How to organize your test cases – lessons learned from some of our most successful customers

A small project can sometimes grow really fast in today’s marketplace. It can really be an unpleasant experience (instead of a positive one) to some teams who are less experienced or launched a start-up for first time. It helps to prepare upfront and this article is all about that: To equip you with the knowledge upfront which you can use now and in future.

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Introducing Test Collab Docker image for self-hosted users

We’ve just launched our Docker image to help users who like to self-host Test Collab. It speeds up whole setup process to another scale, so we’ve been looking forward to this from sometime now.

We’ve also removed Test Collab VM appliance as they make little sense to maintain after Docker image. Besides, running VM as production required some configuration changes which often confused users. With docker all of that goes away.

Get started with your self-hosted free trial with Docker image today!

9 things I wish I knew about CI/CD pipelines during first year of my start-up

We’ve been installing some upgrades to our release pipeline here at Test Collab. Such upgrades give you a good opportunity to find your past mistakes and eliminate them altogether. While doing so, I thought it’ll be good to share what I learned about continuous integration during lifetime of Test Collab and before.

Continuous Integration is a key element of your software. If not planned carefully and correctly, you’ll most likely have higher risk exposure to bad releases and bugs, resulting more costs on your business. Continue reading

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The biggest lie by test automation tools vendors: Record & forget

While working with some of my clients, I realized how easy it is to push a test automation tool in organization. Managers are suckers for productivity tools, including myself. If you can prove to me that $x improves my team’s productivity by y%, there you go, you sold me. No questions asked! Right? Test automation tools fall under same category, easy to showcase and sell, but hard to implement.

Why hard to implement? And what you really need to know before you acquire a new tool or planning your test automation strategy?

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Using Docker to manage and replicate test environments

About 5 years back I started this business, Test Collab, ever since then I was fortunate enough to work with so many developers, managers and testers. From micro-ISVs to Fortune 500 companies, I just loved how different people can give you so many diverse ideas.

So today I’m going to talk about an idea, or let’s call it a solution, if you will.

 

The problem

When you are manually testing an app, you have to deploy it again and again. To save time, some teams use shared testing environments, i.e. one app instance is used across whole team for testing (Not good – as it increases false bug reports).
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Unexpected downtime: 1 August 2016

Update: As of 9:20 AM GMT, 1 Aug 2016, all services are up and running normally. Thanks for your patience!

Today, because of bug in our server cleanup system few of the instances suffered data loss. As a best practice to ensure data integrity, we have decided to rollback to a backup of few hours ago. This migration will be over within 2 hours (By 8.30 AM GMT, 1 Aug 2016) and all services will be back to normal.

Meanwhile, We’ll be online on chat and reply any emails if you need any more information.