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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Test automation is a big topic. There are so many different areas to talk about: tool choice, jumpstart, cross platform, services, cloud… Each of these areas have changed so much in the recent past that they could each be worth their own magazine issue.

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Letter From The Editor

By Michael Hackett, LogiGear Corporation

DevOps can be a big scary thing. Culture change, constant collaboration— whatever that means— a big new set of tools… it’s a lot. What most teams want is to have a smooth running software development pipeline. I have stopped using the phrase “DevOps,” and now I say “Continuous Delivery.” There are many reasons for this.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

I remember the times when test teams sat in their own area and we were not allowed to “bother” developers.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR


clockThis is our first Trends issue in our 10- year history. Trends are important to help foresee what is on the horizon and coming next.

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LETTER FROM EDITOR – DECEMBER 2016

Our plan for the December LogiGear Magazine was to have a forward-looking Trends and Challenges issue. However, whilst assembling our September issue on SMAC, we realized the momentum SMAC was gaining in the industry. We had a large amount of content on our hands from a range of excellent contributors. Thus, we decided to split the SMAC stack in two parts: Part 1: Social and Mobile in September and now, Part 2 Analytics and Cloud in December.

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LETTER FROM EDITOR – SEPTEMBER 2016

As we settle into autumn, we’re taking the time to start some new traditions. This is LogiGear magazine’s first issue on SMAC. SMAC—social, mobile, analytics and cloud. We will be doing more issues in the next few years on these topics since so much of the product world is moving to this development stack.

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Letter from the Editor – June 2016

Michael_Hackett.20150723This is LogiGear magazine’s first issue on the big world of DevOps. DevOps is a very large topic.

Just when you thought you were safe from more process improvement for a while—not so fast. There’s DevOps, Continuous Testing, Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment. In this issue, we are focusing on Continuous Testing, the part most concerning Test teams.

DevOps is, by one description, Agile for Ops. With closer input and collaboration from the business side, development and operations are using great tools to help Ops be more Agile and migrate code to production faster. But this can be complicated.

Now, I am running into organizations that say they do DevOps or are moving to DevOps but have very little in place to do so, or worse, have no idea what they are doing. This reminds me of a few companies that I knew in the Agile era, that said they were Agile, but weren’t.

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Letter from the Editor – March 2016

michael

I once consulted for a company to give a week-long course on testing and QA. It was a survey course covering a wide range of topics. I was setting up and chatting with students in the room. One man came over to me and said: “I have been testing for 6 months and I am completely bored. I plan on getting a different job in software, either in the company or outside—but it won’t be in testing. I know testing is important—very important—but it’s so boring. It’s not for me. This is my last chance: I hope I can learn something from this class that makes testing more interesting or challenging.”

This exchange is atypical—although I have met people in testing who find no challenge in what we do, meeting someone at that breaking point is rare.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – DECEMBER 2015

Michael_Hackett.20150723Every year, LogiGear Magazine devotes one full issue to Test Automation.  We could do more than one, and perhaps even that would not be enough.

The problems around automation have become increasingly complex. And now, automation is much more integrated into the software development process. For over a decade teams have been faced with “do more with less”: do more testing, do more automation, and do it all with less staff. Then Agile/Scrum came along and we had to automate it faster. As the XP practice of continuous integration (CI) caught fire, our automation suites – smoke tests and full regression suites – got integrated into the autobuild development process, which in most cases was out of our control. Other people and tools are now running our automation and reporting back results – not by us kicking off automation when we choose to, but whenever a build takes place.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – SEPTEMBER 2015

Michael Hackett

In every year since 2011, we have devoted one edition of our magazine to the topic of mobile testing. In this year’s issue on mobile, we focus on testing from the point of view of the user experience.

Most teams start with UI testing, and it may seem basic — until you look at the importance and uniqueness of UI testing for mobile apps and websites. There’s a lot to understand, but the most important thing is that mobile users aren’t very bug tolerant. Their expectation is flawless performance.

 

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