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Webinar: The Art and Science of Test Automation

Recorded: October 10th, 12pm Eastern

Machine Learning and Its Impact to Software Development

Machine Learning and AI still are in their infancy and impact only a small portion of software engineering on a small subset of projects; however, their popularity is growing in the technology sector and their impact is still significant.


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Advanced Anomaly Detection in Canary Testing

Here at Functionize we have taken the idea of canary testing and have added some of our AI magic to make a system that is...

How Machine Learning Is Being Used in New Age QA Automation Tools

Machine Learning (ML) or artificial intelligence (AI) tools are the hottest topics right now in the testing industry, however, QA managers and manual testers have little to no knowledge about it. Thus, Yarin, the co-founder of TestCraft will go deeply into the details of ML functionality and explain the importance of ML & codeless Selenium – with real examples, statistics, and applications.

The Art and Science of Test Automation

You can start painting without learning how to draw, but a good artist can tell — just by looking at a painting— if a work of art was done by someone who was an experienced artist, or a novice. Similarly, you can start automation without much training, but an engineer, well versed in automation, can quickly tell whether someone is practiced or not.

Compliance and Agility – How it can be Done

Delivering a compliant product can be a resource intensive and challenging activity for most teams. Whether a team is trying to be compliant with company standards, industry standards or international standard it needs to produce various deliverables like specifications and formal verification documents.

The Holy Trinity of UI Testing

Recorded 09/12/18 What to test in a web application? What approach to use? Do we know what we want to achieve? Validate...

Demystifying Mobile Application Testing

Recorded 08/22/18 Demystifying Mobile Application Testing In the past decade, mobile technologies have rapidly evolved....

Machine Learning and Its Impact to Software Development

The value of machine learning is rooted in its ability to create models that guide future actions and to discover patterns missed by the naked eye. Machine learning methods are vastly superior in analyzing potential customer churn across data from multiple sources such as transactional, social media, and CRM sources.

Rapid UI Test Automation – Avoiding the Pitfalls

Developers continue inventing new technologies to build Web applications. They automatically generate code and markup, and asynchronously load data. And this creates new technical challenges for Web UI test automation.

Entrepreneurship in Software Testing

Are you on your way to be an independent consultant or starting a Software Testing startup? Do you feel it is more like a leap of faith or is it a very calculated step taken only when you are 100% sure of success? In order to succeed, there are some general heuristics that need to be taken care of, irrespective of which business you start but then there are specifics about the nature of business and subject matter involved that hold true for a particular kind of enterprise.

Mobile Visual Testing: Uphill Battle of Mobile Visual Regression

Recorded 07/11/18 There are many types of testing companies need to perform in order to have confidence in their product:...

Connecting Manual Testers to the DevOps Era

Recorded 06/27/18 The Shift Left To DevOps With the growing pressure to introduce new software versions and constant...

Fine-Tuning your Agile SDLC

This session is designed to talk about the agile ceremonies we tend to focus on, show where their long-standing use may result in the wrong outcome, and then recommend ways to fix those tendencies.

7 Reasons Why Value Stream Integration Improves Software Quality Assurance

Introduction In 1987, the movie Platoon swept the Academy Awards with 8 distinct awards including Best...

Performance Engineering – Ask a Performance Question

What’s interesting is, if you make just a small modification in how you work today will have a dramatic, positive impact on software performance in your organization. Join us for this webinar on Performance Engineering and ask James Pulley your performance questions.

Let’s Get Real About Test Automation – Using a Context-Driven Approach

Recorded 05/09/18 Test automation – everyone’s doing it, but very few can truly claim they’ve realized the benefits they...

Automate Responsive Website Tests With Galen

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience like easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

Testing for Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Accessibility is making sure that your product can be used by as many people as possible, including the use of external technologies to help deliver your product experience to people that have disabilities. Inclusive Design is the development of products that allow for the greatest number of users to use and experience them without the need for additional technology.

Supercharge Your Functional Tests with Visual Powers in 8 Lines of Code

In this talk, I will take existing functional tests written in JavaScript and Java, and add visual testing capabilities to them. I promise – in just 8 lines of code!

Today’s Regression Automation Challenge for Continuous Delivery

Regression Automation is all over the map today. The software testing world is way more varied than people think. Some organizations have thousands of tests constantly running on all kinds of VMs taking multiple days to execute, while others have no test automation at all. Any hope of Continuous Delivery or Pipeline Automation makes this current state unsustainable.

Leading Business Testers

Watch This Webinar Now: Oftentimes companies forego hiring large professional test teams and opt instead to use individuals from the business to perform testing. As a test lead, leading a team of business testers can be a different and unique challenge.

7 Ways to Upskill & Transform Yourself into a Security Tester

STP Webinar: Upskilling requires unlearning followed by learning attitude for any individual. And also before transforming to anything, one needs to understand the importance in terms of “Why should I be upskilling and why should I care?”

What You Need to Know About Web App Security Testing in 2018

Security testing is a huge topic. In this webinar, Ken will discuss his experience working for small companies where security testing is a requirement, but often gets overlooked. Ken will explore some of the basic things a software development professionals should know about web application security, such as the resources available from OWASP.

Defect Metrics for Organization and Project Health

Are you looking for a simple, meaningful approach to gather and report defect metrics? Want to make your project defects more visible? Wondering how to report defects to management and show value? With an ever-increasing demand to show the business value of your testing, David Bialek explores a simple step-by-step method for metric management of issues.

Can QA Contribute in Production Operation Testing for a Successful Software Release/Deployment?

Production deployment starts with the first line of code: an application should be built to work in production infrastructure, could be deployed using existing process, be it CD or manual update and handle load expected in production. Even in almost ideal CD process with wide use of automation where it is possible, some human interaction might be required when it comes to changes to DB, build scripts or infrastructure with new release.

Automated Exploratory Testing

In today’s Agile world the time to market is becoming increasingly shorter. There is a constant desire to release new features to keep ahead of the competition. Because of this, we have a shorter amount of time to do exploratory and manual testing. Especially, when you have to account for all the different combinations of OS’s, languages, orientations, and resolutions your mobile app supports.

Alternatives to Selenium (Appium) for Mobile Testing

Appium, a popular tool relying on Selenium for mobile testing, has its shortcomings. We explore other automated testing tools that make a viable alternative to it.

Testing Problems that have Remained Unsolved

Testing as a practice has evolved over many years. We have had many experts who are popular today. We have many styles, schools and approaches to testing. A lot of complex problems have been solved. Yet – there remains a bunch of problems that are fundamental that have remained unsolved.

Parasoft Continuous Testing Solutions Extend Support for Continuous Integration (CI) to Accelerate End-to-End Testing

Parasoft SOAtest and Virtualize now support more popular CI platforms, including Bamboo, Jenkins, TeamCity, and Microsoft...

Common Questions from the Testing Trenches on the Future of QA

Recorded October 11, 2017 It seems that regardless of the day to day activities that we have as QA professionals, there is...

Enhanced Customer Experience by Proactive Performance Testing

Now a days, customer experience plays the crucial role for both traditional and digital business. Customer experience is about knowing the customer so detail that organizations can deliver the personalized experiences with enhanced features and performance. This will not only satisfy them but also convince them to remain loyal and influence others. Though application’s speed, scalability, stability, and availability are not only parameters to measure the customer experience these are the most important factors for customer experience.