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Computer screen showing web optimization audit metrics An Introduction to Web Optimization Testing[article]

When testing websites, most software testers check the functionality and the UI of the page. But webpage optimization is another area that should get consideration. There are a variety of factors, such as relevance and readability, that search engines consider in webpages before assigning a position in search results, and testers can help positively influence this ranking by increasing site speed and removing blockers to usability.

Gimhani Upekshika's picture Gimhani Upekshika
Max Saperstone Excavating the Testing Pyramid: An Interview with Max Saperstone[interview]

Max Saperstone, director of test and automation at Coveros, discusses the different types of tests that Selenium helps with, as well as why Selenium is very fragile. He also gets into the testing pyramid and how the layers of the pyramid work break down, the distinction between testing and checking, and which tests developers should be responsible for.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Agile + DevOps East Become the Person Everyone Wants to Work With[presentation]
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Drawing from her own experiences across twenty years in a range of industry roles, Jaimee Newberry shares true stories of at least a dozen tiny but important things she still sees every day that could make all the difference in how people work with you. 

Jaimee Newberry
Individual blocks stacked up JUnit vs. TestNG: Choosing a Framework for Unit Testing[article]

There are multiple frameworks available for unit testing, and for any type of programming language. For Java developers, JUnit and TestNG are the most widely used. These frameworks are siblings and have the same test roots, and the debate over which is better is complex. Let’s look at how these two testing frameworks are different from each other, and which framework is better suited for your unit testing.

Junaid Ahmed's picture Junaid Ahmed
Chris Loder An Open Source Framework for Automation: An Interview with Chris Loder[interview]

Chris Loder, an automation architect at InGenius Software, talks about his open source framework for automation, as well as why he says he left testing behind and started automating. He also discusses running the Test Lab at STARWEST, where conference attendees can practice their QA skills together to solve puzzles and test code. This year there were new AI features and an Automation Zone, where participants got hands-on experience with automation.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Secure padlock Embedding Security in a DevOps World[article]

Faster DevOps processes also create new challenges. It was difficult enough to add security into a traditional waterfall software development lifecycle with monthly or quarterly releases, but now software updates are released several times a day! What can developers do to build and maintain more secure applications? Here are some ways to encourage better security practices throughout the DevOps lifecycle.

Alex Humphrey's picture Alex Humphrey
Person creating a "continuous" infinity sign with a sparkler Bringing Continuous Testing to Your Organization[article]

Continuous testing means all your tests are executing all the time, providing continuous feedback into the quality and health of your applications. In order to achieve continuous testing, you must first adopt the right test automation strategy. Understanding how to bring in all different types of test automation practices as efficiently as possible enables you to get started down the path of continuous testing.

Chris Colosimo's picture Chris Colosimo
Agile + DevOps East Rome Wasn't Built in a Day...and Neither is Your DevSecOps[presentation]
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DevSecOps is about more than just the tools—it is an organizational, operational, and strategic transformation. So, as a “thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance” across the three main pillars of an organization, how can we expect a DevSecOps transformation to take place overnight?

Brittany Greenfield
Human eye Using Computer Vision to Reduce Test Automation Blind Spots[article]

The standard test automation toolkit easily completes web and mobile automation, but it fails to detect elements on desktop and mobile content-based applications. Computer vision (CV) replicates the human eye using deep learning technology and can determine objects in pictures, which helps machines orient in space and perform repetitive detection tasks. Let's see how CV can help automate the testing of a much wider software product list.

Maxim Chernyak's picture Maxim Chernyak
Developers and testers giving each other useful feedback Improve Tester-Developer Relationships with Helpful Feedback[article]

Testers and developers often have a strained relationship. Each side has a certain level of expectations as to what the other side should know and do, while there is little understanding of the constraints, conditions, and requirements that the other team has to work within. But it does not have to be this way. A little effort in giving more specific and helpful feedback can go a long way toward improving attitudes.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Cursor hovering over the word "Security" on a computer screen Integrating Security and Testing Practices[article]

QA and information security use different methods to approach the same goals. When both groups work together, they can make a greater impact on the security of our products. Here's how the QA team can collaborate with infosec to implement strong security standards, prioritize what to test, and obtain quicker feedback on processes, ultimately seeing fewer production incidents related to security.

Sylvia Killinen's picture Sylvia Killinen
Brain made of computer circuits and binary code A Simpler Way of Using Machine Learning to Shift Testing Left[article]

The advantages of shifting left and testing as early as possible are obvious. But as you automate more testing, the test suite grows larger and larger, and it takes longer and longer to run. Instead, just automate the process of finding the right set of tests to run. The key to that is machine learning. This isn't AI bots finding bugs autonomously without creating tests; this is a different way to use machine learning, and it’s far simpler.

James Farrier's picture James Farrier
Score being shown at a baseball game More Than a Score: Taking a Deeper Dive into Your Metrics[article]

One key benefit of metrics is that they can be measured using a standard process; we can explain the numbers, and leadership can understand what that means. The downside is that it is only a measurement, so issues can easily hide until they become problems, and great work can also go unrepresented. Sporting events are a great example: The end score tells you who won, but not the details of the game. We need to look deeper.

Nels Hoenig's picture Nels Hoenig
Pyramid in Egypt Inverting the Test Automation Pyramid[article]

A growing company was tasked to develop a test automation program from scratch, change its coding practices, and build a continuous testing toolchain. Martin Ivison details how they did it, including realizing that implementing the traditional test pyramid wasn't going to work—it would have to be turned upside down. They found out that small is beautiful, cheap is good, and cultural change matters.

Martin Ivison's picture Martin Ivison
Artificial intelligence bot AI-Driven Test Automation and Your Future[article]

Many software testers are lamenting the impending demise of their jobs thanks to artificial intelligence. But Jon Hagar thinks there's no need to panic just yet. Here, he details some capabilities he's seen in AI, relates how these can be used in software testing, and explains why he thinks most people don't have to worry—although he also explains who should! As usual, it comes down to a willingness to learn new things.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar

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