Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toward New Horizons

The short story is that I am now between jobs.

The long story is that I have left Ingenio / Yellowpages.com / AT&T Interactive and will be joining Google in late September.  Yes that's the same Google I turned down last year; my priorities and perspective have changed.

I am looking forward to living in Mountain View biking distance from work and walking distance to yuppie downtown amenities.  I also look forward to joining any number of Google's social and volunteer organizations.  I have pretty much decided that, as soon as I figure out how, I will find a way to teach the fine art (and joy) of programming and computer science to children, adult students and peers.

Now I have two months break!  Feels a bit like summer vacation.  Nothing planned but possibilities and opportunities abound everywhere.  I'll probably sing, play music, learn pastels and paint, work on Open Source, take a dip in a warm ocean someplace, and relax.

My last day at my old job was Friday the 24th so I am still getting over the early morning nagging sensation that I have to be someplace.  I'm sure that my coming week at Lark Camp in Mendocino will fix that.  :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Coming Soon: Gallio and MbUnit v3.1

The next release of Gallio and MbUnit is just around the corner.  I need to work on a proper write-up of all of the new stuff but here are a few highlights:

  • Significantly faster start-up time.
  • Embedded videos in test reports including built-in screen recording.  (Try playing with the Capture class.)
  • Gallio can run RSpec tests via IronRuby.
  • New Control Panel application for tweaking global settings.
  • More MbUnit assertions and attributes for manipulating data and the environment.
  • More Icarus GUI goodness.
  • Better API documentation.
  • Much simpler story for test framework adapters and test runners.
  • Gallio can run tests in arbitrary files including tests written in non .Net languages given a suitable framework adapter (which you could write in a day).

The final release of v3.1 will probably happen within the next two weeks.

We're looking for beta testers.

To help us out, try out one of the recent v3.1 builds from: http://ccnet.gallio.org/Distributables/

Please report any suggestions or issues you find here: http://code.google.com/p/mb-unit/issues/list

You can also join our developer mailing-list: http://groups.google.com/group/gallio-dev

API documentation: http://www.gallio.org/api/index.aspx

Thanks!

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