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Yearly Archives: 2008

Jungle Testing

By Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear Corporation

As I write this article I am sitting at a table at StarEast, one of the major testing conferences. As you can expect from a testing conference, a lot of talk and discussion is about bugs and how to find them. What I have noticed in some of these discussions, however, is a lack of differentiation between the different types of bugs that I think is essential for testing success.

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Hung Q. Nguyen Discusses Software Testing

The following is a transcript of a May 7, 2008 interview with Hung Q. Nguyen, founder and CEO of LogiGear Corporation and coauthor of the best selling textbook Testing Computer Software.

Interviewer: When it comes to software testing, what concerns or issues are you hearing from software developers?

Hung Q. Nguyen: The most pressing concern that I hear from companies that develop software is that they are not testing fast enough. With advancements in technology and development tools the rates for building software have become very fast. Development is outpacing software testing which is driving a huge demand for test automation. However, test automation, done incorrectly can be more of a hindrance.

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The Importance of Volume in Automated Software Testing

By Hung Q. Nguyen and Rob Pirozzi, LogiGear Corporation

All too often, software development organizations look at automating software testing as a means of executing existing test cases faster. Very frequently there is no strategic or methodological underpinning to such an effort. The approach is one of running test cases faster is better, which will help to deliver software faster.

Even in organizations that start to build a test automation effort on a good foundation of strategy, methodology, and supporting tools, taking such a narrow view of the test automation effort misses a huge dynamic.

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Is Test Automation the Same as Programming Tests?

By Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear Corporation

Introduction

A common issue that I come across in projects is the relationship between test automation and programming. In this article I want to highlight some of the differences that I feel exist between the two.

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How to Measure Testing Success

by Hung Nguyen, CEO, President and Founder, LogiGear Corporation

Introduction

All to often, senior management judges software testing though the lens of potential cost savings. Test automation and outsourcing are simplistically looked at as simply methods to reduce the costs of software testing. But the sad truth is that simply automating or offshoring a poor software testing effort will simply yield an automated and offshore poor testing effort. And if the same simplistic approach was taken in the planning of automation and offshoring, the costs may not even be lower.

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The Potential and Risks of Keyword Based Testing

By Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear Corporation

Introduction

Keyword based testing is gaining ground. More and more organizations see this model, in which tests are not scripted but written as a series of keywords with arguments, as a valuable alternative to record and playback, or scripting of tests. A good theoretical basis for keywords can be found in the well known automation book Software Test Automation, by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster, and also in numerous articles and white papers on the LogiGear website. In this article I want to list some of the typical advantages and risks of keywords.

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