Why Software Testing Conferences Like TestBashNY Are So Incredibly Important

Rosie Sherry is Founder of Ministry of Testing and Software Testing Club.  She loves to do great things for software testers of the world.

TestBashI’ve been in the testing world since 2001, a few years later I was ready to leave. Everything about testing seemed dull. Boring. Pointless. Uninspiring. I couldn’t see myself in this career for the rest of my life.

I tried to find other like-minded testers, but I failed.  There were no meet up groups. All the conferences were too far away or way too expensive. People didn’t really seem interested in testing; they only seemed interested in talking to try to sell me stuff. And just to top it off, the online forums and groups seemed to be operated by robots that asked the same questions over and over and over again.

This would encourage anyone in that situation to leave their career. However, a bit like Hotel California, it’s like I’m not allowed to leave.

Things kept pulling me back into software testing. Slowly, I started doing things that inspired me. One brick at a time I started trying to piece and pull things together to create a better world. I like to emphasise the ‘one brick at a time’ –  it’s taken me 10 years to come to what the Ministry of Testing and Software Testing Club are today. I experimented, often failing and occasionally succeeding  And it seems that you only need to succeed a few times to actually make a positive impact.

Along the way I’ve created a world. A club. A ministry (!) that seeks to change and inspire software testers to do better, greater and smarter work surrounded by a supportive community that they can call their friends.Continue Reading

Why You Should Be Load Testing Your Application

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No matter your industry, application complexity, or user base size, your application must be able to handle any level of traffic and use it gets (and ideally more, in the event that your super-sweet new features draw new users like moths to a porch light).

How do you make sure you’re prepared? Load testing.

What is load testing?

In a nutshell, load testing means pushing your application to its limits and seeing how its performance under that pressure compares to its normal performance.

Load testing often involves having lots of users (or simulated users) access your application or site at the same time, send complex requests, throw lots of data at your system, and do whatever else they can to overload it.Continue Reading

What is Functional Testing?

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Defining Functional Testing

Let’s take a look at a couple different definitions of functional testing, starting with more technical definitions and working our way to simpler.

Wikipedia defines functional testing like this:

Functional testing is a quality assurance (QA) process and a type of black box testing that bases its test cases on the specifications of the software component under test.

Good definition, but what if you don’t know what black box testing means? Technopedia’s definition is a bit more straightforward:Continue Reading

Performance Testing: Before you get started

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What is Performance Testing?

Generally speaking, performance testing is analyzing your application to see how well it performs under a certain set of criteria. That could mean seeing how quickly it loads and reacts when one person is using it, or figuring out how slowly it’ll move with one million people using it (load testing). The end result of performance testing will not be actionable items, but data. It’ll show you where the application you’re testing may or may not have a problem so that you can investigate it and hopefully identify a solution.Continue Reading

5 Tips for Regaining Your Motivation as a Tester

The following is a Guest Blog Post by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest. You can follow Joel on Twitter at @joelmonte and PractiTest at @practitest, and we also suggest you visit the QA Intelligence blog.

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Sometimes during our testing careers we reach a spot where we wish we’d be doing something else. These are the times when we look at our work and feel displeased, even frustrated with our jobs and with the tasks that we are doing right now.  

You are not alone!Continue Reading