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STAREAST 2018 - Test Automation

Sunday, April 29

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Performance, Load, and Stress Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:30am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
Designed for system testers, system designers, system tuners, software engineers, QA professionals, and project leaders, this course provides an introduction to the complexities of software performance testing and delivers testing skills that participants can immediately apply back on the job.
Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Python® for Testers (2-Day)—SOLD OUT

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:30am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

This is a course for testers who are frustrated by the laborious and manual work that makes up day-to-day test activities. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the Python language, its philosophy, and the code syntax.

JMeter Performance Testing Workshop (2-Day)

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:30am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

Appropriate for developers, test engineers, performance engineers, and more,  this two-day hands-on workshop teaches how Apache JMeter™ is used to test performance on static and dynamic resources, as well as on Web dynamic applications.

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com

Agile Test Automation—ICAgile (2-Day)—SOLD OUT

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:30am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

Monday, April 30

Jim_Holmes
Guidepost Systems
MB

Develop WebDriver Automated Tests—and Keep Your Sanity

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Many teams go crazy because of brittle, high-maintenance automated test suites. Jim Holmes helps you understand how to create a flexible, maintainable, high-value suite of functional tests using Selenium WebDriver. Learn the basics of what to test, what not to test, and how to avoid overlapping with other types of testing. Jim includes both philosophical concepts and hands-on coding. Testers who haven't written code should not be intimidated! We'll pair you up to make sure you're successful. Learn to create practical tests dealing with advanced situations such as input validation,...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
MC

Implement BDD with Cucumber and SpecFlow

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

We’ve all been there. We work incredibly hard to develop a feature and design tests based on written requirements. We build a detailed test plan that aligns the tests with the software and the documented business needs. And when we put the tests to the software, it all falls apart because the requirements were changed without informing everyone. Mary Thorn says help is at hand. Enter behavior-driven development (BDD), and Cucumber and SpecFlow, tools for running automated acceptance tests and facilitating BDD. Mary explores the nuances of Cucumber and SpecFlow, and shows you how to...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
MF

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. As a leader, how can you ensure that your new automation efforts will get off to a good start? What can you do to ensure that your automation work provides continuing value? This tutorial covers both “theory” and “practice”. Dot Graham explains the critical issues for getting a good start, and Chris Loder describes his experiences in getting good automation started at a number of companies. The tutorial covers the most important management issues you must address for...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
MG

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Imagine this … As soon as any developed functionality is submitted into the code repository, it is automatically subjected to the appropriate battery of tests and then released straight into production. Setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common and something you need to know about. But most organizations hit the same stumbling block—just what IS the appropriate battery of tests? Automated build architectures don't always lend themselves well to the traditional stages of testing. In this hands-on tutorial, Melissa Benua introduces you to key...

Adam Auerbach
Lincoln Financial Group
MH

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

The DevOps movement is here. Companies across many industries are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, IT organizations have been staffed with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. To keep pace with development in the new “you build it, you own it” environment, testing teams and individuals must develop new technical skills and even embrace coding to stay relevant and add greater value to the business. DevOps really...

Amber Race
Big Fish Games
MI

Get Ready for the Big Time: Load and Performance Testing

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Does your application have what it takes to handle the number of customers you expect—or hope for? Does it provide a quick, responsive experience for your users all the time? Amber Race explores the performance testing tools and techniques you need to help ensure that your application is ready for the load from real users. If you are just getting started as a performance tester and wondering how to begin, Amber takes you through the basics and reviews the different facets of load and performance testing. Learn how to analyze your application for potential issues, create tests using a...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
ML

Create Your Testing Transformation Roadmap

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Are you being asked to transform your testing processes and practices? Of course, you are. Do you want to transform your testing? Of course, you do. However, before you leap into a transformation project—Stop. Think. Do you know why you need to transform? Do you have goals and objectives? Do you know where you are headed and where you might end up? Isabel Evans leads you through some important questions about test transformation and explores the range of answers you might want to consider. Since these will be different for each person, Isabel will discuss and demonstrate some problem-...

Angie Jones
Twitter
Paul_Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont
MM

Dominoes of Automating Testing

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Many initiatives to automate testing fail because teams focus too heavily on mastering the use of tools and frameworks, and not enough on understanding the foundational principles of a solid test automation strategy. Join Angie Jones and Paul Merrill for this interactive tutorial that requires no coding, no tools, and no laptops. Instead, let's knock down some dominoes! Learn the basic principles of good test automation by setting up dominoes in a way that solves puzzles. Angie and Paul share how to decide what to automate, how to organize test automation not only to reduce risk but also...

Tuesday, May 1

Wilson Mar
JetBloom
TA

What Testers Must Know about Git and GitHub

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Skill with Git is a prerequisite for most software jobs today. This is because the vast majority of software developed is stored in Git-based repositories such as GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket. GitHub's domination of social coding makes it the new business card to demonstrate your creativity, popularity, capability, and tenacity. “Configuration as code” is a standard DevOps practice so testers must know how to set up and use Git to obtain and update versions of their infrastructures. In this hands-on tutorial, create your own website and learn the GitHub markdown used to format documents....

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Fundamentals of Testing REST APIs

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Just getting started on your application programming interface (API) testing journey? Need to better understand APIs and how to effectively test them? Join Lianne Klaver for this introductory tutorial as he discusses API concepts, examples, test strategies, and techniques. Lianne describes the message architecture of REST APIs and discusses elements such as API resources, verbs, states, headers, and tokens. She shares examples and demonstrations of REST APIs in operation to give you a better understanding of how they work. Then learn by doing with exercises that enable you to recognize...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
TF

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

With many organizations adopting agile practices, the test automation landscape has changed. Bob Galen explores current disruptors to traditional automation strategies, and discusses relevant and current adjustments that must be made when developing an automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and often best their commercial equivalents―not only in cost but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional automation strategies. Now we must keep up with incremental...

Alan Page
Unity
TH

Testing Today's Web Applications: Tools You Can Use

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

If you are a software tester in 2018, chances are you're testing a website or web application. Whether you are testing in a browser, within a web “wrapper” framework like Electron, or even a web app wrapped in a mobile application, your customers are using web apps and websites constantly—and they want them to work well. Our challenge in test, of course, is to test as thoroughly and efficiently as we can, given our time and resource constraints. Long time software testing veteran Alan Page demonstrates some of his favorite free or inexpensive tools for testing web apps and shares...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
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Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed with relative ease. Other solutions that have worked well are patterns, common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Dot Graham focuses on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed with Seretta Gamba, Dot looks...

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TN

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In many organizations, agile development processes are driving the pursuit of faster software releases, which has spawned a set of new practices—DevOps. DevOps stresses communications and integration between development and operations, including rapid deployment, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. Because DevOps practices require confidence that changes made to the code base will function as expected, automated testing is essential. Join Jeffery Payne as he discusses the unique challenges associated with integrating automated testing into continuous integration/continuous...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros, Inc.
TQ

Using Docker Containers for Automating Web Testing

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Vagrant and Docker are automation tools that are popular in the DevOps world. Vagrant provides a simple, consistent interface to create virtual machines on your local system and in the cloud. Docker lets you control containers—similar to virtual machines but smaller and faster with less overhead. These tools provide on-demand, disposable test environments that are delivered quickly, in a known state, locally or in the cloud. Systems under test, test tools, infrastructure, and even pre-populated data are all candidates for virtualization and containerization. When required, the tools can...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
TS

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation and DevOps

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test automation is an essential element in agile and DevOps processes. Your test designs can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. Automation must find problems in a build, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. If tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, an automation engineer will have a hard time automating them—even with great tools. Hans Buwalda explores how testers (both technical and non-technical) can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. These tests will be able to run seamlessly with the CI/CD...

Wednesday, May 2

Geoff_Meyer
Dell EMC
K2

What’s Our Job When the Machines Do Testing?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

After its highly hyped introduction decades ago and followed by a long, quiet “winter,” artificial intelligence (AI) has slowly crept back into our consciousness. While our Siri and Alexa assistants entertain us, machine learning (ML) has brought new conveniences into our lives with solutions including Nest and Netflix. Today, AI brings us to the tantalizing brink of the autonomous vehicle. The sea change of this 4th Industrial Revolution has begun to disrupt industry after industry. The emerging capabilities of these fascinating machines demand our attention as AI starts to be applied in...

Jim_Holmes
Guidepost Systems
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Automated Testing: Beyond the Basics

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

You've been through some initial test automation training or bootstrapping, and now, a few months down the road, you find you’re spending a lot of time chasing intermittent test failures and maintaining your codebase. You're frustrated and losing trust in the automated tests. Sound familiar? Jim Holmes helps you find approaches that may save your sanity—all based on his years of experience and hard knocks. Beyond the test automation basics like waits, find logic, or basic page objects, Jim takes a dive into more advanced test automation approaches and methods—custom-designed APIs,...

Matthew Grasberger
Coveros, Inc.
W6

Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile development and DevOps depend on an automated pipeline to build, test, and deploy code quickly. Security is all too often viewed as a manual task that is too difficult to automate and something to be left for later—not a good decision! Matt Grasberger says that, by leveraging automated security scans with open source scanners, you can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities, get the most out of your pipeline, and increase software quality. Matt thoroughly explains and demonstrates several ways to implement automated security scans. Discover how to quickly test endpoints...

Wayne Ariola
Tricentis
W9

Continuous Testing vs. Test Automation: Three Key Differences

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the risk of software failures. Given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery), how can software testing keep pace with modern application delivery? Enter continuous testing. Wayne Ariola explores the three main differences between continuous testing and test automation. He explores why and where traditional test automation falls short in today’s...

Jason_Arbon
test.ai
W10

Machine Learning Heralds the End of Selenium

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Selenium has been the cure for free and low-cost browser testing for years, and—in the world of agile, mobile, DevOps, and browserless interfaces—it is showing its age. Comparing Selenium to what’s coming, Jason Arbon says that machine learning and data analytics will become the new standard for test automation. With Selenium, test engineers suffer from the pains of broken element identification; broken, buggy, and partially implemented mobiletest capabilities; exploding costs of building abstraction layers on their apps; brittle test code when the application under test changes;...

Andrew Krug
Lazy Coder
W15

Selenium Hacks: Improving Your Skills

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Although Selenium has become the open source standard for simulating user interactions with the browser, Andrew Krug likes to think of it as more than one tool in your toolbelt. Andrew says Selenium is like the Craftsman Bolt-On tool—with one battery and one grip, it can become a circular saw, drill, jig saw, or even a tire inflator. He’ll cover thirty or more Selenium hacks in this fast-paced session. Find out how you can employ Selenium for security testing, visual testing, email testing, easy content testing, performance testing, load testing … you get the drift. Briefly...

Gopal_Brugalette
SAP Concur
W16

Machine Learning and Data Science for Quality and Performance Engineering

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Managing the quality and performance of complex systems requires more than simply executing test cases and running load tests. You need to perform careful analysis of test results and production metrics. The sheer amount of data generated in production and testing makes analysis a huge challenge that is often left wanting. With the magic of machine learning (ML) and the application of data science techniques, you have the opportunity to derive valuable and actionable information from big data. Gopal Brugalette shares the basic concepts behind ML, covering clustering, classification...

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
W17

Test Management in Agile—What Happened to All My Testers?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Substantial confusion exists about the roles and responsibilities of test management when using an agile software development process. Agile seeks to streamline project management and leadership under the role of a ScrumMaster. But what does this mean for test managers? How do they stay involved in the process? What role do they fill? Is it possible that test managers are no longer needed? Join Jeffery Payne for a collaborative dialog to discuss the pros and cons of a variety of test management models he has seen used by companies who have adopted agile. Learn how to best position yourself...

Thursday, May 3

Angie Jones
Twitter
K4

The Next Big Thing: Testing AI and Machine Learning Applications

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Our world is changing. Artificial intelligence is being employed in many walks of life—from virtual assistants and robots to self-driving cars. How does this new way of life impact software testing? What is our role … and will we have one in the future? Of course! And it’s a very exciting time to be in testing because there’s not enough known about how to systematically test these AI- and ML-driven applications. Angie Jones gives an overview of why it’s extremely important that we comprehensively test these applications and how today’s tester can prepare and build the skillset for this new...

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DevOps Tools for Winning Agility

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

With a myriad of tools to choose from—open source, free, paid, and enterprise level—teams and organizations have seemingly endless options. Making the right tool decisions can impact the level of quality and success within DevOps projects. Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman discusses different tools, what tools work best together, and how—even in teams that are in silos—the right choices can make the difference between success and failure in DevOps implementations. Explore tools—such as Ansible, Jenkins, Maven, Delphix, Github, Liquibase, and Terraform—for automating builds and virtualization. Review...

Sanil_Pillai
Infostretch
T5

Automated Testing for New-Gen Digital Interactions: Chatbots, Alexa, and Siri

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Today’s IT systems communicate with customers through multiple points of engagement and various interfaces, ranging from web, mobile, and voice to BOTs and apps like Alexa and Siri. Sanil Pillai says these systems need to provide seamless handoffs between different points of interaction—while at the same time providing relevant and contextual information quickly. To accomplish this, a team must be able to successfully pair device hardware capabilities and intelligent software technologies such as location intelligence, biometric sensing, and Bluetooth. Testing these systems and...

Paul_Grizzaffi
Magenic
T9

Not Your Parents’ Test Automation: Application of Non-Traditional Automation

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Most software organizations have a test automation initiative—some just beginning and others humming right along. Typically, these initiatives focus on traditional automation—using a software package to automate test cases or user stories. However, if you use only the traditional approaches to automation, you will miss opportunities to exploit the complete powers of automation. Paul Grizzaffi shares real-world examples where non-traditional automation or “automation assist” approaches, including high volume automated testing, have provided high business value testing in his company. He...

Irene Dhong
Bazaarvoice
T11

Integration and Functional Testing Using Dockerized Dependencies

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

To emulate production-like conditions that cannot be tested on the unit level, many integration and functional tests need a realistic environment. However, performing these tests in a production-like environment is fraught with problems—test data management issues, tests that are difficult to execute repeatedly, and network traffic that causes long-running test execution times. Instead of having to deal with these problems and others, Irene Dhong employs Docker to simulate dependencies. Learn how you can take advantage of Dockerized dependencies for quick test writing, reusability...

Tracy Ragan
OpenMake Software
T13

Release Automation: Yes, Testers Should Care

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Agile DevOps focuses on moving changes through the pipeline as quickly as possible, which means that more operational tasks—like software deployment—will occur earlier. As a result, testing teams will begin assuming more responsibility in managing those deployments in order to perfect reputability. Tracy Ragan provides an overview of release automation as it relates to testing and explains how automation is key to achieving faster and leaner testing cycles. She discusses why deploying new code across diverse environments can be really tricky and slow, and how properly implemented...

Amir_Rozenberg
Perfecto
T14

Testing Digital Interfaces: Chatbots, Home Assistants, Touch ID, Facial Recognition, and More

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

It seems almost everyday we see a product announced with a clever, new digital interface—and the rush has only just begun. From chatbots and motion sensors to facial recognition and voice integrations, these digital interfaces have a complex software side. Amir Rozenberg discusses the challenges we face now and explores a more challenging future to come for testers and testing. With concrete examples from the market, he offers new approaches for you to embed quality and test activities into the development cycle to tame the digital interface beast. With Amir, you’ll look at ways to...

Paul_Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont
T18

What's an API and How Do I Test It?

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

API-based applications have become ubiquitous in the past few years. Yet many of us still really don't know what an API is from the inside out. Moreover, many of us don't know much about how to comprehensively test them! Join Paul Merrill to learn what everyone is doing and talking about related to APIs: microservices, REST, endpoints, requests, request methods, and responses. Paul demonstrates four free tools you can use to directly interact with a simple API: curl, the browser, Postman, and Java (with Rest Assured). Learn techniques for testing APIs at the service level and how to test...

Kaushal_Dalvi
Ultimate Software
T22

Open Source Tools for Performance Testing and Monitoring

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you finding it hard to make time for performance testing? Does your code end up shipping to production with little or no performance validation due to the lack of tools or expertise? Do you often wonder what system performance looks like in production to end users? Whether you are a test engineer, developer, or seasoned performance tester who has used traditional tools like LoadRunner, there are times when you need to get a quick read on the performance characteristics of your system and determine if there are any regressions. Join Kaushal Dalvi as he shares tips, tricks, and...

Harry Roberts
Perfecto
T23

The Appium Framework: Create and Implement Your Mobile Testing Strategy

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The trend in mobile apps today is who can deliver the best and the most new apps as quickly as possible to keep up with the competition. With this, the need for more and better testing seems to grow exponentially. Open source Appium is a unique mobile app testing framework that allows you to write a single test which executes for native or hybrid apps on different operating systems running simulators/emulators and real devices in parallel. Harry Roberts describes how to create and implement a successful mobile testing strategy using Appium across Android and iOS devices. After discussing...

Elise Carmichael
QASymphony
T24

API Testing: How to Write Tests, Integrate into CI, and Track What You're Testing

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Some developers and testers think that APIs, whether internally developed or not, should just work. Unfortunately, without a significant amount of focus on testing API services, one little flaw can spell disaster for your application—especially security vulnerabilities where hackers will target your application. Elise Carmichael discusses the risks of not fully testing APIs, how to be sure that all services are tested fully, and the types of negative testing you need to do on APIs. She shows you a method to organize your tests using Postman, a tool for REST web services testing....