With the pervasive waterfall methodology, software testing has always traditionally been a fairly settled affair - get to the end of your project cycles and get your testing team on it. In recent years this has all changed with trends toward automation and artificial intelligence.
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Software bugs are usually not creepy - yes they are annoying, angering, frustrating and even damaging, but rarely do they unsettle us. But there have been some ‘creepy’ bugs rolled out in the past.
If you’re a keen follower of our newsletter you will have read about a number of the benefits of test automation. The return on investment can be mathematically calculated and automation will reduce the likelihood of occurrence, and damage, of costly bugs in your system by preemptively catching them.
Bugs - the bane of a programmers life. Life would be just great if we coded like wizards and everything worked first time. Or maybe the process just wouldn’t be as rewarding without those pesky obstacles.
Did you ever get that feeling when you think the whole world has it out for you, that everyone is plotting and conspiring to make your life a misery? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Google gets you. Google understands.
Data-driven testing (DDT) relates to a type of testing where the same test is executed many times over but each time with a separate input and output data scenario. The objective is to subject the system to tests with a variety of different data conditions in order to seek data specific defects.
Test automation can be a life saver that makes critical difference to the success of a Maximo project. But it also can be a failure that consumes both human and financial resources without giving much in return.
So what are the things to look out for? Here are some of the key factors in.
How could a hot day, a tall tree and a software bug save your relationship?
Between them, they can cause a blackout which will stop you watching TV, make you talk to your partner over the candlelight and remember the good old days when you used to laugh and have fun and not watch Netflix the whole damn evening. Then, one thing leads to another.
Software quality assurance is complex and multifaceted. Perhaps the quickest definition would be that it is a process that strives to maximize the risk-benefit factor of an IT project.
Next time when you come across a job ad with a title “Full time Range Safety Officer”, do have a read as it could be of interest to you. Over here in the UK, most people would associate a “range” with a “large cooking stove with burners or hotplates and one or more ovens, all of which are kept continually hot”.
It would appear there is not much to bust here - it is what it is. You just test continuously as all testers do anyway. That’s what they are payed for after all.
Despite its unexciting title, Continuous Testing (CT) is an important SDLC process with the ultimate purpose to give the business an indication of what level of risk exists in a new software release candidate.
What are you doing on Tuesday, January 19, 2038 at around 3.14am (GMT)? Sleeping I guess, but beware not to waste your last moments on Earth on some mundane dream. At least make your dream count: for me, early evening on a beach, hum of the sea, gorgeous women in bikinis playing volleyball, all in slow motion (cheesy I know but hey).