Since the millennium bug there has been an explosion in test automation. The expansion of automated tools from vendors such as Mercury Interactive, IBM Rational, Segue and others has really delivered automated testing into the heart of just about every major organisation in the western world. And this can be seen to continue with new development methodologies such as eXtreme programming which has test automation at the heart of its design.So why Automate? Well, the major benefits are:SpeedAutomated tests can run much faster than the manual equivalent, so more testing can be achieved in a smaller time frame. It is not unusual to see regression suites that take two weeks manually reduced to 24 hours with test tools!Consistency/repeatabilityAutomated tests can be repeated over and over and will always perform the test exactly as recorded. Manual testers can easily make mistakes or perform the same test slightly differently when repeated.Unattended reduce costOnce developed, the automated testing can be executed unattended overnight, so repeating the testing requires very little resource or cost.Audit trailThe tests are stored as automated scripts and the test results are stored for every execution of the tests providing a full audit trail of all testing performed.Improved Test CoverageAs the test pack develops, more & more tests can be added and as the execution time is much faster than manual testing and less resource intensive, more testing can be completed, ensuring greater coverage of the application under test.Free up testers to perform other tasksIf the structured testing is automated, testers will hopefully have more time to perform other types of testing (accessibility, usability, ad-hoc/random testing) which commonly get pushed aside.Some testing may only be possible with automationFor example how do you manually simulate 5000 concurrent customers performing transactions on your on-line web site?What types of tools are available?Functional/regression automated toolsThese tools capture user interaction with the application under test and can then be replayed. However they go beyond this and allow you to data-drive tests, to capture the state of your application whilst performing business processes and provide fully-featured development environments allowing you to manipulate applications in almost any kind of way. Tools such as Mercurys WinRunner or QuickTest Professional demonstrate the pinnacle of what these kinds of tools are capable of.Load/Performance toolsThese are used to emulate multiple (concurrent) users performing tasks against your application, for example if your business has an on-line banking system how many users can it support? What kind of performance will it deliver under load? Where are the bottlenecks? All of these kinds of questions can be answered using automated load testing tools such as Mercurys LoadRunner.Test ManagementTools such as Mercurys TestDirector or Quality Center offer Test Management facilities; a central repository to store test requirements, test scripts, execution results and defect tracking, integrating seamlessly with the automated tools such as WinRunner, LoadRunner and QuickTest Pro.So what are the pitfalls to test automation?It is easy for these tools to become shelfware as purchasers do not consider the complexity and power of some of these tools.They all share a steep learning curve, so some time and money need to be invested into getting your team up to scratch with the tools.Some solutions to good automation implementation:Technical Testers. Ensure your testers have a reasonable grasp of technology, some programming experience would be ideal.Training, Training, Training. Good training programs are offered for these tools and are well worth the investment. The trainers usually have good project background experience and can demonstrate how the tools should be used and explain the pitfalls.Hand-holding for the basic infrastructure. Following the training it is well worth getting a consultant in for a few days or weeks to build the basic automated infrastructure, provide on-site training against your application and to develop templates for your team to expand the test automation out from. They can achieve in weeks what could take you months to learn.Tools such as LoadRunner, WinRunner, QuickTest Pro, TestDirector, Quality Center can provide a great return on investment in the longer term, but to make them effective do invest in training and assistance at the beginning.
Digital photographers can save themselves work in the digital darkroom when processing their photographs simply by using the right software for the job. A long days shooting has the potential of meaning hours of work more in the digital photography darkroom, our computer. Hundreds of photographs taken in the day mean hundreds of photographs that need to be downloaded into our computer, processed, cataloged and sorted to files.RoboImport (http://www.roboimport.com) and PicaJet (http://www.picajet.com) automates this task for the digital photographer giving back to pictures more time to enjoy the art we love most, capturing our world with the lens.There are many things we could be doing on location that will save us time away from shooting, but most importantly there are things we should be doing that may even save us days of work that would be best spent photographing. The truth is that good organization and a smooth work flow is the key to optimizing time management.Simply by using a professional powerful camera downloader like RoboImport at the end of a days shooting, you will streamline your digital imaging workflow having the potential to save you hours. Roboimport may be configured to automatically detect your cameras connection, read and transfer files while you grab a soda. Certainly there is far more work involved in correctly processing digital photographs than getting them out of the camera and onto the PC. RoboImport will created the files and even rename your photographs according to your specifications. Further RoboImport will automatically rotate your photographs and correct resolution where required. RoboImport even add XMP copyright and photo subject information to the photographs during the transfer process.Professional photographers do much more than take great photos. The work volume involved in ensuring your photographs are adequately labeled and sorted is really not fair. Clients dont appreciate the work involved, and certainly the end price of our pictures rarely reflect efforts required. Professional photographers simply cannot skimp on quality to make time, the competition doesnt allow for second class work. The hours spent working is more like giving something for nothing, except that loving what we do, and being passionate about the photographs we take is compensation for this. The right software programs do give professional photographers the best of both worlds by picking up the desktop workflow giving us more time to spend taking photographs. More work can also be saved for the digital photographer by having an effective well organized image database. PicaJet FX is the ideal software program for this task. PicaJet gives you control of the cataloguing of your photographs and allows for pictures to be stored in multiple categories making it fast and easy when searching your photographs for the one you need. By taking advantage of OpenGL graphics acceleration the speed that PicaJet performs this task is incredible. By saving you time automatically importing metadata information and existing directory names to create categories PicaJet removes the work for photographers from the expression workflow. Certainly the work is being seen to without the photographer actually having to do it. You might even come to think of PicaJet fondly as your free employee. PicaJet might work fast, but there are those times when the work is fairly extensive, you might have a lot of images that need resizing or image file types that need converting. PicaJet does this also, in batches. PicaJet has the ability of almost instantly processing hundreds of photos, a chore that would take perhaps days of work without.Photographers have better things to do than working. The right digital image management software, photo organizer and digital camera downloader will give you back your time for doing what you really want to be doing, taking great photos.
Guadalajara, Mexico 09/03/2007MicroTec SoftwareWe are proud to anounce the first oficial release of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planing System) Academic Base. The brand new ERP is created for the School Administration en special for all kind of Schools. This special Software include all nececary things for the Administration from Students to Business, include Coordination, Human Resources, Financials (include Tax Reports) Archives, Bibliotecs, Billings and Buyings, Financial Statements and a lot other Resources for all kind of Administration parts. "MicroTec Software" is one of the only ones specialised in School Administration around the world. Our ERP include also the standards of API for conecting your online School and one API for online conections can be used from Students and Teachers with her own Menu. Parents will have access for a fast look how are her Childrens in the School, Students can look what are the skins for the next Class, Evolutions, payments and a lot more. Academic Base is the cheapest and the most powerfull ERP in the market at the moment. We sell our ERP in the Basic include 5 Licences) for 15,000 Pesos Mexicanos, around 1,500 USD include all.For special kinds of Administration we have a lot of Modules that are not direct include in the whole package. MicroTec Software offers for the Clients also the re-design in parts of automatization, Control flow and SQL for all of our Clients.We have 30 days trial Versions for all interesting Schools. This Trial Versions we will send as CD direct to the Office include instructions. In this period the interesting Schools can tell us what their will be changed specialised in our ERP. Lists of include Modules, Prices and what we offer more include in our ERPs all interesting People can find the relevant informations in our website, include Fotogalery around the ERP and the most importand parts of the Administration.MicroTec Software,James Lass
Yes it says FREE this is not a misprint. You can get a full working version of Picajet FX for free, pay nothing today, and in fact pay nothing ever for your version of PicaJet digital photo management software.This is not a trial version it really is the whole working "digital photo management software" program worth $59.95! There are no catches, no hidden clauses. This is a fantastic offer. Perhaps you might be thinking that it is just too good to be true. You cant be blamed for this, often these incredible offers to have some failing. I can seriously tell you that this is simply a very generous giveaway.To take advantage of this offer and claim your free copy of PicaJet FX Picture Viewerall that we ask is that you take a moment to discover our partners offers. You receive your free full version of PicaJet photo management software absolutely free by completing the checkout for Picajet FX by TrialPay .TrialPay might even be considered a new cashless payment system. In fact TrialPay dont even want your money! TrialPay allows customers to receive free products by buying or trialing from their trusted partners. Simply take advantage of one of our partners offers. You might now be thinking I know I had to purchase something, I am glad to tell you that this is not true. Many of our partners listed in TrialPay storeare offering free trials themselves.You might be interested in wanting to know who our partners are. We have so many wonderful partners, all very well known and respected business. Our partners include eBay. The truth is there is nothing you cannot buy on eBay, you might be looking for a new music player, or an e-book full of great digital photography tips, a pair of socks even. It doesnt matter what you buy or what your bid wins you, if you join eBay as a new customer using the link provided on TrialPay, and make your first purchase in 4 hours, you not only get to finally join the phenomenal eBay revolution, you get your free full version of PicaJet digital photo management software worth $59.00!Other partners are Stamps.com, Time Life music service, InterFlora, just to name a small few. Some like Real Arcade dont expect you to buy anything, simply take advantage of their free trial offer. Each of our partners, over 250 of them from all around the globe, offers something different. To find out their special offer to you, simply open the link from our Trialpay offer page.You have absolutely nothing to lose by looking at our partners offers in TrialPay . If you do not see something you like, which with so many fantastic offers, this would be unlikely, your checkout does not complete, and you owe us nothing.
Getting Organized in the Computer AgeA database is a collection of information, a sort of electronic filing system. Database software provides a way to enter the information, or data, organize it and view it when needed. Databases are effective programs for organizing and manipulating large amounts of data.Databases are normally organized into fields, records and files. A field is a single piece of data, a record is a set of fields, and a file is a set of records. For example, if you were to create a database of the names and addresses of everyone who lives on your street, your last name would be a field. Taken together, your name and address fields would be a record. The collection of the records of all the people on the street would be a file.Large databases contain quite a bit of data and it would be too difficult to search through each record for the one you seek. Database software allows users to run a search or query to select records. Users simply type in the data they wish to see, and the database returns the records containing that data. Database software also allows users to manipulate the information by sorting it. Say in the above example you wish to see a list of everyone in the neighborhood in alphabetical order. You could accomplish this through a sort. Another day you might want to see the same data listed in order of house numbers. You could sort the database information in this way as well.Reports can be created in database software to view data in easy to read formats. You can choose to have all the fields included in the report, or just a few.There are many wonderful database software programs available. Here are a few of the top products.Alpha Five Version 6 Database SoftwareThe Alpha Five Version 6 is an award winning database software created by Alpha Software, a company that has been developing database solutions for over 20 years. The Alpha Five Version 6 allows users to make web databases without having to write code. IT professionals are able to produce databases quicker, resulting in lower costs. People who couldnt make databases before because they did not know how to write code can now produce professional looking databases.Filemaker Pro 8 Database SoftwareFilemakers newest offering, Filemaker Pro 8, comes in two versions a standard version for new users, and Filemaker Pro 8 Advanced for professional developers. The standard version now allows users to find records with identical data in a certain field by using the Find Matching Records command. The newest version contains commands that allow users export information to Excel and to save files as pdf. The spell check function is also improved, with mispelled words being underlined. Microsoft Access Database SoftwareMicrosoft Access is simple, easy to use database software. Both professionals and new database designers can use it. One benefit of Access is that it is integrated well with other Microsoft products, such as Windows. Access is easy to use with small databases but can be more difficult when used for larger databases.