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Cynthia Dunlop

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What is Service Virtualization? To achieve "quality @ speed", it's essential to have unrestrained access to a trustworthy and realistic test environment. It is important to recognize that a complete test environment includes the application under test (AUT) and all of its dependent components (e.g., APIs, 3rd-party services, databases, applications, and other endpoints). Service virtualization is an emerging technology that provides DevTest teams access to a complete test environment by simulating the dependent components that are beyond your control, still evolving, or too complex to configure in a test lab. Service virtualization is commonly used when dependent components connected to the AUT are: Not yet completed or still evolving Controlled by a 3rd party or partner Available for testing only in limited capacity or at inconvenient times Difficult to provision o... (more)

How Service Virtualization Helped Comcast Release Tested Software Faster

"Service virtualization has allowed us to get great utilization from our testing staff, complete more projects on time, and also save money by lowering the overall total cost of performing those tests for a given release." Frank Jennings, TQM Performance Director at Comcast, shares his service virtualization experiences with Parasoft in this Q & A... Why did Comcast explore service virtualization? There were two primary issues that led Comcast to explore service virtualization. First, we wanted to increase the accuracy and consistency of performance test results. Second, we wer... (more)

Verifying Web Site Accessibility

Are you confident that your site works correctly for someone using a text-to-speech browser that vocalizes Web page text? For someone using a device that instantly translates Web page text into Braille? For someone using a special device or software (such as voice recognition software) for navigation and input? If not, you are taking two serious risks: People with disabilities (approximately 19% of the U.S. population) might not be able to access your site. If the site is produced for or by a U.S. government agency, you might be violating a federal law and could lose government ... (more)

Top 10 Safety-Critical / Embedded Software Testing Blogs

Here are the 10 most-read safety-critical and embedded software testing articles from the Parasoft Blog in 2012: Parasoft Wins "Embeddy" Award for Embedded Testing Platform: Parasoft Embedded Testing Platform wins the VDC Embeddy software award at DESIGN East.   Safety Critical Development – Process Standards Compliance:  VDC Research on embedded development for safety critical: how process standards compliance and tooling impact project schedules.   The Acute Need for Widespread Change in Safety Critical and Embedded Development: VDC Research on embedded development for safety cr... (more)

How Mature Is Your API Testing Process?

Without an enterprise-level automated solution for ensuring the integrity of APIs and API-driven composite applications, organizations risk: Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers Time-to-market delays that diminish market share Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure Failure to comply with applicable regulatory standards and technical contracts API Testing solutions help organizations reduce the risks, costs, and resources associated with exposing and consuming APIs. The application of API Testing solutions can range from very simple ad-hoc... (more)