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Journey into API Management

As I take my final step towards my journey in software C.D.A. this blog would be the last one regarding my journey with learning and researching topic related to my class Software Construction Design and Architecture. For this blog I will be talking about the blog “API management with Kong” by Alexander Melnyk. This blog is about the importance of API management and why does it matter. It also focuses on the Kong Architecture.

In the blog it explain why API management matter. The idea of API management is that it plays an important role when it comes to integration. Which can be done “by providing clear boundaries and abstractions between systems”. The blog also explains a few “ways to tackle the technical complexity and how Kong API gateway can help deal with it”. You may be wondering what is Kong it is an open source API gateway to manage RESTful APIs.” However the blog gives a better description of what and how it is use for. There are five components of Kong architecture:

  1. nginx – “The core low-level component” also the most popular used web server.
  2. OpenResty – “a web platform that glues nginx core, LuaJIT, Lua libraries and third-party nginx modules to provide a web server for scalable web applications and web services.”
  3. Datastore – is a component that “uses Apache Cassandra or PostgreSQL to handle the storage of the configuration data, consumers, and plugins of all APIs.”
  4. plugins – “are Lua modules that are executed during a request/response life-cycle. They enrich the API gateway with functionalities for different use cases.”
  5. RESTful admin API – It is used to manage the API and provide an important tool to automate developers workflows.

The blog goes on and covers the Kong API gateway in action which “will show you how to create a minimal infrastructure for Kong API gateway. Then I will add an API and a security plugin to restrict the access to a specific user.” and then covers the consumers and plugins. If you have found this topic interesting or if your curiously left with question click on the title link above and read the blog the blogger does a much better job at explaining and getting the message across then I do.

Personally I really enjoyed reading the blog because it helped me realize that the Kong Architecture is in fact very useful and important. I also found the blog to be well written full of useful and important information that will benefit me as a software developer.

Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey into Mutation Testing

As I take another step towards Software Quality Assurance Testing. The blog I will talk about is “Mutation Testing: Watching the Watchmen” by Jasper Sprengers.

This blog is about an automated (unit) tests more commonly known as a mutation testing framework. This is a testing tool that purposely insert small changes that would cause a change to the the original code in order to verify your code against the intentional bugs that are created through this mutation testing framework. This testing framework is used in order to test and improve your code in a fun way. The writer also tries to stress the importance of unit testing and how integration testing is just as important if not more. Testing is important because it helps provide quality to your code. In order to be able to test your code you must understand it and what it is meant to do. It also covers “How to make sure our test are any good?”, that would be good code coverage and making sure test suite are testing a wide range of code that assure that most of your code is tested and that test are checked.  Using mutation testing is a pretty good way to make sure you have successfully written good test. Since mutation testing purposely changes your program test to cause it to fail. When test successfully fail then that means that a ‘mutant’ was successfully killed. If test pass then that means that a ‘mutant’ survive which means a mutant was not successfully killed making your test a not so good one after all. According to the writer a “useful mutation testing framework for Java is pitest.org“. In summation of what is talked in the blog using mutation testing framework would make you test your code more seriously without using shortcut.

I found this blog to be very interesting and useful. I like that it stresses the importance of having good test suites to insure quality and how it mention that using mutation testing framework will help insure that you have good test suites. I found the link to a mutation testing framework very useful.  I do not disagree with much of this blog. In fact I find it interesting enough to recommend others to read it. The title of the blog above provides a link to the blog, I suggest you check it out. Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

 

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Journey Into The Top 7 Web Application Testing Practices for QA Professionals

As I take another step towards Software Quality Assurance Testing. The blog I will talk about is “Top 7 Web Application Test Practices for QA Professionals” from the TestingWiz  blog site.

This blog covers the top 7 web application testing practices for quality assurance professionals. It discuss how now and days mobile apps is being used more than desktop browsing. Which in terns is requiring enterprise to build more “mobile-friendly websites”, and because of that the QA professionals should be testing all aspects to ensure that website are performing more efficiently. It then goes on to list the 7 practices for skilled QA Testers to accelerate Web Application Testing with a brief description of each. Software testers must

  1. Concentrate on Cross-Browser Compatibility Testing
  2. Measure Application’s Performance Under Multiple Circumstances
  3. Test Each and Every Element of a Web Application
  4. Execute the Load Tests in Intervals
  5. Test Web Services Individually
  6. Pick Up the Right Factors for Usability Testing
  7. Work with an IT Professionals

After its listing of the 7 practices for skilled QA Testers to accelerate Web Application Testing. It goes on to mention that “TestingWhiz follows a thorough QA strategy that manages the unique challenges and requirements in relation to testing web applications. So, connect with our QA professionals to enhance and perfect the complete user experience of your application with our latest testing strategies.”

I found this blog to be very interesting and useful. I like that it gives you a list of things that should be tested to ensure that the application will work in various type of base that being either web, mobile or desktop and it also insure that the application work on different devices whether old or new. The best part is if you do not want to deal with having to do all of this testing you can contact their QA professionals that will help you out with the testing process. This is honestly useful if I am working on an application along with other work and I do not have time to concentrate on performing a quality assurance on my code. However, for the mean time I will insure I do the testing myself and make sure that I do follow these 7 practices for skilled QA Testers to accelerate Web Application Testing. I do not disagree with much of this blog. In fact I find it interested enough to recommend others to read it. the title of the blog above provides a link to the blog, I suggest you check it out. Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into Schematics-An Introduction

As I take another step towards my journey in software C.D.A. I dive into an Introduction on Angular Schematics. This weeks blog I will be summarizing the blog “Schematics – An Introduction” by Hans.

This blog gives an introduction to Schematics and what it is. It list the goals of using a Schematic design. It shares how to understand schematics and how to create your first schematic. It tells you about the Schematics Collection and how to use it. Where it goes over the files such as Rules and Trees.

  • “ARuleis a function that takes a Tree and returns another Tree"
  • “A Tree contains the files that your schematics should be applied on”

The blog also shows you how to run your new Schematics. It also mention that when in debug mode you will not be able to create a file to the file system because “schematics tool is in debug mode when using a path as the collection it should use”, but also “the default is also to run in dry run mode, which prevents the tool from actually creating files.” that can be changed by changing the default argument. The blog has an example on how to do so. It then explains that a great advantage of Schematics is that calling another schematic is very easy and having them compose together is just as easy as well. It also mention that “the best usage of Schematics for your users is currently through the Angular CLI.”

This is a well written blog that gave good examples that are understandable and on point. I found the idea of schematics very interesting and also useful because it is capable of creating new component or updating code in order to fix and break dependency. It also provides ease of use and development when working with web application in particularly Angular. This has made me consider using Schematic since it is very beneficial to do so. This blog has thought me a new topic not really covered in class. I can honestly say that there is not a single thing I disagree on with the blog. For more on the blog and its example check it out by just clicking on the title of the blog, it will link you to it. Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into Angular Schematics: Unit Testing

As I take another step towards Software Quality Assurance Testing. I dive into Angular schematics for unit testing. The blog that I read that covers this topic was “Angular Schematics: Unit Testing by Jonathan Campos. This blog covers the basic of unit testing code, mimicking an application environment, adding a test, asserting on files created, and asserting on content created. All in order to discuss and show the methods of creating a unit test for an Angular Schematics. This is a well written blog that gave good examples that are understandable and on point. The blog has thought me that angular projects should and can be tested. Which would be something I will be practicing on any of my future angular project. In the following paragraph I will briefly summarize what was cover in the blog excluding the examples.

The basic unit testing code is just explaining the basic of unit testing, and it being the starting point step. It then goes on and shows an example of how a file should look like when the schematics generator generates it. That file does not do much it just “run the schematic in a silo and asserts that the output is an empty file tree”.  It goes on to explain that to test your code accurately you must go further more by mimicking the application environment. This is done by adding more to the unit test so it can reflect the actual environment where the code will be running. To do this some of the Angular Schematics must be run in order “to build up the Angular project workplace”. This can be done by adding code to the Angular Schematics that specifies the set option it should run with. But before anything is run an application file tree must be created. That way before each test the code will run and create the Angular project workspace. Once that is done you can add test to the testing environment. The blogger gives example of what happens in the test by creating three different testing scenario. First he test that there was any error thrown because in that test he is testing a Schematic being ran without an Angular project tree setup. Second he is testing what happens when a Schematic is ran without the required parameters. Third he is testing that everything is setup properly. Once the test were ready the next step was asserting the test for specific values that would be for either asserting on files created or asserting on content created. He goes on and explain a little more in the blog and provides examples.

For more on the blog and its example check it out by just clicking on the title of the blog, it will link you to it. Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into Mocking in Testing

As I take another step towards Software Quality Assurance Testing. I decide to research I topic discuss in class the other day. The topic being Mocking in testing using mockito. For this blog I will be talking about a blog that relates to my topic of interest. It’s name is “What is Mocking in Testing?” by Piraveena Paralogarajah.

This blog was very interesting and does a good job introducing to readers what mocking is and why it is used. I suggest this blog to readers with no experience or knowledge to the software framework known as mockito and/or the mocking concept.

A brief summary about the blog “What is Mocking in Testing?” by Piraveena Paralogarajah.

What is mocking?

Mocking is the notion of making “a replica or imitation of something”.

Where and why is mocking use?

Mocking is used in unit testing. It is used on object that depends on other objects in order to isolate the object by having it mock and simulate the behavior of the original object. Mocking is done using general types of mocking frameworks. A few of these framework mentioned by the blog are the following:

  • “Proxy based ( eg: EasyMock, JMock, Mockito)”
  • “Byte code Manipulation / Classloader remapping ( eg: jMockit, PowerMock)”

What is Proxy based Mocking? How it works?

“A proxy is just an object which will be used instead of the original object. If a method of the proxy object is called than the proxy object can decide what it will do with this call:

  • delegate it to the original object
  • handles the call itself”

The blog goes on and list the limits of Proxy and the fact that “proxy does not require an instance of an interface /class if the proxy handles all method invocations itself”.

What is Classloader remapping based Mocking?

Is the notion of telling “the class loader to remap a class reference to the class file it loads”.

 

ALL QUOTES ARE FROM THE BLOG “What is Mocking in Testing?” by Piraveena Paralogarajah

I enjoy the blog and also learned that there are other types of mocking frameworks not just mockito which I will have to look into more. That being said if you take the time to read the blog I am blogging about you will get more detail information on what mocking is and why it is used and a few other mocking related details such as the general types of mocking framework.

Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into the Top 12 Tools, Frameworks, and Libraries for Software Development in 2018

Another blog means another step towards my journey in Software C.D.A. This blog would be a review on the blog I read “Top 12 Tools, Frameworks, and Libraries for Software Development in 2018” by Archna Oberoi.

This blog talks about what are the top 12 software tools, frameworks, and libraries happening  now in 2018. Personally the blog was extremely well written, insightful, and clearly the writer knows what she is talking about. I suggest readers interested in this topic to read the blog. I will provide a very brief summary of the main points to this blog.

In the blog “Top 12 Tools, Frameworks, and Libraries for Software Development in 2018” by Archna Oberoi. The writer mention how the following 12 tools, frameworks, and library are pretty much considered to be the best for software development in 2018. They are the following:

  1. NodeJS – “the javascript runtime framework built on Chrome V8 engine” is the best for applications that requires data input and output available for user in real time.
  2. Angularjs – “Introduced by Google in 2012, this javascript framework for front-end development is great for building Single Page Applications (SPAs).”
  3. React – “a javascript library by Facebook for building user interfaces (for web).”
  4. .NET Core – ” an open-source, next-gen .NET framework by Microsoft.”
  5. Spring – “a dependency injection framework (Inversion of Control) that assigns dependencies to the object during run-time.”
  6. Django – “an open-source framework for web app development, written in Java.”
  7. TensorFlow – “a machine learning framework by Google, meant for creating Deep Learning models.”
  8. Xamarin – “Xamarin offers an edge over the proprietary and hybrid development models as it allows developing full-fledged mobile apps using single language, i.e. C#. Moreover, Xamarin offers a class library and runtime environment, which is similar to rest of the development platforms (iPhone, Android, and Windows).”
  9. Spark – ” an open-source, micro framework, meant for creating web applications in Kotlin and Java.”
  10. Cordova – “(formly Phonegap) is a hybrid app development framework that uses HTML, CSS, and Javascript for building mobile apps.”
  11. Hadoop – “an open-source framework by Apache that stores and distributes large data sets across several servers, operating parallely.”
  12. Torch/PyTorch – ” a machine learning library for Python.”
ALL QUOTES ARE FROM THE BLOG “Top 12 Tools, Frameworks, and Libraries for Software Development in 2018” by Archna Oberoi.

 

From this blog I read I have to say that I found both TensorFlow and Xamarin framework very interesting to the point I am going to do my research on it. It also was my first time hearing about TensorFlow framework. That being said Software development has very good tool, framework, and library worth learning about especially if you aspire to be a great software developer.

Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into REST APIs

As I take another step towards my journey in software C.D.A. I dive into REST APIs. Where I will be talking about the YouTube video I found “APIs|REST|REST APIs Demystified” from The TechCave. For this weeks blogs I am going to try things different. I will give a very short summary of what the blog talks about and if you are interested in the topic I strongly suggest watching the video it is very interesting and on point to the topic. The video also provides a short example to help you understand and see how rest APIs works using Node.js.

This video talks about what an API is, and how it relates to a web service and/or relates to REST. This is a very interesting video because it seems to cover a lot of basic knowledge needed when dealing with APIs, REST, or RESTful APIs. It also talks about what a person needs to start building APIs. In the video the presenter answers the following three question:

  1. What is an API?
    • Also known as Application Programming Interface, that has the ability to give software component a way to communicate with each other.
  2. How does it relates to web services?
    • API relates to web services because they both work as a communication sharing base between services or components.
  3. What is a REST API?
    • “Is an API that follows the rules of the REST specification”.

for more specification on those question just watch the video by clicking the highlighted link above. I have to say that from this video I found the following tip from the video very useful and interesting… “Questions every API should answer:

  1. How can the client tell the service provider which operation it wants to perform?(Method information)
  2. How can the client tell the service provider what data to operate on?(Scoping information)”

That is because it helps you understand during building the API it needs to answer those question in order to make sure your API would be successful. This video is not just interesting… it was also useful. From now on when building an API I will ensure that it answer those two questions.

Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.

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Journey into the top software testing technique & tools for building software

As I take another step towards Software Quality Assurance Testing. I dive into the blog I found for this week blog post “Top Software Testing Techniques & Tools For Building Working Software” by Ekaterina Novoseltseva.  In this blog I learn about the 4  top testing techniques and tools for building working software. Software testing is very important for program development because it helps reduce the risk, time, and cost that comes with developing a new software.

Top 4 testing techniques important for building software

  1. Unit Testing
    • Is used to test each small part of the software system to make sure it is working properly and does what is expected. “The goal of unit testing is to analyze each small part of the code and test that is working correctly.” as put in the blog I am summarizing. The following are a few of unit testing tools:
  2. Integrated Testing
    • Is the act of combining unit test with each other in order to test the program until it is possible the majority of the program together. The way it works is by integrating more than one unit test that leads to a component and as it keeps adding to it becomes an even larger part of the program in order to see how well each unit runs together and how the software program will function. Another thing to note about integrated testing is “that integration test is also about testing units with databases or other external third-party libraries.” as dictated by the blog I am talking about. The following are a few of integration testing tools:
  3. Functional Testing
    • Is important for testing the quality of the software program and making sure it does what it is intended to do and function the way it should when ever the program is used by its users. “Testing is used to verify that your designed application, website, software executes its functions through a proper response to user commands, a consistent user interface, integration with other systems and business processes, and proper handling of data and searches.” As put by the blog I am blogging about. The following are the functional testing tools:
  4. Performance Testing
    • Is the testing process that test how well the software program performs under a certain workload by testing how well it respond and checks the software program stability. It also test the quality of the software by reassuring that the system not only perform as intended but that it’s reliable as well. The following are a couple of performance testing tools:

This wrapps up the 4 top testing techniques and tools for building software. For more information on this read the blog  “Top Software Testing Techniques & Tools For Building Working Software” by Ekaterina Novoseltseva. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time. Thank you for your time.

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Journey into Software Architecture and Its Benefits

As I take another step towards my journey in software C.D.A. I dive into Software Architecture and its importance and benefits. For this weeks blog I found a blog named “15 BENEFITS OF SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE” by  Ekaterina Novoseltseva. This blog talks about the benefits of software architecture. I will sum the main points of that blog and what I’ve learned from it.

What is something new I learned from this blog?

From reading the blog “15 benefit of software architecture” I have learned the 15 reason why having software architecture is important. I have also learned that not only its important in a sense it can be considered as the foundation for having a strong software program.

What is Software Architecture? 

The idea of software architecture is that it is considered to be the blueprint for building a software program. Usually the software architecture is the step where deciding what design would be implemented on the software and what each team member would be implementing to the program. “Architecture is an artifact for early analysis to make sure that a design approach will yield an acceptable system. Software architecture dictates technical standards, including software coding standards, tools, and platforms.” as stated by Ekaterina Novoseltseva blog.

The following are the 15 Benefits of Software Architecture:

  1. “Solid foundation” – when creating a program or project having a solid foundation is part of the Software Architecture.
  2. “Makes your platform scalable.”
  3. “Increase performance of the platform”
  4. “Reduces cost and avoids code duplicity”
  5. “Implement a vision” – where a software architecture provides the big picture.
  6. “Cost saving” – helps point out areas where money can be saved within a project.
  7. “Code maintainability” – helps programmers be able to maintain the code within a project.
  8. “Enable quicker changes” – able to change program at a fast past as what the program must do changes.
  9. “Increase quality of the platform” – making the software quality incredibility better.
  10. “Helps manage complexity”
  11. “Makes the platform faster.
  12. “Higher adaptability”
  13. “Risk management” – helps reduce the risk or chances of failure.
  14. “Reduces development time.”
  15. “Prioritize conflicting goals”

The list above is the benefits to software architecture. Through the benefits we can see the importance of software architecture. Reading this blog has made me realize that software architecture is a very important step when developing a software system/program. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time. Thank you for your time.

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