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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Creating a Multi-Team Test Automation Solution

    A solid test framework with automated tests can increase the confidence to release. Cross-team pairing on the framework made it possible for a team to build quality in from the start; it also brought the teams together and upskilled the testers in test automation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Do We Automate Testing?

    Test automation will demand time and attention, but when done the right way, is worth the investment. Don’t overdo automation; instead, focus on the needs and requirements. Having clean and easy-to-read code is very important to keep your test suite maintainable.

  • Automated Acceptance Testing Supports Continuous Delivery

    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.

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

    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

    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.

  • Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations

    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.

  • 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.

  • 2017 State of Testing Survey

    The 2017 State of Testing survey aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops. The survey is open throughout January 2017.

  • LinkedIn Test Butler Aims to Improve UI Testing on Android

    Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.

  • Chaos Testing of Microservices

    The world is naturally chaotic, and we should both plan for and test that our systems can handle this chaos, Rachel Reese claimed at the recent QCon London conference describing how Jet, an e-commerce company launched in July 2015, work with microservices and chaos engineering.

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