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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Top 10 reasons on why you should move your application into cloud

For quite some time now, Cloud Computing has been the buzz word with IT folks, however, not without its share of apprehensions and resistance to the cloud, some of them being genuine concerns. However, I do strongly believe that the benefits that Cloud has to offer definitely outweigh the concerns and this is the time when, at the least, people start experimenting with cloud, if not already. In the days to come, I hope that concerns like data security and vendor lock-in are addressed by the technical community and cloud-evangelists in an effort to convince businesses and CXOs.

While the concerns are being addressed by the technology leaders, I would like to highlight the benefits of cloud which definitely warrant experimentation, if not moving non-critical apps to the cloud right away. 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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User Experience

What is User Experience? How is it tied/associated with User Interface?

User Interface is just a sub set of User Experience. User Experience does not stop at providing the interface for the user. It needs to be iterative and has to integrate with everything in an application.

User experience should present an overall experience that can meet as many goals and needs as possible for the business and the users. Designers are to find and provide that sweet spot between the users’ needs and the business goals and ensure that the design is on brand.

To be precise, User Experience is a combination of functionality, content, usability and branding for any application, be it a web site, a mobile application, an enterprise application or a utility. Continue reading »

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REST Vs SOAP RPC

I had been familiar with the RPC (remote procedure call) interfaces for quite sometime just like many others: be it the proprietary COM and .NET remoting or a more standard and interoperable SOAP interface developed using any technology. I never dared to see what is the so called ‘RESTful Services’ until one of our current projects forced me to take a look at it and find out what it is. The journey became quite fascinating when I started understanding what’s REST and comparing it with SOAP and other RPCs, particularly the total shift in the mindset that a normal developer would need to undergo to create a RESTful service. Continue reading »

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