As testers we often think about what new products we need to be prepared to test for – especially as new technologies enter the market, ramping ourselves for such new areas, what tools to use to test them, how to accommodate all of them in a short agile test cycle are all things the testing group is very focused on. However, we often miss the meta point, that as testers we not only need to learn to test for them, but also leverage them to build on our efficiency in possible areas. For example, in the last couple of years, we at QA InfoTech have been talking about how to enhance a tester’s efficiency using Augmented Reality – we have a full webinar on this topic, too. Extending the same principles to data analytics, a tester can benefit from this discipline if the right practices are used in optimizing the test effort.
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The Bugs Stop at Our Bay
In the world of quality assurance, traditionally the focus has been on functional test areas. Of late the non-functional areas of performance, security, accessibility, usability and the like are also growing in importance. However, one area that is silently gaining the prominence it deserves is content quality assurance. What really is content QA and what are some of its facets are what we will talk about in this article, given that this is one area we specialize in at QA InfoTech. While content QA may appear simple, it has a lot of inherent challenges mainly due to data collation from various locations, volumes of content that needs to be processed, and the core issue of lack of solid subject matter experts as and when you need them to verify the content. In this article, we talk about some of the main areas to cover in content QA to build a comprehensive test strategy – not all of these can be done by functional testers, which requires additional planning upfront to ensure non-functional, part-time testers and consultant subject matter experts are available when we need them. In the list below, we talk about varied aspects of content QA in increasing complexity, from implementation and availability of testers’ standpoints.
While we typically have internally written blogs, this time around we have an additional blog contributed by an external author, Satish Kumar, who heads quality assurance group at HomeShop18 – Satish’s profile is available at the end of this blog post – this is in addition to our ongoing series of monthly blogs.
What is MicroService?
Traditionally, applications have housed all functionality in one single process. Then came an era of SOA (Service oriented architecture). The latest in this series is the concept of MicroServices. I have tried to summarize the concept of Microservices in this article, from a tester’s point of view.
MicroServices architecture offers a suite of services, like in distributed software systems. Each MicroService is a standalone software module that provides a specific set of capabilities; they can each be scaled, managed and deployed independently. A collection of MicroServices builds a logical system which internally communicates to each other across the network through a gateway; a well-defined set of rules and contracts are typically used to deliver logical functionality.
What is linguistic testing? Where does it fit in, in the globalization cycle? Why is it important? What scenarios to cover here? Who are these testers and what are their roles? Answers to these questions and more, in the webinar we did for TestHuddle on June 22nd – the recording from the session is available at https://testhuddle.com/resource/understanding-linguistic-testing-end-end/
No doubt, accessibility as a design consideration is growing in prominence embracing the disabled equally into the product development fold. However, is accessibility implemented fully well? Are standards and guidelines adhered to? Checks that verify for all of these are important but are often compromised on due to lack of knowhow, time, resources etc. What if your functional testing scripts can double up to take on accessibility testing, too? This way, you are also encouraging functional testers to think non-functional testing elements. This is the goal of our automation framework that integrates with AXE tool to hit two targets with one stone. The webinar that showcased this framework was well received by our audience on May 25th.
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