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Near the southern edge of Michigan, less than one mile from the Ohio state line, nestled among all the farms sits the Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP). Such facilities actually aren’t all that uncommon in Michigan. In a region where the auto industry has long been a major part of the economy, carmakers and suppliers have long dotted the landscape with private test tracks to evaluate new products. However, this little known 50-year-old facility will…

What happens typically in a Functional Testing scenario? In this back-box testing type, various functions are put under test with certain inputs, where their output is checked and measured for accuracy and effectiveness. Software Functional Testing is very much critical for software application development, as it helps to check the software’s dependency much before it is finally deployed for the users or across the IT infrastructures. Weighed on similar lines, Performance Testing and Functional Testing…

It has been six years since I started working on performance testing. Applications I have worked on include an electronic health records application used by more than two hundred thousand physicians nationwide and a backend application that processes millions of lab orders, results, and other messages daily. High availability, high reliability, and high performance are critical for both applications due to their time-sensitive nature. From knowing very little to becoming the leading engineer of a…

A lot of teams have the tendency to view test automation as a way of speeding up delivery of software as this is often the perceived bottleneck within the team, but if they were to take a deeper look at their development practices as a whole, they may get better results. Preventing bugs Testing, and especially test automation at the UI level, has a tendency to occur at the end of the software delivery pipeline,…

Previously, I reported on Intel’s low power, 14nm Core M mobile processor, formerly known by its architecture code name, “Broadwell.” I came away impressed with my first look at what Intel has done both at the silicon and platform architecture level. In a nutshell, Intel has succeeded at taking their previous generation notebook architecture, and while beefing up graphics processing, compute and cache resources, along with a few other tweaks, they’ve brought power consumption down to the 4.5 Watt range, which…

With almost two thousand new mobile applications released every day, making sure that your application is in the best possible condition when released is more important than ever. First impressions count and smartphone users are a fickle bunch. Apple might get a pass on their new Maps app, but the average application is going to be deleted if it throws up errors or has any issue. Which is where Proper QA come in. Founded in 2011…

The use of platelet-function tests to monitor and guide antiplatelet therapy in PCI patients has sparked heated debate. Cardiologists have sought to reconcile biological plausibility with the absence of clinical evidence. Now the ARCTIC (Assessment by a Double Randomization of a Conventional Antiplatelet Strategy versus a Monitoring-guided Strategy for Drug-Eluting Stent Implantation versus Continuation One Year after Stenting) trial brings cold comfort to supporters of the monitoring strategy. The ARCTIC investigators randomized 2440 PCI patients…

The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is returning to Naval Station Norfolk after about three weeks at sea. Once the carrier safely tied to a pier, the Navy is set to celebrate one of the ship’s longest at-sea periods since entering the fleet two years ago. No longer a berthing barge, the thirteen billion dollar USS Ford can now be characterized as a helicopter carrier, inching towards functional aircraft carrier status. If the USS Ford’s first long sea cruise proves…

The RECLOSE 2–ACS (Responsiveness to Clopidogrel and Stent Thrombosis 2–ACS) trial from Italy provides new information about platelet reactivity but doesn’t answer any of the key questions about the possible role of platelet function testing in clinical practice. In a paper published in JAMA, Guido Parodi and colleagues report on 1,789 ACS patients who underwent PCI and who had their platelet reactivity measured. Patients who were found to have high residual platelet reactivity (HRPR) received a larger dose of…

What is Software Quality Assurance? Software quality assurance (SQA) is a process which assures that all software engineering processes, methods, activities and work items are monitored and comply against the defined standards. These defined standards could be one or a combination of any like ISO 9000, CMMI model, ISO15504, etc. SQA incorporates all software development processes starting from defining requirements to coding until release. Its prime goal is to ensure quality. Software Quality Assurance Plan Abbreviated as SQAP,…