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RPA: The Next Frontier in Automation

Has the future arrived? If you classify the future as robots beginning to take over our repetitive business processes, than that answer is a resounding yes, thanks to Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Automation has always been at the core of what we’re doing at 3Qi Labs and, as a result,  Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has recently…

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State of QA Testing 2017: Where Are We Now?

SmartBear’s 2017 State of QA Testing report contains responses from over 3,400 employees in the QA industry, including software developers, manual/automation tester, consultants, etc. As always, seeing these types of reports provides an enlightening look into the direction of the QA industry, and allows us to examine our own methodologies and approach to testing. Lets analyze…

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Agile Test Automation: Points to Consider

The structure and frequency of testing automation is often debated. Should you automate your tests? How should you automate? When and which tests should you automate? The debate can go on for days due to varying test results and reliability. To further complicate matters, conducting tests through an agile environment seems to make test automation a…

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Testing, DevOps, & Automation

Traditional IT Ops teams require nearly 60% more time per week to handle support cases as compared to their DevOps Oriented Counterparts! This is just one of many statistics legitimizing DevOps as a software development methodology and it continues to be one of the big areas of focus for companies of all shapes and sizes.

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Risks of Outsourced Software Testing/QA

Choosing to outsource may seem like the perfect answer in many cases. A low cost, swift solution that can be a convenience, or even spearhead your project. The truth is, outsourcing offers as many risks as it does potential benefits. When it comes to outsourcing for software QA, these benefits and risks will have an even greater impact on…

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8 Reasons Why Manual Testing is Still EXTREMELY Important

QA can get an unfortunate reputation for being the “Bad Guy”. After all, no one wants to be told their code is rife with errors and broke a major functionality within the application, but sometimes the truth hurts. QA teams aren’t trying to frustrate developers, they actually care about your software as much as you! The end result…

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Why We Love Open Source for Test Automation

When people hear the word Open Source, there may be more than a few negative misconceptions. After all, we’re used to anything that claims to be “free” containing some kind of hidden cost. However, there is truly no catch with accessing and using Open Source software. Open Source usage has only been rising over the past…

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Top 10 Challenges Faced With Implementing Good Test Automation

Here is a list of challenges and pain points every Dev or QA manager should take into account when considering whether or not to implement test automation into their quality assurance cycle. After reading these, head to our How To section to understand how to properly implement Watir Webdriver, Selenium, and Ruby for consistent & efficient automation…

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Responsive Design for E-Commerce

30% of all US Commerce is now done on a mobile device; for a relatively new medium, that is an impressive rise that will only continue for the foreseeable future. It is also indicative of how necessary it is for E-Commerce sites to offer a mobile experience that is completely optimized for mobile devices. Mobile…

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Writing Cucumber Feature Files With Clarity

Developers of automation, and even technically oriented testers, have lost sight of the original intent of Cucumber; to support Behavior Driven Development (BDD) in its goal of reducing requirement ambiguity and the misunderstanding between software developers and those who order the software.  It was meant bridge the gap, while also making automation of the Feature files…

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Utilize the Galen Framework + Awetest For Automated Responsive Testing

As we’ve discussed before, Responsive Design allows for a flexible, intuitive, and consistent experience across websites/apps. The quantity of responsively designed products increasing is necessitating an equivalent rise in responsive testing. As with functional testing, we can use automation to address our increased responsive testing needs. We’ve recently added support for the Galen Framework to Awetest, providing a solution for the need of automated responsive testing….

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Why Testing is Crucial for E-Commerce

A 2013 Deloitte Annual Holiday Survey revealed that, for the first time ever, 47% of consumers would be shopping online for their holiday purchases, surpassing the 37% who would conduct their shopping traditionally in physical stores. This percentage of online shoppers has only grown, and the majority of these consumers (70%) are using their smartphones to…

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Simplifying Cross-Platform Cucumber Scenarios

Seamless automation of processes that involve more than one platform can present problems in Cucumber script readability and maintenance.  The scenarios can become complex and much too code-like for understanding from the business perspective.  Maintenance of existing scripts and creation of new scripts can become problematic because the ‘language’ represented by the step definition files…

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Safari Inspect Element & Mobile Device Emulator

Safari’s native development tool is Safari Inspect Element. Unlike the other browsers, Safari Inspect Element is not activated by default. We will be showing step by step instructions on how to activate it. Safari also offers a different feature from the other browsers where the user can view any webpage in a mobile device emulator. For mobile webpage testing purposes,…

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ServiceNow Test Automation using Awetest, Appium

  In this post,  we’ll take a look at building a simple Test Automation Framework  to test some of the core ServiceNow application modules using Appium, Ruby & Cucumber.   ServiceNow is an extremely popular Enterprise ERP SaaS platform.  Per the ServiceNow website: ServiceNow is an extremely popular enterprise application providing a service model that defines, structures…

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