How to Measure to Improve Quality, Hacking Fun and More TGNS54

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How do you measure to improve quality? Have you seen the new WebPageTest Recorder Chrome extension, and what Pen Testing tool aims to keep the fun in hacking? Find out these and all other and full pipeline DevOps software testing, automation testing, performance testing, and security testing in 10 minutes or less. And this episode of the TestGuild new show is for the week of August 14th. So grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea, and let's do this.

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Links to News Mentioned in this Episode

Time News Title Rocket Link
0:24 Create a FREE Applitools Account
0:51 Testing a PDF file with Cypress
1:18 Measuring to improve quality
2:17 Applitools Future of Testing Event
2:40 GitHub Browser check sync
3:36 Selenium 4.4.0 is out
4:22 Next.js + Playwright + GitHub Actions Boilerplate
5:20 New WebPageTest Recorder
6:05 Performance Engineering Masterclass
7:26 API traffic viewer for Kubernetes
8:17 Pen testing tool that aims to ‘keep the fun in hacking’
8:56 Appsec Testing Quality Verification Standard


How do you measure to improve quality? Have you seen the new WebPageTest Recorder Chrome extension, and what Pen Testing tool aims to keep the fun in hacking? Find out these and all other and full pipeline DevOps software testing, automation testing, performance testing, and security testing in 10 minutes or less. And this episode of the TestGuild new show is for the week of August 14th. So grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea, and let's do this.

This episode of the TestGuild news show is sponsored by the awesome folks at Applitools. Applitools is a visual eye validation testing tool that's a must have for any automation project. But don't miss it. Check it all yourself with this free account offer that Applitools is offering right now by clicking on the link in the comment down below. And while you're there, why not, like leave a comment and subscribe to get alerted every time I release a new episode?

First up, automation and testing news.

Are using Cypress and do you need to test a PDF file? If so listen up. So this next article is by Filip, one of the Cyprus ambassadors that you must know and must follow. And he goes over exactly how to accomplish testing a PDF file with Cypress. So he has an example, shows how to verify the download, how to check the contents of the file, has code examples and a lot more. So check that out in the first comment down below.

So if you're on an agile testing team, you probably struggle a lot with finding how do you actually measure to improve quality without using meaningless KPIs like number of automated tests or things that really don't add value to the full quality of what you're releasing? So this next article goes over how to measure to improve quality By two leaders in the quality space that everyone knows and you have to follow. So check it out. So this is by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory. And it goes over why quality is hard to define. Goes over some trends they saw in a recent survey by the State of DevOps. And then they go over some metrics mostly related to process quality, but that can also be used to influence product quality as well. Like lead time to change, deployment frequency, time to restore service, and more. So if you have anything to do with quality or software testing or software development. This is a must-read. And also, make sure to give Lisa and Janet a follow-up because they are the go-to experts basically in this area.

So I don't know how many of you are actually in the Australian Sydney type time zone, but I'll be hosting an event at that time. I'm actually in the Eastern time zone, so I have to stay up wicked late, which I never do. I usually don't stay up past 9 p.m., so if you want to join me and cheer me on to get through this event, you definitely want to check out this one by Applitools, which is the future of testing APAC. And as always, it's a free virtual event that will go over some sessions to help you gain a fresh perspective and insights on long-term challenges with software testing. And you can see some of these awesome speakers that are lined up for this. So definitely register below in the first comment down below.

Want to find out a cool way that allows you to synchronize your browser checks from GitHub automatically? This next release is by the folks at Checkly with their new GitHub browser check synchronization just went into public beta. So using Checkly GitHub sync, you can now develop your playwright or puppeteer scripts locally and link them with Checkly to keep them updated. via Git. And it has some highlights of this new feature like How to Define Your Code Sync Strategies, How to reuse code in local file dependencies, and how to reuse your code and load local file dependencies. So if you never heard of Checkly or this type of feature, sounds like something your team could really benefit from. Definitely. Check it out in that first comment. Down below.

Selenium just announced that Selenium 4.40 is now available. So what new features does it have? Let's check it out. So this new release added support for CDP. It also has virtual authentication features across different languages, and all language bindings will throw an error with W3C. False is set to Chrome options and has improved health checks and requests from non W3C locators for relay nodes in grid and also has a link to learn more about everything included in this new release and also all the folks that contributed to this. And you can also see all the folks that helped contribute to this release, give them a big round of applause. And thank them for all they do for the automation community.

Speaker 1: If you're like me, you learn from examples. So here's a great resource that shows you a boilerplate code or way to demonstrate the usage of modern stacks put together and how they work and how you can get started with node J.S, playwright, GitHub Actions, and Foresight. Check it out. So this is by Burak, and he talks about the reason why he wrote this article. The tech stack market is expanding more and more, and he believes that seeing everything in action is the easiest way to see the benefits. So he decided to create this article with the combination of nextJS, year playwright GitHub actions, and foresight to create an end and stack for a web application. All the external tooling is free, and therefore, you don't need to pay anything. It goes over how to set up a to-do app. It goes over how to set up Playright, how to write an E2E test, how to create a Junit report. How to configure your GitHub actions. How to configure Foresight. So thank you, Burak, for this. And I think it's a must look at resource for sure.

Next up, performance and say reliability news.

So in a previous news show, we went over a WebPageTest and some of its features of it. Well, they just introduced a new record, a Chrome extension that's going to help you do even more with WebPageTests. So let's see what that can do for you. Once again, this is from Tim and it goes over what the Chrome recorded Multi-step Test does. So it's really cool about this is that it allows you to measure user journeys in a site that enables you to see what the full experience of a critical flow is in your site. But it also gives you the ability to record and test interactions, making it simpler to test what the performance of your site is after the initial load and this article goes over how to use the extension to get the most out of it. It's definitely a cool new feature that I think everyone should know about, so definitely check it out and let me know what you think.

Wan't a Performance Engineering Masterclass? Well, this next resource might be just for you, and it is on Performance Engineering Masterclass for optimizing distributed systems and what to expect.

This is by Peter Corliss in what I think is cool is that it's going to be kind of a joint partnership between K-6, which is one of the go to coding type performance solutions out there. Dynatrace is, which is one of the premier monitoring solutions and secure and SCYLLA .

One of the reasons why this.

Why this is important is a performance optimization for large distributed systems is usually a multivariate problem, and it's really hard to get a handle on all the different moving pieces, combine aspects of underlining hardware and network tuning operations systems, and find which layers of a virtualization application architecture are causing you issues. This master class will go over how you can optimize your team's pipelines to process for continuous performance, how to define and visualize SLOs across your distributed systems, and how to diagnose and fix subpar distributed database performance using observability methods. So I just thought this was a cool resource that I'm interested in, and I assume that you'd be interested as well. I'm going to register for this and hope to see you there.

Do you use Kubernetes or do you develop microservices? If so, you might really dig this new API type of open source project I just stumbled across.

So this comes your way via Leonard and it's open source tool he recently discovered called M, which allows you to tap into Allied API communications between deployed services. And I really like this tagline think wireshark but built for Kubernetes were multi protocol until us support and even better it is free. So this is going to help you troubleshoot and debug your APIs in Kubernetes. So if you like open source have used Kubernetes, if you use microservices, this is a must try free resource and you can check it out in the first comment down below.

Next up, security news once again.

I missed a black hat conference in Las Vegas last week, but I found a few interesting articles that touched upon some things that were announced at that event. The first one is a Pen Testing tool that aims to keep the fun in hacking.

So this is an article based on the latest version of AttackForge ReportGen DevSecOps If you don't know, Attack Forge is a PEN Test Management and collaboration platform created to facilitate security testing across large and small organizations. So this year's offering report gen includes new features designed to remove, according to this article, the most loathed part of Pen Testing, which is reporting. And one of the main reasons why is that reporting is highly time-consuming and it can take out all the fun of being a hacker. So this was designed to help actually alleviate that problem with some new features that helps you and your whole team with reporting.

In another cool development at Blackhat USA 2022 was that Crest shared a quality assurance verification standard to help you improve application security testing. So the standard is based on the open source framework defined by OWASP. OWASP verification standard measures an organization's ability to execute and deliver assessments related to Levels one and two of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard. The goal is to provide a consistent methodology for accrediting companies that provide application security testing services for everything of value.

For links to everything of value that we covered in this news episode. Head on over to the links in the first comment down below in while you're there. Check out out awesome sponsor Applitool's free account offer and discover how to take your automation testing to the next level by leveraging visual A.I.

So that's it for this episode of the Test Guild news show. I'm Joe. My mission is to help you succeed in creating and Fullstack Pipeline automation awesomeness as always, test everything and keep the good!

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