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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Continuous Delivery Impacts Testing

    With continuous delivery we need to focus on quality as we write the code. Not every team will have testers, but if there are testers then they will work closely with developers, writing code to automate the small number of tests that cannot be covered by unit tests while helping developers creating unit tests.

  • Sauce Labs Adds Analytics and Extended Debugging to Continuous Testing Cloud

    At their recent user conference SauceCon, Sauce Labs introduced new capabilities for its continuous testing cloud including test analytics, featuring a dashboard that analyses test results and exposes common failures by browser and operating system, including Android and iOS.

  • 2018 State of Testing Survey

    The 2018 State of Testing survey aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops and recognize testing trends. The survey is open through January 2018.

  • Testing Lessons from Animals

    We can learn from how animals search for food to understand testing better, argued James Bach. Over time testers find out where the buggy parts of a product are, but then it might be effective to occasionally wander off and explore other areas. Stop hoping that automation will save you, and learn to hunt for bugs.

  • Designing Services for Resilience: Nora Jones Discusses Netflix Chaos Engineering at QCon SF

    At QCon SF Nora Jones presented “Designing Services for Resilience Experiments: Lessons from Netflix”. Key takeaways from the talk included: the customer experience is a priority; designing for resiliency testability is a shared responsibility; configuration changes can cause outages; and engineers should have have explicit monitoring in place to detect antipatterns in configuration changes.

  • GitHub for Testers

    Talk to a developer about version control, and you’ll likely hear about Git as a workflow tool, and GitHub as both a place to store code and a personal resume. It can be beneficial for testers to join and use Github for personal and professional projects and to contribute to existing projects.

  • Practical Tips for Automated Acceptance Tests

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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