Software Test Automation Fall 2001


A Data-Driven Testing Approach

This presentation shows a broader vision of Test Automation
beyond the use of a test automation tool. The objectives of this
presentation are to show:

  • How to use advanced data driven techniques for test automation
  • The use of SQL/PERL/ORAPERL and variables for data control
  • The concept of the Test Automation Engine
Shakil Ahmad, Convergys
A How-To Guide to Choosing Tools

You've been tasked with finding a new software tool to help automate your organization's testing. With so many tools on the market, though, where do you start? In this presentation, Elisabeth Hendrickson walks you through the selection process-from determining your organization's needs to acquiring the tool and then rolling it out to the entire organization. You will learn when to build a tool from scratch rather than buy it, and what to ask the vendor before committing to purchase it.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc. and Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

A Rigorous and Highly Effective Approach to Website Load Testing

In this presentation, you will learn how to leverage the power of modern load testing tools to avoid misleading conclusions, and obtain accurate and reliable results by
applying a proven, rigorous, and methodical approach to the three phases of website load testing: planning, execution, and analysis.

Alberto Savoia, Keynote Systems
Achieving eBusiness Quality by Design

Testing can identify software defects, but it cannot prevent them. This presentation examines the opportunity for testers to engage in achieving eBusiness quality from the beginning of the development lifecycle. Architectural process and application of patterns can have a significant impact on eBusiness quality. Yet testing technology and testers' efforts have largely focused in the opposite direction-on deriving tests from the "as-built" system.

Sam Guckenheimer, Rational Software Corporation
Achieving eBusiness Reliability in Internet Time

Time-to-market is one of the realities of today's development world, as is the exposure and importance of your eBusiness. Given the pressures of time and resources, how can you achieve the level of reliability you want with today's pressures? In this presentation, Rohit Gupta discusses the complexities of multi-tiered applications and system components-and the resulting challenges for eBusiness, including the reliability risks of scalability, uptime, verification, and monitoring.

Rohit Gupta, Segue Software
Adventures in Web Application Performance Testing

Examine the challenges and successes experienced by a test team analyzing application and systems performance for applications moving from distributed Client/Server solutions to centralized, Web-based designs. In this presentation, Nancy Landau presents case studies to address the changes made in automated testing methods to handle compressed delivery schedules, new architectures, new test tools requirements, and changing customer expectations.

Nancy Landau, ALLTEL
An Execution Framework for Java Test Automation

This presentation introduces the Java Execution Framework, describing test suites, test cases, and the JEF test harness.

Erick Griffin, Tivoli Systems Inc.
Applying Development Best Practices to Automated Testing

Test automation is a specialized form of software development where executable code is produced for the validation and testing process. Many best practices have been identified to allow developers to code more quickly, efficiently, and correctly, but few test automators have adopted these practices. Learn about several of these "best practices"-including code reviews and coding standards-that can be applied to automated test development.

Andy Tinkham, Spherion Technology Architects
Automating Test Design

The goals of this presentation are to: Redefine the term "path"; Introduce four value selection paradigms; Discuss strengths & weaknesses of each; Examine how value selection relates to automated test design capability; and Examine how test requirements identification relates to each paradigm.

Steve Morton, Applied Dynamics International
Bang for the Buck

Test automation can be expensive and time consuming. It often takes longer than anyone expects for a test automation effort to pay off in terms of defects found, hours saved, and increased test coverage. In this presentation, Elisabeth Hendrickson looks at techniques for maximizing the return on your test automation investment using real-world examples from her experience as a test automator and test manager. Learn techniques for considering return-on-investment during test automation design.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc.


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