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GUIdancer 3.2, the latest version of flagship automated GUI testing tool from Bredex, now "officially" supports Windows 7 and Vista, and includes additional enhancements to its library of pre-built test actions. It began shipping on Nov. 3. Before you decide that US$5785 is too much to pay for an automated keyword testing tool (more if you're subject to Germany's voracious appropriation tax), take a look at [these demos of the software](http://www.bredex.de/en/guidancer/downloads.html) in action. You can also [try the software](https://cgi.bredex.de/GUIdancerShop/downloadpage.do) for two weeks for free. There are versions for Linux and Windows; a Mac OX S version is in beta. According …

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One might have titled this story "Beware of government bearing gifts." We should be exceedingly wary whenever law makers begin dabbling with something that's been working exceedingly well for decades. Today that thing is the Internet, perhaps the least-regulated industry in the U.S. today. This week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a set of new (and as yet unpublished) rules that would impose regulations on how broadband service providers are allowed to maintain their networks. Shrouded in the innocuous veil of "Network Neutrality," the potential restrictions are anything but neutral, and could tie the hands of service providers …

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What has proven to be alien to Apple and Microsoft may be just right for Android. Search giant Google this week announced that it is working with Sony, Intel and computer accessory maker Logitech on technology to bring Web searches and applications to the television. Efforts by Google's predecessors--Apple TV and WebTV--turned in disappointing results. It's early yet and reports are mixed, but most indicate that Google's Android mobile operating system will for the basis for an Atom-based set-top box built by Sony. Other reports have Logitech developing a remote control for the system. In any event, it appears there …

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If you're part of a software development team that performs multiple daily builds, then you might replace the term "continuous integration" with "continuous build failure." A company called [url=http://electric-cloud.com/]Electric Cloud[/url] may offer a solution. The software production tools maker later this month will begin shipping ElectricCommander 3.0, the latest version of its build automation system that can now check or "preflight" newly modified source code to determine if it will correctly build into an application. Version 3.0 also now integrates with Eclipse and Visual Studio. ElectricCommander automates the process of assembling components that make up a software program and "building" …

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With ElectricCommander 3.0 set to begin shipping this week, I caught up with Electric Cloud CEO Mike Maciag to better understand the build automation tool's new "preflight" capability. That's a feature that determines whether changes to code will integrate correctly with the main build before those changes are actually checked in. When I reported on [url=http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3182.html]ElectricCommander 3.0[/url] earlier this month, I told you that the tool works by applying an overlay of developer changes through production build and test procedures across all targets, giving developers the chance to commit only if their changes worked. Not content with that, I queried …

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Intel Thursday unveiled something [URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla]Nikola Tesla[/URL] could only dream of. The company this week was demonstrating the ability to transmit 60 watts of electrical power across three feet of thin air with 75 percent efficiency. I had a toothbrush once that recharged without wires. Every time the handheld part was placed on the base, it used [URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_induction]electromagnetic induction[/URL] to charge the batteries from the base with no electrical connection between the two. The technology Intel was demonstrating at its annual [URL=http://www.intel.com/idf/]Intel Developers Forum[/URL] this week was based on the very same principles. One practical application would be to install base …

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Toshiba is taking another crack at high-definition DVD, sort of. Half a year after it [URL=http://www.hddvdfreak.com/2008/02/hd-dvd-is-dead.html]ceased combat major operations[/URL] in the format wars with Philips, Sony and the Blu-ray format, Toshiba has taken the wraps off [URL=http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvd/]XDE[/URL], a new up-conversion format that it claims can wring more resolution from pictures on your standard-resolution DVDs. The premier model is available now for a list price of US$149.99. Dubbed the XD-E500, the unit converts the 480p DVD signal to 720p, 1080i or 1080p. The mode you select depends on the resolution of your display. There are also sharp, color and contrast modes, …

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I'm in hog heaven right now. I've got nothing to do today but munch on [URL=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2369/2156053173_976de8781a.jpg?v=0]linzer tarts[/URL] and watch the first day of 2008 Olympic games live from Bejing, China. And if the mood strikes me (as it obviously has), maybe even do a bit of blogging. Unlike with previous Olympics, during which I was limited only to broadcast television coverage, this time I have 24/7 access to all events live, as they happen. And it's not because I've broken down and started paying for cable or satellite TV, but because of the technology in use at [URL=http://www.nbcolympics.com/]NBColympics.com[/URL]. Never mind …

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How's this for a news story? Genuitec, which develops the MyEclipse commercial Eclipse IDE, announced today that it is working toward a near-zero carbon footprint and wants other Java tool companies to do the same. Stay with me here. Touting its environmentally friendly ways, the company starts with a boast that it's a so-called virtual organization. "Genuitec does not contribute to gas pollution by requiring employee commute times," it said in a news release. Nothing wrong with that. Working from home just one day a week would save me about $75 a month at today's gas prices. By eliminating office …

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A new service coming online soon may have us hearing the phrase "Quick, take out your cell phone!" a little more often. I suppose it was just a matter of time before somebody came up with a way to stream cell-phone video to the Web and store it there. That company, [URL=http://qik.com/info/about_us]Qik, Inc.[/URL], yesterday opened for beta testing its Web service to allow camera-equipped phone users to "share moments of your life with your friends, family and the world." The service was introduced in a private alpha program late last year, and now includes numerous usability improvements to what is …

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When I first saw animated photos on newspapers in the Harry Potter movies, I thought it looked interesting, but never imagined it could be made cost-effective. It looks like time has once again proven me wrong. (When the 386SX processor came out, I wondered why anyone would ever need a "server" on their desk.") Esquire magazine has reported today that it will use so-called electronic ink in its October issue celebrating its 75th anniversary. According to publisher Hearst, the issue's cover will feature moving words and images. "We've spent 16 months making this happen," said Esquire editor David Granger in …

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Two years after selling off its Xscale operations, Intel is once again turning its attention to building microprocessors for small devices. But rather than designing Xscale-like chips to form the foundation of devices such as the Palm Treo and RIM Blackberry, the strategy announced today will focus instead on system-on-chips, multifunction circuits that perform a variety of functions from a single piece of silicon. Intel, which dominates the PC processor market despite inroads by its main rival AMD, stunned many in the industry in June, 2006, when it sold the Xscale communication and application processor business to Marvell, which makes …

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For three years running, the Eclipse Foundation and its development community have successfully released—in full synchronicity—dozens of interoperable projects consisting of millions of lines of code. Impressive feat. Perhaps some of those developers might consider running for public office here in the U.S., where with energy prices approaching the stratosphere, the Congress can’t even agree on whether to drill for their country’s own oil resources. This year’s Eclipse “release train” is [URL=http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/]Ganymede[/URL], and contains not only updates to numerous existing projects, but also some exciting advancements in their own right. Chief among these is [URL=http://wiki.eclipse.org/Equinox_p2] Equinox p2[/URL], a new provisioning …

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OpenMake Software today began shipping [URL=http://www.openmakesoftware.com/download/]Meister 7.2[/URL]. The update to its build management system adds support for cross-platform builds within Microsoft’s Visual Studio, can “mash up” such builds with those performed in Eclipse and other IDEs, and offers features to simplify the processing of continuous integration used in many agile processes, the company said yesterday. The release also enhances Meister’s the Management Control Console, a Web-based portal that the company says permits QA engineers, production control staff other non-developers to have control and oversight of builds. The tool now includes extended reporting using the PostgresSQL. “Simplifying build complexity is the …

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As portable computing devices advance in power and complexity, development-tool makers must keep up or die. Claiming strides this week are simulation-tools maker Virtutech and chip-maker Freescale Semiconductor, which are showing a version of Virtutech’s Simics virtualized software development environment with hybrid simulation capability. The initial release supports Freescale’s eight-core QorIQ P4080 communications platform processor. The tool is on display at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Fla., through Thursday. The benefit of its hybrid capability, according to Virtutech, is the capacity to “mix detailed and fast models both temporally and spatially,” allowing developers in a single simulation session to …

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Have you ever wanted to meet Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon? So have I, but we probably never will. However, if you’re free in mid-July and don’t mind traveling to Toronto, you can meet [URL=http://www.geraldmweinberg.com/Site/Home.html] Gerald “Jerry” Weinberg[/URL], the man generally cited as the industry’s first software tester. He’ll be speaking at the [URL=http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/drupal/] Conference of the Association for Software Testing[/URL], aka CAST, a clunky name but a great learning opportunity for people in our business. Conference organizers announced today that due to popular demand for his sold-out July 14 engagement, Jerry will host his full-day tutorial …

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Bill Gates opened [URL= http://www.microsoft.com/events/TechEd2008/default.mspx] Tech-Ed 2008 Developers[/URL], its annual developers conference in Orlando, Fla., today by saying good-bye to a group the Microsoft founder said has been the company’s most important. “The success of Microsoft really is due to our relationship with developers,” he said in his keynote this morning to a room filled with about 6,000 developers. It will likely be Gates’ last speech as a full time Microsoft employee; on July 1 he’ll focus most of his efforts on the [URL= http://www.gatesfoundation.org]Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[/URL], which gives away huge sums of the couple’s fortunes to help …

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook Platform, which has had a rough childhood and now bears the pimples of adolescence. On the eve of the platform’s birthday, the company gave developers a [URL= http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php]sandbox [/URL]in which to apply the Clearasil of its redesigned profile. Before entering the sandbox, be sure to visit the [URL= http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Sandbox_Status]Sandbox Status page[/URL] for news and other known issues. At the moment, the sandbox is for developers’ eyes only. “We believe that the new design makes profiles cleaner and simpler, gives users more control over their profiles, and emphasizes recent and relevant information,” wrote Facebook’s …

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MySpace Tuesday announced some changes to its developer program, fine-tuning its policies about the way member applications are allowed to communicate with users. It also leaked news of enhancements to its messaging API set to be available in June. The [URL=http://developer.myspace.com/Community/blogs/devteam/archive/2008/05/20/new-app-guidelines-must-read.aspx]new guidelines[/URL] were outlined in a blog post by the MySpace Developer Team. In essence, they’re looking to curb spam and other forms of unsolicited invitations and enticements. Here’s the essence of what’s new in the [URL= http://developer.myspace.com/community/myspace/applicationguidelines.aspx]Developer Guidelines[/URL]: [INDENT][I]• No incentives may be given to a member for sending a message, bulletin, comment, or any other form of communication. …

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The defense departments of the United States and Great Britain have long been aligned militarily. Now they’re cozying up technologically too. The two organizations this week announced the UPDM Group, a trans-Atlantic effort to create a unified version of what are now two distinct application object models. The group, which is comprised of about a dozen ISVs and defense contractors including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, is being headed by [URL=http://www.artisansw.com/]Artisan Software Tools[/URL] and [URL=http://www.nomagic.com/]No Magic[/URL]. According to its mission statement published in a news release Monday, “The UPDM Group is committed to creating a unified profile for MODAF and DoDAF, …

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Among the obstacles to building mobile software is gaining access to the devices for testing. Removing some of those road blocks is [URL=http://www.deviceanywhere.com]DeviceAnywhere[/URL], which today launched the [URL=https://www.deviceanywhere.com/palm/welcome.htm]Palm Virtual Developer Lab[/URL], adding the new Treo 755p, Centro and other units from Palm Inc. to its list of more than 1,000 supported handsets. To promote the service, DeviceAnywhere is giving away free accounts and device time for members of the [URL= http://www.palm.com/us/developers/]Palm Developer Network[/URL]. Despite the “virtual” name, DeviceAnywhere does not provide an emulation environment. The service offers access to real, physical devices set up in their labs across the U.S., …

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Call it a kind of bigotry for the new millennium. The packets of peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent have become the target of throttling—even complete blockage—by Internet service providers on their networks. Do they have the right? The revelation comes from [URL=http://broadband.mpi-sws.mpg.de/transparency/results/]study results [/URL] published yesterday by Germany’s [URL=http://www.mpi-sws.org/]Max Plunk Institute of Software Systems[/URL] computer research group, which identified 13 ISPs engaged in the practices, including Comcast, Cox and seven others in the U.S. In response, Comcast said it monitors peek traffic times and slows peer-to-peer packets to give other services access. Data in the study contradicts that claim, showing …

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ORLANDO, Florida—Thousands of software developers and testers converged here this week for the Software Testing Analysis and Review conference, better known as [URL=http://sqe.com/stareast/]STAR[I]EAST[/I][/URL]. It’s one of just a few must-attend learning events for people in our field, and if you haven’t been to one of these events, you’re truly missing out. Dozens of the testing industry’s top thinkers were here. Names like Jon Bach, Michael Bolton, Hans Buwalda, Paul Gerrard, Jonathan Kohl, Rob Sabourin, James Whittaker and many other “silver-tongued speaking pros,” as chair Lee Copeland put it, delivered full- and half-day pre-conference tutorials on Monday and Tuesday. The rest …

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A federal court today ruled in favor of people using file-sharing applications such as Napster and Kazaa, notorious for illegal distribution of music files. The ruling was a blow to the [URL= http://www.riaa.org/]Recording Industry Association of America[/URL], which has been combating users and developers of this software because of its potential to illegally distribute copyrighted material. In essence, the ruling states that merely making music files available for sharing does not constitute copyright infringement. The case, Atlantic v. Howell, centers on Jeffrey and Pamela Howell, a husband and wife that had Kazaa installed on their system. Mr. Howell asserted that …

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Having all your data wherever you go is useful beyond measure. A Web-based service and series of open APIs unveiled this week by Microsoft is intended to offer a solution to keeping all our devices in sync. If I had a dollar for every time I accessed an Outlook contact, set a reminder with my desktop-synchronized Palm Treo (or heard Microsoft claim to know "the way"), I could solve world hunger. With the official announcement on Wednesday of Live Mesh, Microsoft revealed its vision of an open Web service that would “connect and bring devices together,” according to Amit Mital, …

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