• .NET Testing & ALM

    The Relationship Between Exploratory Testing and Test Automation

    July 26, 2013 Share
    There is a lot of information (and misinformation) on the role and value of exploratory testing in the testing process.  Many teams plan their testing practices based on verifying that requirements have been met, and that is an important approach. But software quality is more than just meeting requirements.  Sometimes requirements make assumptions that aren’t tested through requirements-based testing, and aren’t discovered until defects not related to requirements are found.  Also, many times requirements are focused strictly on business functionality, and don’t look beyond that to other parts of an application. Exploratory testing, on the other hand, relies on the ...
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    Asking the Wrong Questions on Test Automation

    July 24, 2013 Share
    Whether at conferences or in casual discussions at companies, I talk to a lot of testers and in particular testing managers about the benefits of automation.  Almost to a person, they ask some variation of the following: “It will take a lot of money and time to buy tools and training, and get up to speed on effectively building automated tests.  When will we see a return on this investment?” I understand where that question is coming from.  Even a mid-sized testing organization is likely spending tens of thousands of dollars, and giving up hundreds of hours of productive testing ...
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    Spreading the Word on Software Testing

    July 23, 2013 Share
    I’m Peter Varhol, a new evangelist for TestStudio, and I’m happy to be joining the Telerik team and my colleagues Steven Vore and Jim Holmes.  I’ve done a wide variety of things in my career, including software evangelism, product management and marketing, development and testing, technology journalism, and university teaching. Among the professional activities I’ve been doing over the past several years is speaking at various conferences and user groups on the subjects of software testing and quality, and I’ve brought some of that with me to Telerik.  At the end of August, I’m giving a talk at the Conference ...
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    Using the Element Explorer in Test Studio's Visual Studio Plug-In

    July 22, 2013 Share
    Greetings, fellow testers. Last week we took a quick look at using Test Studio's Visual Studio plug-in. Today I want to point out a feature of the plug-in that can help you find your way around the elements on your application's pages - the Element Explorer. video: Using the Element Explorer in Test Studio's Visual Studio Plug-In The element explorer shows us a subset of our application's DOM, showing just the elements that are in use in our project. Any given element may be used in multiple tests in your project; the explorer shows each element once. In this ...
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    Using Test Studio's Visual Studio Plug-in

    July 19, 2013 Share
    Greetings, fellow testers. I know some of you are working closely with your developers, and that's A Good Thing. They may be showing interest in creating tests themselves, and what better place for them (or you, if you're interested) to do that but right in their favorite development tool - Visual Studio? Here's the good news - when you installed Test Studio it also added a plug-in which gives Visual Studio the same ease of test recording as you're already using. The keys are to use the Telerik Test Studio Project template when starting your project, and then adding tests ...