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Here are my thoughts on BlazeMeter, a cool Internet service that tests Web sites for performance.
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The US Federal government released details on the Russian hacking of our election. I read the document agree with its contents. You might not know that I am the product manager that launched the Norton Antivirus for Symantec 20 years ago. The document tells me the Russians used server and software vulnerabilities that have existed for a decades – known as SQL injection attacks, email phishing attacks, and root kit attacks. The document gives a basic list of prevention measures we should all be taking. The Russian attacks aren’t sophisticated just persistent. And that’s enough to win an election.
At a minimum, I recommend you:
1) Change your all email passwords at least twice a year.
2) When you get an email asking for you to click something, right click on the link, click copy, and paste the link into a text document, then check to make sure the domain matches the domain you think you’re clicking. For example, if you get an email from Citibank, make sure you are clicking on a link for www.citibank.com. Something from citiii.com could be a fake domain that looks like Citibank.com but is intended to steal your password.
3) Don’t install apps on your laptop or phone that you can’t verify are from a reliable company. If you can’t reach someone for support then treat it as unreliable.
4) When choosing a password include a special character: ! & @ #.
The Automation Guild is hosting a 4 day on-line conference July 9 to 13, 2017. Cost is $197 and features the principal maintainers and experts for Selenium, Appium, Nemo, Cucumber, Applitools, and a bunch of testing practitioners.
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Making Sense of 2016
Wow, has this been a crazy year for the test, quality, and architecture parts of the IT industry. More changes than even a shaking stick can keep track. Here’s some of the stuff we’ve seen in 2016:
- Rumors of SmartBear (soapUI, Borland Silk products, TestComplete) being sold. By the way, EndOfTesting introduced its soapUI training products.
- Dynatrace notes “Just five years ago, there were 29 companies in the Gartner APM Magic Quadrant. Today, nearly 60% of those companies have moved out or become acquired. This is because APM is one of the most rapidly evolving and complex areas of technology – your app environments are now hybrid, hyper-scale and impossible to monitor without a redefined approach.”
- HPE sells-off the Load Runner products to MicroFocus (actually, MicroFocus merges with HPE and then runs these products.)
- IBM exits the Rational Test products, sells them to Unicom.
- Appvance launches Unified Test Platform (UTP, the 3rd generation test platform built on the original open-source PushToTest TestMaker core.)
And, of course, we launched End Of Testing this year! While this turned out to be “The Year Of DevOps”, plenty of organizations are still making the transition from Waterfall SDLC to Agile.
It’s been an amazing year. I pray 2017 is a great year for you and yours.
End Of Testing now offers soapUI Training Classes. REST and SOAP Functional, Scalability, and Performance Testing in Agile and DevOps Environments. 1 and 2 Day Classes at your location or on-line. This class teaches software testers, developers, architects, and IT operations managers how to use soapUI to surface surface performance and load issues, regression and functional issues, and to accomplish business service monitoring in modern Web (Ajax, RIA) apps, mobile apps, SOA, and Web Service environments. Learn from the masters of soapUI, Robert Schneider and Frank Cohen.
Popular news site BoingBoing.net is offering courses on Web/HTML, mobile, and languages like Python and Ruby. If you want to move your salary up and learn how to be a DevOps tester, I highly recommend you take your time to learn Angular (a Web page toolkit) and Python (a very easy and powerful programming language.) BoingBoing has taken the price of the Angular and Python courses down to $0.
Here is how the Learn to Code 2016 Bundle works: you pay anything you want to get two courses that introduce you to Git and AWS. If you beat the average price (currently $19.36), you’ll get 9 courses with over 92 hours of instruction.
The bundle of courses covers all of the major programming languages that top tier employers are looking for: including HTML5, Ruby, and Python. You can use these courses for specialities needed as a coder, and this bundle allows you to explore them and decide what you like best.
If you need help on Angular, Python, Git, and AWS, I’m glad to help you.
For testers needing to make the transition into DevOps I recommend these conferences and events:
The one-day on-line free event is on November 15, 2016. It will cover all this DevOps. 54 sessions and 3 keynote talks. Topics include: modern infrastructure, DevSecOps and automated security, and continuous integration and delivery. Register here.
Future Stack is New Relic’s user conference in San Francisco, November 16-17, 2017. https://sanfrancisco.futurestack.io
Micro Focus is the new home to Load Runner, QTP, and the other HPE products. Their user conference #DevDay is coming up on January 12, 2017 in Seattle. http://online.microfocus.com/devdayjun16
QCon London is March 6-8, 2017. It’s an excellent conference for modern Web and mobile architectures. Sessions include performance test tool and techniques. https://qconlondon.com
QCon also comes to San Francisco this month, November 7-11, 2016. https://qconsf.com
Java developer conference includes testing, https://devoxx.be
STAREast has a good combination of testers and test procedure/management. https://stareast.techwell.com/
STPCon is for software test professionals in Phoenix, AZ USA from March 14-17, 2017. http://www.stpcon.com
Conferences you missed:
Selenium conference in Bangalore, http://2016.seleniumconf.in
STARCanada in Toronto, Ontari, https://starcanada.techwell.com
Google pretty much started the Ajax movement, so its developer conference is usually a good place to be for the latest tech. https://events.google.com/io2016/
Contribute your own events to this list by sending email to fcohen at endoftesting.com
The one-day on-line free event is on November 15, 2016. It will cover all this DevOps. 54 sessions and 3 keynote talks. Topics include: modern infrastructure, DevSecOps and automated security, and continuous integration and delivery.
Venkatesh Elangovan, Founder of Zeptoh.com, tells us the trends and news he found at the STARWest 2016 conference.
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