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linux distribution for software testers is released

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

From News Forge

Bugnux is a complete Linux (mandriva) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. Bugnux contains an extensive set of Open Source software testing tools that can be used for functional and performance testing. Standalone Tools to test GUI applications and Mozilla Firefox extensions pre-installed to aid in web application testing have been packaged. This virtually can turn any PC into black-box testing device without having to install any software. Bugnux also contains a set of stress and load testing tools that can be used to assist in testing performance of web applications.

Bugnux is a complete Linux (mandriva) distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. Bugnux contains an extensive set of Open Source software testing tools that can be used for functional and performance testing. Standalone Tools to test GUI applications and Mozilla Firefox extensions pre-installed to aid in web application testing have been packaged. This virtually can turn any PC into black-box testing device without having to install any software. Bugnux also contains a set of stress and load testing tools that can be used to assist in testing performance of web applications.

End-to-End Software Test Management Application

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on April 29, 2007

From PR Web

Pi Sigma Inc., has released the Beta version of its new TestWiz 2007 Software Test Management Solution for the Small / Medium and Enterprise Market. Pi Sigma’s release of TestWiz marks a new chapter in the 9 year history of the company, as it moves formally into the ISV arena for Test Management Solutions. TestWiz 2007 has been designed to provide comprehensive and best of breed Test Management functionality in a tightly integrated and cost effective application for SME and Enterprise Market.

Our release of TestWiz 2007 is a major win for our SME and Enterprise clients” said Rana Saad, Founder and CEO of Pi Sigma Inc., “No longer do they need to be spending large amounts of capital to attain an Enterprise Class Test Management application. TestWiz 2007 is truly an Enterprise Class tool for clients of all sizes.”

Pi Sigma’s TestWiz 2007 is the industry’s first web-enabled test management tool that combines the entire test management process in one powerful, scalable, and flexible solution. TestWiz’s four modules (Requirements Management, Test Planning, Test Runner, and Defect Manager) are designed with the testing process flow in mind. The seamless integration between these modules enables smooth information flow among different stages of the testing process.

estWiz is a multi-user Test Management Solution designed to allow teams of software developers and testers to manage and track all aspects of a software project. TestWiz streamlines the quality process — from requirements management through test planning, test execution to defect tracking through a centrally shared database..

Independent Evaluation Names Compuware the Leader in Software Testing Tools

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on April 28, 2007

From SDA Asia

Compuware has been positioned as the software testing tools market leader by Ovum, an analyst firm. In the Ovum report titled, ‘Summary of the Software Testing Tools Evaluations’, the top-six test automation tools vendors were evaluated on scope of support and strength across all features. According to Ovum, the top test automation toolsets are now all part of a larger application life cycle management and/or quality management portfolio.

The Ovum model rates test automation support through the whole lifecycle including development, not just the late, independent QA test stage. “When balancing both the breadth of offering and the depth of the products, Compuware is the leader,” stated the report.

Compuware’s Application Delivery Management Solutions help IT organisations consistently deliver high-quality applications to the business. Compuware’s approach to application delivery builds quality and performance into the application from the earliest phases of the development life cycle. Using these powerful solutions, IT organisations can more efficiently and effectively deliver outstanding application quality to drive maximum business value.

In Ovum’s evaluation of Compuware, Ovum principal analyst, Paul Herzlich wrote, “Most of the industry’s test management tools provide very little support for test planning. Compuware’s ability to associate risk with tests, calculate optimum test resource usage and align test plans to business objectives remains unique among the major test automation vendors.”

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Parasoft Jtest Wins Best Software Testing Solution Award

Posted in Automated testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on April 27, 2007

From Business Wire
Parasoft have announced that Parasoft Jtest, a comprehensive Java testing solution for development teams building Java EE, SOA, Web, and other Java applications, has won Software & Information Industry Association’s CODiE Award for best software testing solution. Selected by a panel of industry experts, technology writers and representatives from the trade press, the award goes to the best solution developed to test the functionality of a software product or service.

By providing fast and easy ways to apply a comprehensive set of Java code analysis and unit-testing techniques, Parasoft Jtest gives even the busiest teams a practical way to ensure that their code works as expected. It empowers them to modify their code quickly and with confidence, optimising development resources and controlling development schedules and costs.

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BT to test different version of Millennium

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on April 26, 2007

From e health insider

BT the local service provider for London is to develop its own version of Cerner Millennium for London, separate to the version of the system being installed and developed for use in NHS trusts across the South of England.

BT’s decision to de-couple London from the South appears to have been prompted by well documented problems at some of the five initial NHS sites to take Millennium in the South of England delivered by LSP Fujitsu.

The Millennium software has been chosen by Fujitsu in the South and BT in London as their means of delivering integrated care records as part of the £12.4bn NHS IT programme.

EHI understands the London LSP will not be re-writing Cerner’s software focusing instead on configuration and testing in London to deployment.

The first three sites pencilled in to get the London configuration of Millennium are believed to be Queen Mary’s Sidcup, Barnet and Chase Farm and Bart’s and the London, with pre-deployment testing now underway. The first implementation is scheduled to occur by the summer.

London Wi-Fi completes testing

Posted in General,Software testing by testing in London on April 25, 2007

From IT Week

Wireless broadband provider The Cloud has announced that the City of London is now covered by a wide area Wi-Fi network.

Free access for the first month will be provided in association with Nokia, allowing anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device to get online without paying for access.

“Metropolitan Wi-Fi networks are changing the face of towns and cities around the world for public access and public sector applications,” said Niall Murphy, co-founder and chief strategy officer at The Cloud.

“The City of London network is a global benchmark for cities and metro Wi-Fi, and an exciting addition to The Cloud’s network across the UK and our other city networks in Europe.”

The system, which its creator claims is Europe’s densest, most comprehensive city-wide Wi-Fi network, was the product of 12 months’ development and testing in London.

Testing goes down the pan

Posted in General by testing in London on April 24, 2007

This is not the first time this blog has the combination of testing and toilets. (Who can forget Testing database interaction (on the toilet) or Did she say road-testing or load testing? ?). It probably won’t be last time either. So here goes with an article from Contractor mag:

NSF International in mid-March announced its participation in a new certification program designed to verify the performance of high-efficiency toilets, which can save up to 900 billion gal. of water each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The effort is a key part of EPA’s new WaterSense program, which recently approved NSF’s participation in the program as an independent, product-certification organization.

Other EPA-certified testing organizations include Canadian Standards Association International, International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials Research & Testing, independent laboratory Intertek and Underwriters Laboratories USA.

The EPA launched the WaterSense program to focus on high-efficiency products and services designed to conserve water. The voluntary labelling program is available to all companies that partner with EPA and manufacture, sell or distribute household plumbing fixtures.

The testing programme is applicable to these toilets: single-flush, tank-type gravity; dual-flush, tank-type gravity; dual-flush, tank-type flushometer tank (pressure-assist); tank-type, flushometer tank (pressure-assist); and tank-type electrohydraulic as well as any other technologies that meet the performance specifications.

The testing programme is based on the the MaP test pioneered by Ontario, Canada-based Veritec Consulting. The test, Maximum Performance Testing of Popular Toilet Models, uses 50-gram, 4-in. long pieces of extruded bean curd encased in latex. Toilets are loaded in 50-gram increments until they fail to flush the load, and the top performers can flush a kilogram.

The EPA testing and certification programme has modified the testing regime slightly. Effective flush volume will not exceed 1.28 gal. (4.8 liters). Solid waste removal must be 350 grams or greater. The Veritec testing states that 250 grams is the baseline requirement. The EPA test uses the same type of 50 gram, 4-in.-long bean curd cylinder, but it’s not encased in latex.

Toilet model performance is identified as either a pass or fail depending upon whether it can successfully clear all test media from the fixture in a single flush in at least four of five attempts. Only toilet models that pass will qualify for the EPA WaterSense label.

Test media consists of seven test specimens, 50 ± 4 grams each, consisting of soybean paste forming a “sausage” 4 ± 0.5-in. in length and 1 ± 0.25-in. in diameter and four loosely crumbled balls of single-ply toilet paper as defined in the test protocol.

The test protocol also tries to determine if the toilets will continue to save water years down the road. For example, one aspect of the test is designed to determine whether the fill valve shuts off at a consistent water level in a toilet tank independent of any change in inlet water supply pressure.

In addition, the test addresses off-the-shelf replacement flappers that home owners buy at home centres or hardware stores. The tank trim adjust-ability and after-market seal test is meant to determine the upper limit to the volume of water that may be discharged when an off-the-shelf replacement flush valve seal/ flapper is installed on the toilet. In the case of a standard configuration 2-in. flush valve, a Fluidmaster Bullseye Super flapper or a Coast Foundry Ultra Blue flapper will be used.

Interview questions on software testing

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on April 23, 2007

From PR.com

Parishta Inc.’s online sales website http://www.QuestionsForInterview.com has launched its revised and improved products which present the questions answered in the interviews with the answers. The ebooks offer various practical scenarios and show how to solve them which include the day to day problems faced at work while using automated software testing tools QuickTest Professional (QTP), WinRunner and TestDirector. These ebooks also include the snapshots where needed and present various snippets of code and functions which are useful for any kind of software testing using tools. Candidates can confidently attend any level of interview by following these interview guides and get the jobs. The author of these documents is well experienced in the tools and has been working with the tools for past 10 years and has really put all his experience into these ebooks.

The First Dynamic Test Bed

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

From Manufacturing Talk

What is presumably the world’s first tilting dynamic test bed for automotive and aero-engine development has entered service at Dr Schrick in Remscheid, Germany. Rapid tilting of the whole engine on the test bed enables the dynamic simulation of all forms of lateral vehicle acceleration in parallel with dynamic engine operation.

This new type of test bed was the result of cooperation between Dr Schrick , an AVL Group company, and Porsche AG.

The idea for this test bed originated in mid-2005, with technical acceptance testing concluded only 13 months later. Almost as though on a rally section, the engine is swung about rapidly.

This enables realistic test-bed demonstration of all tests, race track and off-road driving and even aircraft manoeuvres, all at an early stage of engine development.

Testing business continuity plans

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on April 21, 2007

From NCC Membership

Investment management firm Baillie Gifford has always adopted a rigorous attitude to business continuity. In recent years the issue has assumed even greater importance, and the company has increasingly integrated its planning strategy with its core business and matched investment in its IT systems with investment to ensure their availability.

With a heavy reliance on bespoke in-house developed systems, its applications are tailored precisely to the firm’s needs. If they became unavailable for any significant time, the impact on quality of service to clients and partners would be unacceptable.

It implemented its first disaster recovery provision, a PC LAN recovery contract, in 1994 and throughout the rest of the decade, regularly upgraded its strategy to incorporate further resilience and systems integration.

In 2000, the company reached a tipping point when it considered its ability to run the business ‘as usual’ in a disaster recovery scenario. Joint senior partner and CEO Alex Callander said it was no longer enough to manage clients on a care and maintenance basis after a disaster; service had to be the priority. Workplace and technology provision at the company’s recovery centre was almost doubled, and the centre itself relocated to larger premises in the city.

According to head of IT Richard McGrail, the lynchpin of Baillie Gifford’s strategy has been to maintain responsibility for its own infrastructure.

‘We’ve shifted from using the services of our business continuity partner on a rental basis to locating our kit in their centre, but we’ve stopped short of outsourcing it all,’ he says. ‘We don’t trust anyone with it as much as we trust ourselves, and that is no reflection on our partner, which has a lot of excellent technical staff. We’re essentially running two infrastructures, and we feel that’s our responsibility. We always face issues when we test, and we don’t want to be arguing with an outsourcer when it comes to resolving them.’

Regular tests range from formal technology tests every six weeks or so, when the IT department might send 15 people out to Livingston to see how long it takes to establish the network and restore certain systems, to annual exercises that may involve a ‘considerable’ number of users. They will go to the co-location centre or work from home, doing a normal day’s work in simulated crisis conditions.

‘Every three years, we also carry out a major exercise based on a realistic disaster scenario, giving our departmental heads a challenge,’ says McGrail. ‘The most recent, in 2005, led to a lot of changes.’

‘We don’t have dedicated business continuity people,’ he continues. ‘It’s simply a slice of the job for some 20 or 30 people in the company. This means it isn’t viewed disdainfully as a remote operation; it’s part of the day job. That isn’t to say it’s not a hard sell in some places! The planning committee’s ideas are sometimes rejected on the grounds of expense, for example. But the plan has grown in line with the firm; it isn’t a ‘them and us’ situation.’

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