The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, CAST 2014 “The Art and Science of Testing”, to be held in New York, NY, August 11-13. To some, software testing is an outgrowth of engineering, mathematics and physics, while to others, testing is an exploration of psychology, philosophy or sociology. At CAST 2014, conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry.
Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City at the beautiful Kimmel Center located next to Washington Square Park August 11-13, as we explore the art and science of testing.
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One of the most significant changes in software testing over the last decade is the increased usage of automated testing. For mobile, long regression passes can be problematic due to the fatigue of using small devices for extended periods of time and lengthy AppStore review and distribution mechanisms that can slow your ability to fix issues in the field. Until recently, there were no good solutions for automating mobile applications. Early tools were problematic because they required using a specific programming language, jail-breaking devices, or significant modification of the application under test. Introducing Appium, a mobile test automation framework that uses the Selenium bindings that many web testers are already familiar with to automate mobile applications. Appium allows you to code in the language you want, uses official automation APIs under-the-hood, and does not require modification to an application. Dan Cuellar, the creator of Appium, demonstrates how to write a basic iOS or Android test with Appium and provides one on one support.
Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them that my job is to take software from idea to release as efficiently as possible. I provide this service for multiple teams as a time, without writing a single test case. But in my journey to here, it made me question what the role of a tester really is. My conclusion was that testing is not a role - it is an activity. My role therefore is to embed that activity in the software development process, shortening the feedback loop between creation and verification as much as I can. In this talk I will explain what this involves, why it's awesome and what it means for you as a tester, a software developer, a software engineering manager, and for the budding entrepreneur who's thinking of building a startup in the next couple of years.
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), one of the world's preeminent schools of art and design, is also the leader of the STEAM educational movement. STEAM is an acronym created by adding an A for Art into STEM, the term representing the US government's current emphasis on education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics. STEAM has become the basis of two resolutions by the House of Representatives, asserting the importance of art and design to innovation and economic growth.
Join Dr. Strohecker in learning how STEAM relates not only to curricular content, but to a set of methods and a way of thinking. Hear how creative work relies on personal curiosity and often involves exploration of materials and failure as not only inevitable, but welcomed for the potential to inspire new directions. STEAM work involves not only testing hypotheses, but ongoing questioning of assumptions. It includes not only analysis, but synthesis: not only solving problems, but creating solutions.
Like millions of other Americans, Ben Simo visited HealthCare.gov in search of health insurance for a member of his family. And like millions of others, Ben found a frustratingly buggy website that was failing to fulfill its purpose: to educate people on the new health insurance law and help people purchase health insurance. After a few failed attempts at creating an account, Ben put on his tester hat and turned on his web developer tools as he continued his pursuit to get information about insurance options. Ben soon discovered a chain of security vulnerabilities that exposed users of the system to unnecessary risk.
After finding the HealthCare.gov customer service people unequipped to recieve reports of security vulnerabilities, Ben began blogging his discoveries. This spawned a storm of public attention in the midst of the political hot topic of the day. In this storm, Ben gathered a variety of public labels including "security researcher", "web expert", "methodical IT guru", and "not too bright". Ben's reports even came up in congressional hearings, in which the Secretary of Health and Human Services referred to Ben as "a sort of skilled hacker". Ben's reports helped bring attention, and eventually fixes, to problems that suggested a systematic lack of care and understanding of information security. Join Ben as he shares his experience, the issues he has found, and the lessons we can learn from HealthCare.gov.
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In this community gathering, we bring together the brightest minds in software testing to discuss our state of the craft and promoting skilled testing to management. It’s an open forum discussion led by experienced facilitators, where we exchange ideas and help each other in moving our industry forward.
AST Leadership SIG will share their resources, created while working on “Talking to Management about Testing” project.