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Sparkly "2017" sign Top 10 StickyMinds Articles of 2017

With the rise of technology like AI and practices like DevOps, teams everywhere are looking for ways to speed up testing without sacrificing quality. The articles in 2017 reflect that, with the most popular topics being test automation, testing machine learning systems, next-generation exercises, and the future of software testing. If you're looking for cutting-edge testing techniques, check out this roundup.

Heather Shanholtzer
Flag that says "Explore," photo by Andrew Neel Using Tours to Structure Your Exploratory Testing

In testing, a tour is an exploration of a product that is organized around a theme. Tours bring structure and direction to exploration sessions, so they can be used as a fundamental tool for exploratory testing. They're excellent for surfacing a collection of ideas that you can then further explore in depth one at a time, and they help you become more familiar with a product—leading to better testing.

Nishi Grover Garg
Path breaking away from a road Learn More from Tests That Stray off the Happy Path

Unit tests exercise various paths through your codebase. Some are happy paths where everything you expect goes right. These tests are boring. The interesting tests are the ones where your code goes hurtling off the happy path. The trick is to capture the diversity of a multitude of unhappy paths without needlessly duplicating unit tests. Here's how you can improve the quality of your unit testing and fix it more effectively.

Steve Poling
Changeable code The Value of Test-Driven Development when Writing Changeable Code

Writing changeable code makes it easier and more cost-effective to add features to existing software. Writing changeable code doesn’t take longer, but it does require paying attention to certain things when building a system. It's important to have a good suite of unit tests that support refactoring code when needed, and test-driven development helps you create independently testable code.

David Bernstein
AngularJS logo Lessons Learned Testing Angular Applications

AngularJS is a framework used for organization of JavaScript code in highly interactive web and mobile applications. What does that mean from a testing perspective? Here's what should be in your test strategy when you’re testing Angular applications, including what might give you difficulty and how you can mitigate challenges.

Albert Gareev
Stopwatch timeout Using Test Automation Timeouts as Performance Alarms

In automated testing, one of the challenges to developing consistent and stable tests is loading and rendering time and latencies. This plays a larger role for web applications or other network dependent applications, especially with user interface automation. But you can design tests so that timeouts can be used to measure the performance of the application and service while testing the functionality.

Faisal Qureshi
Testing code Hybrid Verification: Mixing Formal Methods and Testing

The ability to verify contracts either statically or dynamically, coupled with recent advances in proof technology, has opened up a new and promising approach to verification. Critical code can be proved with formal methods, and less critical code can be verified using traditional testing, with a clear separation at the interfaces between the two.

Ben Brosgol
Data servers 7 Steps to Improving Your Data Testing

When you have tens of thousands of rows of data, how do you know what to test or how much to test? A set percentage? Random test cases? When do you stop testing? It can be overwhelming. Here are seven steps to help your team streamline their data testing efforts and know what to test, how much to test, and when to stop testing.

Karis Van Valin
Pencil to paper Document Why as Well as What: Finding the Purpose of Your Software

Code can express what we want to accomplish, but it’s a little more difficult to express why we’re doing something in the first place. The people who maintain code are often not those who originally wrote it, so documenting why helps set a context and gives clues as to what the author was thinking when they came up with a particular design, making developers' jobs easier.

David Bernstein
"Hello" in different languages Linguistic Testing: Setting Up Your Software for Global Quality

Globalization is an important step in ensuring your product is ready for worldwide markets, and linguistic testing is a crucial piece of the puzzle. This article looks at what linguistic testing is, product examples, and how locale-specific cultures play an important part in enabling linguistic support. Here’s how to design the best strategy for implementing a linguistic test effort.

Mukesh Sharma

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