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Exploratory Testing is NOT Ad-hoc | It’s like Machine Learning

Exploratory testing, is all about discovery, investigation and learning. It’s like Machine learning, in concept. It empathizes on learning and adaptability. While the software is being tested, the tester learns things that together with experience and creativity generates new good tests to run. It emphasizes on personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester. Exploratory testing is done without any specific plans and schedules. Test cases are not created in advance but testers check system on the fly. They may note down ideas about what to test before test execution. The focus of exploratory testing is more on testing as a “thinking” activity.

API Testing | What, Why, How, Tools, Challenges & Best Practices

Recently I am observing a rise of API Testing in the Job descriptions. I once did Web Services testing using SOAP UI testing tool, i.e. verifying the XML request-response. Thought it would be a good time to refresh the concepts. Anyways it was on my list since I started STS. When we look at the Software Testing trends, API testing is rising in priority & relevance. Let’s deep dive into the world of API Testing…

OMG! Cloud Testing is so different..!

Unless you took a refugee or voluntary retirement or moved to Himalayas, you must be aware of the ‘Virtualization’ and ‘Cloud Computing’ concept. Cloud computing has passed through the stage of hype to become a reality of modern enterprise infrastructure. Every other Tech giant has its cloud offerings, be it Amazon, Google, HPE, IBM, Microsoft or Salesforce. And how did it impact the Testing landscape? Yeah! Every big innovation in the technology space has its parallel influence on the Test processes & techniques. In no time testing evangelists started exploring the Clouds and came up with new Test approaches suited for the Cloud. Cloud Testing started trending in the town and I too jumped into this bandwagon. Yes, recently I have been working on a Salesforce Marketing Cloud project and OMG! Cloud Testing is so different..!

Crowdsourced Testing | Of the Software, By the Crowd, For the User

The concept has been around from a long time. The most famous example of Crowd Sourcing is “Wikipedia”. Wikipedia, the most comprehensive encyclopedia is the result of the information created by writers and editors from the crowd. The various Bug Bounty programs run by Tech giants is a wonderful practical application of crowdsourced testing which reward researchers and software hobbyists for finding software bugs. Beta testing (many apps have beta versions available in play store / app store including WhatsApp Beta program) is also a form of crowdsourced testing where a set of end-users can access the application & provide their feedback.

AB Testing (A/B) | A statistical approach to optimization

Most of us have had an argument with friends or colleagues about which route is fastest from home to office or vice-versa. How’d you settle that bet? Yeah! Test it out. Leave the same place at the exact same time, via separate routes, and find out whose way is the best. Hope you got a brief idea about AB testing 😉 which is used by today’s designers & marketers to gain insight into visitor behavior and to increase conversion rate. Though one of the easiest and most effective technique for optimization, A/B testing is still not as common as Internet marketing subjects as SEO, Web analytics and usability. People just aren’t as aware of it. Let’s explore more about AB Testing.

What is Monkey Testing | Trivia, Types, Tools & Benefits

I first heard the term ‘Monkey Testing’ from a developer when I was 1 year old in IT industry. The developer was quite friendly & wasn’t confident enough about his code – “Hey, let’s do some Monkey Testing” he said. He sat with me and that was my first experience with practical Monkey Testing. Yeah! The name sounds funny, but this technique surely works (if you know the impacted areas). In this article let’s explore ‘Monkey Testing’ in detail.

Service-Oriented Architecture | SOA Testing Basics

As more applications move towards Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), it is imperative to at least know the basics of SOA Testing. To start with – Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a way of designing, developing, deploying, and managing enterprise systems where business needs and technical solutions are closely aligned. Let’s look at it closely…