EventLog – vodQA Pune 2014

On Saturday, I attended vodQA  2014 – an annual event run by Thoughtworks. vodQA is an event focussed around testing and quality assurance targetted towards professionals in the software testing field.

There were multiple tracks in the event, sharing significant insights below from the ones I that I attended –

  1. Responsive web testing
    1. The talk was about the Speakers’ experience with using http://galenframework.com/ – a framework that enables one to do automated testing of the look and feel of your responsive websites
    2. Based on Selenium, the tests written with this framework will help you do Purely UI and view level acceptance testing.
    3. While there are language specific libraries (Java,JS), knowledge of any of these languages is not necessary to get started with writing tests using this framework as the basic syntax of the spec files are based on Markdown
    4. Tests written with this framework are not to replace the functional tests otherwise written with Selenium, instead to do cross-form factor, cross-browser rendering of UI elements of your responsive web applications
    5. All tests generate clean HTML reports that can be observed later
  2. Crowd Sourced Testing – Apparently, there are websites and web applications where the testing of web applications can be crowd sourced where, as an organisation, you get a better variety of people(with diverse perspectives) to test, use your application and give feedback, and as a tester, an opportunity to widen your horizons in terms of capability of testing multiple application. These sites come with multiple bells and whistles to safeguard the interests of all the stakeholders involved in a transaction. One such service – https://www.passbrains.com/
  3. Common Tools used for automating load testing  – I did a dipstick survey of what tools are most commonly used for load testing – LoadRunner, JMeter, Apache Bench
  4. How to break your application using Gatlling

    1. This was a short demonstration of Gatling – an opensource tool based on Scala,Akka and Netty used to perform load testing
    2. Top advantages observed –
      1. Simple DSL to specify the scenarios
      2. Capability to do both  Spike load testing, Endurance(Sustained load) testing
      3. Other tools in the category are Apache Bench, Siege, Locust, and JMeter
      4. While the possibilities are endless, the metrics to really care about while testing one’s application are response times to the 90th, 95th and 99th percentile
      5. This tool generates clean HTML reports and graphs from the tests run

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