Monthly Archives: June 2016

Any port in a storm… well, any free port :)

TCP network applications require a port to communicate on. Before we configure an application to use a specific port it's a good idea to check if it's already in use. Here are some commands to help with that task. To find out what ports are in use on Windows use As administrator - netstat -aonb…
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Docker for testers

Docker is making big waves in the IT community and for a good reason. The ability to fire up multiple applications on a host and share resources effectively, while maintaining their own configuration is a big step forward. It brings me back to the days of my Atari ST and Commodore Amiga, in those days…
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Centralised Testing Stubs

Testing stubs are often setup by developers within a project. They provide a good way to simulate a system which is too complex, too costly or otherwise impractical to reproduce for testing. The problem with stubs tends to come after a project has moved on, who looks after the stub? Often users of the stub…
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