In each QALounge monthly update, the dedicated engineers in our advanced technology group work with the latest QA testing tools and report on new support features and other relevant updates. This month, the team reviews new functionality for Selenium, TestComplete, Gradle, and Ranorex. Overviews for several browser compatibility testing tools and mobile automation tools are also featured. To quote our team, “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” Use our monthly updates to stay ahead of the curve and maintain your competitive edge in the market.
Teamwork is the name of the game with cloud-based collaboration applications. These products help unite distributed teams, streamline file sharing, maximize cloud storage, and much more. Collaboration products are designed with a large, diverse user base in mind. To ensure that a versatile, high-quality product is released, specific QA services suited for cloud collaboration companies should be considered.
In an Agile environment, development and QA testing services are tightly woven, resulting in an efficient testing process and ultimately, a high-quality product. A good test case is the foundation of this “hand-in-hand” relationship. To create a test case, the objectives of the product are translated into test conditions. These conditions describe an input, action, or event, along with an expected response or output. If this expected output is achieved, the test case has verified the proper function of the product.
A quality product is essential to the continued growth of a company, and the CEO and executive team take both quality and growth very seriously. Ensuring a quality product is the primary role of the engineering organization. The CEO depends on concise reporting from this team to inform the important decisions they will have to make regarding test resources and release schedules. The main goal of QA reporting is to educate the CEO’s business decisions and enable risk management on a broader scale.
Our advanced technology group has the opportunity to use the latest QA testing tools, and we are proud to pass the knowledge of our team on to you in our monthly updates. This month, we take a look at new support features for Hudson, Maven, Appium, and Ranorex. Also, we preview four tools for automated testing, test case management, and cloud-based development. Increased speed and efficiency is your goal—leverage our findings as you strive to achieve it.
Today, software engineering is defined by speed. As companies strive to achieve weekly, or even daily, releases, QA and development teams must combine their efforts to deliver a high-quality product on schedule. This is not always easy, as both teams contribute differently to the project. Developers are concerned with developing and delivering the product on time, and QA engineers are tasked with testing and ensuring its quality. Oftentimes, these teams are completely separate units. With proper coaching and guidance, you can unite both teams in pursuit of a common goal: a solid product release that meets customer requirements.
Over the years we have been asked, and have answered, nearly every possible question about QA. The one recurring question that no one can answer clearly is, “What is the right mix of QA engineers to development engineers?” We admit it: we don’t have a firm answer, either. The ideal ratio of QA to dev depends on several key factors, each of which may change on a project-to-project basis. For this reason, we recommend starting with a small team and scaling up or down as needed.
Working with the latest test automation technology requires the latest knowledge. The goal of our advanced technology group is thorough research and evaluation of these technologies as they are released. To help you succeed in every aspect of test automation, we’re passing our findings on to you. To quote our team, “The world is changing rapidly. Big will not beat small anymore—it will be the fast beating the slow.” As you’ll discover, speed is just one of the six benefits of test automation.
The primary goal of API testing is code-level testing of both the application and the API. A full, organized suite of testing will verify the individual parts of each method, class, and package within the API, ensure security of the application’s code, and confirm the expected interaction between the API layer and the application. Grow your test toolkit by pairing this API testing tutorial with our blog post about API testing advantages.
Compared with graphical user interface (GUI) testing, application programming interface (API) testing provides several key advantages, each of which can improve the coverage of your test cycle, conserve resources, and result in faster, more efficient releases. Based on your project timeline, integration requirements, and desired functionality, API testing is usually a worthwhile approach when testing your application in-house or with an offshore QA team. Four key advantages of API testing include: