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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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Curate Your Test Suite
Posted by Michael Churchman in Best PracticesGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

Software testing is easy, isn't it? Just run some tests, get the results, and do... well, whatever you do with test results. What kind of tests? Just standard software tests, of course. What other kinds of testing are there? Sound familiar? It should. It's an all-too-common approach to testing among software developers, even among those who have enough experience to know better. The trouble with [...]

Introduction to Usability Testing
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in AutomationBest PracticesGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

Do you ever find yourself wondering if you are building the right product? (Or worse, not thinking about it?) Despite best intentions with Agile, it is easy to lose focus on the client and become ingrained in the technology you are building. But how do you get back to center? Usability Testing is a great way to refocus on the customer. Not only will it put you on the path to the right product, [...]

Teach Automated Testing With More Show and Less Tell

Writing automated tests can be daunting. Teaching someone else is even more intimidating. For many technology professionals, testing just doesn’t seem worthwhile and certainly isn’t as interesting as writing new code. Far too many organizations boast impressive-looking test suites that, on close examination, don’t add value. However, high-quality automated testing not only [...]

The Case for End-To-End Testing in the Age of DevOps
Posted by Mike Mackrory in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

In the age of DevOps, virtual machines, continuous delivery, and microservices, is end-to-end testing necessary? Is it even viable? The short answers are "yes" and "yes". But don’t just take my quick word for it. Let me explain why end-to-end testing is crucial for effective DevOps. Defining End-to-End Testing Before we consider what value end-to-end testing brings to an organization, let [...]

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