean up our code as efficiently as possible, I feel it is a good idea to brush up on ideal Angular style practices. By doing so, we can ensure our code is up to par with Angular standards. There is an excellent Angular Style Guide article that I strongly feel can help us in our “clean-up” task.

The guide is an article directly from the official Angular website. It gives examples of various “Angular style” coding techniques. Each is followed by a suggestion of whether the developer should (“do”) follow the example style, “consider” the style, or abandon the style (“don’t”) for a better alternative. I will outline certain styles mentioned in this article. I will also offer my personal takeaways on these style suggestions, as well as the Angular article in general. Continue reading “Angular Project: “Clean-up” and Good Style Practices”

Code Review: Strategies

We’ve recently conducted “group code reviews” on a given project, where the goal was to identify any issues and/or bugs we could find within the project’s code. I found this to be a good exercise because I will likely be doing many code reviews during my professional career.

My ultimate goal regarding code reviewing at this point is to learn how to do it as efficiently as possible. Sara Tansey has a great blog on the topic, entitled 7 ways to up-level your code review skills. She identifies several strategies in particular that she feels are important when reviewing code. I will outline a few of these strategies that I found especially relative to our course’s content, along with my personal thoughts and takeaways. Continue reading “Code Review: Strategies”

Re: Angular, TypeScript and Final Project

My teammate and I are currently working on a Blackjack card game, which we will present to our class during finals week. I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to become more familiar with Angular and TypeScript for this project, and I believe I am starting to make some good progress. For instance, I have figured out how to build a card deck, shuffle it, and display images of these cards to the user.

There is a great online instructor named Mosh Hamedani with a series of tutorial videos for both Angular and TypeScript. I’ve already watched several of his videos and found them extremely useful and informative. The instructor has a personal blog as well. I would like to discuss one of his blog entries in particular, entitled Angular 4 in 20 minutes.

First, a disclaimer. I certainly did not learn Angular in 20 minutes, but Mosh’s insight and clear explanations are helping me understand Angular and TypeScript concepts more than any other tutorial I’ve tried so far.  Continue reading “Re: Angular, TypeScript and Final Project”

Why TypeScript?

We’re beginning to work on our final class projects using Angular and TypeScript, both of which I was previously unfamiliar with before this semester. Since our projects will be implemented using the Angular framework and the TypeScript programming language, I want to learn more about the concepts behind these applications. I found an informative blog on the subject; it is entitled Angular: Why TypeScript? by Victor Savkin. The main topic here describes the benefits of using TypeScript in general, and how it is an efficient means of producing quality Angular projects.

Victor points out that while using TypeScript for Angular projects is not required, but is encouraged to be used within the framework for several reasons; many of which I will summarize here. I will also offer my personal thoughts and takeaways regarding the content. Continue reading “Why TypeScript?”

Stubs, Mocks and Service Virtualization

We’ve been discussing the differences between stubs and mocks, along with the fact that many software testers may initially assume the two are the same concept. But as we have learned, mocks and stubs are not synonyms; they are two different techniques used within unit testing.

I wanted to learn more about some specific differences between stubs and mocks, such as potential advantages and disadvantages of using each of these techniques. Wojciech Bulaty has an informative article on the subject. Before getting into the pros and cons of each aforementioned technique, Bulaty explains the main concepts of stubs, mocks, and service virtualization. Continue reading “Stubs, Mocks and Service Virtualization”