Software Quality Insights:

October, 2008


October 31, 2008  12:23 PM

Is unit testing beneficial?

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There is an interesting debate about the pros and cons of unit testing taking place on TheServerSide.com. Despite the fact that test-driven development has increased, unit testing is not a priority,...

October 30, 2008  4:46 PM

Lowered cost for security testing suite

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In response to economic issues and as a way to encourage more companies to test applications for security, Ounce Labs has reduced the cost of its Static Application Security Testing suite. The shift in the pricing and licensing models will...


October 29, 2008  7:00 PM

More from the e-voting front

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Two more stories about e-voting machines were reported this week. The first is about a report from Princeton University that says an e-voting machine in...

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October 27, 2008  5:25 PM

Security review of Florida voting system

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Since writing about the Florida voting experience, it was brought to my attention how the state of Florida commissioned an independent expert review of the remote voting...


October 27, 2008  12:41 AM

Voting machines — what do you think?

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On SearchSoftwareQuality.com we're asking readers if they think voting machines (their usability, bugs, or security concerns) will cause problems for next month's U.S. elections. What do you think? Take the poll and let us know.


October 23, 2008  11:38 PM

What are your software requirements headaches?

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Understanding what your stakeholders want in an application can be challenging, to say the least. You need to know what questions to ask and get your stakeholders to explain their needs and wants. It requires not just eliciting requirements but also validating that what you're ready to send to...


October 22, 2008  7:27 PM

West Virginia has e-voting concerns

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We're a few days into early voting for the U.S. presidential election, and some West Virginia voters are voicing concerns with e-voting machines from Election Systems and Software. In Putnam County and Jackson County, voters...


October 22, 2008  1:53 PM

One solution to software requirements challenges

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If you're responsible for making sure stakeholders get the software that they want, then you're probably all-too familiar with the four aspects of software requirements -- elicitation, elaboration, validation, and acceptance.

Increasingly I hear how an iterative approach is best and how...


October 16, 2008  3:40 PM

The value of certification

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Certification -- this controversial topic continues to pop up and be discussed in columns and blogs.

James Bach, long an opponent of certification, recently had an interesting experience with a representative of ASTQB (American Software Testing Qualifications Board). He asked her about...


October 16, 2008  1:23 PM

Agile tool tracks app changes

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Even when you think you've elicited and validated all of your stakeholders' requirements, you're still bound to have users who are unhappy with an application or a feature within an application.

Determining what the problem is and what users would prefer, however, can be challenging. But...


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