Research Insights: No Silver Bullets for DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 31, 2015

InfoQ ran a DevOps research question during Q4 of 2015, to find out which practices contribute the most to a healthy DevOps culture. The results show there are no predominant practices as DevOps initiatives are highly contextual.

End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful: A Q&A with Steve Smith

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 17, 2015

InfoQ recently sat down with Steve Smith and discussed the ideas behind his recent blog post “End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful”. Smith talked about release testing being a form of ‘risk management theatre’, discussed the benefit of unit and acceptance testing, and stressed the value of monitoring at runtime versus the typically fragile and slow-running implementation of end-to-end testing.

Microsoft Takes Azure Portal out of Extended Preview

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 14, 2015

Microsoft recently made their updated Azure Portal generally available (GA) after nearly nineteen months in “preview.” Before setting this to default portal experience for all customers, Microsoft says they focused on improving performance, reliability and usability.

Developing and Testing Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Jose Lima from Redgate software shared his experiences with microservices. InfoQ interviewed him about advantages and disadvantages of developing products with microservices, how applying microservices has improved the quality of products, testing microservices and the skills that testers need, and his learnings from developing and testing microservices.

Most Common Issues Caused by Mobile Fragmentation

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2015

Device fragmentation can be a serious hindrance to providing great mobile user experiences. A review of the most common issues faced by developers.

The Role of Configuration Management in a Containerized World

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Dec 02, 2015

The widespread adoption of Docker in infrastructure automation has led to a growing debate as to whether it supersedes configuration management. The consensus seems to be that both will co-exist in a complementary way.

Testing Systems with a Nest of Tests

by Ben Linders on  Nov 28, 2015

James Lyndsay did a workshop titled "a nest of tests" at the Agile Testing Days 2015. In this workshop he explored how you can design large collections of tiny tests and visualize their output to test systems, and showed how tools can help you to do it. InfoQ interviewed him about this testing approach.

Automation in Testing over Test Automation

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Richard Bradshaw explored how using the term “test automation” is restricting teams in exploiting the benefits of automation. InfoQ interviewed Bradshaw about the difference between testing and checking and why they are both important, how automation can support testing, using automation frameworks, and why we should always focus on the testing problem.

Stop Being Lazy, and Test Your Software (with the Help of Docker)

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 22, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, Laura Frank presented “Stop Being Lazy, and Test Your Software”. Frank proposed that testing software is necessary, no matter the size or status of your company, and introducing Docker to the development workflow can assist with writing and running testing frameworks more efficiently, and ultimately facilitate the delivery of high quality software products to customers.

Rebuild or Refactor?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2015 3

Should you rebuilding or refactoring software?An interview with Wouter Lagerweij about what it is that makes refactoring so difficult, if rebuilding software is less risky than refactoring, and how continuous delivery fits with rebuilding software.

Importance of Cultural Shift in Continuous Delivery Model

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 29, 2015

Technology leaders are moving towards Continuous Delivery and Agile to accelerate business innovation.This post talks about the importance of cultural shift in successful Continuous Delivery implementation in the organizations.

Netflix’ Principles of Chaos Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2015

Based on their experience with arbitrarily shutting down servers or simulating the shutdown of an entire data center in production, Netflix has proposed a number of principles of chaos engineering.

Twitter Diffy Spots Bugs in Services by Comparing the Responses

by Abel Avram on  Sep 18, 2015

Twitter has open sourced Diffy, an automated testing tool used in production for discovering potential bugs in new code running on Apache Trift and other HTTP-based services.

Six Ways of Improving Behaviour-Driven Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 31, 2015

Remembering that automation is a side benefit and not the reason for BDD is one improvement to more closely follow the recommendations of BDD thought leaders, Joe Colantonio explains noticing six ways of improving work with a BDD mindset.

AWS Device Farm Enables Cloud Testing for Android and Fire OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2015

Amazon has introduced its new AWS Device Farm, a mobile test farm targeting the Android and Fire OS ecosystem that provides a growing collection of more than 200 unique environments, says Amazon, and integration with major testing automation frameworks and CI systems.

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