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Monthly Archives: February 2013

LogiGear Magazine – February 2013 – The Rapidly Changing Software Testing Landscape

LogiGear Magazine – February 2013 – The Rapidly Changing Software Testing Landscape

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The Changing Landscape of Software Testing

By Michael Hackett, LogiGear Corporation

Introduction

Everything changes. It’s the only constant. The landscape of software testing is undergoing a fast and dramatic change driven by societal, business and technology changes that have placed software everywhere.

Computing is ubiquitous. There is hardly anything today that doesn’t contain a CPU or information transmission capability, with software to drive it.  From smart toasters to passports with microchips that log and share information, and more on the way every day as technologies are crossing and blending. The thinking insulin pump delivers correct doses of life-saving insulin and wirelessly sends reports to you and your doctor’s phone and orders a refill when supplies get low. Just a few years ago, who would have thought test strategy for an insulin pump would need to include communication, security and performance testing? In a relatively short time, financial transactions went from paper checks to online bill pay and now to mPay (mobile payments). The technologies that have enabled such acceleration in product development have changed the testing landscape, dramatically impacting testers and testing.

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What the Pho? A look into Vietnam’s Signature Dish

By Brian Letwin, LogiGear Corporation

Vietnam draws thousands of foodies each year who are eager to explore the country’s large selection of fresh and simple food. The options are nearly endless, and it’s no exaggeration to say one would need to invest a few years in order to sample everything.

Vietnamese cuisine in general has clear regional distinctions. Hanoi is famous for xoi xeo, the dish with sticky rice, fried onions and ground mung beans. Hue features a plethora of gelatinized rice and tapas style dishes, and Hoi An is known for cau lau, a soup with noodles made from the ashes of local trees.  But there’s one Vietnamese soup dish that transcends not just regional geography, but has become popular all over the world – pho.

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How Google Tests Software

By Adrian Woodhead, Last.fm

Having developed software for nearly fifteen years, I remember the dark days before testing was all the rage and the large number of bugs that had to be arduously found and fixed manually. The next step was nervously releasing the code without the safety net of a test bed and having no idea if one had introduced regressions or new bugs.

When I first came across unit testing I ardently embraced it and am a huge fan of testing in various forms — from automated to smoke tests to performance and load tests to end user and exploratory testing. So it was with much enthusiasm that I picked up How Google Tests Software”— written by some of the big names in testing at Google. I was hoping it would give me fresh insights into testing software at “Google Scale” as promised on the back cover, hopefully coupled with some innovative new techniques and tips. While partially succeeding on these fronts, the book as a whole didn’t quite live up to my expectations and feels like a missed opportunity.

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Glossary: Software Testing Landscape

Virtualization: Virtualization (or virtualisation) is the simulation of the software and/or hardware upon which other software runs. This simulated environment is called a virtual machine . There are many forms of virtualization, distinguished primarily by computing architecture layer. Virtualized components may include hardware platforms, operating systems (OS), storage devices, network devices or other resources.

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Service Virtualization Rises to Cloud App Testing Challenge

By Michael Vizard, IT Business Edge

One of the challenges with building an application these days is the number of dependencies that application will actually have on other applications. Ideally in order to know how that application will actually perform, application developers would be able to test their application against the application it depends on running in production. The odds of that happening, however, are slim to none, especially if that other application is running as a cloud service that has to be always available to end users.

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Deploying the Cloud? Make 2013 the Year to Do It Right

By Pete Schmitt, Customer Storage Inc.

It’s no secret that the cloud is growing at an exponential rate. By 2016, two-thirds of the world’s server workloads will exist in the cloud. But according to Cisco’s 2012 Cloud Index, less than half of server workloads currently run in the cloud. Closing the gap between current capabilities and future requirements is a mission-critical priority for businesses across a range of industries. Without adequate planning and preparation, the race to the cloud can easily become a long slog through a minefield of missed opportunities, user failures and IT nightmares.

As more and more workloads make their way to the cloud each year, enterprises have a vested interest in expanding network capabilities and evolving critical data center infrastructure to accommodate an ever-increasing array of cloud-based applications and data storage requirements.

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What Could the Cloud Be Like in 2013?

By Mandira Srivastava

Cloud computing has been the buzzword in the world of Information Technology for quite some time and it is likely to retain that status in the coming years.

Cloud computing has been helping business enterprises deliver services faster and cheaper compared to all other existing delivery models.

Small and medium business enterprises have changed their outlook towards technology substantially thanks to the implementation of cloud computing in their core business models. It has brought down infrastructure costs like no other technology has done before, not to mention the easy (remote) access features that have developed in critical business models.

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In The News – February 2013

VISTACON 2013 on The Horizon

VISTACON 2013 will continue to bring top experts and professionals to Vietnam to share the latest and greatest developments in Software Testing. With the success and energy from VISTACON 2011, expectations for the conference have risen. So this year, VISTACON 2013 will be covering the latest trends on software testing, including mobile testing, cloud testing, test automation and testing complex and big systems.

The conference, which will take place on April 25 and 26 at the Majestic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, will feature industry thought-leaders such as Julian Harty, BJ Rollison and Hans Buwalda. Visit www.VISTACON.vn for more information and special offers on ticket pricing.

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Letter From The Editor – February 2013

Change is constant. What’s different today is the rate of change. Moore’s law resulted from the observation that that the rate of change in computing power is exponential. The products, services and software landscape appears just as dynamic. At the same time, we pretty much take for granted the ubiquitous presence of software running our lives and the conveniences and ease it brings.

The landscape of product development is constantly shifting— mobility is everything and everything thinks. From medical devices to toasters, from radio becoming Pandora, from cash, checks and credit cards becoming online bill pay becoming mPay— everything is run by software, and more software with logic capability is being deployed. The technologies landscape too is shifting— the Cloud, SaaS, virtualization, cross-platform/non-platform specific mobile apps to HTML5.

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