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Google Strategies for Automated Android UI Testing

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2015

Convinced that “whatever can be unit tested should be unit tested”, Mona El Mahdy, a Software Engineer in Test at Google, has written a blog post proposing several approaches to perform unit tests on the user interface of Android applications. Mahdy recommends Robolectric and the Android Studio Gradle plug-in for general unit testing, and Espresso or UI Automator for creating and running UI tests.

Creativity and Testing: Do They Go Together?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.

Why BDD Can Save Agile

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 10, 2015 2

Matt Wynne, founder at Cucumber Ltd spoke at QCon London 2015 on how BDD can leverage the benefits of Agile on teams struggling with common patterns like lack of predictability, communication and quality.

Experiences from Continuous Testing at Siemens Healthcare

by Ben Linders on  Feb 24, 2015

Marco Achtziger shared his experiences with deploying continuous testing in large scale agile project at Siemens Healthcare at the OOP conference. InfoQ interviewed Achtziger about continuous testing and continuous integration, infrastructural and social challenges with continuous testing, testing processes and tools, and improving continuous testing.

The State of Testing in 2015

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.

Is Unhedged Call Options a Better Metaphor for Bad Code?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2014

In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.

Failure Injection Testing: Controlling Failure in Production

by Michael Stiefel on  Dec 12, 2014 2

Netflix's Failure Injection Testing bridges the gap between isolated testing and unmitigated chaos testing by controlling the impact of the test. FIT establishes a context which other components of Netflix's production testing and infrastructure systems interpret and adjust the behavior of the system accordingly.

Google Announces Cloud Container Engine Using Kubernetes

by Abel Avram on  Nov 05, 2014

Google made a number of cloud-related announcements during their Google Cloud Platform Live Event that is taking place in San Francisco these days. The most important is the availability of Google Container Engine (GKE), currently in public alpha. Others are: Managed VMs, more connectivity options, Cloud Debugger, Autoscaler, and price reductions.

How Netflix Handled the Reboot of 218 Cassandra Nodes

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2014

Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.

Designing Systems for Testability

by Ben Linders on  Oct 22, 2014

Testability must be explicitly designed in the system said Peter Zimmerer from Siemens AG. Test architects should drive testability and collaborate with architects, designers and testers in using good design and engineering practices. At the QA&Test 2014 conference Peter gave a tutorial about design for testability for embedded software systems.

Testdroid Mobile Device Farm Is Now Integrated with JIRA

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 17, 2014

Testdroid's maker Bitbar has recently announced the integration of Testdroid mobile app testing products with Atlassian JIRA defect tracking system. InfoQ has interviewed Testdroid technical product manager Ville-Veikko Helppi to better understand how developers and organizations could benefit from it.

The Release Process Used by Mozilla for Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Jul 04, 2014 1

This article presents the release process used by Mozilla for their browser.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Microservices

by Abel Avram on  May 28, 2014 1

There has been significant buzz around microservices lately, enough to generate some hype. After implementing heavy and cumbersome SOA solutions for more than a decade, are microservices the solution the industry has been waiting for? Or, are microservices simpler than monolithic solutions?

Facebook Open-Sources PlanOut, a Framework for Online Field Experiments

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 25, 2014 1

PlanOut is Facebook's language for online field experiments supporting "A/B tests," factorial designs, and more. According to Facebook, PlanOut makes possible to separate experimental design from application code and allows experimenters to concisely describe their designs. Facebook claims to be using PlanOut to run over a thousand experiments each day that involve hundreds of millions of people.

Lessons Learned from Apple's GoToFail Bug

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 28, 2014 5

The recent security weakness found in both iOS and OS X hints at flaws in coding style guidelines, unit testing, system testing, code review policies, error management strategies, and tools deployment. An overview.

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