Collect all of your candy and put on your favorite scary movie classics. And while you enjoy your Halloween, you can also treat yourself to some posts from our authors in this week’s digest.

Are You TEM Savvy?

Once upon a time, testing your software was easy. Or, at least, relatively speaking, it was. These days, when testing software, you need to worry about a dizzying array of things. What device, OS, and browser combination does the end user have? What happens when users swamp the app at scale? The list goes on and on. Testing software in today’s enterprise has so much complexity, that it requires an entire environment management approach just to keep up. Erik Dietrich can help to simplify things for you on Enov8’s blog.

Code Cleanup: 7 Simple Daily Steps That Pay off in the End

“Code cleanup” is a phrase that sounds like it’s a lot of work. Well, sometimes it may be an arduous task, indeed. But that doesn’t mean it’s the way it should be. Luckily, Carlos Schults can help you by presenting seven simple code cleanup tasks that you can perform daily, to keep your codebase readable, easy to navigate, and maintain. Learn more on SubMain’s blog.

What is DevOps?

Digitalization is sweeping across many industries, creating a huge need for innovation. This innovation forces companies to be more agile and deliver faster. However, increasing the speed of your development team doesn’t happen by magic. It’s a metric that isn’t easy to change. How can you adjust to this fast-paced digitalization? Michiel Mulders is here to introduce you to DevOps. Check it out on Stackify’s blog.

Test Automation vs Manual Testing: Picking the Right Balance

Software testing is an integral part of the development of a successful software project. Software testing itself consists of a huge domain in which many variants exist. In addition to the abundance of testing formats, there is also a very active discussion about automated testing is better than manual testing. Michiel Mulders can help you start by exploring the difference between manual and automated testing on Testim’s blog.

What Is Shift Left Testing? A Guide to Improving Your QA

Have you ever experienced a software project that ran out of budget or time? You probably did. Believe it or not, incorrect planning often isn’t the root cause of a project running out of time. The real problem lies in the way the project validates the code. By testing early and often, a project can reduce the number of bugs and increase the quality of the code. So Michiel Mulders is here to explain the concepts of shift left testing and how you can adopt the approach in your organization. Find out more on Testim’s blog.

Data Mining Explained In-Depth: What Is Data Mining?

Many people misunderstand the concept of data mining. Data mining isn’t about the act of collecting data—it’s about finding relationships or patterns in the data you’ve already collected. So, the key is to find new knowledge of the gathered data. Therefore, we could argue that data mining intersects database management, machine learning, and statistics to infer new knowledge from the collected data. And Michiel Mulders can help you with some interesting use cases for data mining on Neebo’s blog.

Agile Metrics: The 15 That Actually Matter for Success

The introduction of agile has transformed the way companies work. Agile has worked wonders for firms, and the positive effects are out in the open—shorter time to market and lower costs, just to name a few. But companies can’t take advantage of the full benefits of agile just by making the switch. But, agile alone doesn’t always help a company succeed in delivering quality work in time. For reducing excessive expenses, activities, and labor, lean is there. Lean and agile together result in a fast and bug-free application that ensures client satisfaction. And Arnab Chowdhury is here to help you figure things out on Plutora’s blog.

By now you may have heard of serverless functions, also called cloud functions. Often these are AWS lambda functions, but did you know Google Cloud has these serverless functions too? And Erik Lindblom is here to guide you through creating your first Google Cloud Function and show you the basics of how to use it. Find out more on Scalyr’s blog.

What is MTTD? Mean Time to Detect Explained In Detail

“What is MTTD?” The answer—or at least the start of it—was already spoiled by the post title. Sure enough, MTTD stands for “Mean time to detect.” It refers to an important KPI (key performance indicator) in DevOps. Is the question answered? Can we call it a day with that definition? Of course not. Luckily, you can dive deeper into MTTD with Carlos Schults on XPLG’s blog.

Visual Studio Comment Shortcuts: Efficiency Tips

We also updated a few posts this week. By now, we all know Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V like the backs of our hands. Heck, some developers write entire programs using these copy/paste shortcuts! But what about using other shortcuts to make yourself more efficient? That’s right, it’s time to talk about Visual Studio comment shortcuts. Find out more on SubMain’s blog.

Here’s another post we updated. What is log4net and why would you use it? Log4net is a logging utility for .NET applications. It’s based on log4j, which is for Java applications. Learn more about the log4net configuration options on Scalyr’s blog.