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In Testing, There is No Room for Error

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Automated testing is the preferred testing method for a number of reasons, such as faster turnout time and allowing multiple attempts with increasing variance. If there’s anything that defines the essence of automated testing, however, it’s the fact that it removes the human factor out of the equation, albeit not entirely.

To say that human error could affect the results of the test is debatable. If a person performs a task frequently enough, whether it’s right or wrong, it would become a habit. In terms of testing, a human tester may see an error often enough and don’t do something about it because he or she may have considered it normal based on past processes. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Software Testing

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Software development and product manufacturing industries are essentially vastly different, though they share a few similarities. This is especially true when it comes to making sure the end result is at par with what the client wants.

In product manufacturing industries, the end results are easy to assess because the products are tangible and can be physically examined. Unfortunately, this is not the case for software development industries because the end results are not tangible. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Nifty Tips for More Effective Software Testing

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Software testing is an exceedingly expansive software development niche replete with endless possibilities. Unfortunately, testing personnel often have limited time and resources to conduct their tests. So how can you maximize your efforts despite the limiting factors that surround your job? Take a look at the following few tips to help you perform your testing duties more effectively:

Analyze results thoroughly

Learn to analyze each and every detail of your test result. Don’t take results at face value. Making sure you discover the root cause of a ‘fail’ test will eventually lead you to the solution, which will make you all the more valuable. Industry movers love Testers who not only log the bugs, but provide solutions as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Squashing Tenacious Software Bugs

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When it comes to software bugs, no two are exactly the same. Some can creep up on you early, while the software is still in alpha or beta; others are reported soon after release by the early adopting community; and still others only reveal themselves with time, after the software has become well-established and unforeseen problems can have a much more powerful impact.

Enduring, tenacious, long-lived bugs can occur for a variety of reasons. Since cursory testing is usually only carried out to ensure that the program works as intended, these normally aren’t caught until well after release.

Long-lived bugs can result from any number of issues. Common complications include memory management issues, memory leaks, and buffer overflows. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing AST in a Connected World

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Thanks to the Internet, a data server in Los Angeles can be connected to another server in Adelaide. Thousands of miles of undersea cable make it possible to share data by the petabytes in a swift and efficient manner.

Given that this level of interconnectedness is the modern reality for various industries, software testing standards now require systems to have the ability work on dozens of servers and terminals. To simulate this multi-computer environment, testers typically use more than one computer. Such an environment may sometimes consist of new and old computers. Read the rest of this entry »

When Updates Break Your Software

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Nowadays, whether it’s videogames or operating systems you’re talking about, patches and updates have become a fact of life. That’s because software developers want to give the best possible product to consumers, which is why these supplemental updates are released.

Unfortunately, good intentions often go haywire. Usually, patches are made available to increase software stability, add functionalities, or stomp out bugs. In reality, though, the additional code often messes with the existing ones, causing the software to behave erratically. Whereas before, a software boots up and functions flawlessly, users may encounter issues like black screens, frequent crashes, or flat out failure to launch after an update. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing AST: Anywhere, Anytime

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Windows and Apple may be the giants of operating systems (OS), but they’re not the only ones in use today. There are hundreds of OS installed on everything, from computer servers to plane cockpits, with only a small portion available for public consumption. This is the rationale behind the second automated software testing (AST) requirement: OS independence.

This isn’t like releasing Windows and Mac versions of various software. One program must be compatible with practically every OS in existence, which isn’t scarce in public software. For example, if Microsoft Word wants to pass AST, it must work on all platforms, not produce an entirely different version from the original. Read the rest of this entry »