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Cloud-based load testing

Posted in Load testing by testing in London on November 28, 2011

What are the benefits of cloud-based load testing. According to Computerworld UK they are:

  • Assured performance
  • Worldwide readiness
  • Cost control
  • Enterprise application coverage

Cloud-based load testing

Soasta and Selenium

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on November 27, 2011

From Marketwire

SOASTA, the cloud-based performance testing provider, has added Selenium-based functional testing capabilities to its SOASTA CloudTest Platform. The new SOASTA functional testing solution, which is available in all CloudTest editions, extends the open source Selenium testing tool with more accurate test recording, a visual test creation environment, distributed test execution, and powerful analytics.

Designed for testing modern, browser-based Web apps built with technologies such as HTML5 and easily integrated into continuous integration servers such as Hudson and Jenkins, SOASTA’s functional testing solution enables both quality assurance (QA) and software development teams to execute more accurate tests with unparalleled speed and agility.

Cloud-based performance testing

Call for papers

Posted in conference,Software testing by testing in London on November 25, 2011

The Association for Software Testing has a call for papers for their confenence next year (July 16-18 in San Jose, California). Testing topics include:

  • Test strategies
  • Applying thinking tools to testing
  • Lessons learned from testing projects
  • Determining test coverage
  • Collaborating or cooperating with others
  • Testing against expectations
  • New testing methods
  • Applying knowledge of cognitive skills and biases to testing
  • Bending or breaking the rules
  • Test management and leadership
  • Reporting on testing, possibly including metrics
  • Test automation

To submit a proposal you need to register with for the Socialtext group  (email and you will be sent the invitation and link.


  • November 21, 2011 – Proposal process open
  • January 16, 2012 – Submission deadline for Regular Track and Workshop session proposals. Proposal and peer review process for these session types closed.
  • February 1, 2012 – Notification of program acceptance or rejection for Regular Track and Workshop sessions.
  • June 18, 2012 – Submission deadline for Emerging Topics session proposals. Proposal and peer review process closed.

HP ALM V11 testing functionality

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on November 24, 2011

Did you know that in the HP ALM V11 their were some new testing features?

“The  Application Lifecycle Intelligence adds a new “code changes” module in the ALM v11 suite. This makes it easier to monitor things in real-time and make sure you are testing the right places in your app that you are working on most recently. It helps to prioritize your testing and see what were the impacts of your requirements on your code. The changes can come from multiple source code management tools too and HP has provided hooks into Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio.”

For more information on this testing tool visit:

Testing in London – November 2011

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on November 19, 2011

A collection of London testing stories leading up to 2012. Starting with one from on London 2012: Why the Olympics CIO is preparing for the worst

Teams from London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) and its technology suppliers are currently in the final stages of testing software and hardware before rolling it out to Olympic and Paralympic venues. Alongside this testing, tech teams are taking part in dummy runs of Olympic events and making sure the tech supporting each event performs as expected.

The real test of the Olympics technology will take place during three days of technical rehearsals in the months before the games begin. During these rehearsals, hundreds of different nightmare scenarios will be thrown at technical staff to see how they – and the infrastructure – cope.

Then a story from the BBC on Cyber attack tests for Olympic Games computer systems

Security testing on the system will be carried out in a specially isolated version of the Olympic network, using an in-house team of pretend hackers.

“We simulate past competitions and we have a shadow team of about 100 people coming and creating problems – injecting viruses, disconnecting PC servers,” said Patrick Adiba from Atos, the company managing the games’ IT systems.

And finally one from ITWeb on BT delivers hosted voice, video, data for London 2012 venues :

The announcement comes after a successful summer of London 2012 test events, as part of the London Prepares series, where LOCOG is testing crucial aspects of its operations. BT successfully delivered hosted voice services to the international beach volleyball, sailing, swimming, road cycling, basketball, BMX and badminton competitions over this period.

LOCOG’s live testing programme focuses primarily on testing the services located across the venues such as in field of play, front of house and back of house areas, as well as key operational procedures and functions. The test programme will continue through until May 2012.

So it seems a fair bit of testing going on in London at the moment all in preparation for next year!

Website performance (speed) testing tools

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on November 18, 2011

The speed that a website page loads has long been a critical success factor – internet users are not renowned for their patience. So testing the speed that a website loads at has always been important. There are a host of free speed performance testing tools out there. If you want a quick list of 20 online tools to choose from try here. There is a short description of each tool and a link to the location of the testing tool.

O2 Testing 4G

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on November 17, 2011

O2 have announced that they are testing their 4G network in London. 4G is also known as LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution. The testing will last for 9 months and includes cutting edge 4G technology. The LTE network runs from Greenwich to Hyde Park and includes 25 LTE sites.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2, said: “Today’s launch of the UK’s first 4G London trial network demonstrates our commitment to delivering 4G to our customers at the earliest opportunity. The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK.”

Telecom and media testing

Definition of software testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on November 16, 2011

What Is often Software Testing?

“In a nutshell, software testing Is known as a Digest To acknowledge These accuracy, comprehensiveness, security, and excellence of The entire especially perfected software.”

This is from an article entitled Software Testing Removes Bugs and Improves Quality. It’s hard to argue with that title. But the article is another thing altogether. The incomprehensible definition above is one of the most lucid parts in the article. For the most part it is gibberish. It looks like it has been generated by a badly programmed computer. Maybe there is another explanation, I’d be interested to know.

London and testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on November 15, 2011

As a London-based blog that presents information on testing I was interested to find that there is a test called the Tower of London test. Turns out that it is nothing to do with software testing but is a “controversial test used in applied clinical neuropsychology for the assessment of executive functioning“. It seems to involve beads and boards and the like.

More joy with this story about BT’s cloud based voice network which is being delivered for London 2012 venues for The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

LOCOG’s live testing programme focuses on testing the services located across the venues, key operational procedures and functions.”

With the close proximity of LOCOG and the Tower Of London we look forward to some cross over story in this space.

Test Driven Development

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 14, 2011

If you want to know about “Test Driven Development for Robots” then you could try attending the next meeting of the BCS SPA on Tuesday 6th Dec 2011 at BCS Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

“They followed a test-driven development (TDD) approach for C++ using CppUTest, as described by James Grenning, to create a state machine to turn sensor readings into motor control instructions (with hindsight, we might have saved time by resorting to the Machine Objects library). Once this was working, it was linked with an application developed for an Android tablet computer that could be used to instruct the robot to go to any selected station, pick up/drop a “payload” (only conceptually) and return to base.”

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