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Home-Brewed Test Automatioin: Approaches from Extreme Programming Projects[presentation]

Projects that use eXtreme programming (XP) often do not use commercial GUI test tools, finding it more useful to build their own support for test automation.

Bret Pettichord, Pettichord Consulting
Smaller-Scale Web Sites Need Performance Testing Too![presentation]

Even a smaller-scale Web site requires careful planning and execution of performance tests. Making the critical decisions in a timely manner and identifying the performance goals are still prerequisites to a successful test.

Dale Perry, Software Quality Engineering
Testing Testability[article]

Recently I overheard a conversation between a test analyst and a business analyst about how a function should be tested. The response from the business analyst was, "If it is not breaking the application, it must be working fine!" Testing staff comes across such scenarios where a part or functionality of the application under test is not "testable." The tests they carry out are not conclusive enough to say that the functionality is working as specified. In this week's article, Ipsita Chatterjee defines testability and looks at the benefits of incorporating it in the products. Also discussed are simple ways to monitor the incorporation of this non-functional requirement in the software development life cycle and a few industry myths about testability.

Ipsita Chatterjee's picture Ipsita Chatterjee
Is Your Haystack Missing a Needle?[magazine]

Using manual testing to determine if your application is missing any files is worse than looking for a needle in a haystack: it's like trying to determine if your haystack is missing any needles! One tester tells the story of how some clever coding saved his project a good deal of time and quite a few headaches.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
Between the Lines[magazine]

Get the software engineering slant on items from the recent news.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Comparatively Speaking[magazine]

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, see why one practitioner believes there's no such thing as a best practice.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Rating Scheme = Disrupted Team[magazine]

Need a place to go to get the solutions you've been craving? Management Fix is what you've been looking for. In this issue, find out how to manage when you're asked to grade on a curve.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Is That a Fact?[magazine]

We're pleased to bring you technical editors who are well respected in their fields. Get their take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, read about the importance of recognizing inconvenient facts—and how finding a way to change them could be the key to success.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Walk into My Parlor[magazine]

Just as a spider spins a web to capture her prey, testers weave an intricate net of ambiguity and conflict to catch program bugs. Find out how to use complex tests to expose program weaknesses and errors.

David Holmgren's picture David Holmgren
Passing the Baton: Transitioning from Development to Maintenance[magazine]

Stumble-free code and knowledge transfer requires a facilitated, structured process. Learn how to ease the transition from development to maintenance.

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey
Continuous Integration—Your Project's Unlikely Hero[magazine]

Code sandboxes of the world, unite behind a new leader: Continuous Integration (CI). Automated and customizable, CI gives you the ability to know at the push of a button whether your application is working or whether it needs a tweak. It brings together the disparate code of countless developers and provides a real-time gauge of your application's health. Never fear nightly (or, egads! weekly) builds again. Rely on the strength of CI.

Jeffrey Frederick's picture Jeffrey Frederick
Lightweight Development. Heavyweight QA[magazine]

Need a place to go to get the solutions you've been craving? Management Fix is what you've been looking for. In this issue, find out how to bring old-school QA practitioners into the new world of development.

Elisabeth Hendrickson's picture Elisabeth Hendrickson
Quality Requires a Better Understanding[magazine]

To continue our series exploring what it means to care about quality and to build better software, we spoke with a software user who now collaborates with developers on Agile projects. Find out what she had to say.

Pam Young's picture Pam Young
Source Code, Power Source, and Outsourced[magazine]

Get the software engineering slant on items from the recent news.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Cards–I've Got a Million of 'Em[magazine]

One man's love/hate relationship with index cards, a common tool of the Agile trade.

Ron Jeffries's picture Ron Jeffries


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