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.

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