Quality Assurance Testing Tools

Software Quality Assurance
Hello, We are in the process of establishing a QA department. Our development environments include the AS400 (various versions of RPG) and .Net development. We are searching for qa and code analysis tools. The qa tools should be able to work in both environments and provide information such as the % of code tested, a before/after view, variuos modes of testing - functional, regression, stress, load, intergration, requiremements etc). The code analysis tool will be used by the application managers. Do you have qa experience in an enviroment similar to ours? What testing tools do you have expereince with? Any recommendations for 'best practices' would be appreciated.

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RPG – that’s a toughie! However, a quick Google (google is YOUR friend, too) found a Microsoft link that should help:


The code checking tool included in Visual is dynamite – but I don’t know if it will do RPG.

As to best practices: Keep source code control within the QA department, along with the modification request software (don’t use the Microsoft one here – if you can’t afford the investment in a commercial one, try CVS or
Subversion). Set out a strict process for check-in for test, and if possible, keep an entirely different [equivalent of cvs-root] for check-in for testing and check-in for move to production. QA should have absolute control of the latter – no one else has access.

Be sure to define your controlable artifacts to include as much as possible – design drawings, requirements, test code, tools as well as source code and follow the same change management process for all artifacts.

Hope this helps. Good luck!


This is my first time using this forum, but I will try. I have found that if you go to this website, http://www.qaforums.com/. That QA Forums seems to have a variety of Quality Assurance people that will be happy to help you get this department set up properly. Just remember that all time spent on testing the quality will help the end user to be happier with your product. And in the end help your bottom line because of their satisfaction. 🙂 I hope this site is able to help you. Good Luck!


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  • SteveEckhart
    A great place to start is the Quality Assurance Institute. Their web page is http://www.qaiworldwide.org/. I'd also recommend Sticky Minds at www.stickyminds.com. Quality Assurance isn't so much about the tools as the attitude of the company. The tools help, of course, but you've got to be willing to put forth an effort to do things better than you've done before. I encourage you to stay the course!
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