Android Studio gets Chrome OS emulation

Last week, we covered the exciting news that Google had added Linux app support to Chrome OS, allowing apps like Android Studio to run on Chromebooks. Now we're looking at things from another angle, as Google have added a Chrome OS emulator to Android Studio.

That means developers can now test how Android apps will run on Chrome OS, without needing to have physical access to a Chromebook themselves. 

Given the...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Netflix and Google launch Kayenta open source canary tool

An open source tool for automated deployment monitoring has been launched by Netflix and Google to help other companies modernise their practices.

Kayenta is a form of ‘canary analysis’ tool which aims to detect problems before they become a serious issue. Fun fact: Coal miners would once take canaries in cages down into the pits as they are especially sensitive to dangerous gases — if a canary dies, the miners knew to make a quick exit.

Netflix first began development on Kayenta for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.

Developers finally realising importance of DevOps workflow, new research says

DevOps is no longer a ‘nice to have’ to improve workflow for developers and software professionals, according to the latest study from software provider GitLab.

The company – whose mission is to provide software which supports the entire DevOps lifecycle – polled 5,296 software developers, CTOs and IT professionals, finding two in three say DevOps is a ‘tremendous time saver’ in the development process. 65% say the DevOps workflow saves them time – a figure which...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Testing.

When to take the risk in software testing: A guide

In today’s faster, smarter, cheaper centric world, with the technologies, tools and experience that software companies have at their disposal, you might assume that businesses would be able to create and release software that is (almost) defect free.

But, in truth, this is never the case. Many organizations knowingly release products with defects and others time box testing and release with areas of functionality unproven.

There are a lot of good reasons, from a business perspective, as to why this risk...

By Alister Aitken, 02 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Testing.

Facebook redefines time (sort of) to help sync video frame rates

Minutes, seconds and milliseconds aren’t quite enough for Facebook – at least when it comes to synchronising video, anyway. The social giant has announced the launch of Flicks, a unit of time which can more easily subdivide media frame rates and sampling frequencies.

The unit – named Flick as a semi-portmanteau of ‘frame tick – is defined in C++ and represents 1/705600000 of a second. A flick is the smallest unit of time which can successfully represent a single frame duration...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Testing.

The IoT spin cycle: Security challenges which continue to plague device manufacturers

In March this year, a curious issue was discovered on the Miele Professional PG 8528, a professional medical washer, that caught the attention of news outlets: “The corresponding embedded webserver "PST10 WebServer" typically listens to port 80 and is prone to a directory traversal attack;” the security flaw statement revealed, “therefore, an unauthenticated attacker may be able to exploit this issue to access sensitive information to aid in subsequent attacks. A Proof of...

By Adam Cecchetti, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT, Security, Testing.

‘Encouraging’ study examines static typing and quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript

Are you a proponent of static typing or dynamic typing in JavaScript, or indeed another language? A new study from researchers at University College London (UCL), alongside Microsoft, put a couple of products to the test – with pretty solid results.

The researchers tested Flow, Facebook’s static type system, and TypeScript – from Microsoft, of course – and found that, at a conservative estimate, each product can spot approximately 15% of bugs which would otherwise have ended up in...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Testing.

Awesome (open) source: Why testing, testing and more testing is the key to improvement

Open source is awesome. Have you ever stopped to think how much of the technology you use today actually originates from open source? The Internet, Android phones, Mozilla Firefox, social media sites and Wikipedia have all been developed using open source. It’s all around you and it’s so ubiquitous that in March this year, a single programmer accidentally broke the Internet by deleting some of the open source code he’d created.

Open source is being credited as...

By Daniel Kroening, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.

The changing nature of software development: Addressing unconscious bias

Ada Lovelace is known as the world’s first computer programmer. Her work with Charles Babbage to create the Analytics Engine, an early predecessor of the modern computer, was followed by the publication of the first, most elaborate and complete programme sketched out by a programmer.

She inspired the advent of the first modern computers, which gave rise to a new profession known as coders. But it was not until the software boom of the mid-90s that the demand for coders skyrocketed. It continues to grow to this day,...

By Therese Stowell, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.