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eggplant manager launched by Testplant

Posted in Software testing book by testing in London on April 14, 2011

eggPlant Manager is a web based system allowing secured remote access to other test teams or to QA or development management. This opens up the possibility of coordinated sharing of resources, scripts and results between a test team in Bangalore, a dev team in London and QA managers in New York City. Now you can pool and share scripts, define tests and automatically schedule tests – and batches of tests! – that “follow-the-sun”. Use of our lower cost execution licences becomes much more attractive when test engineers with a contained number of development licenses can drive test jobs directed at multiple SUTs ‘til the cows come home!

Introduction to Software Testing

Posted in Software testing book by testing in London on October 26, 2009

Extensively class tested, this text takes an innovative approach to explaining the process of software testing: it defines testing as the process of applying a few well-defined, general-purpose test criteria to a structure or model of the software. The structure of the text directly reflects the pedagogical approach and incorporates the latest innovations in testing, including techniques to test modern types of software such as OO, web applications, and embedded software.

Software Testing Techniques – Boris Beizer

Posted in Software testing book by testing in London on October 19, 2009

From Compendium Developers

The introduction alone is worth the price of admission. Over the years, all the hard lessons that I’ve learned and tried to represent as simple axioms are here, and they are presented simply. The evolution of the tester’s mind is here in the 5 phases of a Tester’s Mental Life. So much that I had to learn the hard way is presented here.

The majority of Software Testing Techniques takes the reader through the various types of models that the tester can use to describe the system under test and then the various techniques that the tester can apply to those models. The models increase in complexity and the reader carries through the skills and understanding from one model to the next.

The Art of Software Testing

Posted in Software testing book by testing in London on October 18, 2009

When this book was first published in 1979, software testing was far from an exact science. Considered the “dark art” of software development, it was a little–understood process without a set of standard principles.Twenty–five years later, software testing hasn’t really changed but The Art of Software Testing has.

In addition to all the major software testing topics (such as higher–order testing, white and black–box testing, debugging, code inspections, and walkthroughs) this fully updated Second Edition features current information on testing software projects, including vital Internet–based e–commerce applications, as well as details on Extreme Testing, which supports the widely used Extreme Programming development methodology.

Just like the first edition, this revision fills the gaps in the professional literature and provides a practical, rather than theoretical, discussion of the purpose, nature, and principles of proper testing.

Many programming students enter the workforce without the proper understanding of software testing. This book covers all the essential topics for those students, but also provides all the detail and precision that working programmers might need during the testing phase. Appropriate for programmers and students at any level, The Art of Software Testing, Second Edition presents all the latest new ideas and techniques–many illustrated with helpful examples.

The Art of Application Performance Testing

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on October 10, 2009

From Reuters

“The Art of Application Performance Testing” by Ian Molyneaux provides a step-by-step approach to testing mission-critical applications for scalability and performance before they’re deployed.

The book has been nominated for the Automated Testing Institute Honors 2009 in the category of Best Automated Testing Book. The Automated Testing Institute operates based on the belief that more must be done to help software test automation reach and operate within its full potential.

Highlights / Key Features:

  • First primer published that focuses on how to go about application performance testing.
  • Provides help for the beginner and seasoned application performance tester.
  • Provides best practices to help developers and testers plan, gain approval for, coordinate and conduct performance tests on all applications.

HP LoadRunner marketing blurb

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on October 2, 2009

HP LoadRunner is the industry-standard performance testing product for predicting system behavior and performance. Using limited hardware resources, LoadRunner emulates hundreds or thousands of concurrent users to put the application through the rigors of real-life user loads. Your IT group can stress an application from end-to-end and measure the response times of key business processes.

Simultaneously, LoadRunner collects system and component-level performance information through a comprehensive array of system monitors and diagnostics modules. These metrics are combined into a sophisticated analysis module that allows teams to drill down to isolate bottlenecks within the architecture. LoadRunner supports the widest range of enterprise environments and is the only performance testing product to be customized and certified to work with ERP/CRM applications from PeopleSoft, Oracle, SAP, and Siebel.

Managing the testing process

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on September 28, 2009

There is a new edition out of Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing (the third edition to be more precise).

According to the review:

The book covers core testing concepts and thoroughly examines the best test management practices and tools of leading hardware and software vendors. Step–by–step guidelines and real–world scenarios help you follow all necessary processes and avoid mistakes.

Producing high–quality computer hardware and software requires careful, professional testing; Managing the Testing Process, Third Edition explains how to achieve that by following a disciplined set of carefully managed and monitored practices and processes.  The book covers all standards, methods, and tools you need for projects large and small Presents the business case for testing products and reviews the author′s latest test assessments.

Topics include agile testing methods, risk–based testing, IEEE standards, ISTQB certification, distributed and outsourced testing, and more.

Acceptance Test Engineering Guide

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on July 5, 2009

Last week saw the release of Acceptance Test Engineering Guide, Vol. I which is an overview of the acceptance process and how acceptance testing and other key practices fit into the process.

“Part I – Thinking about Acceptance explains six mental models that are useful when thinking about the acceptance process.
Part II – Perspectives on Acceptance describes the acceptance process from the perspectives of key stakeholders in two different kinds of organizations: the Information Technology Department in a business and the Product Development Company. Most readers involved in the acceptance process should find some commonality with at least one of the roles describes.
Part III – Accepting Software introduces the practices that are necessary for planning the acceptance process, for performing acceptance testing and for improving the acceptance process.”

If you’d like a copy visit The authors would appreciate feedback.

Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on June 17, 2009

Everyone has a role to play in software testing – even people outside a project team. Testers, developers, managers, customers, and users shape the process and results of testing, often unwittingly. Rather than continue to generate stacks of documents and fuel animosity, testers can cultivate rich opportunities and relationships by integrating an effective testing mentality into any process.

Jerry Weinberg, author of “The Psychology of Computer Programming” and more than forty non-fiction books, sets out to disprove destructive notions about testing and testers in “Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing”.

With a blend of wit, story telling and jaw-dropping insight that has won him fans around the world, Weinberg deftly separates what is expected, significant and possible in software testing.

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Software Testing and Quality Assurance Book

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on March 27, 2009

From Amazon

This book is not primarily for software test and QA (Quality Assurance) professionals who are working in ‘typical’ organisations. The Best Practice approach in this book is based on ITIL testing and is well suited to any IT organisation that takes its software testing serious. Moreover, unless software engineering practices across the organisation are mature the approach will probably fail. However, that does not prevent even an organisation with a yet to be developed testing process from selecting best practices and tasks set forth in this book and applying them. The net result will be an incremental improvement, and may be the catalyst for larger improvements with large wins.

This book is invaluable to organisations that are committed to software engineering at the defined, managed or optimising levels of maturity. It distills formal test practices drawn from a variety of ITIL and IT service Management sources into a succinct, process-oriented guide. The book is filled with templates and examples to set up and manage the process. ITIL and IT Service Management are not rigid, but can be tailored to any software practices and approaches, especially by using the plans and templates provided.If your organization is pursuing software change without risk, or are contractually required to have a formal software engineering process or process capability, this book will address the software testing process areas of a larger initiative.

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