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Agile Methodology

Agile Methodology

Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development that helps teams deliver value to their customers faster and with fewer headaches. Instead of betting everything on a "big bang" launch, an agile team delivers work in small, but consumable, increments. Requirements, plans, and results are evaluated continuously so teams have a natural mechanism for responding to change quickly. Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together. Much like a rugby team (where it gets its name) training for the big game, Scrum encourages teams to learn through experiences, self-organize while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve. While the Scrum I’m talking about is most frequently used by software development teams, its principles and lessons can be applied to all kinds of teamwork. This is one of the reasons Scrum is so popular. Often thought of as an agile project management framework, Scrum describes a set of meetings, tools, and roles that work in concert to help teams structure and manage their work. Wherever you're starting from, realize that your effort to scale agile needs to be agile itself. Choose a framework that will start you on the right path, and adjust it as business needs evolve and new insights emerge. (The trick is not to adjust it so much that it's no longer recognizable as agile.)

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Version 8 of Angular — Smaller bundles, CLI APIs, and alignment with the ecosystem

Version 8 of Angular — Smaller bundles, CLI APIs, and alignment with the ecosystem

The 8.0.0 release of Angular is here! This is a major release spanning the entire platform, including the framework, Angular Material, and the CLI with synchronized major versions. This release improves application startup time on modern browsers, provides new APIs for tapping into the CLI, and aligns Angular to the ecosystem and more web standards.How to update to version 8 Visit update.angular.io for detailed information and guidance. For most developers, one command should take care of this update: ng update @angular/cli @angular/core Differential Loading by Default Differential loading is a process by which the browser chooses between modern or legacy JavaScript based on its own capabilities. We now take advantage of this by default by performing a modern build (es2015) and a legacy build (es5) of your application. When users load your application, they’ll automatically get the bundle they need. If you use ng update, we update your tsconfig.jsonfor you to take advantage of this. Our CLI looks at the target JS level in your tsconfig.json to determine whether or not to take advantage of Differential Loading. When target is set to es2015, we generate and label two bundles. At runtime, the browser uses attributes on the script tag to load the right bundle.

 Stephen Fluin

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Code Review – Best Practices, Guidelines & Process Insights

Code Review – Best Practices, Guidelines & Process Insights

Code review is one of the buzzwords everyone heard about. This technique strictly related to creating software is worth getting familiar with by everyone working in the IT environment. This article is dedicated to technical managers, CTOs, developers, and everyone who work directly with them. I will explain what code review is and why it should be applied to every development team process. Then I will point some pain points and tips and tricks – how to make a code review process more efficient, how to reduce the time overhead and mitigate possible conflicts between the engineers. You will also understand how code review makes codebase better and how to recognize the development team’s problems by carefully watching how code review is performed. What is code review? Before I can explain what code review is, I have to remind you about basic git (code version control system) concepts – branches and pull requests. If you are familiar with code review concept, you can skip to the next section. When developers collaborate on creating new features and fixing bugs, they (hopefully) develop their changes on branches. In git, branches are separate “stages” where code is changed without affecting code on other branches (e.g., other developers features). When a feature is completed, its author creates so-called Pull Request, which is a situation when some changes are requested to be merged to the main branch – so every developer creates features isolated, and in the end, everyone tries to merge them into the main codebase. Finally, code review is the process performed during living pull request, where other developers check the code, comment changes, and perform discussions with the original author about proposed solutions. Code Review Tools – What To Use? Typically there is one platform developers use to keep and maintain their code repository. The most popular code review tools are Github, Gitlab, and BitBucket. You can compare them here. Most of them provide a broad set of features; code review is only one of them. Pro tip: You probably want to keep all code-related data in one place. If you mix tools, try to set integrations. How To Do Code Review? Code review is a discussion. It takes two to tango, so at least one developer has to be involved except the code author, but of course, more developers can – and sometimes even should – join. Typically when code author opens Pull Request, he/she requests reviewers by selecting who should join the discussion – these developers should get notified. Of course, the review can be added without requesting – for example, a developer with free time can help others by adding extra reviews. Code review platform allows developers to see a comparison between the original code and changes proposed by code author. Each line of code can be commented, as well as general comments can be added to Pull Request. Code review can end with three different outcomes: Accepted – when code is fine, and reviewer agrees to merge changes Rejected – where reviewer denies merging and requires changes to the proposed code. Comment – where a reviewer adds remarks but doesn’t make the decision about merging. It can be useful when PR is work-in-progress or developer doesn’t feel competent enough to vouch for checked code. The code review process is a discussion, so sometimes requested changes are applied by the author, but sometimes code author doesn’t agree and discuss the problem with the reviewer. But this cuts both ways – sometimes it is a practical education process which ends with higher code standard, sometimes it’s a long and unproductive discussion (or even a flame!). The goal of code review There are several benefits of performing code review, but each team can focus on a different matter. Typically, the purpose you can look for will be improving general code quality and reducing the number of bugs by sharing knowledge of author and reviewers. Also, developers will educate each other on how to write better code and understand business problems. How much time does the code review process take? Can I afford it? Code reviews can take a lot of time indeed. This process should be added on top of a project’s time estimation. Just like the development itself, it’s tough (for every developer) to estimate how much time it will actually take. Time spent on Code Review will grow with the task complexity, just like the feature implementation. However, you can optimize this overhead, and I will give you some tips later in this article. Keep in mind, that code review is just like agile development – it might feel like we add extra time, but it pays off later with better quality! Why should you require code review in your projects? There are many benefits of having an obligatory code review in your project. Let me show you some of them: Early caught bugs Most likely, the longer a bug exists in your code, the harder it will be detected and terminated. In time, more and more application’s parts can rely on defective code, making it more expensive to fix. A code review will not catch all of them, but an extra pair of careful eyes can see what others don’t. Developers’ experience can vary a lot, one of them could have done a lot of work in previous projects related to, for example, dates manipulation, another one will be experienced in animations or performance. That’s a widespread situation when a developer already solved a problem once and just by looking at the code will know that this or that line will cause trouble in the future. Onboarding new developers Hiring new developers costs a lot – the recruitment process is only a beginning. Before a new developer will become productive and actually “earn” his/her salary, weeks or months will pass. The bigger and more complicated is the project, the longer will be time for a new developer to understand the codebase and business behind it. Code review is a great solution to speed up developers onboarding. A new employee should read the current code, ask questions, and get familiar with how team solves problems and manages the project. Also, when a new engineer starts creating features, quick feedback by the rest of the team will reduce the time required to dive into the project. Two reviewers are better than one It’s not easy to find a consensus if there are two different opinions on the table and two people who have to agree on one of them. Despite how strict computer science can be, there are a ton of problems which solutions based on very non-scientific premises and guesses. Both sides can argue and even fight to prove one’s right. Not many developers have in mind business problems (time!), so they can waste a lot of resources on pointless discussions. Another problem could be the personal character of team members. Sometimes people get frustrated because they can’t push opinion against someone with more communication skills. To solve this problem, it only takes to introduce a third developer (typically second reviewer), who will tip the balance and eventually agree only with one of the parties (or propose another solution). If you have the resources, I recommend having two reviewers by default, but if you lack developers time, add extra reviewer if there is a conflict to solve. Worth to mention that some problems better fit specific issues. Typical developers pair can be more effective when summoning expert from a particular domain to audit the code. So – try to have two reviewers or at least one backup reviewer.

Łukasz Ostrowski

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Future

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Future

In the present scenario, human beings can manage do perform more tasks in a day as compared to the predecessors, a few decades back. Artificial intelligence could actually assist us to resolve that information, search what’s more suitable and organize it in a mode that literally lessens our strain, an optimistic thing in both trade and daily life.
   
The influence of artificial intelligence on society has been astounding. From the very basic computer systems that executed simple calculation work to the latest multifaceted machine-learning programs, such as self-driven vehicles and smart homes, artificial intelligence has actually turned our lives to get extremely simpler and highly resourceful. The effect of this technical up-gradation on society has been surprising.
  
The artificial intelligence effect on the trade can’t be overlooked, either. It used to be that just the higher-level organizations could pay for artificial intelligence. At present, this technology mechanizes various common trade procedures, from sales hunting to arranging résumés. Errands that used to be highly time-consuming might at present, take no time at all, while the computer determines all your sales projection, you could engage yourself with promoting more. By permitting you to turn the regular tasks more efficient, artificial intelligence assists in improving your competences and develop your trade exponentially. You can easily balance your organization, provide higher value as compared to your opponents and gain immense benefits, but you will require artificial intelligence to execute that.


How Artificial Intelligence Can Benefit Your Business
 
Artificial intelligence could actually work as the key to significant, long-term business concerns. The positive effect of artificial intelligence and in your trade could be observed in almost all the business sectors, and in all the sections of a company. PaperByte offers the best possible AI security solutions with the client’s affordability in mind.
    
Sales Management
 
This is one of the most promising fields for artificial intelligence. CRM or customer relationship management can consume a lot of time for your sales team. But artificial intelligence can mechanically record the actions, prioritize the emails together with other chores and also manage sales forecasts. This technical upgradation can even allow you to see which of the leads are good, on the basis of previous dealings that you managed, and offer plans for individualizing the sales pitch.
    
Customers Support
 
These days, almost all individuals have utilized a chatbot. This feature is tremendously helpful for responding to the basic client questions, permitting the users to secure their reserves for highly intricate problems that need human communication. The artificial intelligence also allows a person to keep a proper record of their likes and dislikes together with ordering forms, so that you could present them with the offers and concessions that will attract more customers.
   
Financial Management
  
One of the most valuable abilities of technology like artificial intelligence is to investigate complicated data sets pretty quicker than any being could. Ahead of the automating transactions, artificial intelligence can inspect your funds, systematize and present your reports and categorize inclinations before the human intellect might grab them, relieving you keep away from the common fiscal flaws. On the client-side, this technology can classify scam and examine user credit.  
We at PaperByte, always give our best to endow the customers with the best possible technical solutions such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and a lot more. To experience the best what technology can come up with, get in touch with our experts today!!

Artificial Intelligence, AI Security Solutions

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