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Why You Need Automated Testing at Any Scale
Posted by Daisy Tsang in AutomationSoftware Development & Testing

Software testing is a crucial part of any modern software development life cycle. This is true not only at large companies with complex applications, but small ones as well—and those in between. Regardless of the size of your organization or product, the ability to scale automated testing is crucial to ensure the quality of your software, shorten development cycles, and bring increased [...]

10 Reasons Your Team Needs to Budget for Automated Testing
Posted by Mike Mackrory in AutomationBest PracticesSoftware Development & Testing

If you found this article, you’ve probably already been sold on the benefits of automated testing. Automated testing is something that can offer virtually every organization tremendous benefits. However, it requires an upfront investment to implement it correctly. Like most other things in life that are worth doing, automated testing requires some setup to do it the right way. In [...]

New! Appium Desktop
Posted by Jonathan Lipps in AppiumAutomationNews & Product Updates

The Appium team has been hard at work on something we think the Appium users out there will love. It's a brand new app for Mac, Windows, and Linux called "Appium Desktop": the successor to the old Appium.app and Appium.exe. Appium Desktop is a graphical frontend for running an Appium server and starting sessions to inspect your applications. One of the greatest new features of Appium Desktop is [...]

Growth of Automated Testing Climbs 23 Percent
Posted by Rebecca Cramer in AutomationQuality AssuranceSoftware Development & Testing

Are you more or less reliant on automated testing compared to last year? If you’re like most organizations, you’re adopting automation steadily--but still have room to improve and get more efficient. Last month, we announced results of an independent global study of developers and testing professionals. Conducted by Dimensional Research, the survey revealed some interesting trends in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Avoiding the UI: Why and How to Run Tests With Scripts
Posted by Michael Churchman in AutomationBest PracticesGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

There's no doubt about it: a user interface (whether it's graphic or text-only) can be very nice, at least when you need to make decisions in real time or enter data on the spot. But when you know exactly what you're going to do and how you're going to perform each step, and you have a set of tasks that you're likely to perform more than once or twice, any kind of user interface can slow you down, get in the way, and eventually become a maddening, time-wasting annoyance.

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