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Outsourceable software testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on September 30, 2008


Until a few years ago, testing activities were thought to be inherently “outsourceable” due to the perceived low value-addition of the process. But today, companies are more pragmatic when considering the costs and risks of non-conformance to quality standards. When Airbus suffers from an industrial design problem, or when a large bank finds that a single person can be responsible for losses of billions of euros, I cannot help but question the “testability” of these information systems.

The market for software testing definitely presents a great potential for those who know how to innovate and to provide Indian players with tools aimed at providing improved quality and increased productivity. Also, it is necessary that these Indian companies be recognised for what they are – a winning model in the field of developing and integrating quality software that should be taken as an example the world over.

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Radview launches new license programme for testing service providers

Posted in Load testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on September 29, 2008

From Media Wire

RadView Software Ltd has launched the “Portable for Partners”- a special license programme designed specifically to meet the needs of System Integrators (SIs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Testing Service Providers. Under the terms of the programme, partners can execute unlimited load testing projects both internally and externally with their customers. It addresses the common challenges associated with deploying and implementing software that needs to be load tested to ensure it meets business performance requirements.

This programme is just one of many steps that RadView is taking to better serve its partner eco system. Additional benefits that RadView partners can leverage include custom pre-packaged test scripts, deeper product integration and co-branding. This is in addition to RadView’s aggressive pricing policy and superior technical support.

The Portable for Partners program is designed for:

  • Testing Service Providers who offer performance, load and stress testing services
  • Professional service teams of ISV’s that want to help their customers validate the performance of their application in the customer environment
  • Systems Integrators and Consultants that Implement web based applications and want to add a new service offering to validate their customer’s web based applications

“The other leading load testing tools have become the domain of giants like HP, Oracle and IBM.”

Testing Tools for Agile Development

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on September 28, 2008

From InfoQ

More and more companies are moving to agile software delivery approaches. But agile delivery brings with it a new set of challenges; among them, functional test automation – opinion is divided in the Agile community on the value of automated testing. However the reality is that software teams must manage quality if they are to avoid operational risk. Businesses are encouraged to adopt an agile process that fits their unique needs. Nothing about agile is pre-determined or dictated so it’s no surprise that businesses find it challenging to implement agile as a trusted business process – using tools to automate their agile delivery process is yet another variable that complicates the decisions they must make.

This paper discusses the benefits and offers some guidance on incorporating automated functional testing and testing tools into agile software delivery environments.

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Simpler way to test quantum computers

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on September 27, 2008

From Physics World

Physicists in Canada have invented a new way of testing optical components that could someday be used to build quantum computers. They claim that their technique is much simpler than conventional tests because it uses standard laser light, rather than relying on the creation of photons in special quantum states.

A quantum computer could, at least in principle, exploit the weird laws of quantum mechanics to vastly outperform classical computers on certain tasks. In such a computer, data would be input and stored in terms of quantum states — such as the polarization of individual photons. These data would be processed by devices that involve transitions in quantum systems, such as the absorption and emission of photons by a single atom.

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Software testing call for papers

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on September 26, 2008

From VTE Online

The aim of the ITNG 2009 Software Testing track is to bring together practitioners and researchers from industry and academia to highlight the state-of-the-art and to present and discuss ideas, experiences, and new directions for improving software testing technologies, processes, models, tools, and fundamental paradigms. We strongly encourage submissions of both theoretical and experience-based papers from industry and academia. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Software test automation
  • Software testing certification
  • Software testing metrics
  • Software testing quantitative techniques
  • Software test driven development
  • Agile software testing
  • Software model based testing
  • Static code analysis
  • Software performance testing
  • Software security testing
  • Software load and stress testing
  • Software code coverage analysis
  • Software mutation testing
  • Automatic test case generation
  • Software testing tools
  • Software application UI testing

Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. Electronic submission in MS Word (.doc) format is required. Papers must represent high quality and previously unpublished work, not currently under review by another conference, workshop, or journal.

Interested authors should submit a 3 to 6-page summary of their original and unpublished work including 5 keywords in the IEEE format. Your submission should include the author names, complete mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and the email addresses of the authors. Use this template: ieeepaperinstruct.doc. Submit your paper directly to track chair: Dr. James McCaffrey.

Pilot testing of Pearson Test Of English

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on September 25, 2008

From LONDON, Sept 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/

Pearson today announced that it has successfully completed the final stage of the worldwide pilot program for its new computer-based international academic English language test, Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Pilot testing enabled Pearson to gather information about the technical functioning of the test administration hardware and software. Pearson received valuable feedback about the full range of innovative and integrated item types and obtained direct feedback on test takers’ experience and perceptions of the test.

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Parasoft Amberpoint announce SOA testing solution

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on September 24, 2008

Parasoft and Amberpoint have taken significant steps to deal with the challenge to achieve top SOA quality: validating realistic transactions involving distributed services that might not be available for testing.

An integrated Parasoft-AmberPoint solution enables an SOA team to automatically emulate services for testing based on real-world historical data collected from the runtime environment.

This can ensure secure, reliable, compliant SOA apps by:

  • Testing with real messages, not just synthetic messages
  • Providing comprehensive runtime data on individual services as well as end-to-end transactions
  • detecting the impact of errant changes before they impact production environments
  • Reducing manual testing steps significantly by automating the test suite generation
  • Enabling organisations to censor sensitive production data to comply with Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, and other industry regulations around privacy.

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Original testing view on Anarchy

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on September 23, 2008

From Search By Headlines

Original Software, the testing solutions vendor, is hoping to cause a stir this month at the TestExpo show by giving out free ‘Anarchy’ T-shirts and spot prizes for delegates wearing the shirts at each show.

In the company’s own take on the Sex Pistols iconic 70’s album, the T-shirts, branded ‘Anarchy in the QA’ (also the title of its latest whitepaper) are designed to highlight the growing discontent amongst test teams for a solution to their woes.

George Wilson, Operations Director at Original Software, who will be giving a morning presentation at TestExpo, said: “In a recent independent survey we commissioned, 40% of CIOs admitted corporate indifference to software quality and only 6% were happy with their investment in software test automation. There is unrest brewing in IT QA departments everywhere. It stems from a frustration borne out of a lack of recognition within their own organisation of the importance of software quality, the potential competitive advantage their company could enjoy if they get it right, and the major negative impact that can result from poor software quality processes.”

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Worksoft Acquire Test Factory

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 22, 2008

From PR Inside

Worksoft, Inc., a leading provider of solutions that accelerate deployments of SAP applications, has acquired Test Factory, a premier provider of load and stress testing capabilities for SAP solutions.

The Test Factory solutions, rebranded as Worksoft solutions Certify Performance Test and a companion solution, Certify Performance Tune, are available immediately. These solutions further optimise SAP application quality, help ensure business continuity, and minimize the cost and time for implementations, upgrades, and custom development. Worksoft Performance Test also offers an automated, scriptless solution that is vertically integrated for use with SAP solutions and reduces resources required by up to 75%.

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Load testing or stress testing?

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on September 21, 2008


Stress testing is subjecting a system to an unreasonable load while denying it the resources (e.g., RAM, disc, mips, interrupts, etc.) needed to process that load. The idea is to stress a system to the breaking point in order to find bugs that will make that break potentially harmful. The system is not expected to process the overload without adequate resources, but to behave (e.g., fail) in a decent manner (e.g., not corrupting or losing data). Bugs and failure modes discovered under stress testing may or may not be repaired depending on the application, the failure mode, consequences, etc. The load (incoming transaction stream) in stress testing is often deliberately distorted so as to force the system into resource

Load testing is subjecting a system to a statistically representative (usually) load. The two main reasons for using such loads is in support of software reliability testing and in performance testing. The term “load testing” by itself is too vague and imprecise to warrant use. For example, do you mean representative load,” “overload,” “high load,” etc. In performance testing, load is varied from a minimum (zero) to the maximum level the system can sustain without running out of resources or having, transactions suffer (application-specific) excessive delay.

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