Running more than 5000 automated system tests on a deployed application with outgoing connections to about 25 other systems, each with their own dependencies, where test data is complex and needs to be in-sync, is a great challenge. Doing it every night, year after year, with the requirement to fail only on the event of actual errors in the application under test, is a nightmare.
The RisingSTAR Award, supported by EuroSTAR Conferences, James Lyndsay and Bart Knaack, was created to stimulate innovation and encourage new ideas in the software testing industry. The RisingSTAR brings together many of the most influential testing minds as a supporting group to help develop winning ideas for the overall benefit of the industry.
The ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) General Assembly has approved the new Acceptance Testing –specialist module syllabus for general release. This Acceptance Testing syllabus is joint effort between ISTQB and IQBBA (International Qualification Board for Business Analysis). This syllabus will facilitate the efficiency of acceptance testing through the joint training of business analysts / product owners and testers.
The SoCraTes Belgium conference is a four-day event that discusses programming and software testing though the software craftsmanship approach. SoCraTes is the acronym for the International Software Craftsmanship and Testing Conference.
One of the most widely touted drawbacks of the automated tests is that they work in strictly bounded context. They can only detect problems for which they are specifically programmed. The standard automated test has a bunch of assertions in the last step. By definition, an automated test cannot detect an ‘unknown’ problem. Because of their narrow focus, the automated tests are occasionally compared to dumb robots. It takes a lot of time and effort to write and support them however their return on investment is still marginal.
Tricentis announced that it has acquired TestProject, an Israeli company that has developed a test automation platform built on the tow of the leading open source software testing tools: Selenium and Appium.
Different people from the software testing field can have completely opposing opinions about the process of test automation. Sometimes it happens that after a while, the initial expectations and hopes of this substantially costly investment are not justified at all. In simple words, test automation does not bring the expected profits. In this article, we will try to understand why such situations happen and how to avoid the most common mistakes.