Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: Java IoT

Java IoT: Article

Enerjy Software Discusses Enerjy CQ2

Enerjy's new CQ2 Product Interview

JDJ: Describe the focus of the Enerjy CQ2 product and the target user base.
Enerjy Team: In the past we have focused on developers and built tools to support them. What we have found is that while these tools are helpful to developers that understand the importance of upfront quality practices the tools do not provide the development managers a way to prod developers that are not convinced. Enerjy CQ2 provides managers with the same insight into the whole code base that individual developers have on the code they are working on. This gives the managers insight into the code as its being written. Instead of managing problems as they come up it gives managers the ability to manage risk up-front. With the tool set managers can identify violations of the standards as well as attribute that code violation to an individual developer.

JDJ: Aren’t developers offended by managers approaching them with coding violations?
Enerjy Team: Well of course many developers believe that they write perfect code but the fact remains that many projects are late or never actually go into production and many of these cases are due to failed quality practices. We have found that most of the time senior developers see the analysis as a ‘safety net’ and junior developers see the statistics as a way to learn. Besides, it is hard to argue against testing. We have talked with many developer managers that have recently introduced coding and/or testing standards, we have found that typically senior developers are proud of their metrics and junior developers are motivated to do better. So no we don’t see a major problem with developers being offended by these metrics. We also provide a way for developers to self-audit so their violations need not ever be seen by a manager.

JDJ: You mentioned testing standards, what are some examples of the metrics you track in this area and does the information the developers see vary in any way from what the manager sees.
Enerjy Team: Well we gather and report metrics in two basic areas, static code analysis and testing coverage. For static code analysis we have an Eclipse plugin that will help the developer see any violations up front. For testing analysis we use a code coverage tool as well as make sure all methods have a test. The managers and developers can see the same information, the managers with CQ2 and the developers with the self-audit tools.
We also group analysis points into levels, high, medium and low. An analysis point such as ‘all unit tests passing’ would be high while ‘tabs instead of spaces’ would be considered low. The developer manager can then manage to these metrics but the developer is never broadsided because they have access to the same information as they write the code.

JDJ : So what tools do you expect the team to use, is there any requirement for the developers to learn a new tool set?
Enerjy Team: No we don’t expect the developers to learn any new tools, we want the developers to remain using the tool set they are comfortable with. We do expect that the team is using a version control system (CVS, Subversion, and Perforce are currently supported with more planed) and that JUnit is the used to write the tests. Other than that the developer will not have to learn anything new for the managers to be able to perform analysis on the code base.

JDJ: Do you currently support any other phase of the development lifecycle other than coding?
Enerjy Team: No we are focused on the development/coding phase, there is no real way to get involved in the requirements management phase without imposing a lot of changes in the way a developer works and imposing a lot of process on the team. We choose to focus on the development part of the lifecycle.

JDJ: What do the reports that the development manger gets look like, what kind of information is available.
Enerjy Team: The manager is first presented with a trend graph showing how the project is doing over time. So she can see if the trend is in a positive direction or negative. If there is an identified problem the manager can drill down into the detail all the way to a particular line of code if need be. The other interesting aspect is that through the version control system we are able to let the manager know exactly who is responsible for the introduction of the issue. So over time the manager can see if a particular developer is improving, getting worse or staying the same as well as what kind of issues are be introduced.
We have found that companies really like this as a means of bringing new hires up-to speed on company practices. With a self-audit the new developers can see where they are going astray from the teams practices.
The other interesting aspect is that managers don’t have to use Enerjy CQ2 from the onset of the project. Instead the history stored in the version control system (CVS, SVN etc.) can be used to develop the projects metrics.


More Stories By Bill Dudney

Bill Dudney is Editor-in-Chief of Eclipse Developer's Journal and serves too as JDJ's Eclipse editor. He is a Practice Leader with Virtuas Solutions and has been doing Java development since late 1996 after he downloaded his first copy of the JDK. Prior to Virtuas, Bill worked for InLine Software on the UML bridge that tied UML Models in Rational Rose and later XMI to the InLine suite of tools. Prior to getting hooked on Java he built software on NeXTStep (precursor to Apple's OSX). He has roughly 15 years of distributed software development experience starting at NASA building software to manage the mass properties of the Space Shuttle.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...