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Case Study: Automated Event Reconstruction

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Background: System of system testing is complex, costly, and time consuming.  These factors are driven primarily by the need to not only assess the performance of each individual system but also assess the aggregate performance of the system of systems.  Performance assessments typically require the conduct of tests, real-time evaluation of results and also significant… Read more »

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Software Testing Challenges

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Today, software engineers and developers are called upon to produce highly complex, broadly functional software with maximum efficiency. Cost and time are important factors to every customer. Additionally, the quality of the final product is essential. Delivering on all three fronts is no small feat. These expectations have a direct bearing on the software test… Read more »

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Interoperability – Standardized Test Information Interchange

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Have you ever tried switching from one automated testing tool to another but decided not to make the move because you already had too much time invested and too many automated test cases that existed using the old solution? Hundreds of automated software testing tools solutions currently exist and each provides their own development language for automating… Read more »

Conforming to Industry Standards: Does your Software Measure Up?

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Today, a significant portion of the software development process is spent checking for adherence to various standards. Measurements of quality and conformity exist for many industries, including the government.  Assessing adherence to existing standards is an area that is ripe for automation. Standards adherence is dictated by various organizations, both independent and within the government. For… Read more »

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Case Study: Automation for Shipboard Network Interface Test Procedures

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Background: This effort was focused on using automation and automated software testing strategies to support network interface test procedures to verify shipboard networks and configurations.  The configuration included over 90 mission critical devices connected via a network of networks onboard the ship. The test comprised of node availability tests; port status; network path verification, security… Read more »

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Catch and Release with Automated Software Testing

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  In addition to improving implementation during the software development phase, Automated Software Testing (AST) can also be very beneficial during the release stage of a system’s lifecycle.  Automated tests can yield a high return on investment (ROI), as they reduce the time and expenses during this “live” phase. There are many functions AST can perform… Read more »

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Cloudy with a Chance of ATRT

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Our experience at IDT shows that using virtual and cloud test environments combined with automated software testing using Automated Test and ReTest (ATRT) solutions can help reduce testing infrastructure costs for testing areas such as interoperability, system testing, functional testing, component testing and integration testing among others.  Additional benefits of combining automated testing in a… Read more »

Automated Software Testing: From Problems to Solutions

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  As discussed in the July 15th blog, there are three basic categories of system testing: white-box, black-box and gray-box. All three types are required to thoroughly test a system.  And all test programs are dependent upon the development of high-quality tests. As testing is conducted, there are various kinds of problems that can be… Read more »

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Case Study: Automation of Shipboard Test Procedures

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Background: This effort was focused on using automation and automated software testing strategies to support test procedures that are run on ships to verify system functionality. The software systems on board ships are increasingly complex. Additionally, the time and effort required for crew members to run test procedures continues to grow, while also demanding increasing… Read more »

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Types of Software Testing: Is it black and white?

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  All software systems, but especially those of a mission-critical nature, need a broad range of testing to verify their readiness.  These tests can be conducted manually; however, automated software testing almost always makes much more sense. It is worth mentioning that some tests lend themselves to automation more readily than others, and a later… Read more »

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