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Powerful Test Metrics

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 8, 2010

From Software Planner

What are Powerful Metrics?

Metrics are simply a way to measure specific things you are doing, but you could create hundreds of irrelevant metrics that really don’t move you any closer to solving your everyday problems. Powerful metrics are a small set of indicators that are targeted to help you accomplish a specific set of goals.

Metrics Driven by Specific Goals

Before defining your metrics, ask yourself “What goal(s) am I trying to accomplish?”, then write your goals down. For example, typical goals for a tester might be to:

  • Ensure that each new feature in the release is fully tested
  • Ensure that our release date is realistic
  • Ensure that existing features don’t break with the new release

Now that we have our goals defined, let’s figure out how we can create a set of metrics to help us accomplish them.

Software Planner

Selenium testing tool

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 7, 2010

From IT Spice

Selenium is an open source suite of tools that automate web application testing across many platforms. Basically, in simple words it is a web site testing and automation platform. Considered as a GUI based automation tool, it beckons several browsers on varied platforms. In my opinion, it is a platform, as it can’t really be justified as simple a tool, language, any full application or API, rather regarded as all of these. Selenium actions and accessors are the language you program your scripts in. In addition, Selenium scripts comprise a table constituted with three columns. Amongst them, the first column is the action to perform, second is like the first argument of function and third one is like the second argument in a function.

Lab Automation

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 6, 2010

From Laboratory Equipment

“Users of lab automation systems will expect more in the future, such as validation or even application-specific and/or custom validations,” says Keith Albert, technical marketing manager at Artel, a manufacturer of automated liquid handling systems. “Proof-of-performance specifications may need to be compared between site acceptance testing and factory acceptance testing.”

Automation systems in the future will also have to be adaptable or flexible enough to move to cell-based assays, and even tissue-based assays, according to CRi’s Hoyt.

Even easier-to-use software systems will be developed, says Hamilton’s Luedke, especially touch-screen interfaces that resemble the Apple iPhone style of interface.

Software testing market

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 5, 2010


The Global software Testing market is estimated to be $17 billion dollars. The market opportunity for the Indian offshore testing companies is currently $5 billion, estimated to rise to $10 billion in 2010. The software-testing arena would require 25,000-30,000 professional in the next one year as per the IDC report.

Software testing market

Search based software testing call for papers

Posted in conference,Software testing by testing in London on January 4, 2010


Search-based software testing is the use of random or directed search techniques (hill climbing, genetic algorithms etc.) to address problems in the software testing and verification and validation domain. There has been an explosion of activity in the search-based software testing field of late, particularly on test data generation. Recent work has also focused on other aspects such as model-based testing, real-time testing, interaction testing, testing of service-oriented architectures, test case prioritization and generation of whole tests (not only test data).

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit full papers (10 pages) to the workshop, describing original research, experience or tools. We will also welcome extended abstracts (2 pages) with new results (that may not yet have empirical support), position papers or far-out ideas. Extended abstracts can also be written to describe testing problems for which we can find search-based solutions during the workshop. We will have a poster session where authors of extended abstracts get feedback, but we will also discuss relevant extended abstracts in the main session.

Papers should address a problem in the software testing and/or verification and validation domain and should approach the solution to the problem using a search strategy. Search-based techniques are taken to include (but are not limited to) random search, local search (i.e. hill climbing, simulated annealing etc.), evolutionary algorithms (i.e. genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, genetic programming), ant colony optimization and particle swarm optimization.

Software testing conference

Posted in conference by testing in London on January 2, 2010

The Third Asia Pacific Software Testing Conference will take place on 25th March, 2010 in Singapore.

The conference tutorials & workshops are scheduled on March 23rd , 24th and 26th, 2010. The conference theme is Software Testing “Innovations & Improvements”.

Papers, presentations and tutorials related to the topics of Software Testing are invited for the conference. The presentation opportunity would be for 35 minutes per speaker for the conference and half day or full day for the tutorials. The following are some of the suggested list of topics. Presenters are welcome to suggest related topics not in the list below.

  • Test Concepts & the Testing Process
  • Test Methods
  • White Box Testing
  • Black Box Testing topics such as Functional Testing, Stress Testing, Load Testing, Exploratory Testing, Usability Testing, Recovery Testing, Scenario Testing etc.
  • Grey Box Testing
  • Test Levels:
  • Unit Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • System Testing
  • System Integration Testing
  • Regression Testing
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Non Functional Testing
  • Software performance Testing and Load Testing
  • Stability Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Internalization and localization
  • Destructive Testing
  • Testing Process
  • Test Measurements
  • Test Management