Software Testing, QA

Archive for January, 2012

Robolectric: An Introduction

Robolectric
Robolectric is a unit test framework that de-fangs the Android SDK jar so you can test-drive the development of your Android app. Tests run inside the JVM on your workstation in seconds.

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Helpful hints for Windows and Mac screenshots creation

the screenshot

Screenshots are needed for bug reports, user guides, figures of expected results, etc. Sometimes one screenshot is more useful than long confused description. In this post I gathered methods of screenshot creating which I use in my daily work.

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Pairwise testing


Let our program take a dozen parameters. To test all combinations is very difficult, so you should choose the most common and potentially affecting each other. Bugs that arise by a particular combination of all ten parameters are rare.
The most common are bugs that arise by a particular combination of two parameters. The more information about the mutual influence of the parameters (more precisely – of the mutual non-influence), the more combinations we can not test. In the absence of such information, as well as by complex algorithms of program behavior, you should apply the method of pairwise testing.
Thus, we can simplify our task and test all the possible values ​​for each pair of parameters.

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Usability testing methods. Continuation

In my previous article, I told you about such usability testing methods as Contextual inquiry, Checklists, Prototyping. This time, let’s talk about Surveys, Questionnaires and Pluralistic walkthroughs.

Surveys

Survey is a special interview with the users, where they are given specially prepared questions, and their responses are recorded for further processing. The traditional reviews methodology may also play an important role in the study of application. Questions included in this review may vary depending on the purpose of the study, but are generally grouped into the following categories:

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Weekly Article Links #3

General

Test plan sample
Webform Best Practices
Anatomy of a good bug report
API Testing–How can it help?
Why Checking Is Not Enough

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