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Managing Crowdsourced Testing

by Ben Linders on  Jul 13, 2017

Crowdsourced testing is a unique way of involving the crowd- meaning the real users/testers- into software testing under real world conditions. It helped Swisscom to find defects very early in the development process and increase the quality of products.

Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust

by Daniel Bryant on  Jul 10, 2017

Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an OCI image-compliant container builder that creates “microcontainers” with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.

QCon New York Day 2 – Developer Experience Track Summary

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 03, 2017

Day 2 of QCon New York had a Developer Experience track which looked at ways to simplify the development process and provide ideas around removing friction, reducing the time from code to production and becoming more efficient in developer practices.

How Testers Can Become More Technical

by Ben Linders on  Jun 15, 2017

Testers who are able to successfully apply technical techniques of the testing craft during testing are more valuable; they increase both the quality and productivity of their teams. To become more technical, testers can learn something about code, and they should know how to manipulate and parse text files and how to use the most important analysis tools for their application platform.

AWS Lambda Support Added to AWS X-Ray Distributed Tracing Service

by Daniel Bryant on  May 30, 2017

Following from the General Availability (GA) release of the AWS X-Ray distributed tracing service in April, Amazon has added AWS Lambda support for AWS X-Ray, enabling function invocations and associated metadata to be recorded, displayed graphically via the AWS Console, and analysed for debugging or fault resolution purposes.

Updates to Google Chrome DevTools

by David Iffland on  May 24, 2017

The upcoming version of Chrome DevTools has a number of new features that can help developers build faster web pages and have an easier time debugging complex asynchronous code. At Google I/O 2017, Paul Irish presented a State of the Union showcasing a number of these new features.

Automated Acceptance Testing Supports Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Apr 28, 2017

Automated acceptance tests are an essential component of a continuous delivery style testing strategy, as they give an important and different insight into the behaviour of our systems. Developers must own the responsibility to keep acceptance tests running and passing, argued Dave Farley; you don't want to have a separate QA team lagging behind a development team.

Microsoft Adds Application Insights Support for Azure Functions

by Kent Weare on  Apr 08, 2017

Microsoft recently announced an initial preview of Application Insights support for Azure Functions. As a result of this integration between the two services, developers now get built-in instrumentation for their code and a portal to view trends in their code’s performance. Developers are also able to set monitoring thresholds which can be used to create alerts or a callout to external webhooks.

Does TDD Harm Architecture?

by Andrew Morgan on  Mar 31, 2017 4

Bob Martin, also known as Uncle Bob and co-author of the Agile Manifesto, has recently published an evaluation on whether TDD harms architecture. Most of the discussion centres around whether following a test driven approach has a negative impact on both the high level design and general maintainability of implementation code.

Mastering Agile Testing

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 27, 2017 3

There is general acceptance that adopting agile development practices enables the speeding up of the delivery of software. Without incorporating quality assurance practices directly into the development process, product quality inevitably suffers. In order to consistently achieve high quality, both work practices and team roles need to change to build quality in rather than testing at the end.

Is it Possible to Test Programmable Infrastructure? Matt Long at QCon London Made the Case for "Yes"

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 12, 2017

At QCon London, Matt Long, QA Consultant at OpenCredo presented “Testing Programmable Infrastructure with Ruby”. Key takeaways included: it is possible to test programmable infrastructure at the unit, integration, and acceptance level; Ruby provides the power of a full programming language for integration and acceptance tests, and is often understood by both testers and sysadmins;

Improving IT Performance with Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2017

The main benefit of continuous delivery is lower-risk releases; comprehensive test automation and continuous integration are practices that have the biggest impact on IT performance. Research of continuous delivery and IT performance tells us that implementing continuous delivery practices leads to higher IT performance and high performers achieve both higher tempo and higher levels of stability.

Testers Should Think Like Marketeers

by Ben Linders on  Mar 03, 2017

Testers should be sharing stories and talking about the things they care about, to get people interested in what they are doing. The future of testing needs testers to think like marketeers. They can start by making or writing something such as a blog, article, talk, or video, and share it.

Making Distributed Development Work

by Ben Linders on  Mar 02, 2017

Distributed development depends on effective communication: you need to look for ways to have robust and diverse communication, build empathy towards each other to encourage feedback, and keep an eye on motivation. Team members are more engaged and creative when there’s shared ownership and responsibility for complete delivery from idea to production in distributed teams.

Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations

by Ben Linders on  Feb 16, 2017

People can feel limited when challenged, which slows them down or keeps them from trying. It can be a real problem, but their fear might actually be in their imagination. Sometimes the only thing that's holding you back is yourself. Survival rules can hinder us- sometimes you have to break them.

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