DevCreek for Developers
What is it?
The core of DevCreek is an Eclipse plugin that, installed on every developer box, automatically records when tests are added, when they are run, whether they pass or fail, and how long they take.
- Eclipse plugin: Install and Configure
- Eclipse plugin: Introduction
- Reported information will also be visible on the web site
How does it help the developer?
It provides immediate feedback about your own testing activities in the plugin view in Eclipse. You can also see metrics for the rest of the team's testing.
The "Testing Coach" feature to provide warning alerts for time elapsed between running tests or time spent fixing tests.
The team's data can be downloaded to produce individualized DevCreek Analytics reports for your own work. (The DevCreek Analytics on the website are for the whole project.)
There is also a Community website to provide further information and support and experiences from the wider community of DevCreek users.
How does it help the team lead?
It provides metrics for the whole team's testing activity, so that you can track testing process adoption and deviation from project norms.
(For instance, test-first development will normally present an alternating pattern of narrow red and green bars. An extended block of either red or green on any one machine shows a deviation which may be a problem.)
It makes it much easier to keep track of testing practices across a distributed team. Information about the testing practices on all the developer boxes is automatically available.
DevCreek Analytics make it easy to produce historical analyses for testing and process retrospectives, or to bring a new team lead or coach quickly up to speed about a team's actual practices.