Major Announcement: More tracks!

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You asked for it, so we’re bringing it to you: starting on August 1st you’ll be able to add more tracks to your Tellurium account!

With more tracks, you can do things like:

  • Have multiple team members running automated tests at the same time
  • Schedule simultaneous overnight regression runs
  • Cut the run time of your test suite in half!
  • Don’t worry, we’re going to continue to offer Tellurium as a free application. Additional tracks and scheduled runs will be add-ons that you can purchase (for much less than this functionality would cost with other testing applications).

    Why now? Since releasing Tellurium we’ve been humbled by the interest and support from the testing community. The number of Tellurium users has grown so quickly that it’s been almost overwhelming.

    But because we offer Tellurium as a free application, this tidal wave of usage has lead to ever-increasing costs for our parent company, Grant Street Group. Offering these add-ons will provide testers with the enhanced functionality they’ve been seeking while also enabling us to continue offering the core Tellurium application for free.

    How do you get more tracks? Simply log in to your Tellurium account on August 1st and follow the prompts to pick the tier that best fits your needs.

    Don’t need more tracks? You’re welcome to keep using Tellurium with 1 track for free!

    We look forward to continuing to work with you and the rest of the testing community to build one of the most innovative testing tools available.

What SNL’s 40th can teach us about test management

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This past Sunday, Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary. 40 years! That’s insane. Why they didn’t celebrate it on a Saturday is equally insane, but I digress.

While I was enjoying the show (mostly on Hulu the next day) it dawned on me: are there any takeaways from this anniversary special that we can apply to the testing world?

You bet there are!

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1. Start with the essentials

I’m sure that a show that’s been around for 40 years had a difficult time trying to recap everything in one episode. So they did what we should do in the testing world: start with the essentials. What are the things that absolutely must be included?Continue Reading

Software testing tricks: Go Backwards

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Welcome to Software Testing Tricks where we explore some fun ways for you to find hidden bugs within your system. Today’s trick: going backwards!

In order to test backwards, place your hands on your keyboard and turn you chair completely around so that your back is now facing the computer. And that’s it!

Wait, what? You’re probably thinking “that’s impossible!”… and you’d be right. Testing backwards has nothing to do with how you’re positioned physically.

Testing backwards actually refers to a technique where you start testing near the end of your test case and work your way backwards to the beginning. This typically works best when your test case only involves one or two pages.

So a prime example of a good candidate for testing backwards is testing how you fill out a form. Most people who fill out a form start at the top and fill in their name, their address, their phone number, etc. But what happens when you start at the bottom?

In theory, nothing should change. You’re still filling out the same form, right? Not exactly.Continue Reading

How automated testing tools “see” your application

Sometimes we think of automated testing tools as a direct replacement for a human being. They can typically do all of the things that a person could do in our applications, and often faster and more efficiently.

But the truth is, automated testing tools can’t fully replace human testers for one key reason: sight. We take it for granted that we can quickly look at an application, process its contents, and intuitively know if something is wrong or out of place. Most automated testing tools aren’t a level that they can make those kinds of distinctions without some human interaction.

The main reason for that is how automated testing tools “see” the application that they’re testing. Since they can’t process pages the way that we do, they’re forced to use methods that allow them to come close, but not quite there.Continue Reading

Automate Your Automated Tests

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Oftentimes we think of automated testing as a tester’s best friend. The Sam to your Frodo, the Hobbes to your Calvin, and yes, the Cousin Larry to your Balki Bartokomous.

But nay I say to you. Although automated testing is a key weapon in a tester’s arsenal, the real magic happens when you remove the need for manual intervention and you automate your automated tests. The sheer bliss of knowing that your tests are automatically running in the background and will let you know if something is wrong is like a warm blanket on a winter’s eve.

So how can you automate your automated tests? Their are a few routes you can take. The most common being a process called Continuous Integration, or CI for short.Continue Reading