Standard platform, operating system and browser recommendations (August 2019)

An update to our Standard platform, operating system and browser recommendations.

Introduction The following post updates our recommendations for platforms, operating systems and browsers to use when testing commercial web sites targeting consumers in Europe. Our recommendations are based on usage figures widely available on the Internet, our experience and our analysis of client needs. Since browser versions change frequently, we review and update these recommendations […]

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Standard platform, operating system and browser recommendations (April 2019)

An update to our Standard platform, operating system and browser recommendations.

Introduction The following post updates our recommendations for platforms, operating systems and browsers to use when testing commercial web sites targeting consumers in Europe. Our recommendations are based on usage figures widely available on the Internet, our experience and our analysis of client needs. Since browser versions change frequently, we review and update these recommendations […]

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Penetration Testing vs Vulnerability Scanning: what’s the difference?

What is penetration testing?

There is a considerable amount of confusion in the security testing industry regarding penetration testing. This confusion mainly revolves around understanding the differences between what is penetration testing and vulnerability scanning. Despite the two services being quite different, they are equally vital for evaluating and maintaining an organisation’s security posture. This situation has come about […]

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Press release: spriteCloud launches Calliope.pro for immediate use by worldwide test automation community

Calliope.pro

Calliope.pro imports JSON and XML test results from Cucumber, jUnit and other major software test automation tools and makes the data easily accessible in a central, shareable dashboard Amsterdam, The Netherlands – October 23, 2018 – spriteCloud B.V., a provider of software testing services, announces the worldwide availability of the unified test results dashboard Calliope.pro. […]

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5 best practices for ecommerce testing during the holiday season

eCommerce testing helps a lot during the holiday period

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have just passed for 2017, with online businesses continuing the annual trend of conquering more of the global market. This is a pretty predictable result, and highlights the need for retailers to make sure their ecommerce website is performing at optimal levels during the holiday season. We’ve tested A LOT […]

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The benefits of using an external test lab

Device lab: desktop, tablet, mobile

In a world of cloud-based tooling, sometimes what you really need is to see how your app might work on a real device. I have visited this topic in a previous post, when I discussed the factors you should take into account when conducting cross-browser testing. I’d like to zoom in closer on the last […]

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Do I really have to test on all those browser configurations? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of this article discussing the reasons why you should test your app or website on multiple browser configurations. Today we continue with browser functionality and the differences between devices. How your product functions on different browsers Ideally, the way your product functions would be the same on all browsers and operating […]

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Do I really have to test on all those browser configurations? (Part 1)

One of the most common questions that our clients ask us is whether it is necessary to test on a multitude of browser configurations during cross-browser testing. It’s easy to drown in the choices that are available, making cross-browser testing a difficult process to handle internally. Since the ultimate goal of test planning is to […]

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VR Days Europe, 3-5 November 2016, Amsterdam

We are proud to announce that spriteCloud is sponsoring VR Days Europe, 3-5 November 2016, here in Amsterdam. Since the launch of our dedicated VR testing group, interest has grown and virtual reality is on the rise. All the more reason for us to sponsor this exciting VR event. Interested in how we approach a […]

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What is the benefit of Scrum Master certification to a Software Tester?

Recently, I passed the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification on Scrum.org. Reading the Scrum guide made me wonder: What is the benefit of doing the PSM I certification to a tester? Testers do not have a specified role in a Scrum team, they are just one of the guys/girls developing. But most functional […]

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The Cost of Compatibility

Yesterday at spriteCloud, we discussed how Safari is the new IE, meaning that of the major browsers, Safari seems to lag further and further behind in providing an up-to-date Web experience. Elsewhere, that article turned into a different discussion: does it even matter to end-users if there is one browser that needs to be supported […]

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Agile Testing @Munich Meetup

Last night, the Agile Testing @Munich meetup group gathered in rooms graciously provided by ConSol* Consulting & Solutions GmbH to hear about test automation frameworks. Yours truly contributed with a high level introduction to Cucumber, with some reference to our Lapis Lazuli extensions and spriteCloud Calliope.

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What’s in a Test?

Here at spriteCloud, we offer our testing services and expertise to our clients. In the day to day conversations with them, we don’t make a lot of distinctions between one type of testing and another, but this similarity in treatment belies the fact that there are fundamental differences in what some of our activities try […]

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Consistent Concurrency

In this part of the series, we want to explore how a single set of concurrency problems affects pretty much every programmer everywhere. Background Search the web, and you’ll find tons of people claiming — even in scientific publications — that multi-threaded programs are hard to write and debug. There are a few reasons for […]

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Code Design: Introduction

Background A few years ago, after listening to a presentation I gave on software release managament, a member of the audience expressed with what appeared to be a mixture of amazement and bitterness that “this should be taught at university as part of every computer science course”. At the time, I took that as a […]

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Cognitive Biases in Quality Assurance

I came across this excellent article on cognitive biases in software engineering, which you should read. Go on, I’ll wait. I think it’s worth considering how those cognitive biases listed affect the relationship between developers and test engineers in software projects. Now you really should read the linked article, if you haven’t already.

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