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TESTING & COMMUNITY

SauceCon 2019 - Early Bird Tickets Selling Out!
Join our global community of experts in automated testing, Selenium and CI/CD at SauceCon 2019, next April 23-25 in Austin, TX. Early Bird tickets available till 12/21 or till they sell out, get yours today! 

Get fresh perspective and challenge your biases! with Marianne Duijst
Join our next Masterclass on Thursday 20th Dec 8pm UK Time, learn to approach software from a different angle. Improve your critical thinking by applying lessons from analyzing literature to analyzing software. Examine your assumptions and logical leaps. Be explicit in creating safe spaces to allow underrepresented voices to be heard. Discover how you can be more effective in advocating for your bugs and the value you deliver.

Testing Ask Me Anything - Testing in Compliance and Regulation with Milan Kuveljic 
For this Ask Me Anything we were joined by Milan Kuveljic to answer all your questions on testing in a Compliance and Regulation world.   He shared lots of insights and tips, from how automation is helping with the compliance documentation, to how they manage to work in agile way and plenty more.  It's now available to watch for all of our members.

I can’t code. Is my job/career as a software tester at risk? by Rosie
“I can’t code. Is my job/career at risk?”.  Answers on a postcard. (Also known as: is ‘manual testing’ dying)

Embrace TestBash Family: Eyes Wide Open Experience in San Francisco from a Beijing Tester by Tracy Zhou
I first found out about TestBash through my former co-worker Stephanie Dukes. I always wished to attend, so you cannot imagine how excited I was when I found 2018 November conference would be held in San Francisco, which is headquarters of the company I work at!

Q  and A with Anuj Magazine - Part 1 by Women Testers
We asked Anuj Magazine a mixed bag of questions about testing, career and skills required for a tester. Here shared in this quest for endless testing knowledge is his deep understanding of this science and brief answers.

A New Pact: My Challenge for 2019 by Elisabeth Hocke 
It's that time of the year again! It's time for a new pact to tackle my next big learning challenge.

Testing: paths of resistance by richrtesting
I’m fascinated with the great emphasis that has been placed on speed of software delivery. The landscape for development and distribution of new products and new features has altered so dramatically over recent years that it is easy to feel slightly intoxicated by the possibilities, both as someone working in the field, and as a consumer of the products and services that have emerged.

 

BUSINESS BLOG POSTS

How to Integrate Your GitHub Repository to Your Jenkins Project by Guy Salton
One of the basic steps of implementing CI/CD is integrating your SCM (Source Control Management) tool with your CI tool.

WebdriverIO for newbies by Lizzie Hiles
WebdriverIO is a tool used to create automated browser tests. The following tutorial is aimed at people who have very little or no experience in writing automated tests.

Speed And Efficiency Of Mobile Test Automation Frameworks by Marko Kaasila
Open test automation frameworks are constantly evolving, and at least one new test framework emerges every year and becomes the favorite one among developers. 

Software Security Tests You Should Be Running, and When to use Them Most Effectively by Michael Solomon
Companies large and small need comprehensive software security testing, but there is a lot of confusion about what that actually means. 

 

PODCASTS

58: Testing REST APIs with Docker containers and pytest from Test & Code
Let's say you've got a web application you need to test.  It has a REST API that you want to use for testing.

How do I integrate my load test with my APM Tool? from Ask PerfBytes
These days, most tools have ways to integrate into other tools. What are some good ways to integrate your load tools with your monitoring tools?

(Machine) Learning to Love AI from The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy
Alex and Bria talk about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in everyday applications like Spotify, Netflix, and Stitch Fix, then talk to Angie Jones to learn more about how it all works.

Episode 390 - Tis The Season To Patch All Your Devices from Security in Five
Tis' the season for many things and one of those things should be improving your personal security posture. This episode talks about taking the time before the end of the year and patch all your systems.

Testing with AI and Machine Learning from The Testing Show
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the hip buzzwords at the moment and if you listen to enough people, they are the hot new technologies that are poised to make software testers obsolete. Is that accurate? Well, yes and no.

 

UPCOMING MOT EVENTS

 

AUTOMATION

How to advance your test automation skills with source control by Ash Winter
If you're a tester who wants to get up to speed on coding to become a test automation engineer, don't just start learning to code; start by learning about source control, a methodology for tracking and managing changes to your code.
 
4 Top Automation Testing Design Patterns by Joe Colantonio
A big part of being successful with your automation projects is reusing known test patterns that have been shown to help automation script reliability.

What software design principles do you use writing UI automation frameworks? Do you use SOLID? by T.J. Maher
When crafting automation frameworks, do you use SOLID software design principles in your work? If so, could you provide some examples?

C# Advent: WireMock.Net by Amber Tests  
For the past few years I have mostly been testing backend services written in Java. But now that I’ll be working more in Unity, I wanted to see if one of my favorite Java testing libraries, WireMock, is available for C# development.

 

SECURITY

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism by Kieren McCarthy
The Linux.org domain was hijacked on Friday morning, with the hacker plastering the message "G3T 0WNED L1NUX N3RDZ" complete with expletives and a very NSFW image. 

30 Days of Security Testing – Day Twenty-Seven by Mike the Tester
The challenge for Day Twenty-Seven is – How could BYOA (bring your own application) play a part in security?  I couldn’t find much information regarding BYOA issues, so instead I interpreted the task as looking at security implications of BYOD (Bring your own device).

Google+ to power down early after second security hole found by Danny Bradbury
Google has disclosed the second security hole in its Google+ social network in three months. This one exposed private information from 100 times as many users as the first, and has prompted the company to hasten the service’s demise.

Grammarly Launches Public Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne by Joe Xavier
At Grammarly, we view security as the most critical feature of our AI-powered writing assistant. We value the trust that our users have in us to keep their information safe, and we want our users to know that any data they share with us while using our products are safe and protected.

Taxpayer ID Numbers for 120 Million Brazilians Exposed Online by Lawrence Abrams
A misconfigured server exposed the taxpayer identification numbers, or Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (CPFs), for 120 million Brazilian nationals for an unknown period of time.

Google’s CEO thinks Android users know how much their phones are tracking them by Sarah Perez
Google  CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users have a good understanding of the volume of data Google collects on them, when they agree to use the Android mobile operating system.

Kids’ VTech tablets vulnerable to eavesdropping hackers by Lisa Vaas
VTech, the Hong-Kong-based smart-toy maker has hit another bump in the road.

 

AI

Text-based reCaptcha, Defeated By An AI Bot by Kevin Jones
Anyone who browses the web is very familiar with the anti-robot technology we call CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), that blocks everyone to our destination until we finish solving the text-based puzzle.

Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology from msn
Google chief Sundar Pichai said fears about artificial intelligence are valid but that the tech industry is up to the challenge of regulating itself, in an interview published on Wednesday.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

50 Colleges Hit With ADA Lawsuits by Lindsay McKenzie
Jason Camacho, a blind resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., is suing 50 colleges over the accessibility of their websites.  The 50 lawsuits, filed in November, say the colleges are in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, as their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities.

Microsoft Targets Better Accessibility in Chromium by Paul Thurrott 
Perhaps not surprisingly, the first feature Microsoft has committed to adding to Chromium is for accessibility.

 

PERFORMANCE

Performance comparison of video coding standards: an adaptive streaming perspective by Joel Sole, Liwei Guo, Andrey Norkin, Mariana Afonso, Kyle Swanson, Anne Aaron
At Netflix, we are continually refining the recipes we use to serve your favorite shows and movies at the best possible quality. An essential element in this dish is the video encoding technology we use to transform our video content into compressed bitstreams.

 

JOBS

Automation Test Analyst Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. UK
We are going through unprecedented transformation fuelled by extraordinary growth in the online world and unparalleled investment in our product, people and platforms.

Software Test Analyst Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. UK
Every day at Worldpay is different so we are looking for someone who loves a challenge and can hit the ground running! You will ensure efficient and effective manual testing is completed for a number of software projects using appropriate software testing procedures and techniques. 

 

MEETUPS

Meetups happening soon!