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08 May 2018
08 May 2018

utPLSQL 3.0 – How To Have Your Cake and Eat It

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This article was originally published on mikesmithers.wordpress.com. “You can’t have your cake and eat it!” This seems to be a regular refrain from the EU in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. They also seem to be a bit intolerant of “cherry picking”. I’ve never really understood the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it” – … Read more
06 May 2015
06 May 2015

Developer-Tester Relationships

In a development team, there are times when the relationships between developers and testers can become strained. How can you turn this potential conflict into something more positive? Is it part of the skill of team-working to find ways of avoiding friction, or should one blame a system that relies on good social skills to work well?… Read more
21 January 2015
21 January 2015

Release Testing Is Risk Management Theatre

"You cannot inspect quality into a product" - Harold Dodge. The adoption of Continuous Delivery often leads to the discovery of suboptimal practices within an organisation, and the Release Testing antipattern is a common example. Steve Smith explores the questions: what is Release Testing, and why is it an example of Risk Management Theatre?… Read more
14 November 2014
14 November 2014

Getting Started with UI Test Automation

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User Interface test automation is a tricky practice, and it's not always obvious what the benefits are. UI tests are an essential part of protecting your application's critical paths, and it's easy to start building them in the wrong way. Jim Holmes urges us to ask some pointed questions before we get started, and get start testing our UI the right way, for the right reasons.… Read more
19 October 2012
19 October 2012

Are Unit Tests Overused?

Unit Testing has come to dominate the many types of test that are used in developing applications. This has inevitably been at the expense of other types, such as integration test. Does a successful unit test regime ensure quality, or should we see unit testing as just one of a range of tests that can together give us confidence in an application?… Read more
08 March 2012
08 March 2012

On Writing Unit Tests for C#

Is it realistic to keep to principles of 'Test-First' and 100% coverage for unit tests when in the heat of developing commercial C# applications? Does rigorous unit-testing lead naturally to good design by enforcing testability, low coupling and high cohesion? Patrick Smacchia gives his opinion based on hard-won experience. … Read more
02 February 2012
02 February 2012

Using SQL Test Database Unit Testing with TeamCity Continuous Integration

With database applications, the process of test and integration can be frustratingly slow because so much of it is based on manual processes. Everyone seems to agree that automation of the process provides the answer to accomodating shorter development cycles, but how, exactly? Dave Green describes a successful process that integrates third-party tools.… Read more