Service Virtualization, Development Testing, API Testing Tips

Service Virtualization and DevOps: Learn from Comcast [VIDEO]

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 8:09:00 AM

Despite turning to agile, lean, or DevOps practices to gain a competitive edge, many organizations are nevertheless stifled by limited test environment access. Teams are forced to make a precarious trade-off between time and quality when it can take weeks to access realistic test environment. 

Service virtualization allows developers and testers to access the exact test environments they need on demand. Organizations are able to accelerate the software development lifecycle and reduce risks with simulated test environments that promote earlier, faster, and more complete testing. 

Watch this  new on-demand Service Virtualization Best Practices webinar to explore the latest service virtualization research and get firsthand best practices and benefits of service virtualization from Comcast’s Director of Performance Test, Frank Jennings.

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Topics: Service Virtualization


Continuous Testing Q & A with Parasoft's Wayne Ariola

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 7:19:00 AM

Stickyminds' Cameron Philipp-Edmonds recently interviewed Wayne Ariola (Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer and co-author of Continuous Testing) about how Continuous Testing provides a real-time, objective assessment of the business risks associated with an application under development and allows both business and technical managers to make better trade-off decisions between release scope, time, and quality.

The interview covered topics such as:

  • The relationship between risks and Continuous Testing
  • Common misperceptions about Continuous Testing
  • Who should care about Continuous Testing
  • How we are all in a new era of testing
  • Why now is the best time in the history of software to be a tester

The following is a brief excerpt from the interview...

 

"There are basically four major points associated with continuous testing. One, is the business expectations associated with that application need to be defined. So the business risk associated with the application, the team, or the release candidate needs to be very well defined. When those business expectations are defined, we are able to act upon them.

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Topics: continuous testing


Service Virtualization Case Study: Cloud-Based Continuous Access to a Highly-Restricted Govt. System

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 7:50:00 AM

An education portal application developed by a European non-profit organization links students to the higher education institutions where they wish to study, as well as to the government agency that helps them finance their education. When educational institutions want to develop and test transactions involving this portal, they need access to the behavior of the interconnected government agency’s system—however, this system is not readily available for testing.

Service Virtualization provides these institutions continuous, secure access to the government system behavior that is critical for completing thorough end-to-end tests against the portal application.

 

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Topics: Service Virtualization


PIE- For Development as well as Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 5:40:00 AM

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You wouldn't think of having a Thanksgiving meal without pie... but did you know that that pie can be just as essential for development as it is for a hearty Thanksgiving feast?

In terms of development, PIE refers to "Process Intelligence Engine." PIE seeks out patterns buried in data across disparate systems and delivers an actionable list of findings that are prioritized by the organization’s policies. For example, by correlating static analysis observations with unit test observations, PIE can identify application components that present the most significant risk of failure. 

Leveraging PIE, organizations identify business risks across tools, time and teams, which allows them to discover risks and opportunities that humans would most likely overlook.

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Topics: Development Testing


Real World Static Analysis Boot Camp

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 8:36:25 AM

Get Your Static Analysis in Shape with These New On-Demand Training Videos

Considering the tremendous benefit that static analysis can deliver, way too many organizations undervalue and underuse their static analysis investment.

Want to step up broad static analysis adoption across your organization? Give developers and software engineers some real-world, hands on guidance on how to ensure that it's a help rather than a hindrance.

This on-demand Static Analysis Bootcamp explores how to turn static analysis from a disruptive task into an integrated process that boosts software quality and team productivity across the SDLC. 

Session 1
In the first session, our static analysis expert (the Code Curmudgeon himself) covers:

  • Best practices for integrating static analysis into your workflow
  • How to avoid the everyday mistakes that discourage adoption
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Topics: Static Analysis, Static Code Analysis, Development Testing


How a Leading US Retailer Enhances UX, Accelerates Testing with Service Virtualization

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 8:06:00 AM

Enabling Early and Extensive Testing for Critical eCommerce Transactions 

As a leading Fortune 500 retailer advances its omnichannel retail strategy, ensuring a positive user experience on the company’s ecommerce site has become increasingly critical. More and more of their customers are now utilizing the ecommerce site at some point during the purchase process—for example, to research products before (or after) visiting a brick and mortar location, to order products for direct delivery or in-store pickup, or even to initiate a product return.

Recognizing that all these additional touch points represent opportunities to reinforce—or undermine—their reputation as a market leader, the company is firmly committed to ensuring that all transactions associated with this ecommerce site meet or exceed customer expectations. Service Virtualization is now instrumental in helping them achieve this goal efficiently and cost-effectively.

 

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Topics: Service Virtualization, SDLC Acceleration


Integrate Service Virtualization, API Testing and Test Lab Management

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Enable Continuous Testing and Significantly Expand Test Coverage and Traceability

We're excited to announce Parasoft's latest release: a consolidated platform uniting API testing, service virtualization, and test environment management.  The new release is designed to help organizations "shift left" the testing effort and accelerate the SDLC to meet the growing time-to-market pressure for software applications. 

The ability to rapidly develop and continuously execute end-to-end tests—even in complex or frequently-evolving environments—is essential to accelerating application delivery while minimizing business risks. That's why Parasoft allows users to create a simulated test environment in less than a minute, then immediately start defining and executing tests against the appropriate test environment configurations.

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Topics: Service Virtualization, API Testing


What’s Killing Software Testers?

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 7:49:00 AM

With Halloween rapidly approaching, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers...

Accelerated Release Cycles

In response to today's demand for speed and "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster.  Considering that software testing has long been a thorn in the side of the software delivery process, it's unreasonable to expect that simply trying to speed up an already-troubled quality process will achieve the desired results. (I Love Lucy fans: Just think of Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory, struggling to keep pace as the conveyer belt starts putting out chocolates faster and faster.)

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Topics: Development Testing, Service Virtualization


How to Manage the Business Risks of Application Development with Continuous Testing

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 9:11:00 AM


CM Crossroads recently published “Manage the Business Risks of Application Development with Continuous Testing” by Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer, Wayne Ariola:

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration


The Greatest Barrier to Software Quality is ... [Survey Results]

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 12:05:00 PM

We recently asked development managers, architects, developers, quality engineers, and other stakeholders to share their opinions about the current state of the software development lifecycle and what's needs to change in order to deliver better software faster. 

Here are the responses to the question "In a single word, what's the greatest barrier to software quality?"

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Topics: SDLC Acceleration


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