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BP nominated project reduces down time for testing

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on September 30, 2006

This is one of the entries for the private sector project of the year awards for excellence from Computing magazine

BP refineries, chemical plants and other industrial sites periodically undergo major overhauls called turnarounds, where equipment is shut down for testing and maintenance.

During such turnarounds, sites generate no revenue, meaning the cost of downtime is enormous. This led the company to develop and deploy a wireless mobile task management system with the potential to save tens of millions of dollars annually.

Previously, BP used paper-based tracking, involving thousands of signatures and presenting a huge potential for bottlenecks. The Task Tracker system, developed in partnership with supplier Syclo, controls work assignments and provides status details in real time to workers via handheld devices, as well as tracking equipment via RFID tags. An innovative wireless mesh network lets the system work even in wireless-unfriendly heavy metal environments.

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Test database strategy question

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on September 29, 2006

From Slashdot

If you’re interested in a range of answers to this question, or providing one yourself, then visit here

I’ve been tasked with finding strategies for a test database that can be used effectively by both software developers and the QA team. We’re a J2EE shop with most of the interesting pieces of the application interacting heavily with the database — so we need to test it. We’re ramping up on JUnit, but are looking for ways to test the database-driven pieces of code. Since QA needs the same database for functional testing separate from developers’ unit tests, DBUnit doesn’t seem to suffice. We also have the challenge of working on multiple releases at the same time, which only complicates how and when to add new data to the test database in a way that’s useful and valid for everyone. We’re looking for strategies for using a test database in a way that meets both the QA’s and the developers’ needs, works for multiple releases, and isn’t a heavy burden to maintain given that the schema and code can change anytime before any of the multiple upcoming releases. Any suggestions?”

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TelstraClear disaster recovery test will be repeated annually

Posted in security testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 28, 2006

From Continuity Central

New Zealand-based TelstraClear has conducted a simulation which tested disaster recovery plans for the company’s CLARiS suite of products. In the exercise the products suffered a technical issue and were not serviceable.

“We have installed new SUN E25K servers and Hitachi SAN storage equipment in Auckland and Wellington so it was important that we tested both production environments,” explained TelstraClear’s chief of operations Luigi Sorbello. “The simulated technical problem affected critical TelstraClear in-house systems so that our whole business was potentially at risk.”

“Data was migrated from Auckland to Wellington and we worked in disaster recovery mode for two business days. On the second day we successfully completed a residential bill run, then fully restored services back to Auckland,” said Mr Sorbello.

“We didn’t want to sit back and wait for a problem, so we invented one ourselves. Cutting over data to Wellington meant a scheduled four-hour outage to our internal systems. However, when cutting back data to Auckland the outage was nearly halved.”

The disaster recovery exercise will be conducted annually.

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City begins testing LSE new trading platform

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 27, 2006

From Computer Weekly

The UK’s majjor banks and hundreds of City trading firms will begin testing the London Stock Exchange’s new core trading platform early next month, ahead of its planned launch in the summer of 2007.

The Tradelect platform is the final part of a four-year IT transformation programme designed to increase capacity, cut latency.and enable new services to be rolled out more quickly and at lower cost.

Testing will focus on speed and systems compatibility. It will involve all the stock exchange’s 335 plugged-in broker member companies running conformance tests in dedicated time slots.

As well as testing the speed of the system, firms will be weighing up what application development work will be needed to take best advantage of the platform’s new functionality.

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Sony Ericsson releases Mobile JUnit application testing framework

Posted in Automated testing,Events and improvement,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on September 26, 2006

From Kauppalehti Online

Sony Ericsson Developer World today announced the release of a new, best practice framework for improving application quality on Java(TM) Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). Sony Ericsson Mobile JUnit 1.0 for Java ME Connected-Limited-Device- Configuration (CLDC) phones offers professional wireless developers easy-to-use, automated testing of mobile applications. The announcement underscores the commitment of Sony Ericsson Developer World to help developers achieve business success by providing assistance throughout the entire development and go-to-market process for commercial applications.

Sony Ericsson Mobile JUnit 1.0 is of benefit to developers of both games and complex Java enterprise applications, for example a mobile banking service. It specifically addresses the challenges of testing Java ME applications without increasing development time and costs. In order to improve the quality of an application coming to market and thereby give consumers a better user experience, developers may typically use unit testing programs, which test how a single unit of code is working. Unit testing aims to break down large applications or systems into small parts with a number of specific test cases and then test each part to ensure correct behavior, all with the aim to find and correct bugs before commercializing an application.

Unit testing for applications written in Java SE (Standard Edition) is primarily done using the popular, open-source JUnit framework, a regression testing framework allowing programmers to test their own software. With the release of the Sony Ericsson Mobile JUnit, a comprehensive set of guidelines and principles for Java ME CLDC unit testing is available for the first time.

During development, Java ME applications must be tested while running within a desktop emulator or on the mobile phone the application is aimed for. On-device testing is particularly important since emulators cannot accurately reproduce all aspects of the final running environment. The Sony Ericsson Mobile JUnit enables fully automated regression testing of CLDC applications both in the emulator and on the real phone, resulting in higher quality applications while simplifying the process for finding and debugging code. In addition, after the application has been released, Mobile JUnit aids future development work by eliminating the introduction of new bugs to the code.

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Automated software test tool for Java: Jtest

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on September 25, 2006

Parasoft has released a new version of Jtest, the automated Java testing solution. Its new capabilities including several industry-first testing technologies that help development teams expose software bugs, verify functionality and ensure the security and reliability of their applications throughout the development lifecycle.

Jtest 8.0 features a static analysis technology that searches a code base for errors which can lead to runtime bugs and application instabilities. By automatically tracing and simulating execution paths through even the most complex applications – those with paths that span multiple methods, classes, and/or packages and contain dozens of sequence calls – BugDetective exposes bugs that would be very difficult and time-consuming to find through manual testing or inspections, and would be exponentially more costly to fix if they were not detected until runtime. Using BugDetective, you can find, diagnose, and fix classes of software errors that can evade coding standards analysis and/or unit testing.

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Test automation video clips

Posted in Automated testing,Events and improvement,Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 24, 2006

The talks from the Google London Test Automation Conference are avaialble as Video Clips. I was sent the Opening Presentaiton link and have subsequently been sent this link which provides a link to all the Video clips. The presentations range from pure autoamtion, such as Doubling the Value of Automated Tests, to talks on open source performance test tools and building stable AJAX applcations.

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Device manufacture certification – testing and coverage

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 23, 2006

From a paper on certification and testing with the DO-178B standard

  • Software Verification Results
  • Problem Reports
  • Software Configuration Records
  • Software Quality Assurance Records

The most rigorous aspect of the DO-178B standard is its approach, quality assurance and testing of the code. That goal is accomplished by “Functional Analysis” of the software and by “Structural Coverage Analysis” of the software.

The goal of functional analysis is to show a one-to-one correspondence between the code that makes up the software and the requirements (traceability); basically, “this code is here because of this requirement.” The functional analysis tests the software through boundary testing and other techniques, and demonstrates that it does what it is supposed to without undefined results.”

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New Insurance system completes year of testing and is launched

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 22, 2006

From Insurance Journal

In what it called “a good step towards eradicating paper in the market,” Lloyd’s announced the implementation of “an electronic filing cabinet,” which has been launched “for handling Electronic Claims Files (ECF). It is now being made available to all Lloyd’s managing agents and brokers, making the whole claims process faster and more efficient.”

Lloyd’s said the “new claims system will help to eradicate the amount of paperwork carried by brokers. The ECF initiative allows claims to be processed without the need for brokers to carry volumes of files between underwriters and Xchanging, the company that provides adjusting and processing services to the Lloyd’s market.”

A pilot program involving 12 managing agents and five brokers has been testing the system over the last year before it was rolled out for the Lloyd’s market.

The bulletin noted that London-based “International Underwriting Association (IUA) firms have been using Claims Agreement and Settlement Systems for some time. But they are now piloting the ECF infrastructure and, once completed, the repository will be extended to all of their members as well.”

Steven Haasz, Director of Business Process and Change Management at Lloyd’s, added: “Reforming and modernizing the processes used by the Lloyd’s market remains a key priority. This ‘electronic filing cabinet’ will remove a significant amount of paper from the system and streamline the whole process. It is a significant step towards a truly modern market.”

Following the launch of the claims processing system, Lloyd’s said: “The same technology will be used to enable the market to process premiums and policy documents electronically as part of the Accounting and Settlement (A&S) project. This began market testing earlier in the summer and will be rolled out to the market in due course.”

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IS Integration acquired by Indo-US software testing company

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on September 21, 2006

From Red Herring

AppLabs Technologies, an Indo-United States provider of software testing services, said Wednesday it had acquired IS Integration, an IT and business solutions testing consultancy based in the United Kingdom, for $37 million.
The amount is a combination of $4 million in AppLabs stock and $33 million in cash. However, some of the funds will be transferred only in relation to future profits.
Under the agreement, all staff members will remain employed. IS Integration will continue to operate as IS Integration for the next six months. Thereafter it will operate under the name AppLabs.

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