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Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' 2016 Conference: Day One

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 11, 2016

At the sixth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key takeaways included the value of the scientific method to drive change; the use of Continuous Delivery (CD) for improving safety and speed; and the power of cognitive bias during the user testing.

Continuous Deployment at Coolblue

by Ben Linders on  Sep 01, 2016

Continuous deployment results in a higher sense of responsibility and better quality of deployments, argues Paul de Raaij, technical pathfinder at Coolblue. Coding standards prevent your code base from becoming a mess, automated inspections are great for tedious and boring checks, and manual checks are great for checking if the logic or use of code actually makes sense.

API Mocking Tool WireMock v2 Released with Improved Request Matching and Stub Management

by Daniel Bryant on  Aug 16, 2016

WireMock v2, an API mocking and service virtualisation tool, has been released. Core enhancements include improved request verification failure reporting, the ability to create custom request matching logic (including the use of Java 8 lambdas), randomly distributed delays (currently with uniform and lognormal distributions), and matching on cookies and basic auth headers.

New in Android Studio 2.0: Instant Run and Cloud Test Lab

by Abel Avram on  Apr 08, 2016

Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.

“Monkeys in Labs Coats”: Applied Failure Testing Research at Netflix

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 27, 2016 1

At QCon London 2016 Peter Alvaro and Kolton Andrus shared lessons learned from a fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a novel method for automating failure injection testing at Netflix. Core learnings included: work backwards from what you know; meet in the middle; and adapt the theory to the reality.

Measure and Improve Code Quality

by Ben Linders on  Jan 11, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Boris Modylevsky about the importance of measuring code quality and how measurements can be used to improve quality, integrating static code analysis in continuous integration, testing coverage and test automation, and the benefits that continuous integration with integrated code analysis and test coverage can bring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Importance of the Testing Mindset in DevOps

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 21, 2015

The software testing practices and mindset have radically changed since the early days of Agile and Lean. Software testing practices and mindset are an inseparable part of DevOps culture.

Model-based Migration Approach for Maintenance of Legacy Software

by Ben Linders on  Jun 05, 2015 1

Hans van Wezep, software architect at Philips Healthcare, talked about model-based migration at the Bits&Chips Software Engineering conference. InfoQ did an interview with van Wezep about the challenges in maintaining legacy software, why manual refactoring is error prone, using models to refactor and migrate a codebase, and the benefits of using models when maintaining legacy software.

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