And that’s a wrap! The 2016 ISE Coding Garage ended with presentations and awards last week, but it’s just the beginning for some of these talented students. This year’s 9-week program, saw 21 participants, all creating their own Android apps.
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Investing in our people has always been a top priority for ISE. As mentioned in this Forbes article, the importance of training and personal development is critical, as many employees leave organizations solely because they don’t feel valued by their employers.
There's nothing like a fresh sliced cantaloupe for a morning snack, or a tomato just picked off the vine to be put on a burger grilled out back. At ISE, these sweet and savory images are actually a reality. For 3 years now, the spaces between ornamental bushes have been taken up by various types of fresh produce. This year we have two types of melons (cantaloupe and honeydew) and three varieties of tomatoes!
Like it or not, developing mobile apps is no longer the wild west - domain of startups, dorm dwellers and cowboy coders. It's a professional business with enterprise grade infrastructure and continuous integration and delivery systems. One part of this that has really taken off is automated functional testing, also known as UI testing, and often discussed as part of the practice of Behavior Driven Development. Android and iOS now both have their own bundled frameworks for performing this testing, as well as other alternatives such as Calabash.
One question that has plagued owners and managers is, "Is automated functional testing really worth the investment?"