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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.

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!

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.

Tablet computer for Pay TV

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on November 8, 2011

According to Fierce Cable, Motorola Mobility could be testing a tablet computer with the cable operators to allow their customers to manage pay TV.

It seems that cable technology vendors are busy developing and testing devices to deliver multi-platform content to cable customers.

“Pay TV subscribers with Apple’s iPhone and iPad and smartphones and tablets running on Android are already using apps that allow them to view pay TV programming and use mobile devices as a remote control.”

Selecting testing tools

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on November 7, 2011

I was sent an email about a template you could use for issueing an RFP if you were selecting a testing tool. It stated that the functions and features in such a test tool template can be categorised as:

  • Used in Design
  • Used While Coding
  • Used While Testing
  • Test Support Tools
  • General Functionality
  • Integration with Other Tools
  • Testable Platform
  • Ease of Use and Customizable UI
  • Architecture
  • Industry
  • Tool Characteristics

Is this the set of test tool features you would choose if you were evaluating testing tools ?

Next Generation Testing Conference

Posted in Events and improvement,Software testing by testing in London on November 1, 2011

There is a testing conference in London for the next two days at the Novotel London West. It’s called Next Generation Testing and you can find out more information about it here.

Key themes are:

  •  Agile Testing
  • Behaviour Driven Development
  • Automating Requirements
  • User Acceptance to Avoid IT Disasters
  • Risk Based Testing.

Other topics covered include:

  • Assuring quality in a virtualised operating environment
  • Cloud Testing
  • Expressing Testing in terms of Business Outcomes
  • Improved Test Design
  • Test Automation Strategies

Cloud testing

Acceptance test RFP

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on October 31, 2011

This is from a public RFP issued in October. It gives an idea of how important acceptance testing is to some contracts:

“…requires four types of acceptance tests: functional, performance, reliability and availability. The Proposed Acceptance Test Plan (ATP) should address all four types of acceptance tests.

Acceptance tests will be conducted first on each System Component (e.g., CAD, Mobile, LRMS, Field Reporting and FRMS) independently. Upon acceptance of all System Components, a final set of Functional, Performance and Reliability Acceptance Tests will be performed on the integrated System to ensure that all Components work together as intended and at the contracted performance levels. The County will notify the Proposer of the successful completion of each test in accordance with task completion requirements in the Statement of Work.

In the event a Level 1 Error is corrected by the Proposer, then subsequently fails on two (2) additional occasions within the test period, the County has the right to be refunded all previous payments under the Contract.”

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