configuration management

Conference Presentations

Continuous Integration Using an Open Source Platform Architecture

Continuous integration is the process of performing a fully automated build, run often, usually daily, during software development. How do you develop a robust platform architecture to automatically integrate your software into builds? How can open source tools fill the gaps in your platform architecture? After examining the benefits of continuous integration, Paul Duvall discusses techniques, such as architectural validation, configuration management, automated unit testing, and report generation within the process. From a working reference implementation in Java, learn the attributes of an effective platform architecture for continuous integration. Additionally, Paul will introduce you to open source tools, such as Ant, Maven, CruiseControl, Eclipse, xUnit, and others that can help you implement a continuous integration architecture in your environment.

Paul Duvall, Cigital, Inc.
Configuration Managment at Work in the Project and the Enterprise

For configuration management (CM) processes and systems, one size does NOT fit all. Although CM processes are applicable across all projects and product lines, you need an approach tailored to the size and complexity of each project and the systems you develop and support. GTRI/ELSYS has deployed a flexible configuration management approach that meets and exceeds these needs. Learn about the features that all CM systems should have, such as: the ability to reproduce product baselines, version control of all product related work products, flexible levels of control, and support for other management processes such as audit, peer reviews, and requirements. Find out how to organize work products to support multiple baselines, document build instructions, and verify baselines. Walk away with a new perspective on how to deliver robust, cost-effective CM capabilities for both large and small projects.

Mark Pellegrini, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Fault Injection to Stress Test Windows Applications

Testing an application's robustness and tolerance for failures in its natural environment can be difficult or impossible. Developers and testers buy tool suites to simulate load, write programs that fill memory, and create large files on disk, all to determine the behavior of their application under test in a hostile and unpredictable environment. Herbert Thompson describes and demonstrates new, cutting edge methods for simulating stress that are more efficient and reliable than current industry practices. Using Windows Media Player and Winamp as examples, he demonstrates how new methods of fault injection can be used to simulate stress on Windows applications.

  • Runtime fault injection as a testing and assessment tool
  • Cutting edge stress-testing techniques
  • An in-depth case study on runtime fault injection
Herbert Thompson, Security Innovation
Re-Engineering the Testing Organization: Get Into the Future

This article discusses how updating current processes will make your test team better able to accomplish project goals. Change is good when it is implemented the right way.

Clyneice Chaney, Application Services
Software Testing Turnovers

This paper was originally presented at an SQE STAR conference. It is offered here unedited in its original format.


Jeffrey S. Davis
The Awful Truth About Logic-Testing

This presentation covers conditions and expressions; truth tables; normal form patterns; modified condition/decision coverage; constructing an MC/DC test set; tools for checking MC/DC coverage; unique cause coverage; basic unique cause design; and logic coverage references.

Dave Gelperin, Software Quality Engineering
How to Write Better Test Cases

Test cases are the biggest investment and greatest asset of a software quality team. Dianne Runnels explains practical methods to maximize the return on this investment through clever strategies and writing techniques. Learn how to make cases easy to test, increase productivity, and respond to project changes.

Dianne Runnels, Interim Technology Consulting
Analyzing Web Application Errors

This presentation focuses on the characteristics of Web application errors to derive key issues to consider in analyzing and reproducing errors. Learn how to isolate application errors from configuration and technical support issues. Explore effective techniques to make errors reproducible. Examples of common and uncommon Web application error types are provided.

Hung Nguyen, LogiGear Corporation
Manage Testing by the Numbers

Telcordia's Software Quality Assurance Testing Organization Business Model was developed to assist its SQA Testing Management Team in becoming more effective and productive in managing SQA testing. Learn how the implementation of this model can help raise the overall technical expertise of your test management team.

Sharon Burrell, Telcordia Technologies
Internet Product Delivery: Creating Quality at the Speed of the Web

Based on an operations perspective, Richard Martin shares his experiences with an e-commerce company in the areas of project planning, quality assurance, release management, and project delivery. Learn how the e-commerce market differs from other enterprise applications and which "best practices" make the most sense. Explore the most effective ways to manage change at Web speed.

Richard Martin, Calico Commerce


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