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Practical Tips for Automated Acceptance Tests

by Ben Linders on  Feb 10, 2017

Testing techniques like Equivalence Partitioning, Boundary Value Analysis, and Risk-based Testing can help you decide what to test and when to automate a test. InfoQ spoke with Adrian Bolboacă about different types of tests, writing sufficient and good acceptance tests, criteria to decide to automate a test, and how to apply test automation to create executable specifications.

Writing Good Unit Tests

by Ben Linders on  Jan 19, 2017 15

Try to keep units small, use appropriate tools, and pair-up programmers and tester; these are suggestions for writing good unit tests. Unit testing is a mixture of programming and testing; programmers can work together with testers to learn from each other and broaden their knowledge horizons.

Kyle McMeekin on Real World Testing Challenges

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 04, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 conference, InfoQ spoke to Kyle McMeekin about the real world challenges around software testing in agile development, the push to have more test automation and how exploratory testing is different from and more effective than scripted manual testing.

Increase Learning with 10% Autonomy Time

by Ben Linders on  Oct 20, 2016

Giving teams autonomy to spend 10% of their time for learning reduces delivery time, increases quality, and increases motivation. The 10% rule gives teams full autonomy to work on things they consider important. It results in freeing up people's creativity and letting teams grow their potential.

How to Effectively Debug Software

by Ben Linders on  Jun 09, 2016 1

InfoQ interviewed Diomidis Spinellis, author of the books Code Reading and Code Quality, about finding and fixing errors in software, principles for debugging software and how to improve the effectiveness of debugging, how to write code that requires less debugging, and what managers can do to support error prevention and handling.

To the Moon: Parallels Between Space Missions and Developing Software

by Ben Linders on  Dec 03, 2015 1

Russ Olsen did the opening keynote titled "To the Moon" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about drawbacks of doing all the things at the same time to meet the deadline, learning from things that went wrong and from things that went right, how little things can kill you in software development, and how to focus and deal with details when doing complex work.

Swagger Founder Makes Commitment to Keep Project Open

by Jerome Louvel on  Apr 03, 2015

With SmartBear Software recently announcing that they are assuming responsibility for the Swagger API open-source project, many companies involved in API development tools have wondered if there will be major changes. Questions are also coming from the open-source community and from professional API developers. InfoQ interviewed Tony Tam, founder of the Swagger project.

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.

Reaction to Proposed Software Testing Standard

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 11, 2014 6

ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 is a proposed standard for software testing that has generated a lot of reaction in the industry, much of it against the implementation of the new standard.

Abstract Interfaces vs Abstract Base Classes in Entity Framework 6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 18, 2013 5

As part of the beta 1 release, Entity Framework 6 has added new methods to DbSet: AddRange, RemoveRange, and FindAsync. But what will happen with IDbSet, the matching abstract interface?

Coverity 2012: How to Get a Low Defect Density

by Abel Avram on  May 07, 2013

This article contains the testimonies of several project leaders detailing the process used to achieve a low Coverity Scan defect density.

Anthony F. Voellm Discusses Testing 2.0 at the Google Testing Blog

by Michael Stal on  Sep 01, 2012

In his recent posting "Testing 2.0" at the Google Testing Blog, Anthony F. Voellm is discussing the evolution of testing. While some experts might believe, almost all research in testing already has been done, Voellm anticipates what he calls “Testing 2.0” . This evolution of testing could comprise aspects such as automation of complex decisions on quality issues.

Elizabeth Hendrickson On The Bugs Spread Disease

by Michael Stal on  Aug 12, 2012 3

Elizabeth Hendrickson recently discussed the wasted hours she spent in bug triage meetings. In her blog testobsessed.com she addressed the problem that some organizations spend so much time and money on testing without really leveraging the information testing reveals. Such organisations suffer from severe problems due to what Hendrickson calls the bugs spread disease.

IBM is now wearing a Green Hat

by Michael Stal on  Jan 06, 2012 5

On January 4th, IBM announced it is going to acquire the cloud and SOA integration service company Green Hat. Testing is one of the main challenges when developing cloud or SOA based applications. Buying Green Hat IBM hopes to offer more productive testing approaches and other benefits for such types of large scale software systems. Green Hat will be integrated into IBM Rational Solution.

How Applied Psychology can help Software Engineers

by Michael Stal on  Nov 02, 2011 1

On the 1st November software engineer and author John R. Fox has published his book “Digital Work in an Analog World”. According to its subtitle “Improving Software Engineering by Applied Psychology”, the book does not consider software engineering in practice. Rather, it is focusing on the psychological aspects relevant and practices relevant for engineers.

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