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QualityLogic Restructures for Growth

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on October 31, 2008

From Market Watch

QualityLogic, a provider of leading-edge QA and QC test tools and services for the imaging and telecom industries, announced today that it has reorganized into two business units, QualityLogic Services Group and QualityLogic Products Group.

Gary James was appointed General Manager of the QualityLogic Services Group, which provides test, quality assurance, competitive analysis and consulting solutions to major office equipment and consumer electronics providers, and Fortune 1000 companies. James co-founded QualityLogic and its predecessor, Genoa Technology, and has served in a variety of senior management roles. He is a pioneer in the resolution of computer printer compatibility problems and helped establish printer performance test standards.

Titanic software testing mistakes

Posted in Mistakes,Software testing by testing in London on October 30, 2008

From Java World

Not only did the nefarious upgrade whack the company’s market capitalization, but they spent about $3 million in the just-completed quarter to fix the problem. Clearly, there is an expensive lesson to be learned — that is, quality assurance is a lot more than verifying applications work– it’s about making sure the entire copasetic process works.

Not to be outdone, though, by J Crew, the article goes on to profile a financial services firm that mistakingly sent private financial statements to incorrect addresses resulting in a loss of nearly $450 million in managed assets.

Given these two noteworthy gaffs, what’s the big lesson? Simple– quality assurance is more than finding defects in code– it’s about ensuring the process of taking concepts and turning them into cash works. Don’t get me wrong, a large part of that process is making sure a code base contains as few defects as possible– but that focus can often neglect other issues that present risks; for example, deployments.

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LDRA adds CERT C standard to test tools suite

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on October 29, 2008

From SD Times

Test tool provider LDRA is now offering its TBrun unit test tool as a standalone product in an attempt to get more developers writing safety-critical applications for unit testing earlier in the development process.

The company also announced that its entire suite of test tools now supports the security-based CERT C Secure Coding Standard. The announcements were made today at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

The company cited research that it said shows unit testing not being done early or often enough, preventing developers from catching errors and fixing them at a time when the cost is relatively low.

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Testing services for cloud

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 28, 2008

From Information Week

The list of emerging companies with cloud services and infrastructure products keeps growing. Since we compiled InformationWeek’s guide to 20 Cloud Computing Startups in September, eight more have drifted in. These ubclude:

Soasta (2006). Developer of a Web application testing service called CloudTest that can be used for load and performance testing in Amazon EC2 and other cloud services. Soasta provides virtual software testing to cloud vendors RightScale and Skytap.

Sonoa Systems (2004). Bolsters the security, compliance, and scalability of cloud services and applications via its cloud gateway, a virtual appliance for policy enforcement. Online workspace provider IntraLinks is a new customer.

Wolf (2006). Another Bangalore startup, Wolf offers a platform as a service for building SaaS-style business applications. The company recently released its Web application development framework for beta testing.

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Testing lab celebrates 20th

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 27, 2008

From Seacoastline

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, the only tech lab and test house owned by academia and driven by the computer networking industries it serves, recently celebrated 20 years of operation since its founding in 1988.

Since its inception, the UNH-IOL has been a one-of-a-kind, hybrid industry and academic technology and testing lab that offers students something more than they normally receive from computer classes: paid training in leading-edge and popular technologies with the opportunity to work side by side with professional engineers in their future field of employment.

The lab employs 117 students, faculty and staff. In exchange for annual membership dues, companies ship products such as cable modems, HDTVs, printers, computer components, network servers and switches to be tested for compliance with industry standards and interoperability with compatible products and technologies.

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Microsoft new development and testing portal

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 26, 2008

From eWeek

A project on the DevLabs site is CHESS. According to the description of CHESS on the Microsoft Research site, CHESS is:

An automated tool for finding errors in multithreaded software by systematic exploration of thread schedules. It finds errors, such as data-races, deadlocks, hangs and data-corruption induced access violations, that are extremely hard to find with current testing tools. Once CHESS locates an error, it provides a fully repeatable execution of the program leading to the error, thus greatly aiding the debugging process. In addition, CHESS provides a valuable and novel notion of test coverage suitable for multithreaded programs. CHESS can use existing concurrent test cases and is therefore easy to deploy. Both developers and testers should find CHESS useful.

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Disaster Recovery Testing

Posted in security testing,Software testing by testing in London on October 23, 2008

From Processor

Many managers fear that disaster recovery, aka DR, testing is expensive and disrupts daily operations. The onus is on IT staff to convince management that DR testing is more a benefit than a burden.

“While it’s useful to have a written plan, it’s more important to test that plan,” states Stephen Lawton, senior director of strategic marketing for Acroni.

Testing helps with little problems, too. “Not all disasters are smoke and rubble. Most are just recovering lost files,” says Jon Toigo, managing principal with Data Management Institute ( in Tampa, Fla. He says that testing is generally seen as “complicated, time-consuming, and a pain.”

“Testing should not be looked at as a chore but rather as part of the regular security maintenance operation,” Lawton says. “Just as you make sure your firewalls are working, antivirus and antispyware software is updated, and that applications and the OS have the appropriate security patches, your DR testing is a maintenance issue.”

Software Quality – CIO’s view

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 22, 2008

From IT Jungle

More than 40 percent of CIOs and senior IT executives participating in a recent opinion survey indicated they don’t care at all or care very little about the quality of their companies’ software, according to Original Software, the developer of software testing tools that funded the survey and recently released its findings.

Original’s opinion poll, which was conducted on board a cruise ship during the recent Richmond Events 2008 CIO Forum, was not a scientific survey. The company did not disclose the number of people it polled, which would allow the calculation of a measurable rate of error. Nonetheless, it’s still possible to get something of value out of Original’s survey, which it dubbed a “qualitative poll.”

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Colossal testing oversights

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

From Info World

The trick to nipping IT miscues is testing, testing, testing, as these hard-luck lessons in boneheaded quality assurance attest. What do you get when you add the human propensity to screw stuff up to the building of large-scale IT systems? What the military calls the force-multiplier effect — and the need for a cadre of top-notch QA engineers.

After all, if left unchecked, one person’s slip of the mouse can quickly turn into weeks of lost work, months of missing e-mails, or, in the worst cases, whole companies going bankrupt. And with IT infused in every aspect of business, doesn’t it pay to take quality assurance seriously?

Let’s face it. Everybody makes mistakes. Users, managers, admins — no one is immune to the colossally stupid IT miscue now and again. But when a fat-fingered script or a poor security practice goes unnoticed all the way through development and into production, the unsung heroes of IT, the QA engineers, take a very embarrassing center stage.

It may seem cliché, but your IT development chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You better hope that weakest link isn’t your QA team, as these five colossal testing oversights attest.

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Software product testing centre

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 19, 2008

From The Financial Express

The Union ministry of communications and IT has decided to set up in Kolkata a certification facility for software security products that will be the first of its kind in the country, according to BJ Srinath, senior director of the ministry’s Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In). The city already has a government testing centre for software products.

This would be crucial for state governments and various government institutions as it will create security zones for the various e-governance applications, thereby curbing cyber crimes in e-governance.

“We are creating necessary infrastructure in areas of testing and certification, which will save the Indian software developers working in security products the time and cost of getting certification from foreign countries. It will substantially lower the cost of development for Indian software companies,” Srinath said.

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