How Long Is A Mile On The Internet?

Backbone testing

If you’ve got a website, chances are good you want to not only know how it’s performing, but optimize it as well. Both of those objectives can be achieved by monitoring your website synthetically using one of the many tools available, but with so many options you might not … [Read more...]

How Much is Your API Worth?

What most people are willing to pay for it. This might sound trite, but it’s true. The basic laws of valuation don’t go away just because we’re living in a world of Microservices, PaaS and Big Data on demand. It doesn’t matter if you are giving your API away, any more … [Read more...]

What To Avoid When Doing Code Reviews

Effectiveness of tool-assisted code review

Years ago, I had a senior software developer role in a shop where code review was part of the standard workflow. The way the review process worked was that anyone writing code had to submit the code for review to one of the senior developers of their choosing. Over the … [Read more...]

How Testing Fits Into DevOps, Because It’s Here to Stay

Dev Ops

When DevOps first appeared on the scene, no one really knew what it meant. Books were defining the term in completely different way; conference speakers were sending out conflicting messages about tools that you absolutely must use (or not) to do "real" DevOps. I distinctly … [Read more...]

You Can’t Test All the Things: API, IoT, ROI TBD

Paul Bruce API Testing

I have three words for everyone in software testing: prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize. You can’t test every possible permutation of your software, especially so with APIs and IoT devices where you’re placing much of the user experience in the hands of integrators to … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Convince People to Use Your API

Early in my career, I spent time writing Linux kernel modules and drivers in C using a realtime framework.  To understand the functions and library utilities at my disposal, I had printed out the official documentation in all its glory.  Printing it took an entire day, and I … [Read more...]

How Software Testers Can Teach, Share and Play with Others

Put yourself in my place: The midst of a typical performance review. My manager was talking about what I had accomplished in the past year and where I wanted to take things. My answer was more responsibility and a corresponding raise. It's no huge surprise that young, … [Read more...]

Biggest Bang for your Ecommerce Buck: Ecommerce Performance Series Pt. 2


This is part 2 of the multipart blog series explaining trends in ecommerce as a result of underlying trends in technology and how ecommerce providers can maximize ROI with the help of proactive performance monitoring. In the last post we learned about the ecommerce … [Read more...]

Quality Conversations on Financial Technology and API Culture in London

API thoughts, illustrated at APIdays London

An event like APIdays London proves that it’s not always a bad thing to show up to an event underdressed. Last week at APIdays London, the sessions were well attended by both financial business professionals in suits and fellow technical geeks like me in jeans. Aside from … [Read more...]

Volkswagen Test Rigging: Who’s to Blame for Cheating Software? Part 2

Ways in which regulators can find scandalous audit logs As Volkswagen’s emission scandal has widened, its share price has tanked and the company has set aside approximately $7.3 billion to cover the costs related to the scandal including recalls. Their market cap has … [Read more...]