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Stephen Copp Interview on Integrated Test Platforms

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Michael Hackett sat down with EA’s Stephen Copp to discuss the world of integrated test platforms.

Continuous Integration in .NET

Times have changed, the tools have improved, and with books like this available you have no reason to not give CI a go.

By Tad Anderson

I still remember the first time I was on a project that used NAnt and CruiseControl.NET. It was years ago and both were new tools with plenty of bugs. The project manager took one of the team’s architects and dedicated him to getting CI up and running. I didn’t work with him for another 9 months. It was a complete nightmare. Every morning was dedicated to finding out why the builds failed, fixing the issue, and then manually rerunning the builds until successful. Then it was off to show management the new build reports. It didn’t take long for them to not want to be hassled with the process. A year after it all began the code base was removed from the CI process and went back to manual builds.

Not a very good story to start the review of a book on CI that I highly recommend you read. Times have changed, the tools have improved, and with books like this available you have no reason to not give CI a go. You may have plenty of excuses, but no reasons. Luckily this book contains a nice summary of excuses commonly used and does a nice job of debunking them.

Letter From The Editor – September 2012

There has been a tectonic shift in software development tools in just the past few years.  Agile practices and increasingly distributed teams have been significant factors but, in my opinion, the main reason is a new and more intense focus on tools for testing driven by more complex software and shorter development cycles.

There have always been developer tools and platforms (IDEs) and they are getting better. There have always been project management tools and now they are extending further across teams and becoming more integrated.

For a long while testing stood alone. Most of the focus was on integrating bug trackers into team tools, but that’s typically where it stopped. The first generation of integrated tools were cumbersome and poorly documented, and their lack of sophistication failed to provide significant benefits to the whole team or to make product development faster. 

Making BIG Testing a BIG Success

By Hans Buwalda

There is no one recipe to make big testing a big success. It takes planning and careful execution of the various aspects, like test design, infrastructure and organization – a mix that can be different for each situation in which you may find yourself.

In writing about big testing, the first question that comes up is, “What is ‘big’?” In this article, “big” means, well, a big test.

Now, that does not necessarily mean a big system under test. There are, in fact, a number of factors that can make for a substantial testing effort. They include:

Extending Test Automation to Mobile Applications

Gal Tunik explains the necessity of test automation in mobile applications, citing the unique challenges that that platform raises, including the intricate differences between mobile and desktop interfaces, and performance test results for applications as well as mobile networks.

It is no surprise in this day and age of instant-on gratification that mobile devices are gaining momentum. People have become accustomed to accessing information when they want it, wherever they are, and the mobile device is one way to stay connected. Across all industries, companies are realizing that to remain competitive, they must provide customers with ways to make everyday connectivity to the world easier. However, in order to create a successful mobile application, it is important that companies conduct the necessary tests to ensure that it is market-ready.

Automation Testing Tools in Full View

Bogdan Bereza-Jarocinski

A trainer, quality specialist and owner of VictO (2004), Bereza-Jarocinski co-founded Swedish SAST (1995), Polish SJSI (2003), and Polish SPIN (2006). He is also founder and secretary general of ADPQB (2008). For more information on his academy, visit www.victo.eu.

In  order to make the right choices among tools, you must be able to classify them. Otherwise, any choice would be at best haphazard. Without functioning classification, you would not be able to understand new tools fast, nor come up with ideas of using, or creating new tools.

Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Rasmusson

Author of The Agile Warrior, Rasmusson answers questions from LogiGear’s testing staff about test automation in agile projects.

Action Based Testing: The Solution for Agile Test Automation

Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear

To address the challenges and fears of implementing automation in agile projects,  LogiGear CTO Hans Buwalda presents Action Based Testing as the answer.

Michael Hackett: Agile Automation


Agile Automation

Michael Hackett – Senior Vice President – LogiGear Corporation

Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Kohl

Based in Alberta, Canada, Jonathan Kohl takes time out of his busy schedule to discuss his views on software testing and automation.