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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

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

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.

Software Testing Tools for Your QA Team

Ashley Hunsberger, Greg Sypolt and Chris Riley contributed to this post. Software testing tools are a vital resource for every successful QA team. But with so many tools and testing frameworks out there - from Selenium and Protractor to Espresso and Xcode - how do you choose which are best? How should your toolset vary depending on whether you do desktop testing, mobile [...]

Team Building and Quality Assurance

Ashley Hunsberger, Greg Sypolt and Chris Riley contributed to this post. How do you build an effective team of quality assurance (QA) engineers? Where do you look to recruit the best QA professionals? How should you integrate your QA team within the rest of your organization? These and other questions related to the topic of team building came up during a recent webinar hosted by Chris Riley, [...]

The Importance of Eliminating Network Hops

Are you experiencing slower execution times while running Selenium scripts in the Selenium cloud network? Too many network hops will add latency and slow down your test execution. Plus, every additional network hop adds cost to your execution. One way to optimize Selenium execution performance is to eliminate as many network hops as possible. "A hop is one portion of the path between source [...]

Announcing the DevOps Express Alliance
Posted by The Sauce Labs Team in AutomationBest PracticesDevOpsNews & Product Updates

Today Sauce Labs joins 13 other DevOps technology leaders as part of the DevOps Express alliance, a new collaborative effort to deliver integrated solutions, support, and best practices to enterprises who are looking to adopt DevOps. Every enterprise is in the software business these days, and delivering a high-quality software experience has become a marketplace [...]

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