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Nigel Daley

Nigel Daley is a software quality engineer at Yahoo!. He specializes in quality engineering for large-scale Java-based distributed systems and related technologies. Prior to working at Yahoo!, he was the lead quality engineer for Java RMI and Jini Network Technology at Sun Microsystems.


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My Extreme Feedback Device

Posted by nidaley on August 14, 2007 at 10:04 AM PDT

It's a simple thing -- but it does wonders to inform management and motivate developers!

For that last 9 months I've had an Ambient Orb connected to my Hudson continuous integration server.

Nigel's Law

Posted by nidaley on July 25, 2007 at 2:30 PM PDT

I test open source software that scales to thousands of nodes.

Getting Paid to Test Open Source Software

Posted by nidaley on July 19, 2007 at 1:24 AM PDT

To my mind, there's really nothing better. Working on open source software, with a community of programmers passionate about what they're building, and getting paid to do it. Perhaps this is becoming more common for developers, but it is certainly a rare occurrence for a quality engineer, such as myself.

Compute Server: new open source release

Posted by nidaley on May 3, 2006 at 1:40 PM PDT

Today, another early access version of Compute Server (version 0.2) was released at a new location in the recently formed Sun Grid Developer Community.

Jini: 300,000 test-executions strong

Posted by nidaley on April 13, 2006 at 1:32 PM PDT

Testing the Jini Technology Starter Kit is a lot of fun. It's also a lot of work.

Since version 2.0 of the starter kit (when a new plug-able implementation of the Java RMI programming model was added -- named JERI), the test matrix has really exploded!

Compute Server: locally debug your Sun Grid app

Posted by nidaley on April 5, 2006 at 2:32 AM PDT

If you're using Compute Server and you're not already a test driven developer, then this blog is for you! Time to roll up your sleeves and test the Compute Server project that you've created.

Compute Server: how it works

Posted by nidaley on March 30, 2006 at 12:33 PM PST

The recently created Compute Server project aims to enable Java developers to easily and efficiently use the Sun Grid Compute Utility as a platform for the distributed execution of parallel jobs. The following diagram describes currently "How It Works" from 50,000 feet.

Compute Server: grid computing for the rest of us!

Posted by nidaley on March 23, 2006 at 11:42 AM PST

What makes distributed computing so darn hard? Well, to start with, so much can go wrong. Networks change. Network speeds fluctuate. Networks fail. Nodes fail. And more. Are you testing all these scenarios?

Sun Grid: the ultimate test bed

Posted by nidaley on March 22, 2006 at 11:36 AM PST

It's a great day! It was just announced that the Sun Grid Compute Utility is open to the public.

As a software quality engineer for a number of advanced technologies for distributed systems, I can't think of a better test bed for qualifying my distributed applications!