Thursday, June 13, 2013

Software Development Seminar: Automated Testing – Leading the Way to Higher Quality Software, Faster

More than 100 developers and QA professionals turned out last night at Brightcove for a discussion on automated testing.  What should be automated, tools and best practices for delivering quality software.  William Josephson, co-founder of Solano Labs kicked off the night with thought leadership on high performing teams.  Overall, high-performing teams deploy code 30 times more frequently, 8000 times faster, have 50% fewer failures and restore service 12 times faster than their peers.  More can be found in William’s presentation here. 

Keith Williams from Brightcove discussed balancing and the benefits of automated testing across component testing, API testing, and web driver testing (browser based testing).  Keith’s presentation can be found here.

Keith, David, Steve and Barry
Pivotal Labs, a full-service development shop is just opening it’s Boston office. Pivotal believes their success is due to pair programming and test driven development. David Tengdin, Software Developer at Pivotal explained that their developers own code from development to production. Automated testing gives them confidence that things are working. David’s presentation is here. 

Steve Brunner Director of Quality Development at InterSystems revealed that they develop a lot of code to test a lot of code. Check out Steve's presentation for a ton of best practices!

Lastly, Barry Jaspan Senior Architect at Acquia spoke about testing infrastructure instead of the applications. The days of manual configuration by sysadmin are over. Testing has to be automated, fast and run as a clone of the production environment. Cloud is awesome for this! Don't think it's going to work if you haven't tested it! Check out Barry's presentation for what to test around the infrastructure. And here is an added link to a longer presentation on the topic given by Barry at DrupalCon 

Thanks to everyone for joining us last night.  We hope it was valuable and had a chance to join us for networking and a cocktail at Trade sponsored by Solano Labs. 

Thanks to our software development cluster sponsors: AutoDesk, Dyn, InterSystems, Rally Software, Snowbound Software, Verivo and VMware.  And lastly, thanks to Brightcove for hosting – great facility!


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