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profiq team is expanding

Working patiently and passionately on implementing the strategy to deliver best-in-class Software Testing and Software Quality Assurance services to our customers and partners we see it paying off over the time. To be able to satisfy the increased demand from our clients for specialists in Software Testing, we are looking for (more…)

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Missing the forest for the trees

Understanding customer needs for being able to do good testing sounds like commonplace that doesn't need a special discussion. And testing projects often omit to discuss them indeed. Testing teams often start their project involvement with reading functional (or non-functional) specifications, skipping the customer view. I'm still mentioning it on the first place in the introduction of approaches to tackle testing complexity. (more…)

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How to deploy OpenAM with DAUI using SSL

In my previous article "How to deploy OpenAM with DAUI"  I wrote down steps how to install complete architecture where DAUI is configured with OpenAM. To keep it simple, I used only plain non-encrypted communication between individual components, however in the real world, many deployments require some more security and encrypted cryptography is a basic requirement. This article is based on previous one and it adds steps to install full architecture with SSL encryption. (more…)

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How to deploy OpenAM with DAUI

Internet is full of tutorials and steps how to install and configure individual tools, but sometimes there are required steps to connect these tutorials together. Sure, there are some deployment guides for complex architectures, but they are typically very complex. The goal of this article is to provide complete, but simple steps how to install and configure ForgeRock's OpenAM access manager and DAUI (Distributed Authentication User Interface) for authentication. This solution uses also ForgeRock's OpenDJ directory server as configuration and user data store. (more…)

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Tackling complexity

Software complexity is one of the most significant challenges that a software tester may face. Testing software that is complex usually requires a breadth of knowledge and experience. The goal that the tester needs to accomplish with regards to complexity is: to test the software in a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. As an example, think about ways to test upgrades of a database system with the following support matrix that gives altogether billions of combinations to test. Can this test scope be reasonably covered? Maybe. Let's see…

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Valued tester

Here comes a universal recipe that I often hear on software release projects that are planning outsourcing of functional testing responsibilities. Take an experienced test designer to define test cases. Then take several clickers to do the execution based on those pre-defined test cases and you are done with your testing team. A clicker is meant to be a human being, literate and having some user experience with GUI based applications. Assuming that instructions are well written, the person will click through GUI based tests reasonably well. No need for…

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Testers’ illusions

Testers often debate about testers' place in the world of software engineering and the world's perception of testers. Both well known names ([1], [2]) and the broader community ([5], [6]) contribute. We (testers) often get frustrated, deffensive, when non-testers say that testing doesn't need thinking, that it is only about pressing buttons, that experience or qualification are not imporant. Basically that anyone could do it. In a response, we try to define ourselves ([3], [6]), suggest ways to deal with non-testers ([4]), educate them ([1]) or trying to challenge ourselves ([5]). The more I…

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So, what’s independent testing? (contd.)

We argued in a previous article that independent testing is about the way testers act and the quality of information that they provide, rather than about the way they are organized or governed. Organization and governence still tend to have a crucial impact on independence. That's perhaps the reason, why some of defined standards approach testing independence from the point of view of the organization ([1], [2]). I prefer to talk about organizationally or governence-wise separate testing rather than independent testing in this context. Here is why. (more…)

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So, what’s independent testing?

Testing independence is being referred to in various ways: organizational independence of a test team on other teams within a company, independence of a testing service  vendor on other vendors, or testing as an independent engineering or scientific discipline. This blog site intends to refer to software testing as a business function and its in/dependence on other business functions (e.g. software development or other, even non-technical functions). Let me hence, share my perspective on independent testing from this angle and contrast it with outsourcing testing services, given that I see…

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Welcome techies!

Be welcome on profiq's blog! profiq is a software engineering company that was established in 2010 and is owned by former Sun engineers. We enjoy working on development and testing of core systems such as platforms, frameworks, server-side applications and developer tools, that's why we ended up establishing an engineering focused company and that's why we started to write this blog too - going a step beyond our regular business needs. So, who you will hear from:   Nemanja Lukic - Madrid engineering director Rasta Kanocz - Prague CTO Slavomir Katuscak…

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