This newsletter highlights: • The testing conferences in October. • The latest news and headlines of software testing industry during the last week. • Software testing knowledge and best practices shared by the industry experts.


Industry News



At-a-Glance and Early-bird Prices Now Available for PNSQC – Software Testing Magazine

The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) has announced that the At-a-Glance program and the early-bird prices are now available.

Ranorex Announces Neotys as Technology Partner – Software Testing Magazine

Ranorex has announced a new partnership with Neotys, a provider of stress and load testing tools for rich Internet applications (RIAs).By collaborating with Neotys, Ranorex is able to offer added value to its customers and expand the functionality of Ranorex so that it covers even more needs.

New CoAP Testing Plugin for Ready! API Provided by SmartBear – Software Testing Magazine

SmartBear Software has released a new plugin for Ready! API that supports CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol) for Internet of Things (IoT) testing. The plugin adds new test steps to support CoAP testing, which furthers SmartBear’s commitment to the IoT industry. SmartBear’s Ready! API is the first fully integrated, extensible and affordable platform to help development, testing and operations teams build reliable, scalable and secure APIs.

Spira Build Server Plugin for MS TFS Released –

Inflectra has announced the release of the Spira Build Server Plugin for the Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) build server. This plugin allows you to integrate the build management features of TFS with Spira. This is in addition to our existing source code plugin for TFS and Visual Studio IDE integration.

QASymphony Releases Solution for Visualization of Application Quality –

QASymphony announces the general availability of qMap, the industry's first visual mapping solution for Agile testers of cloud, mobile, big data and IoT applications. In beta since April, qMap leverages data from QASymphony's exploratory testing tool, qTest eXplorer, providing visual insight into features tested, by whom, bugs, testing time and defects related to critical functions of the application.


Testing Best Practices



4 Ways to Boost Your Test Process with Service Virtualization –

One of the major challenges in software development is ensuring that all the software components needed to do integration and end-to-end testing are available in the test environment. Implementing service virtualization can remove environment setup as a blocking condition—and enable project teams to release better software, faster.

9 Best Ideas for Testers to Utilize Their Bench Time Effectively – Software Testing Help

There is a general thinking in IT industry that you need to be allocated to a project in order to prove your abilities. With this myth we work for months or even years and keep ourselves busy in a daily routine that we hardly get any time to prove yourself.

How to Make Manual Testing More Efficient Using HP Sprinter – Software Testing Help

To attain both speed and quality, to increase effectiveness and efficiency of Manual testing, HP has introduced a manual software testing solution, known as, HP Sprinter, that speeds agile testing maximizing the impact of exploratory testing. HP Sprinter is often also referred as HP ALM/QC Sprinter.

Considerations for Distributed Testing With Selenium – QualiTest

Distributed testing with Selenium is implemented using Selenium Grid, a specific mode of Selenium server in which it acts as a hub for distributing Selenium tests to remote nodes. The details for establishing a hub and configuring nodes is well documented, but actually getting tests to execute with Selenium grid requires additional considerations. Here are some of the more important ones.

NFV Testing: The Quality Gatekeeper – QualiTest

Testing used to be the key to finding out if something is going wrong. It still is. In this transformed environment of deep interdependencies and lightning fast technology introductions and changes, testing has a second and equality important function: It is the quality gatekeeper.

Explore Capabilities, Not Features – uTest

As software features are implemented, and user stories become ready for exploratory testing, it’s only logical to base exploratory testing sessions on new stories or changed features. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, story-oriented exploratory testing sessions lead to tunnel vision and prevent teams from getting the most out of their effort.

STAREAST 2015 Interview with Dorothy Graham on Blunders in Test Automation –

In this interview, Dorothy Graham digs into her experience at STAREAST, as well as her multiple disucssions. These include "Dorothy Graham: On Testing," "Successful Test Automation: A Manager’s View," and her popular keynote "Blunders in Test Automation." 

STAREAST 2015 Interview with Jason Arbon on Innovation from the Tester’s Viewpoint –

In this interview from STAREAST 2015, Jason Arbon covers his experience at the conference, as well as what he discussed during his different presentations. These include his tutorial "Building a Mobile App Quality Strategy" and his keynote "Innovation: From the Tester’s Viewpoint."