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  • Building High-Quality Products with Distributed Teams

    To ensure the quality of the products and services, Intermedia uses a common test & pre-production environment for all distributed teams. Lilia Gorbachik, product manager at Intermedia, mentioned at European Women in Tech that having a mature testing process, working with risks, and making daily decisions from a high-quality product perspective are key aspects to build high-quality products.

  • Observability in Testing with ElasTest

    In a distributed application it is difficult to use debugging techniques common in developing non-distributed applications. Bringing production observability to your testing environment helps to find bugs, argued Francisco Gortázar at the European Testing Conference 2019. He presented ElasTest, a tool for developers to test and validate complex distributed systems using observability.

  • Debugging Microservices Running in Containers: Tooling Review at KubeCon NA

    At KubeCon NA held in Seattle in December 2018, several tools for debugging containerised microservices were presented throughout the conference sessions and the sponsored booths demonstrations. A notable separation appears to be occurring within the market, between "active" and "passive" debugging tools. Two examples within these categories are Rookout and Squash, respectively.

  • Using Contract Testing for Applications with Microservices

    When using microservices, integration points between services are a hotbed for bugs. With consumer-driven contract testing, the consumer defines the contract and verifications are made against it within the providers build/test lifecycle. Contract testing fits well into a microservice workflow and kills your integration bugs, argued Maarten Groeneweg at the European Testing Conference 2019.

  • Effective Mob Programming Patterns

    Lisi Hocke spoke at the Testing United conference in Bratislava about how she helped shape a collaborative environment through the use of mob-programming. Hocke described how her team effectively used a strong-pairing style. Maaret Pyhäjärvi and Jeff Langr have both recently written about their own patterns for maximising the benefits of mob programming. We survey their experiences.

  • Jest 24 Improves TypeScript Support, Plans Migration to TypeScript

    The Jest team recently released version 24 of their JavaScript testing framework which improves its support for TypeScript test authoring. The Jest team also announced plans to migrate their codebase from Flow to TypeScript in the near future.

  • How to Avoid Failing at Mobile Test Automation

    Test automation in mobile development should be done by the Scrum team; don’t set up separate test automation teams, said Nadya Denisenko. She advised obeying the testing pyramid for mobile testing and involve testers from the start. Testers are quality-oriented developers who can guide and assist other developers in delivering high-quality software; manual testing will disappear in the future.

  • Testing Complex Distributed Systems at FT.com: Sarah Wells Shares Lessons Learned

    The complexity in complex distributed systems isn’t in the code, it’s between the services or functions. Testing implies balancing finding problems versus delivering value, said Sarah Wells at the European Testing Conference. Testers often have the best understanding of what the system does; they have a good hypothesis about what went wrong, and are able to validate it pretty quickly.

  • Apache Releases NetBeans 10.0 Featuring Enhanced Support for JDK 11

    The Apache Software Foundation recently released NetBeans 10.0 featuring enhanced support for JDK 11, adding support for JUnit 5, and the reintegration of the PHP, JavaScript, and Groovy modules. Apache has committed to two releases in 2019 to include support for JDK 12 and JDK 13.

  • 2019 State of Testing Survey: Call for Participation

    The 2019 State of Testing survey is now seeking participation, and aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops and to recognize testing trends. Anyone completing the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the State of Testing 2019 report once it is published.

  • Experiences from Remote Mob Programming: Q&A with Sal Freudenberg

    At Cucumber, mob programming is done remotely by using a cycle in which the driver pulls down the latest code and then shares their screen, the team mobs for 10 minutes or so and commits the code. Next, the driver’s role rotates. “Remote mobbing works really well for me”, says Sal Freudenberg, “because it lets me tailor my working environment and work in a spot where I feel comfortable.”

  • Experiments with Blockchain at Dutch Railways

    Testers will sooner or later be asked to test IT-solutions that incorporate blockchain technology. Software development is different for blockchain-based applications; blockchain impacts the way we are used to working, said Sanne Visser, a software tester at Dutch Railways. She spoke about how professionals can deal with blockchain-based software at European Women in Tech.

  • The Manual Regression Testing Manifesto

    Automating regression tests isn’t always the best solution, argued Brendan Connolly at the 2018 fall Online Testing Conference. He presented the “manual regression testing manifesto” and showed how it can be used to differentiate feature testing from regression testing and to decide when to automate or not automate tests.

  • Underplayed Premises of TDD: Q&A with GeePaw Hill

    TDD is more than a technique; it’s a whole style of programming, an integrated system of related behaviors and ideas. The five premises of TDD provide a ring in which we operate, they are the air that a TDD’er breathes.

  • Test Driven Containerized Build Pipelines in ConcourseCI

    A Lead Developer at Thoughtworks shared his team’s experience in rewriting the build pipeline for one of their clients. They migrated from Jenkins to ConcourseCI, with a focus on configuration-as-code, pipeline-driven delivery, container support and visibility into the system.

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