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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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What is on Your Automated Software Testing Wish List?

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Here at IDT, we do a lot of thinking about features that would streamline automated software testing for our customers. We are always working towards the next update to our software testing products.  If you had just one wish for any feature of your automated software testing tool, what would it be? Listed below are… Read more »

Automated Software Testing: Introduction to Implementation

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Automated Software Testing (AST) is an integrated process and is best conducted as part of the entire software development lifecycle. While many believe that AST is exclusively GUI capture/playback, it is not. Additionally, AST is not limited to one phase of testing or to particular products, architectures or languages. AST can be implemented as part… Read more »

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Case Study: Automated Data Analysis For Major Test Event

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Background:  In this effort, Innovative Defense Technolgies (IDT) was focused on using automation to support the detailed data analysis and event reconstruction conducted on a system after a major test event was completed.  Over the years, as the system became more complex, the amount of data collected and to be analyzed had grown by more… Read more »

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INNOVATIVE INSIGHTS: Blogging Our Ideas on Automated Software Testing

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Introduction: At Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT), our business is based on the firm belief that Automated Software Testing (AST) is essential to the future of software development for large, complex, mission-critical systems. As unbelievable as it may sound, this cutting-edge technology can improve software testing effectiveness up to 75% when compared to current testing methods…. Read more »