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Yearly Archives: 2007

Software Testing 3.0: Organization and Process Ramifications

Rob Pirozzi

Introduction

Many companies have come to realize that software testing is much more than a task that happens at the end of a software development cycle. They have come to understand that software testing is a strategic imperative and a discipline that can have a substantial impact on the success of an organization that develops software. Many of these companies are coming to embrace the ideas that are central to the latest phase in the evolution of software testing, Software Testing 3.0 (See the links below for more on Software Testing 3.0).

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Is Action Based Testing an Automation Technique?

By Hans Buwalda

Introduction

Keyword driven methodologies like Action Based Testing (ABT) are usually considered to be an automation technique. They are commonly positioned as an advanced and practical alternative to other techniques like to “record & playback” or “scripting”.

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How to Identify the Usual Performance Suspects

When You’re Out to Fix Bottlenecks, Be Sure You’re Able to Distinguish Them From System Failures and Slow Spots

By Scott Barber

Bottlenecks are likely to be lurking in your application. Here’s how you as a performance tester can find them.

This article first appeared in Software Test & Performance, May 2005.

So you found an odd pattern in your scatter chart that appears to be a bottleneck. What do you do now? How do you gather enough information to refute the inevitable response, “The application is fine, your tool/test is wrong”? And how do you present that information conclusively up front so you can get right down to working collaboratively with the development team to solve the problem?

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Should Automated Acceptance Tests Use the GUI the Application Provides

By Michael Bolton

Introduction

As a consultant and trainer, I am often asked by my clients and students how to deal with automated acceptance tests. One common question is whether automated acceptance tests should use the graphical user interface (GUI) provided by the application.

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Key Success Factors for Keyword Driven Testing

By Hans Buwalda, Chief Technology Officer, LogiGear Corporation

Introduction

Keyword driven testing is a software testing technique that separates much of the programming work of test automation from the actual test design. This allows tests to be developed earlier and makes the tests easier to maintain. Some key concepts in keyword driven testing include:

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Action Figures

By Hans Buwalda

It can be complicated to automate model-based testing. Here’s how to employ action words to get the job done.

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A Primer on Passwords

By Karen N. Johnson

Please note: This article was adapted from a blog posting in Karen N. Johnson’s blog on July 24, 2007.

Introduction

The password field is one data entry field that needs special attention when testing an application. The password field can be important (since accessing someone’s account can start a security leak), testers should spend more time on this essential field. Following is a brief discussion of different types of passwords.

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Building Vietnam’s Leading Center For Software Testing

An Interview With Hung Nguyen, Founder and CEO of LogiGear Corporation

This interview was published by Saigon Entrepreneur Weekly (Issue 186, February 2, 2007), the most respected and widely read business magazine in Vietnam.

Hung Nguyen is a well known author of best selling books about software testing in the United States and is a widely recognized software testing industry thought leader. He has helped many major multinational companies with their software testing efforts. While Hung may be well known in the software testing industry, the industry sector is virtually unknown to many Vietnamese.

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High-Performance Testing

By Scott Barber

This article first appeared in BETTER SOFTWARE, May/June 2005.

Executives and managers, get your performance testing teams out of the pit and ahead of the pack

Introduction

As an activity, performance testing is widely misunderstood, particularly by executives and managers. This misunderstanding can cause a variety of difficulties-including outright project failure. This article details the topics that I find myself teaching executives and managers time and time again. Learning, understanding, and applying this knowledge on your performance testing projects will put you on the fast track to success.

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Software Testing 3.0: Delivering on the Promise of Software Testing

By Hung Q. Nguyen and Rob Pirozzi, LogiGear Corporation

This is an adaptation of a presentation entitled Software Testing 3.0 given by Hung Nguyen, LogiGear CEO, President, and Founder. The presentation was given as the keynote at the Spring 2007 STPCON conference in San Mateo, California. 

Watch for an upcoming whitepaper based on this topic.

Introduction

This first article of this two article series (The Early Evolution of Software Testing), discussed the early phases of software testing (Software Testing 1.0 and 2.0). It highlighted how both of these phases have largely underperformed expectations and discussed the shortcomings of these early phases of software testing.

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