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Testronic Labs to sell Venus Blue MMOG tool

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 31, 2008

From DMasia

Testronic Labs has acquired exclusive rights to sell and provide services for the Venus Blue Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) tool in North America, Europe and Japan.

Venus Blue is the only performance testing tool capable of emulating a large number of MMOG players, enabling developers and publishers to fast-track testing processes for even the most complex MMOG games.

Its load testing architecture allows precise control over any network and MMOG host server. There are no limits to the number of virtual users that can be loaded into the testing tool, thus enabling better performance testing in much shorter times and in a far more manageable way compared to open Beta testing.

Venus Blue has been developed by ETRI, a non-profit South Korean government-funded research organistion.

Exchange and Client Simulator test products

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on March 30, 2008

From Finextra

Aegis Software Inc., a leading global provider of advanced trading and testing solutions, announced today the new release of its FIX-based testing toolset, Exchange Simulator and Client Simulator.

The new versions feature more functionality and higher performance and include many new exchange simulations.

Exchange Simulator and Client Simulator are designed for the heavy-duty testing of FIX-based trading systems, for both the buy and sell side, for functional, regression and performance testing. It is designed for use by developers, QA and support teams and is particularly useful in recreating real-time production problems. Client Simulator is used to simulate inbound FIX sessions, whether from internal or external customer sources. Exchange Simulator simulates over 25 pre-packed exchanges, from equities (e.g. NYSE CCG, Arca, NASDAQ, LSE), options (e.g. CBOE, ISE, BOX) or futures (e.g. CME) destinations, as well as simulate custom FIX venues such as dark pools and custom broker/dealer destinations. Exchange Simulator can process real-time market data from Reuters, Wombat, Comstock and many other consolidated and direct-market feeds.

Highlights of the new 8.0 release include: full FIX 5.0 support, FAST market data publish and subscribe, AMEX AEMI and Sydney Futures Exchange simulation, NASDAQ intra-day cross, mass quotes and improved scripting capability with structured, multi-step test case scenarios. Almost every bulge-bracket broker has licensed the products for world-wide deployment and NYFIX has recently licensed the products after an extensive evaluation.

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Oracle Acquires Web Application Testing Software Assets From Empirix

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 29, 2008

From Fox Business

Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the e-TEST suite products from Empirix, a provider of Voice and Web application testing and monitoring solutions. Empirix’s test tools is a set of Web application testing solutions that help customers deploy higher quality applications more efficiently and at lower cost. The e-TEST suite products will be incorporated into Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Real Application Testing, and the combination is expected to result in a comprehensive solution for testing packaged and custom-built applications.

“Application testing is becoming increasingly important as customers seek to deploy applications faster, at a lower cost and with higher quality of service,” said Leng Leng Tan, Oracle Vice President, Applications and Systems Management. “Customers are looking for automated application testing solutions that help prevent costly application performance problems, avoid unplanned outages of business-critical applications, and automate the manual steps involved in application testing. We expect that the combination of Empirix’s e-TEST suite and Oracle Enterprise Manager will create a best-of-breed systems management portfolio spanning the full application life cycle, from development and testing to production deployment and management.”

“Empirix and Oracle have a shared commitment to provide industry-leading, standards-based offerings focusing on Web and SOA application development,” said Larry Timm, VP and GM of Empirix’s Web Business Unit. “We are excited that Oracle is adding the e-TEST suite to the Oracle Enterprise Manager portfolio and believe that customers and partners will benefit from being better able to deploy performance-optimised applications.”

Automated testing and agile

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 26, 2008

From Java World

In many Waterfall-based projects the developer writes a software component and then performs a set of unit tests manually. In the future, if the developer needs to modify the same component, she or he must perform the entire manual unit testing process again. Often, when the changes are small, developers just test the impacted functionality. This seems reasonable given time constraints or the assumption that the change will not affect other parts of application. Unfortunately, even small changes can break related functionality, which won’t be discovered until the entire application is tested.

JUnit is an answer to such problems. In JUnit a separate file contains all the test cases for a given component, so they can be run at the click of a button. JUnit makes it easy to test software components in isolation and also easily run numerous tests. JUnit is also a valuable component in test-driven development, where developers actually write test cases to test the impact of a desired change throughout the system before doing any coding.

Some developers argue against test automation, saying “Why should I waste time writing test cases when I can make the change and test the functionality manually in 20 minutes?” While this is a convincing argument on the surface, it falls apart when you think about today’s accelerated development cycle, where the same manual process might need to happen 10 times in a row. Manual testing also doesn’t leave much documentation for new developers; and then there is the human tendency to err.

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Software product helps developers with coding and testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 25, 2008

From Thomas Net

Instantiations, Inc., a leading provider of software quality and productivity solutions, today announced a significantly enhanced version of CodePro AnalytiX Server, GEF support for WindowTester Pro, and a new relationship with CodeGear to integrate Swing Designer into JBuilder 2008.

WindowTester Pro is the leading tool for automating the testing of Swing and SWT graphical user interfaces (GUI). WindowTester Pro v3.0 adds direct testing of GUIs based on the popular Eclipse Graphical Editing Framework (GEF). GEF is an open source framework dedicated to providing a rich, consistent graphical editing environment for applications built using Eclipse technology. WindowTester Pro v3.0 is the only tool that allows developers to easily record and playback tests using GEF. WindowTester Pro with GEF support is also available immediately and ranges in price from $499 to $799.”Instantiations has a reputation for delivering new products and leading-edge tools that help make developing with Eclipse easier and more productive,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “The latest version of CodePro AnalytiX and WindowTester will further help enterprise application development organizations by offering great tools for automating software quality.”

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New test management system released

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 24, 2008

From Newswire Today 

Zephyr today announced the availability of their Next Generation Test Management System. Zephyr boasts a comprehensive set of test management features that facilitate superior management of all aspects of a Test Department and increase tester productivity and efficiency. Zephyr introduces numerous innovations to the world of test management with Testing Desktops, Real Time Collaboration, Live Reporting and Web 2.0 features, all packaged in a slick UI.

Zephyr has been designed for Test Engineers, by Test Engineers who have experienced the key challenges faced by testing professionals today. These range from having to manage multiple applications to coordinate and manage testing projects, to the frequent reporting requirements from project teams, upper management and customers, to the additional management overhead of keeping geographically dispersed teams in sync and working together.

Today, QA and software testing departments are forced to use multiple disparate, outdated applications to plan, manage, and execute their day-to-day work. Zephyr closes the gap in these product offerings by managing every aspect of a test department — its people and resources, projects and releases, test assets, documents, test case and data repositories, execution cycles, defect tracking and reporting. It does this by providing a centralized repository server and customized web client views via Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Zephyr provides up-to-date status of all aspects of testing via interactive testing desktops, live dashboards, and instant communication features.

With Zephyr, companies can achieve increased productivity and efficiency, and improved quality of testing. Centralized and contextual department and project test assets, along with integrated management dashboards and communication, enable test departments to increase visibility, improve productivity, create higher quality products and services, and achieve faster time-to-market — saving time and money.

Three kinds of testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 23, 2008

From Hindu Business Online 

Three kinds of testing services will emerge in the future, he says:

  • Pure technical testing services, which is primarily bringing to bear testing resources to execute ‘technical’ focused testing, in a manual-intensive manner, or, increasingly through the use of testing tools.
  • Business testing, which is high-end, needs some understanding of the business and domain as well.
  • Regulatory testing, which is where the testing is focused around ensuring that the new applications being implemented are in conformance with regulatory requirements that the company will be held accountable for.

The need for this often emerges at board level, given the increasing concern around board/CEO exposure to regulatory compliance requirements.

This category of testing will see increasing alliances between the traditional Risk Management/Auditing firms that deal with compliance issues and the Application Service Providers who provide the ‘lower end’ testing knowledge and capability, which the Risk Management firms do not possess and cannot/do not want to acquire.

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Labsphere delivers fourth life test station

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 22, 2008

From Photonics online 

A custom accelerated Life Test Station from Labsphere, Inc., a world leader in light metrology products, has once again been chosen by a major North American manufacturer of LED solid state lighting products to help assure reliability and quality. After operating three Labsphere systems for the past five years in its LED product R&D and Quality Assurance departments, the company has purchased a fourth system for its China manufacturing facility.

Reliability, efficiency, and high performance were top criteria in the LED company’s selection of testing equipment. Labsphere’s turnkey system design, coupled with the ability to trace radiometric, photometric and color measurement results calibration to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), were an ideal fit for the company’s stringent LED product accelerated life testing needs.

The integrated system from Labsphere is contained in an ergonomically designed workstation that is able to perform a variety of optical and electrical test measurements on an array of up to 20 discrete LEDs, in under 60 seconds. During a single measurement sequence, the Life Test Station simultaneously produces optical measurements of total spectral radiance and luminous flux, peak and dominant wavelength, full width/half max, CIE purity and CIE chromaticity, as well as forward current, leakage current and reverse voltage electrical measurements. Bar-coded carrier and burn-in boards facilitate tracking of LED performance over numerous cycles between the burn-in rack and the Life Test Station.

Accelerated Life Test Stations enable companies to quickly and accurately test new products, increasing the reliability and energy performance of solid state lighting. Base systems can be customized to suit individual performance parameters.

Labsphere’s engineering staff is available to collaborate with customers to develop accelerated Life Test Stations to suit application needs.

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Why IT projects continue to fail

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 21, 2008

From CIO

Moreover, broad industry consensus indicates that more than one-quarter of all software and services projects are canceled before completion, and of those that are completed, up to 80 percent of budgets are consumed fixing self-inflicted problems. According to Gartner Research, “The lack of testing and QA standards, as well as a lack of consistency, often lead to business disruption, which can be costly.” Gartner also reports that “testing consumes 25% to 50% of the average application life cycle and often is viewed as adding no business value.”

Failure of software and services projects is so widespread and so commonplace that 43 percent of IT managers say their business managers and Boards of Directors. Quite understandably, only 11 percent of business organizations consider technology a “strategic weapon,” according to a recent study by Info-Tech Research Group.

QA is still not understood properly, and too often reduced to bare testing. When we provide our clients with our estimates, they usually try to have the time allocated to QA reduced significantly; and the less technical background the people negotiating possess, the higher time reduction they want.
Writing an application can be done relatively rapidly, when seasoned developers are involved. However, making the application fit corporate quality standards can sometimes be a much bigger challenge than the writing of the application itself. If no time has been accounted between design and coding, and if QA times are significantly lower than coding times, expect bad surprises!

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Banks testing Fed window

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 20, 2008

From Market Watch 

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc said Wednesday it is testing the Federal Reserve’s Primary Dealer Credit Facility and could potentially make use of the window.

“We think the Fed Window provides a good alternative to the secured funding markets, and we welcome the initiative,” a Goldman Sachs spokesperson said Wednesday. “We’re testing it this week and will certainly use it if doing so makes sense from an economic and funding diversification point of view.”

The Primary Dealer Credit Facility is one of several initiatives created by the Fed of late to help boost liquidity in strained credit markets. The facility allows the 20 banks that deal directly with the central bank to borrow funds against a broader-than-usual range of investment-grade collateral. The new facility allows securities dealers to get funding from the Fed under the same conditions as commercial banks at the discount window, the Fed’s emergency lending tool.

Goldman’s testing of the window comes after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LEH) borrowed a small amount late Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

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