Three Reasons To Keep Your Frameworks Up To Date

Frameworks are constantly changing and evolving—especially open-source ones, which we rely heavily on at Atomic. And it’s not always easy to stay up to date. Updates sometimes deprecate APIs or introduce new architecture patterns. These changes can require significant rework of a project, and they are expensive for customers. Nevertheless, updates are worth it. In […]

Diagnosing Problems: Limit, Threshold, and Quota

If you experience sudden, drastic changes in the behavior of a piece of software, you should immediately suspect reaching some limit, threshold, or quota. I spend a great deal of my time supporting and troubleshooting software deployments. Generally, if a piece of software has been running without issue for a substantial length of time, any […]

How Do We Know Our Software Works?

Yes, really. How do we know that software we build actually works? How can we know that it works? What observations and actions contribute to a holistic, fact-based, confident understanding that software I just helped build does what it was intended to? I want you to feel a little anxiety about that question. Forget for […]

DevOps – Software Delivery Done Correctly

A successful software project consists of much more than actually writing software. There are product development concerns, usability concerns, aesthetic concerns, and, of course, delivery concerns. It often seems that the delivery phase of software development project is neglected. The product is valuable, the design sleek, and the code well-written and tested—but the final handoff […]

Atomic Glossary, Part 1 – Software Terms

Being a non-tech person working for a Software Development company, I hear a lot of things around the office that sound like another language to my ears. In an effort to join the conversation and understand more about what we do, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to create a glossary of terms. Since there are so many […]

6 Reasons to Build a Firmware Test Suite

At Atomic, we build a lot of systems that incorporate device firmware talking to software. We also commonly interface with other firmware or software teams. I believe every project that involves firmware talking to software should include a high-level suite of tests that are written against the firmware’s interface to the software (e.g. Bluetooth, Ethernet, […]

Technical Spikes – Rehearsing Your Software

At AgileConf 2014, John Krewson presented “The Show Must Go On: Leadership Lessons Learned from a Life in Theater” in which he outlined parallels between the stage acting and software development. Among his points on how project management is like directing and hiring is like casting, John remarked that when a director is preparing a […]