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Testing conference call for papers final day

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on January 31, 2007

The Asia Pacific Software Testing Conference takes place in Singapore on March 27th, 2007. Pre-Conference and Post Conference tutorials and workshops are scheduled on March 26th, 2007 and March 28th, 2007.

The conference theme is “The Emerging Paradigms for Testing Software”.

This conference provides a forum to introduce, deliberate and absorb the developments in the rapidly changing software testing industry. The event shall also be a meeting point for the software testing experts, testing practitioners and for the testing products & services vendors.

By popular demand, the closing date to submit paper abstracts has been extended to January 31st, 2007. The event website is Please visit this site for the program updates.

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Compuware launch new QA tool

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 30, 2007

From IT Week

Compuware have launched a new product designed to enable development teams to produce higher quality, more reliable applications.

Compuware Quality Management will give quality assurance (QA) teams the tools they need to implement and monitor a quality process across the application lifecycle, giving them visibility into the process, according to the firm.

A dashboard feature allows teams to drill down and measure the effectiveness of testing and obtain actionable information to ensure quality goals are met, explained Compuware’s Sarah Saltzman.

A Quality Optimiser tool allows QA staff to create “what if” scenarios that balance risk, cost and schedule, enabling them to objectively say if an application is ready to go live, she added.

The suite of tools also comes with data management module so that the right data is run in testing.

“The suite of tools provides a step wise approach so organisations can still focus on software development efforts and at the same time quality in a pragmatic way,” said Saltzman. “It’s a stepping stone to what we call Quality Governance, which organisations should strive to achieve. ”

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Interview on techniques for testers

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on January 29, 2007


Interesting interview about techniques for software testing with Dr Magdy Hanna, who is chairman of the International Institute for Software Testing.

She covers a wide range of test techniques, including data modelling, decision tables, state modelling, requirements based testing, communication between developers and testers, and more.

“The problem with software testing . . .

Test organizations still think that testing is an art and they go about it in a very ad hoc manner – meaning, they don’t have a systematic process by which to test software. Testing in fact is very close to being an engineering discipline, and I say this as someone who has an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering.

The first of several techniques testers can use to improve what they do… “

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MSN testing analytics tool

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 28, 2007

From Mediapost

Microsoft is currently testing a keyword analytics tool, code-named “Gatineau,” to compete with Google’s free analytics offering, Google Analytics.

News of the early-stage alpha test surfaced late last week on blogs of two of the project team members–Ian Thomas, who heads the Gatineau project for Microsoft’s Digital Advertising Solutions team, and Reeves Little, program manager with Windows Live Europe.
Thomas wrote that the technology is based on that of the Gatineau, Canada-based DeepMetrix Corporation, which Microsoft acquired last year. In the coming months, Microsoft expects to launch an invitation-only beta to test the tool, Thomas wrote.

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NASA choose IBM Rational testing tools

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 27, 2007

From Presszoom

Because separate space agencies from several different countries around the world are developing the software that will operate the Telescope’s Guidance, Navigation and Control ( GNC ) systems, Command and Data Handling ( CNDH ), and the Integrated Science Instrument Module ( ISIM ) that houses the four primary instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope, it was critical for NASA to weave a common thread throughout the project that would circumvent expensive and time consuming software issues.

To address this hurdle, NASA mandated that each agency develop their systems using open standards-based software from IBM. The software, called IBM Rational Rose Real-time, is a UML-based visual modeling development software that acts as a blue print for the entire multi-decade project, allowing the developers of the various Telescope systems to “drag and drop” software code directly into the blue print where it is then automatically available across the entire project.

Rational Rose Real-time helps these systems developers write applications faster without compromising quality. The IBM software continually verifies project quality along each step of the development process — including code generation, testing, debugging and ongoing changes — so that systems development stays on course and without error. This allows the many space agencies working on the James Webb Space Telescope to be more productive and able to deliver reliable code on time — meeting broader project requirements and industry compliance regulations. Some of the agencies working on the Telescope are also using IBM Requisite Pro, IBM Rational ClearCase and IBM Rational ClearQuest which allows them to synchronize changes within their globally dispersed project teams resulting in faster innovation.

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Automatic test creation tool for Mac

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 26, 2007

From Linux PR

Squish/Mac will become available as a new edition of the powerful, platform-independent testing framework Squish. This new edition will feature the automatic creation and execution of tests for native Mac OS X Carbon and Cocoa applications.

Squish is the market-leading cross-platform GUI testing tool for applications based on a variety of GUI technologies such as Swing/SWT/RCP/Eclipse, Trolltech’s Qt, Tk, Four J’s Genero and XView. Additionally, Squish supports automatically testing Web and Ajax applications running in different web browsers.

Squish is a cross-platform solution that runs natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, embedded Linux and Mac OS X. The new Squish/Mac edition takes advantage of Squish’s mature testing framework while adding test automation support for the native Mac OS X GUI technologies Carbon and Cocoa.

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LogiGear upgrades test automation toolset

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 25, 2007

From eMedia wire

LogiGear, a provider of advanced software test automation and global software testing solutions, today announced a major upgrade to the TestArchitect(TM) test automation toolset for software testing organizations.

LogiGear delivers the TestArchitect toolset at the heart of a complete software testing framework designed to ensure that any company of any size, in one location or distributed worldwide, can test earlier, test more, reduce costs and speed time-to-market.

Version 3 of TestArchitect includes support for Internet Explorer 7, enhanced GUI capture capabilities and support for an even greater number of test stations sharing the same test repository database. In addition to continued support of Excel spreadsheet-based test design and automation, the new release offers advanced command line handling features for easy use with protocols like Telnet and SSH, a wide range of new built-in “keywords” or “actions”, extensive interactive online help, and many automation enhancements for Active-X, DOM and other interface components.
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Improvements to Rational test tools

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on January 24, 2007

From CRN

IBM has been improving testing technologies in its Rational testing tool set. The ClearQuest bug tracking product, for instance, now comes with test management features, which allows IBM’s Rational Functional Tester Web testing tool to submit defects right into ClearQuest.

Rational Functional Tester has been beefed up as well. Functional Tester can be integrated into the Eclipse platform 3.2 as an additional feature. And if testers don’t have it installed, Functional Tester can automate the installation of Eclipse from the Eclipse Web site.

Functional Tester also is being offered in Microsoft’s Visual Studio.Net as an add-in. Functional Tester uses full-blown Java for scripting, but in the Visual Studio edition, the IBM Rational tool uses Visual Basic.Net for that purpose. Both Java and Visual Basic.Net are fully integrated, so the syntax is the same as those used by Sun Microsystems and Microsoft compilers.

Like most Web testing tools on the market, Functional Tester uses a recorder wizard to capture user interaction. It arrives with two sample classic Java applications learn the product. The second application comes with multiple versions, so users can learn how to perform regression testing. By recording the first version and playing it back against the second version, testers can indentify new bugs.

Typically, the tool runs through a manual testing process and records the activities of testers. While in progress, testers can add verification points along the way to validate data values using thresholds. In addition, testers can verify data values by examining properties on objects and can extract values from objects. After producing an automated test, testers can use it repeatedly against future releases of the application.

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Test lab opens in London

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on January 23, 2007

From Yahoo

Simplay Labs, LLC, the leading provider of testing technologies, tools and services for the high-definition consumer electronics industry, at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today announced the opening of its first European test center in London, providing manufacturers a state-of-the-art compatibility testing facility to ensure they are delivering industry-compatible high-definition products to consumers. Simplay Labs is also previewing new testing tools and services to help manufacturers achieve compatibility and deliver the highest-quality HDTV experience to consumers.

Testing at Simplay Labs is designed to promote industry-wide interoperability among products using High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), including HDTVs and next-generation HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players. The testing also helps maximize the ability of such products to receive and play high- definition content. The new London facility, which begins operations this week, will become the fourth Simplay HD test center in the world. There are two in China, located in Shenzhen and Shanghai, and another facility at Simplay Labs headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

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GPs test record transfer systems

Posted in General,Software testing by testing in London on January 22, 2007

From ehealth insider

GP practices are likely to start testing of GP2GP record transfers between practices with different systems next month.

Practices using INPS’s Vision system in Croydon have already installed version 1.1 of the GP2GP software and three EMIS practices in Croydon are in the process of receiving the update.

Sean Riddell, managing director of EMIS, told EHI Primary Care that the company expected to receive technical authority to deploy the software from NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) in about two weeks time.

The British Medical Association’s General Practitioner Committee told GPs last month that it hoped testing of the interoperable system would be complete by spring 2007 and the software would then be rolled out, with the GP2GP team looking to recruit interested practices from the beginning of this year.

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