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InCisif Software released vsTODOlist on 04/06/2008

04.24.2008 · Posted in Advisories

vsTODOlist is a Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 language extension that allows you to
implement to-do lists for your development projects using color coding and

A TODO list file is still
– text based
– partially unstructured

vsTODOlist is
– Free
– Customizable.

Screen cast and download at http://www.InCisif.net/vsTODOlist

OpenUP – The Best of Two Worlds

04.24.2008 · Posted in Links

This article gives an overview of OpenUP and explains how it relates to both RUP, from which it received its foundation, and agile methods, from which it incorporates their best practices.


Frank Cohen talked on The Next Step in Unit Testing and Java & SOA

04.24.2008 · Posted in Advisories

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Java developers have widely adopted test first software development strategies. Unit test frameworks for Java, Web services, Ajax, REST, Service Oriented Architecture, and Flash/Action Script show the diversity of adoption among Java developers. In this podcast, Frank takes Java developers through the advanced topics in unit testing: turning unit tests into functional tests, running unit tests on a scalable grid of unit testing nodes, leveraging unit tests build by developers in the software testing effort, correlating unit test results to frameworks that observe hot spots of performance and providing operational data to unit tests at test runtime. Frank also talks about TestMaker and Selenium.WATCH THIS PODCAST
Podcast: Frank Cohen on Unit Testing in Java & SOA

[img align=left]http://skillsmatter.com/custom/geeks_thumb/frank-cohen-large.jpg[/img] Founder of PushToTest and author of FastSOA, Frank Cohen is the expert you ‘Go To’ when you need to understand and solve problems in complex interoperating information systems, especially Service Oriented Architecture (SOA,) Ajax, and Web services.

Podcast: Frank Cohen on Unit Testing in Java & SOA

An aspirin for the testing community

04.24.2008 · Posted in News

Original Software launches TestDrive-Assist and community site with free downloads

Chicago, April 8, 2008 – Original Software, a leader in next-generation software test automation, today announced the launch of ManualTesting.com and the latest version of TestDrive-Assist, its unique solution aimed at streamlining the manual testing process without taking away any control from the tester. ManualTesting.com is a community site for software quality professionals containing numerous free resources designed to alleviate the headaches caused by the burden of time-consuming manual testing on QA departments. The site also features a free trial download of the newly-launched product, which can reduce the time spent on manual testing by over a third.

The new website provides access to free resources and downloads such as a manual testing e-seminar, an ‘ask the experts’ zone for help and advice, the latest whitepaper entitled Manual Testers Don’t Grow On Trees and also light relief in the form of a community blog. Next week will see the addition of a rather addictive online game – the pit-stop challenge, where players can win a Nintendo Wii.

According to IDC, spend on software test automation is over $1,000,000,000, and is destined to keep on growing, but in contrast to the huge spending trends, Original Software’s own research has shown that these investments are only being applied to less than 20 percent of the overall testing cycle – the QA departments continue to rely on manual processes for 80 percent or more of their software testing. In fact, most development teams carry out little or no automation of their testing – choosing instead to run a completely manual process.

Original’s solution, TestDrive-Assist, is designed to help business analysts, QA teams and user-acceptance testers in detecting and reproducing errors, sharing knowledge, and producing audit-quality diagnostics and reporting. With less than a ten minute learning curve, users are up-and-running instantly and workload is reduced by over a third. The latest version includes a new link validation panel and enhancements to the spell checking functionality as well as the option to import a test plan to use as a checklist.

“For the majority of test teams, automated testing doesn’t work effectively for them, is too complicated or simply not appropriate. It is a fact that manual testing is here to stay, but the process continues to be a major bottle neck of application development” said Colin Armitage, CEO of Original Software. “With the launch of manual testing.com we hope to assist the community with their manual testing processes. As an industry we are still too focused on trying to replace human testing rather than using automation to help testers be more effective. We launched TestDrive-Assist to rectify this. It is an integral part of our total testing solution and can help out testers by streamlining the manual process by more than a third.”

About Original Software

Original Software offers automated software testing and quality assurance solutions that deliver tangible benefits across a wide range of IT and application environments. As a recognized innovator, Original Software’s goal is to reduce business risk and improve application time to market for IT departments through the development of class leading automated solutions.

Over the last 10 years, more than 400 organizations operating in 25 countries have come to depend on Original Software for their software testing solutions. Current users range from small software development shops to major multinationals, including Cargill Global Financial Solutions, Circuit City Stores, Pfizer Pharmaceutical (Ireland), DHL, Coca-Cola, Skandia and hundreds of others.

Original Software operates central offices near Chicago and London. Their solutions can be obtained through these offices or through a network of qualified and knowledgeable business partners throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and the Americas.


Creating an Agile Environment

04.10.2008 · Posted in Links

Migrating to Agile is more than changing your process. It also requires a change in culture. For most companies changing culture is the most difficult part. I believe this is true for several reasons. These issues should be addressed in two ways. First, you want to address the culture needs of each group head on. We will lay out a game plan for obtaining support from line management, the team, the individual and executive management.


CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference updates schedule

04.07.2008 · Posted in Events

Just got back from CITCON 2008, Denver. This was my second CITCON and I am very happy I went. David.

CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, is a world-wide series of free Open Spaces events for developer-testers, tester-developers and anyone else with an interest in Continuous Integration and the type of Testing that goes along with it.

CITCON provides a forum to connect with other people on topics you care about, to learn from their experience and share your own. Past topics include:

* What is Continuous Integration?
* What CI Tools can learn from the Rubber Chicken
* What Is The One True Language For Writing Tests?
* The Future of Build Languages
* BDD is not TDD
* How Far is End-to-End?
* Fit for Fun and Profit
* Overcoming Barriers to Adoption