• .NET Testing & ALM

    No, Grumpy Testers Don’t Have Cooties (Or, Why Devs Should Talk to Testers)

    Yesterday I wrote about things testers can learn from developers. Today I’d like to cover the flipside of that picture: what developers can learn from testers. Yes, there’s a significant amount of knowledge that can flow the other way, too! Developers can learn many things from testers that will help the team be more productive and ship better value to the customers. Unfortunately, devs will have to get past some stereotypes about testers. Too often testers get viewed as the angry, overly critical people who lose sight of important aspects of a project. Like focusing on shipping versus endless ...
    September 18, 2013
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    You Want Me To Talk To Whom? DEVELOPERS?

    In a word, yes. It won’t be easy. You’ll need to learn new terminology. You’ll need to be patient. You’ll likely have to get a bunch of figures on your monitor. Why Collaborate? Why should testers and developers collaborate? It’s a perfectly legitimate question, particularly to those who’ve been in the software industry for a number of years and have seen the coming and going of any number of buzzword fads. Collaboration among members of a team producing software isn’t just a fad. The IT industry is finally moving away from stove piped, separated groups to a much healthier, more ...
    September 17, 2013
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    Load Testing Web Services

    Did you know that you can use Test Studio to load test your web services? This is probably one of our most asked-about new features. We want to make this feature a really great experience, so we're planning lots of improvements. Depending on your service, you can start load testing them right now! There are a few limitations to be aware of. Improvements to the Dynamic Variables system are coming. Until those arrive, if you need to use Dynamic Variables embedded in JSON or XML content, you are going to have wait. If not, you are able to start load ...
    September 13, 2013
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    What Was I Thinking When I Named That?

    I was recently asked how automated tests should be named to reflect they were built using Test Studio. My response, hopefully not too blunt, was “Don’t.” Good naming conventions in software are critical. Code is read, re-read, re-re-read, and re-re-re-read 5,632 times more than it’s edited1. Readability is critical to maintaining and understanding our software. With that in mind, great names for classes, methods, variables, and tests are crucial! We need to ensure we’re able to quickly discern what the system’s behavior is, or what a particular test is covering. Good names are about intent, not implementation...
    September 13, 2013
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    Why the Cloud is Disrupting Testing Practices

    My first realization that cloud computing was changing the dynamics of software development and testing was at a conference about five years ago where two guys got up and described how they bootstrapped their fledgling software development business by spending about $200 buying server time with Amazon’s cloud services.  Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars on servers and system administrators, they in effect outsourced those costs to the cloud provider. Since that time, the economics and flexibility of cloud computing have revolutionized all aspects of software, enabling companies large and small to avoid large infrastructure costs while rapidly ...
    September 11, 2013