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Quality Assurance & Testing


Mercury Interactive Updates BPT Software

It is axiomatic to say that testing and QA are the ugly stepchildren of the software development process. Everyone knows code quality is important, but so are features and deadlines. And when it's crunch time, testing and QA get short shrift.

Don’t Let Your Applications Get You Down

Exploited software flaws cost the U.S. financial services industry more than $3 billion per year, according to the National Institute of Standards & Technology.

Kenai Systems Automates Web Services Vulnerability Testing

The good thing about Web services is that they expose interfaces, streamline connections and accelerate business processes. The bad thing about Web services is that they expose interfaces, streamline connections and accelerate business processes.

Parasoft Adds Penetration Testing to SOAPtest

Few software companies have beat the security-begins-in-the-application-development-process drum louder than automated software testing solutions vendor Parasoft Corporation. “Prevent errors as you write the code,” is the company mantra (if not exactly its slogan). The advent of service-oriented architectures that support wide-scale use of Web services makes that message even more urgent, says Wayne Ariola, Parasoft’s VP of corporate development.

New Rational Tools Link Operations to Development

IBM Rational has announced two new tools to bridge the traditional gap between enterprise IT operations and application development by integrating its testing and development tools with its Tivoli application management software.

Jtest 6.0 Adds Stability, Efficiency, Rules

Parasoft Corp., the Monrovia, Calif., provider of solutions that automatically prevent software errors, announced the availability of Jtest 6.0 at LinuxWorld in Boston last week.

Compuware launches two new software quality products

Compuware Corp. has launched two new products as part of its DevPartner product line -- Fault Simulator and SecurityChecker.

Briefing: TestArchitect 2.0

TestArchitect 2.0 is a product for organizing your testing efforts - but it's also the embodiment of a philosophy of testing. I chatted for a while with the folks at LogiGear about this release, and here's my take on what's going on.

Compuware partnerships to drive CARS

Compuware has partnered with Spherion Corp. and Sogeti USA to advance its offering of QA tools and consulting packaged as the Compuware Application Reliability Solution, says Gery Plourde, CARS director.

Special Report: Mercury aims higher

After winning the early test tool battle, Mercury takes on industry giants in systems software. Can it maintain focus as it grows?

Sun hopes test kit will spread J2EE gospel

In an effort to help application developers to "help themselves," Sun has released a free test kit designed to verify whether an application is J2EE-compatible.

Plugging into SarbOx

Government regulations seek to enforce best practices, and IT development managers must respond. The Sarbanes-Oxley act is like sensible shoes -- with teeth. If corporate governance is here, will better IT governance follow?

SOAPtest bubbles up

With its ability to automatically generate relevant testing scenarios, SOAPtest is the perfect counterpart for developing enterprise-class Web service apps.

Are automated test tools for real?

For Charles Schwab, testing has long passed the "fad" stage to become convention in the IT unit; some observers caution users to beware of overpromises.

A sampling of automated testing tools

A sampling of recently released automated testing tools

Notes from the PocketPC Front

In which the intrepid reporter undertakes a few weeks of development using the .NET Compact Framework, and lives to tell of it.

DB design and app development: Why can't we be friends?

Increasingly, the barriers between development and data are blurring, and the designer often acts as the focal point of communication between the two camps. Useful tools are only part of the equation when pursuing success.

Is RUP right for small teams?

Many programmers feel that the Rational Unified Process (RUP) is too rigid and structured for small development projects. Proponents of agile and extreme programming have similar concerns. To answer these criticisms, we speak with Gary Pollice and Liz Augustine, two authors of the recently released book "Software Development for Small Teams: A RUP-Centric Approach."

Sanctum and Mercury integrate security, QA tools

Web application security software vendor Sanctum Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., has announced a partnership with Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Mercury Interactive Corp. to integrate security testing tools into the QA environment.

Telelogic embeds task-based CM in Visual Studio .NET

Telelogic is now positioned to further spread Synergy, the company's task-based CM tool, as it is newly available in an embedded version for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.