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A Look at VMware

The more complicated the system to test, the bigger the headache. Chris Meisenzahl takes a look at how you can take the pain out of testing complicated software systems with VMware’s virtualization tools—VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Server, and VMware ESX Server.

Christopher J. Meisenzahl
More Stress, Less Distress

An overwhelmingly harsh test will expose dramatic vulnerabilities, but stress testing requires sensitivity to the unexpected. In this article, Michael Bolton directs readers out of the automated-testing comfort zone and toward better methods of spotting unanticipated problems.

Michael Bolton
Blink . . . or You'll Miss It

Michael Bolton takes some tips from Malcolm Gladwell's hit book "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" to change his perspective, remove extra information, and look for hidden patterns in using the aptly named "blink testing."

Michael Bolton
The Democratization of Test Tools

Imagine a world where testers, programmers, and product directors collaborate to automate tests. It's not a fantasy; it's the future. Lisa Crispin, who works on a team in which this sort of collaboration occurs for all the regression tests for each new feature, invites you to join the automation revolution today.

Lisa Crispin
A Look at FinalBuilder

Adam White says he's generally set in his ways regarding daily use test tools, but he found an exception in FinalBuilder. Find out why Adam thinks this automated build and release tool's functionality extends beyond simple build automation.

Adam White
The Demise of Record/Script/Play

Is the Record/Script/Play method of automated testing ready to take its final bow? What will the next generation hold? Linda Hayes reflects on the past changes in automation, inspects the current situation, and offers her vision of the future.

Linda Hayes
From Primitive to Prominent: The Past, Present, and Future of Automated Code Analysis

Automated code analysis tools are becoming more powerful and more necessary than ever before. Alberto Savoia takes a look at the evolution of static and dynamic code analysis tools, from their humble beginnings to their present status as indispensable technology, and tells us what he predicts for the future.

Alberto Savoia
A Look at Canoo WebTest

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tests and trends? You've come to the right place. Get one reviewer's opinion of Canoo WebTest, an open source tool that supports Web application development through test automation.

Lisa Crispin
More Than One Answer; More Than One Question

Connect with an expert to learn how to work smarter and discover new ways to uncover more defects. In this issue, Michael Bolton continues his discussion of James Bach's Heuristic Test Strategy Model by focusing on the importance of customer-facing quality criteria.

Michael Bolton
A Crash Course in Scripting

More and more software testing is becoming a technical activity—and that means programming. In the future, simply having domain knowledge won't be enough. Good craftspeople need good tools, and some of the most powerful tools in the tester’s toolbox today are dynamic programming languages like Perl and Ruby. If you aren't familiar with these languages, this article will help you get up to speed and start scripting in no time.

Chris McMahon

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