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Archive for July, 2007

An Agile Tool Selection Strategy for Web Testing Tools

07.27.2007 · Posted in Links

Selecting a test automation tool has always been a daunting task. Let’s face it, just the thought of automating tests can be daunting! To avoid that deer-in-the-headlights feeling, consider taking an ‘agile’ approach to selecting web testing tools. Plan an automation strategy before you consider the possible tool solutions. Start simple, and make changes based on your evolving situation. Here are some ideas based on experiences with different agile (and not so agile!) development teams. Even if your team doesn’t use agile development practices, you’ll get some useful tips.
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What’s Wrong With Agile Methods

07.27.2007 · Posted in Links

Current agile methods could benefit from using a more quantified approach across the entire implementation process (that is, throughout development, production and delivery). The main benefits of adopting such an approach include improved communication of the requirements and, better support for feedback and progress tracking.

This article first discusses the benefits of quantification, then outlines a proposed approach (Planguage) and, finally describes an example of its successful use.
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Mocking the Embedded World: Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration, and Design Patterns

07.27.2007 · Posted in Links

Despite a prevalent industry perception to the contrary, the agile practices of Test-Driven Development and Continuous Integration can be successfully applied to embedded software. We present here a holistic set of practices, platform independent tools, and a new design pattern (Model Conductor Hardware – MCH) that together produce: good design from tests programmed first, logic decoupled from hardware, and systems testable under automation. Ultimately, this approach yields an order of magnitude or more reduction in software flaws, predictable progress, and measurable velocity for data-driven project management. We use the approach discussed herein for real-world production systems and have included a full C-based sample project to illustrate it.
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WebLOAD – Load and Stress Testing Tool

07.27.2007 · Posted in Links

WebLOAD.org is a community site for professional performance testing of internet applications, hosting the WebLOAD free open source project. This project is based on twelve years of code development invested in the previously proprietary WebLOAD, the award winning commercial performance testing solution for internet applications from Radview Software . WebLOAD is a great starting point for this project, with a community of more than 1,600 customers and a track record established on the merits of its robust functionality, efficient architecture, extensibility, support, quality and its ease of use.
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