• .NET Testing & ALM

    Stealing From The Company

    Greetings, fellow testers.  by  idleformat At a recent tech talk on automated testing and building, the statement was made that "not automating tests is like stealing from the company." The speaker’s intent was to stress the importance of what he believes to be a “best practice.” The focus of the talk was to encourage using unit tests and test-driven-development techniques; automating integration, functional and user interface tests; and including them at various points in the product’s build process. These are considered good, productive, time-saving techniques and so it should be obvious that not using them would be bad, ...
    June 14, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    The Power of Code

    Greetings, fellow testers. There's been a lot of talk recently about testers learning to code. I'll say this much here — I think it's important for those of us who are testing software to understand how software works. For some, that means being able to read code. For some, that will turn into an interest or passion for writing code. Some of that code will be automating existing tests, some of it will be automating other tasks that we perform every day — creating data, cleaning up after tests are complete, reporting on our findings, etc. With regard to automating ...
    June 12, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Encrypting Login Information

    Greetings, fellow testers. In yesterday's blog post, and the related video, I showed a test that entered a username and password as part of a login process. Hopefully you noticed something disturbing there — storing a password in plain-text and letting it be displayed for all to see. Though perhaps that's ok with non-production systems, it's still not normally something you'd want to do very often. Fortunately, there are a couple of properties we can set on the test step to control this. The first one to look at is IsPassword. Changing this to True will mask the ...
    June 06, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Are You Going to WWDC?

    Because we are! The Test Studio Mobile team will be in San Francisco next week for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. We'd love to meet you and discuss any questions, comments, and concerns you have about our software. Even if you're curious about a different Telerik product, we'll do our best to help you. Here are a few examples of what we can do for you: A quick product demonstration Answer how-to questions Share roadmap details Discuss your ideas for new features Work through a technical issue Contact me (@rinaldi_anthony) or Robert Shoemate (@Shoerob) on Twitter to ...
    June 06, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Data-Driven Tests - Logon and Setup Steps

    Greetings, fellow testers. Last week we talked about Data Driven Tests and how they can speed through dozens or hundreds of variations quickly for you. In the example I used a simple sample application, just a web page with a form. Often we need to log in and/or perform some setup steps before the actual "meat" of the test, or have some cleanup tasks after we're done — we certainly wouldn't want to do that for every iteration. That would be silly and time-wasting. Let's look at a better way. Here's our simple test, modified to use a login screen. ...
    June 05, 2013