Effective Visual Communication tool – qTrace

In our organization, some of our QA team members often participate in various contests conducted by 99test and have also won several times. Few weeks ago, 99test announced a contest to test the “qTrace” tool. While participating in this contest, we got to learn more about this tool, “qTrace” – an innovative defect documentation tool by QASymphony. The participants of this contest were provided with a full year license. Though the contest was to test the tool and identify the bugs in it, we were able to explore the various features of qTrace, and it is indeed a very good bug-documentation tool.

Many a times, there have been situations where we have had to work on projects which did not have upfront documented requirements for testing and also had to be completed in a short timeframe. In such cases, we do exploratory testing – where we are learning about the application while we are testing it. Here, we create test cases which are more like checklists rather than the usual detailed test cases. So while testing the application using these checklists if we need to report a bug, we need to write each action performed, system information, include screenshots and other information so that the developer will be able to reproduce the bug and work on fixing them. This used to be quite a tedious and time-consuming task. Continue reading »

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Security Testing

In the recent days I have been trying to explore a lot to understand the various aspects that need to be taken care of while performing security testing for software.

When asked what security testing is, a few naïve testers replied that Security testing is ensuring:

  • That the password is encrypted in database and any flat files.
  • That only the authorized user has access to the various modules and data in the software

Sure, Security testing is taking care of the above but there is much more to it that needs to be verified to ensure that the application is secure from the malicious attackers. Continue reading »

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Emerging Trends in Software Testing Industry

Companies around the world invest more than $50 billion per year on applications testing and quality assurance, according to Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). Research firms such as IDC and Forrester report a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4 percent with spending reaching nearly $19.3 billion by 2015 on testing services alone. Continue reading »

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