Archive for the ‘Testing’ category

ST&P announced Rockstars of Testing

October 29, 2008

“Software Test and Performance” magazine announced its readers’ voting results of automation tools in different categories.

Some of the results:

Data/test performance

HP LOADRUNNER took the most votes in the data/test performance category, which groups products in terms of their ability to apply test data to an application or system and evaluate how
it handles the processing.

Functional test

One again, HP’s QUICKTEST PROFESSIONAL takes the top prize for functional testing.

Test/QA Management

HP is once again on top with TESTDIRECTOR FOR QUALITY CENTER, which testers voted this year and last their favorite tool for test and QA management.

Defect/Issue Management

Last year there were two winners in the defect and issue management category: HP TestDirector for Quality Center and the Mozilla Foundation’s Bugzilla were tied. This year, TESTDIRECTOR alone took the top spot and Bugzilla moved to third, edged out by Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers.

To read more, you have to download a November issue of ST&P

Well, that’s a good PR for HP. Good tools for “good” prices 😉


…but computers are great at repetitive tasks humans are not very good at.

February 26, 2008

Recently I stumbled across a splendid article about test automation.

An Interview with Jonathan Kohl

Software Testing Job Market

January 23, 2008

There was an article in July 2007 about job market for software testers produced by Cem Kaner, Professor of Software Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology. I want to highlight it again here because I found it quite interesting and worth reading at least.

Recently I looked into the requirements to the position of QA Engineer and similar ones. Practically all QA positions require development/coding skills.

Quotation from the article: “If you are a tester with some budget for enhancing your education, your best investment might be upgrading your development skills.

How to use Quality Center Open Test Architecture API

January 8, 2008

Recently I’ve encountered a task: to create a script that would connect to QC and run a test set. It was expected that the execution of this script will be initiated by Outlook. The main idea was – a notification comes to my inbox and Outlook runs the script that runs a test set.


Standards for software testing

January 8, 2008


Recently I’ve asked myself about the standards in software testing industry.

I’ve looked for it in the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE.

There are:

  • IEEE 1008, a standard for unit testing
  • IEEE 1012, a standard for Software Verification and Validation
  • IEEE 1028, a standard for software inspections
  • IEEE 1044, a standard for the classification of software anomalies
  • IEEE 1044-1, a guide to the classification of software anomalies
  • IEEE 1233, a guide for developing system requirements specifications
  • IEEE 730, a standard for software quality assurance plans
  • IEEE 1061, a standard for software quality metrics and methodology
  • IEEE 12207, a standard for software life cycle processes and life cycle data
  • BSS 7925-1, a vocabulary of terms used in software testing
  • BSS 7925-2, a standard for software component testing
  • IEEE 829-1998, a standard for Software Test Documentation

To get the template you should be a member of and it’s not free.

But there are some descriptions of them. Here is the link:

And here is the more detailed content of IEEE 829-1998