Monkey and bee

Just imagine several monkeys performing testing of mobile applications. I’m quite sure than this would be a fascinating site overfilled with anarchic and reasonless actions that actually may lead to great discoveries. Hopefully there is no team that will willingly treat monkey testing seriously and will employ several chimps and, perhaps, a senior gorilla, yet there are many things a tester may come up with in this domain without unnecessary animal involvement. Sure monkey testing is not something that may not include any strict rules by default. And a great deal of such test may be also covered while performance or load testing sessions for example. The tests will also be very dependent of the kind of app under test […]

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Testing mobile apps is becoming more challenging by the day. So what is the effect they are causing on pen testing? Does anybody still remember those days when a pen tester could just use rogue 802.11b access to attack any infrastructure? Now those were the days. Cracking WEP keys was all it took making it easier to protect the system as everybody knew where uninvited guests would be taking their entrance. Sure those issues are still to be checked and double-checked today but there is quite a load of new work emerging along mobile apps and wireless networks. Now, to be certain (as much as it gets) that there are no security breaches one must attack the system of the […]

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html5

Web testing services may or may not include UI automation. Sure any project may gain from several automated UI tests if all is done right. If automated testing is visualized as a pyramid UI will be on top. But it won’t be because they are the best kind of automated tests. It’s just that the top takes less place within the entire pyramid. And so should UI tests. UI automation is quite a challenge and it will take both time and skill to master it, yet once mastered it will be of colossal benefit to the entire project. No we are getting near HTML 5. It has quite the potential with all the available UI-level functionality. Of course lots has […]

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2speedtest-icon

In the previous article we’ve spoken about different types of web performance testing. There are quite a few tests you should run to make sure your project’s performance is okay. And now as you know this you must be wondering when to run each of these. The first thing you should remember about performance testing of your web project is that it should be done throughout the development process, not only once. Only with iterative testing can you be sure in your app performance. Let’s look closer at how to do it, by dividing your performance testing into 5 stages which correspond to the stages in the project lifecycle: Early In the Day When you are at the early development […]

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black-and-white-spiral

To the Automation-Cave! Software development process is pretty much like New York City. It never sleeps. Actually the total of 70% time spent on software is spent on its maintenance as well as various different improvements of the original piece. Whether its web regression testing we are talking about or app testing or any other king of regression it does not matter. Such tests are important thus have to be as effective as they can get. Lots may be changed within both features as well as requirements. This may, indeed, become a real pain for testers and especially to regression the mentioned testers were about to use. That’s exactly when automation is to enter the stage. Then, with the automated […]

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app_testing

Understand the difference Mobile application testing has more secrets than you may have expected. Any mobile app is different that it’s desktop cousin. The apps are smaller. And it’s not the space they are taking in the devices memory I am talking about. They are actually smaller and are displayed on smaller screens. It’s just harder for a user to constantly operate with a mobile device. Many things are still way easier to do on a PC or a laptop despite all the progress. Users are often completing tasks way longer due the app’s size. Even if you are porting your regular web application to a mobile platform you are to spare some time for physical testing. The danger areas […]

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speedtest

When you deal with performance testing, understanding its various types is critical. Also, you should be aware of what these tests consist of and what benefits they provide for your web app. Much like a constructor needs the best tools to create a house, testers need the suitable tests to analyze web performance accurately. Look at the following tests you need to run on your website to measure its performance: Capacity Test This test determines the number of users the app can manage before either stability or performance becomes unacceptable. When you know this number of users, you have better insight into events which may push your website beyond its limitations. Capacity tests are a good way to avoid possible […]

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thriller

Knowledge comes with experience There are lots of various situations that are occurring while you are performing Usability tests. People are different. You will never be able to prepare yourself to all the possible challenges, yet you may be ready for as much as 95% if you put your mind to it. Sure true knowledge comes only with experience but who told that experience has to be yours? This is the part that is actually based on events that took place a while ago. There was this adorable senior guy I’ve came across with in one of my Usability Tests some time ago. And I was really surprised with what was going on next as his knowledge of computers ended […]

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puppet

What brought this post up? Well, recently I’ve heard lots of complaints about how Puppet and module testing is bad with this or that. That approach is making Puppet seem unpleasant and no software testing consultancy will advise you with something like that, despite its usefulness. But why were such claims emerging? Because, most of the time, Puppet code is not treated as a code. Well, fellow testers and developers, please and pretty-please, stop doing that mistake over and over. It is simply code, thus it requires appropriate treatment. Just imagine it as one of the many other ‘mainstream’ languages of programming, test the Puppet manifests to have some extra confidence before actually running them. As easy as that. Still, […]

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Moderate usability testing

Moderated usability tests Remote mobile testing or any other remote testing may prove to be challenging sometimes especially if we are talking Usability. Sure you are getting feedback, yet how to manage the process? Basically there are two approaches that are commonly used here: Unmoderated Studies. That is the approach where the participant is alone in his testing session. There is zero of interaction between you and the participant in real-time. There are several pre-defined questions in the study allowed by various tools that are usually shown after every completed task. Or questions are simply e-mailed to the participant after he has completed what he was tasked to. Moderated Studies. Here we are seeing the participant as well as the […]

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