Let's train our testers early by offering college majors in Software Testing

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareImagine that you are development manager and you have to choose between these two candidates:Graduated from M.I.T. with a Computer Science...

Marketing an API to a non-technical audience

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareOne of the things I am enjoying about the current API buzz is watching the various ways APIs are wiggling their way into product marketing. I...

Twitter's role in reporting Boston Marathon bombing shows ingenuity of users

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareI live in the Boston metro area, so forgive me if this week I come across as a bit reflective and not overly technical. The whole world has...

Software testing at the end of the world (almost)

Wired published an interesting article earlier this year - "The End of Web, Search and Computers as we know it" – in which David Gelernter predicts the addition of a time dimension to all information we consume on the internet; his...

A tribute to re-inventors of the wheel

As I was preparing for this blog post, I was planning to whine again. I’ve been picking up speed, you know, complaining about bad testing practices, excessive automation and crumbing quality assurance. Now I was going to shift gears...

When industry jargon and buzzwords backfire

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareSo, an interesting thing happened to me recently. I was getting a pitch about a new product from a well-known large enterprise and the...

Software testing can be sexy, too

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareI almost don’t know where to start this post.A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about code.org and the lack of relevant organizations that focus...

Agile testing is not about automation

I’ve touched on this subject in a previous post, but this time I want to dive in head-first in response to the following quote from a recently released study on Agile Testing:"Because the ultimate goal of Agile testing is to automate...

Why programming classes need to cover software testing, too

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareYou might have noticed the recent publicity blitz on behalf of code.org. Or, you might be living under a rock. Code.org was formed in January...

What happens to quality assurance in the era of hyper development?

Release cycles are getting shorter - from months to weeks to days and even hours - allowing companies to be more competitive than ever (or at least to think they are). To a large extent, the adoption of both Agile and DevOps...

How to gauge mobile users' behavior without stalking them

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwarePersonas are nothing new in software development. Before you can build an application, you have to have a sense of who you are building it...

What makes a beautiful piece of software

Our family got hit by the flu a couple of weeks ago. We crept into our beds, nibbling aspirins and squinting at the bleak winter sun and our hungry cat from beneath our blankets. To pass the time, I signed up for an audible.com...

Competing in the API frenzy

This guest post was submitted by Lorinda Brandon, Director of Strategy at Smartbear SoftwareIf you are a software development professional today, you are most likely aware of the frenzied waters of the current API industry. But, like...

Whatever happened to the art of software testing?

Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of extremely interesting and mind-expanding conferences focusing on emerging and somewhat disruptive technologies and companies: APIs, mobile, cloud, big data – the...

7 important considerations for building a dynamic API

Developers don’t have it easy these days. The shift to mobile is forcing them to learn a slew of new languages and tools, the shift to NoSQL requires them to give up their beloved SQL subqueries, and the cloud is encouraging them to...

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