Robert V. Binder

Posts Tagged ‘test automation’

How to Ice the Testing BackBlob

How Agile development is being eaten by the Testing BackBlob and what to do about it

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A Systematic Methodology for Testing Mobile Apps

June 25, 2012  |  Blog, Mobile Apps, Process, Software Testing  |  No Comments

I’ve developed a systematic methodology to design a mobile app test suite and offer an online course that teaches this methodology. http://www.udemy.com/how-to-test-mobile-apps/ The course assumes manual testing, but is completely applicable to testing with any automated tool.  Click here to view the course notes, which incude a list of specific…

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Panel Discussion on Open Source Testing Tools

A few days ago, I participated in a panel discussion on open source tools for testing at the QUEST conference with the two founders of Selenium: Jason Huggins of Sauce Labs and Simon Stewart of Google.
Before the panel started we chatted a bit with the moderator. We couldn’t come up with…

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Open Source Tools for Model-Based Testing

Open Source Repositories

Open source tools for model-based testing are listed in five groups: Binaries, Fielded, Club, Beta, Development.

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Testability Part 4: White Box Strategies

March 8, 2012  |  Blog, Software Testing, Testability  |  No Comments

This post covers part four of my 2010 talk on testability. White box testability refers to specific programming practices and components that can improve or hinder testability.
Since Dykstra’s 1968 note “Go To Considered Harmful,” practices for producing clean, well-structured, readable, and maintainable software have been the subject of extensive discussion,…

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What I Learned Building a Software Product with Tcl

February 25, 2012  |  Blog, Business, Networking, Process, Software Products  |  4 Comments

Through Google Circles, I happened to see David Welton’s very interesting reflection on the Tcl programming language (posted in 2010):
http://journal.dedasys.com/2010/03/30/where-tcl-and-tk-went-wrong/
About ten years ago, I chose to develop a commercial automated software testing tool with Tcl and Tk. This post explains that decision and its consequences.
Despite testing tools that tout “visual programming”…

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Software Testability, Part 3: Accidental Untestability

This post covers part three of my 2010 talk on testability.
Aren’t the dancing hamsters a stitch?
Not so funny if you have to test code whose stability or controllability makes you feel like you’re wearing the hula-hoop.
To reveal a bug, a test must:

Reach the buggy code
Trigger the bug
Propagate the incorrect result to an observable interface
Incorrect…

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Software Testability, Part 2: Controllability and Observability

July 20, 2011  |  Blog, Software Testing, Testability  |  2 Comments

What makes a software system easier or harder to test?

 
 The general aspects are controllability and observability.
This post covers part two of my 2010 talk on testability.
 
 Controllability determines the work it takes to set up and run test cases and the extent to which individual functions and features of the system under test…

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Software Testability, Part 1: What is it?

My 2010 keynote at the Google Test Automation conference considered the dimensions of software testability and its implications.

Click here for the slides.
Click here to view the video

This presentation is serialized in following posts.

Part 1: Testability: What is it?
Part 2: Controllability and Observability
Part 3: Accidental Untestability
Part 4: White Box Testability
Part 5:…

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