What Makes Test Automation Successful?

An important but often underestimated part of software development is testing. Testing is, by definition, challenging. If bugs were easy to find, they wouldn’t be there in the first place (although it should be noted that early in the SLDC various trivial bugs might show up as well of course). A tester has to think outside the box to find the bugs that others have missed. In many cases, understanding the business domain of an application is more crucial for effective testing, as is detailed knowledge of the application itself.

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Reasons to Consider Software Tests as Products

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With DevOps, automated tests have become a crucial necessity. Tests need to be thorough, and their automation should be stable. In fact, tests have to meet quality and robustness criteria that are similar to the application under test, but tests seldom get the attention and investments that the applications get. Where sources and components of applications are considered products that are designed and developed, tests play a mere supporting role. In Scrum projects you will not see tests specified in the backlog. Rather, they are seen as a part of the production for the user stories.

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Virtualization—A Tester’s Dream?

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Virtualization has been around for a long time. As early as the 1960s, IBM was supporting virtualization on mainframes to ease the cost of migration among multiple generations of their systems. Languages like Pascal, Java, and C# translate into virtual machine languages that are then either interpreted or further compiled (“just in time compilation”) into actual machine code.

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