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June 2018

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Balancing Mobbing, Pairing and Solo Work

blog.gurock.com – I spent the first half of my career building software as an individual. Initially the applications and projects I worked on were small, so there wasn’t a lot of potential for stepping on others’ toes. And collaborating with others? Why would I do that? Programming seemed a solo sport. I was content ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-21 22:00
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Leading the Agile Culture Change

blog.gurock.com – Ken, a Test Manager, at the Acme company was concerned. He and his fellow managers had collaborated to create cross-functional feature and product teams. They were pretty successful at the team level. It hadn’t been easy. It was time to change the rest of the organization. Especially since they had ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-15 10:00
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Performance Testing Asynchronous Applications

blog.gurock.com – Asynchronous computing addresses a need that has been at the forefront of application development since the earliest days of computing: ensuring fast application response between systems. Whereas synchronous architectures require a caller to wait for a response from a called function before moving ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-13 11:00
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Applying the Lessons of TDD to Work in General

blog.gurock.com – I’ve spent the better part of two decades writing software professionally. I could divide this time in any number of ways. For instance, I could do it by programming languages learned, tech stacks used or jobs worked. But I actually tend to divide it loosely in half, into my pre-TDD and post- ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-08 10:00
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The 7 Sins of Unit Testing

blog.gurock.com – The debate over the merits of unit testing has raged for the better part of two decades. But it’s no stalemate. The tide has moved steadily toward an industry that more or less, for the most part, agrees that unit testing is a good thing to do. By and large, this is a good thing for the state ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-06 00:00

May 2018

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Vulnerability Assessments vs. Pen Testing: Which Should You Choose?

blog.gurock.com – The terms “vulnerability assessment” and “penetration testing” are often confusing. In many conversations, the terms are either used interchangeably or perceived that one is a subset of the other. Although these two activities can partially overlap, they are distinct activities, and each has its ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-31 23:00
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Technical Debt Affects Testing, Too

blog.gurock.com – When I was working on a project several years ago, the development team was making a case for addressing technical debt. There were some parts of the architecture they wanted to update because it would make future changes easier, some parts they wanted to address because changes in those areas ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-30 12:00
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Privacy and Confidentiality: What’s the Difference?

blog.gurock.com – The words “confidentiality” and “privacy” are often confused or perceived to be equivalent terms, but they actually represent completely different concepts. The precise definitions for these troublesome words often depend on context. They also can have very specific meanings ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-25 11:00
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Test-Driven Development: A Love Story?

blog.gurock.com – “Love” is a strong word. I’m not sure I really love test-driven development (TDD). But I do love solving problems by programming and crafting simple, elegant code. Some things detract from this love: Delivering defects—how embarrassing! Pulling my hair out because I can’t understand how your (or ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-22 23:00
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Tester’s Diary: Testing Stories with Developers

blog.gurock.com – I wish I could tell you that testing stories with developers was just as fruitful and rewarding as testing defects with developers was. In some ways it was, but we also hit a few unexpected snags along the way. We were working with a tight deadline. In meeting with the product owner, the test team ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-17 23:00
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Managing Mobile Testing Projects

blog.gurock.com – Managing a test team for one project is relatively simple. You spend some time getting to know the developers and their productivity and skill levels, then you hire tester specialists as needed. You have one main flow of work to production to keep track of. Add another platform, web and mobile, and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-16 11:00
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Announcing TestRail 5.5 Release with Ranorex Integration, GDPR, Admin, UI and Performance Enhancements

blog.gurock.com – We’re very pleased and excited to announce that TestRail 5.5 is now available and will be coming to a cloud instance near you very shortly if it hasn’t already done so! For this dot release we’ve continued our theme of making improvements to the administration area of TestRail, in ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2018-05-15 15:00
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Performance Testing in an Ephemeral Environment

blog.gurock.com – Awhile back I had an interesting problem to solve. I was involved with refactoring a cloud-based application that did intensive data analysis on very large data sets. The entire application —business logic, analysis algorithm and database — lived in a single virtual machine. Every time the analysis ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-11 11:00
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5 Myths about Test Driven Development

blog.gurock.com – I’ve seen a lot of misconceptions, or myths about test driven development over the years. Why? Well, it’s hard to say directly why. Indirectly, it’s easy. I’ve spent a lot of the last half decade not just practicing TDD, but teaching it. This includes video courses, blog ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-09 01:00
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6 Good Habits for Effective Penetration Testers

blog.gurock.com – Being a penetration tester is fun, but it can be quite challenging. In some ways, it’s kind of like playing a sport. With both types of endeavors, you start off not being very good, and then you spend a lot of time and effort trying to get better. You make mistakes, learn from them (hopefully) and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-05-04 00:00
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