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Using Test-Kitchen for Local Testing
Posted by Greg Sypolt in ChefGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

Test Kitchen is used mainly for integration testing for your Chef Cookbooks, but it can also be used to isolate application bugs in a local environment. It is the best method to test and debug your application or infrastructure code locally using virtual technologies. Test Kitchen can converge Chef cookbooks across various combinations of platforms (operating systems). The most important aspect [...]

How ChatOps Can Improve Your Testing Process
Posted by Brena Monteiro in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

Testing as efficiently as possible is key to doing DevOps well. One tool you can use to test more quickly and with less effort is ChatOps. Below, I explain what ChatOps means and how it applies to automated testing. What is ChatOps? The DevOps movement has given rise to a need to maintain visibility across the development pipeline for all team members. ChatOps, which uses chatbots to integrate [...]

Visual Testing With Applitools and Sauce Labs
Posted by Greg Sypolt in Guest Blog PostsSeleniumSoftware Development & Testing

Today, Applitools is enabling teams to validate user interface (UI) components by creating automated tests with visual checkpoints through testing frameworks like Selenium, Appium, Espresso, and more. Software testers once took visual validation for granted when manually testing apps. As teams moved forward with automated testing, the visual validation of UI components quickly faded away in the [...]

Top 5 Quality Disasters (or Misses) of 2016
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in Guest Blog PostsQAQuality Assurance

2016 was another year of questionable quality in almost every industry. Here are some defects (ranging from amusing to scary) that really caught my attention over the last year (some because they personally affected me!), and a few lessons we can learn from them as we develop our own test strategies such as data usage, environments, security, and more in our day-to-day work (please note these are [...]

New Year's Resolutions For DevOps And QA
Posted by Dan Cuellar in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

2017 is upon us, and so it's that time of year where we all make pledges to better ourselves for the New Year. Whether it's to go to the gym, or to find that special someone, January is the time of year where we sit back, reflect, and set a new course for ourselves. In that spirit, I've put together a list of potential resolutions that should be of interest to readers of this blog. Containerize [...]

Integration Testing Chef Cookbooks With Serverspec

Writing a server integration test using the Serverspec testing framework to verify your server configuration helps to ensure the consistency and dependability of Chef code as it is being developed. Serverspec tests will prove that the correct packages were installed, configured correctly, and tested on the various platforms (CentOS, Ubuntu, Windows, and more). This article walks you through the [...]

How To Attract Top QA Talent

Recruiting top QA talent in this competitive market is a lot like dating. You can't live on your past laurels and expect to attract the best prospects! You need to take a good look at how you are presenting yourself to others and modernize your approach. What is Their First Impression? I recently had to restaff a QA team. The company had a stock job description to post, and my first inclination [...]

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