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Quality Still Counts on the Web

Internet time. Sometimes you feel like a mouse running ever faster through the maze, toward elusive cheese that frustratingly moves from place to place. "Naturally," says the head mouse, "we have to take some shortcuts to get to the cheese on time." So maybe you don't have time to talk to users, or have a human-factors specialist design the user interface, or execute a rigorous test suite. But that's okay, you'll beat the competition to the marketplace and that's all that counts, right? No. Quality still counts, too.

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White Paper: Issue-Based Change Management for eBusiness

Rapidly changing application code and Web content can be a challenge for any eBusiness to manage. Requests from partners, customers, suppliers, and development teams must be tracked and implemented in an orderly way, with strong auditability. At stake is the quality of eBusiness applications, the accuracy of Web content and the ability to deliver both in a timely manner. This paper talks about how to manage the entire development lifecycle.

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Short vs. Long—Size Does Make a Difference

In this paper we describe an investigation of a part of testing folklore: that long tests are more likely to find bugs than short ones.

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Test Metrics Without Tears

To survive, the Test Manager has to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Testing Process. The evidence to show this is required to be more than software defect metrics - how many raised, how many outstanding/fixed by severity and urgency etc. It needs to be comprehensive measurement of the code being tested and of the testing service provided to test it.

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Trimming the Test Suite

When you have 15 million lines of code to test, and you need to get a quality product to market as soon as possible, you need ways to streamline testing. This paper explores how to use Coverage Analysis System (CAS) data to determine the optimum set of automated tests to execute for a corrected defect.

Jim Boone
It Depends

Many of us would like a precise answer to the question: "What's the correct staffing ratio for developers to testers in my product organization?" Usually, though, the only answer is "It depends." Your answer depends on your situation: the kind of project you're working on,
your schedule constraints, the culture you work in, and the quality expectations for the product. This paper discusses the thought process involved in deciding on your correct staffing ratios.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Who Is the User Anyway?

"Users have rights!" But which user? And what rights? Clare-Marie Karat's User's Bill of Rights is based on the concept that the user is always right. But who is the user? Companies that make and sell commercial software spend lots of thought and money on just this issue. All users are not the same and they have different needs. So who decides which user needs to satisfy?

Rick Craig's picture Rick Craig
Has Web Development Changed the Meaning of Testing?

Web development may be distinguished from traditional software development by descriptive terms such as "slam it and jam it," "FAD--Frantic Application Development," or "Wild Web Developer." These phrases from Glass' column help us understand the new challenges faced by test and QA people who are assigned to Web projects. In this column, Glass identifies many of the new aspects of testing that come with the advent of Web software.

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Automation Testing Using Visual Basic 6.0

I have used and taught classes in Microsoft Visual Basic® since its Version 2.0, in addition to teaching and consulting on test automation. Since I work for a Quality Assurance company, Data Dimensions, Inc., most of the students I have trained have been testers. The tester's goal, usually, was to gain programming experience and to perhaps build test utilities in VB. Yet, the courses I taught were initially the same as the courses taught to developers. 

Mary Sweeney's picture Mary Sweeney
Graybox Software Testing in the Real World in Real-Time

The Graybox Testing Methodology is a software testing method used to test embedded systems. The methodology is platform and language independent. The current implementation of the Graybox methodology is heavily dependent on the use of a host platform debugger to execute and validate the software under test.

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