Testrail – first impressions

Everybody can confirm that the software development and testing are very complex processes. Having a good organizing tool (or using more of them) can help a lot to make the process faster and more fluid.
This time I will write about TestRail – the test management tool.

Why Testrail?

We have tried many test management tools – installed a lot of them, played with settings, configurations and at the conclusion was that those apps was uncomfortable/complicated for everyday use. We tried to find some free test management tools, but after few try we decided to try a professional ones.

Some thoughts about the infamous StaleElementReferenceException

With the widespread of JavaScript we more and more met with one of our favourite exception which is the StaleElementReferenceException.
It can be tricky because it does not have to appear on the test development machine. This issue can hide in the test code and appear in unexpected situations.

The exception happens when the dom changes and the system can’t be sure if the Webelement is still on the page.
Dom changes can be caused by page refresh, javascript effects, ajax responses and so on.

Genymotion review

Genymotion is an Android tablet and phone emulator from the company Genymobile. It is available for Mac OS, Windows (x64/x86) and Linux platforms.

The description on the product page describing it as “Fast, simple and powerful” certainly fits it well. It boasts considerable speed, leaving its competitors in the dust. It boasts quite a number of pre-configured devices including Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Sony Xperia series of phones. You can also make a custom phone or tablet to suit your needs. The paid version offers additional powerful functions.

Test management tools and Zephyr

What is a test management tool?

Test management tools have several features, like managing the tests, scheduling the tests, managing the test activities, text execution tools etc. You can find many related articles here

I have been looking for an optimal test management tool lately. First, I have searched for free tools, googled about these tools. Tried some of the demos. They are all very different (Comparison from StackOverFlow). Some of them were giving me really hard time during use, they were too complicated. On the end I got the feeling that everywhere is missing something. If the interface was simple, it was too limited or the whole system was too slow. How can you find the optimal, or I can say the best fit for you? Try them.

Top 5 SEO Trends for 2015

Each year the SEO industry unrecognizable changes from the previous one, and keeping up with the latest SEO trends is important to keeping your marketing edge. Google has already made a drastic change this year to their algorithm to favor mobile friendly websites.

So what is coming next?

Nobody knows for sure, but we can make an educated guess based on trends and data analysis to decide what to focus on in 2015.

  1. Mobile

    With the changes made by Google, being mobile-friendly that used to be a luxury is now a must. Starting this year the mobile for the first time overtook the desktop in the number of searches made. Mobile users consume content differently that desktop users. They are looking for information to accomplish specific tasks while “on the go”, they’re also more likely to use voice search, as well as access content at different times or in different locations than desktop users. Mobile search algorithms call for different best practices than the desktop ones, so to get a competitive advantage brands will have to quickly and effectively deliver high-quality mobile experiences for consumers.

Java NumberFormat in action

Parsing or formatting various decimal or currency formats often make the job more difficult. If the expected number format is not the same as it is given then you as a programmer have to adapt to the situation and this is not always easy. There is an already implemented way in Java to handle this.

NumberFormat

Perforce – Can’t Clobber Writable File Error

There is an interesting issue i have met the other day.
When i tried to get the latest version of a file from a perforce repository the following error message appeared:

Can’t clobber writable file

Mobile friendly Algorithm

This algorithm will be the next on the list of Google’s updates. Will it impact too much on the Google SERPs in the future? Judge it yourself. Maybe it is enough to say, that more than 50% of the internet traffic is used by mobile devices.
Check here is your website mobile friendly.

Why is important to have a mobile friendly website?

Meaning of SEO words and acronyms

In my previous post – Seo for beginners, I have shared some basic information about the Search Engine Optimization. I want to continue with some more important words and acronyms.

Have you heard about Impressions?

Mobile Website Load Testing

Internet usage on mobile devices increases every year. Even though mobile screens became bigger, its size is still significantly smaller than PC monitors. As the result the website won’t appear correctly or the content will be too small. Because of that the websites needs to be adjusted for the current device. For this purpose there is usually created a mobile version of the website. These changes can cause different performance and stability issues. That’s why there is a need for testing on those pages as well.
There is a variety of devices and web browsers. The website to identify from what device/browser the request came from it will check the “User agent” header string which contains this information. In the later part we will show an example of the header.

For the load test we will be using JMeter. You can download the newest release from here: Download JMeter