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Mega Trends in Testing: Continuous Delivery, Production Line and the Deployment Pipeline

DevOps may be the next big buzzword, but Test teams really need to focus on its little sister, Continuous Delivery

By Michael Hackett, LogiGear Corporation

If you pay attention to trends in software development—from the perspective of what some sophisticated teams are doing, what articles and books are being written, to conference topics, you may have noticed the tools being developed— there have been transformations in the past decade:

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Part 3 – Be a Part of the Solution! Share your Opinion in our Test Automation Survey

Take our survey on test automation!

By Janine Nguyen, LogiGear Corporation

Get ready! LogiGear has launched its 3rd survey in the State of Software Testing series and it covers Test Automation. At LogiGear, we want to provide you with the best tools and support for testing your applications. But we can only do it with your help. We’re seeking answers to important questions on various topics within the testing field.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS! 5 DEVOPS VIDEOS

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LogiGear University announces the launch of a new, free video series on Testing in DevOps and Continuous Testing which is available today.

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Making the Case for Better Test Design

The No-Nonsense Guide for How to Write Smarter and Low Maintenance Test Cases

By Michael Hacket

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Test design is a phrase that is often used when planning testing and test efforts, but I do not believe it is well understood. Also, opinions vary widely about the importance of test design ranging from irrelevant to the crucial ingredient for success.

Recently, I was at a company where they are throwing out their entire test automation suite and starting over. The regression suite they had been building for a few years was bloated and verbose. To make matters worse, the pass-rate (percentage of automated tests passing each run) kept dropping, and the team had long ago lost confidence that the regression suite even gave much assurance.

Their idea two years ago was to invest a bunch of money in a new tool and hire more technical staff. Next, take the manual test cases and automate them since they seem to work, and automating is better than manual. Good idea? Eighteen months later they had a large number of automated scripts, but the tests were poorly designed in the first place.

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Why is test automation the backbone of Continuous Delivery?

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The path to continuous delivery leads through automation

By Ranjan Sakalley

Software testing and verification needs a careful and diligent process of impersonating an end user, trying various usages and input scenarios, comparing and asserting expected behaviours. Directly, the words “careful and diligent” invoke the idea of letting a computer program do the job. Automating certain programmable aspects of your test suite thus can help software delivery massively. In most of the projects that I have worked on, there were aspects of testing which could be automated, and then there were some that couldn’t. Nonetheless, my teams could rely heavily on our automation suite when we had one, and expend our energies manually testing aspects of the application we could not cover with automated functional tests. Also, automating tests helped us immensely to meet customer demands for quick changes, and subsequently reaching a stage where every build, even ones with very small changes, went out tested and verified from our stable. As Jez Humble rightly says in his excellent blog about continuous delivery, automated tests “take delivery teams beyond basic continuous integration” and on to the path of continuous delivery. In fact, I believe they are of such paramount importance, that to prepare yourself for continuous delivery, you must invest in automation. In this text, I explain why I believe so.

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Halliburton’s Last Mile to Continuous Delivery

5- Hali case studyHow Halliburton leveraged outsourcing to achieve their goals.

By LogiGear Staff

Organizations are focusing on speed, both in Continuous Integration and rapid deployment as a competitive advantage. Many software development organizations can significantly shorten development cycles by implementing one or a combination of Agile practices, continuous integration & deployment methods, and feature branches. While these frameworks and techniques shorten development cycles, test teams can quickly fall behind in keeping up with the velocity of product releases. Getting assistance from the outside can be crucial to the success of the entire development organization.

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Get Help When You Need it

If you want to enjoy your job and not worry about lack of resources, or have old, outdated strategies, with failing or meaningless test automation – get help!

By Michael Hackett

We all know about globalization. Markets are global, products are global, mobile is global and software development is a global. As a result, the workforce is increasingly distributed and diverse. Home team, multiple away teams, based on skill, based on time zone, on locale, availability—there are many reasons.

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The Automation of Mobile Testing – Should we or Shouldn’t we . . .

6.3 -Sep-2014-03Manual testing teams may not be able to test all the processes with each build

By Sam Mullin

Test automation of applications has been around for many years. There are many of us in the automated testing field that started very early in the test automation phase, but the introduction of mobile devices has brought on a new angle in test automation of applications. Mobile device testing introduces new technical challenges along with new processes and testing tools.  But should we use test automation for mobile applications that are on mobile devices? Many of us have mobile devices and we get our applications from the stores on Android or iOS and we go about our business.

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Modern Module Based Keyword Test Automaton for Visual Studio

TestArchitect for Visual Studio is a keyword authoring platform extension designed specifically to enhance coded UI test automation in Visual Studio 2012.

By Joe Luthy, Marketing Director, LogiGear

Microsoft’s Visual Studio’s ALM solution helps organizations manage the entire lifespan of application development and reduce cycle times. With the introduction of coded UI as an integrated component of Visual Studio® in 2010,Microsoft offered a built-in alternative to third party testing tools.

The coded UI framework in Visual Studio has record and playback functionality for test case creation as well as the flexibility to write tests in code. Incorporating a coded UI test platform in Visual Studio helped expand the ability for team collaboration but the burden of maintaining coded UI tests creates limitations for continuous builds and large-scale testing needs.

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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.

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