Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Continuous testing using Fireworks

This past weekend I installed the Fireworks plugin for IntelliJ IDEA. Fireworks will periodically check your source directories and if anything changed, will run all the tests (after recompilation) without you, the developer, having to initiate the test runner. There are some things that I'd like to see different in the plugin (e.g. the ability to exclude integration tests from continuous build), but overall, it's a worthwhile tool for the arsenal. One other gripe is that Fireworks pops up the compilation dialog. I think I can actually get this to work in the background by tweaking an IntelliJ preference. You can still use the test runner within IntelliJ; Fireworks just ensures that you're running tests more often. Thumbs up!

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fireworks IntelliJ IDEA plugin for continuously running unit tests

Just installed the Fireworks plugin for automating the running of unit tests. Very cool. The plugin installs a tab that changes its icon depending on whether the test suite running successfully or not. Very similar to autotest in Ruby's ZenTest gem. Very nice complementary tool for TDD. Definitely a good find.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Compiz Fusion on Kubuntu 7.10

sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-kde compizconfig-settings-manager emerald

Alt-F2 to run compiz -replace
Alt-F2 to run emerald -replace

Configure Compiz and Emerald from KDE Menu, Settings.

Very, very cool. Much better than Vista and Mac OS X.

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