Automated software testing

Which Software Tests Should Be Automated

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Software developers are often confronted with one nagging question when testing a software program: which tests should be automated, and which should be done manually? In certain situations, there are clear advantages to working with automated software solutions.


However, there are also certain cases when the method could end up costing you more. That’s why it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of manual vs. automation with each project. In general, you should consider automated testing when the test… Read the rest of this entry »


OS Independence: The End of a Monopoly

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Operating system (OS) independence is as simple as the term itself. A program must be tailored to work for any OS in use today: Windows, Mac, Linux, and even mobile. Automated software testing (AST) makes sure programs, if not possible in its current state, can be tweaked to run on multiple platforms when the need arises.

Yet, OS independence would still be a pipe dream if it weren’t for a trait that makes staunch OS rivals agree on something. They share similar sentiments regarding user interface, from the size of the window to the basic functions of the program. In today’s society, the bitter rivalry of PC and Mac is past the point of irrelevance. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Maximizing Automated Software Testing

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While automated software testing tools offer advantages like speed, accuracy, and wide coverage, the software testing team is still responsible for making sure all objectives are met. After all, despite its name, an automated software testing tool needs inputs from users, who are either the software developers themselves or an outside QA party. Here, then, are tips to maximize automated software tests:

Have a well-thought-out design test.

Home builders can’t simply build a home without a blue print. In the same way, QA professionals can’t jump right into automation without a design. If the QA team hopes to find all the possible defects in the software, they should devote sufficient time and effort to design a test with as wide a coverage as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for Smooth Software Testing

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Clients should clearly lay out new program specifications for the software developer, whether it is keeping track of employees’ work hours or storage or retrieval of customer data. The specifications should be signed off by both parties before any development work commences.

Once a program is done, it is the developer’s duty to ensure the software will be up and running smoothly via software testing. Here are a few guidelines for an efficient software testing: 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 »

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 »

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 »