Keeping up with the technology trends is always important to stay relevant in the IT industry. Product you are working on currently might be phased out slowly in the coming years. There might be some programming language getting popular now-a-days. How do you know about the niche technology? The first step to a successful career is to know your current competencies, and be aware about the emerging testing tools & technologies. Next step would be to kick-off the learning. But how do you know what’s trending in the Jobs market? How do you stay updated with respect to different technology, tools and concepts?
Any technology or tool is worthless unless it is being used by ‘some’ organization somewhere. It all starts from organizations adopting the new technology or a tool and then it gets popular slowly. In that sense QA Job Descriptions are a great source of current technology, i.e. practical tech. being used by IT organizations. Be it Selenium, Protractor, Appium, API tools, Big Data Testing, etc. Everything is embedded in the QA Job descriptions, you just need to mine some data 😉 But don’t worry. Software Testing Studio has started a new series for you – “JD Talks” where we mine hundreds of Job descriptions to come up with latest tools, technology, languages and concepts. Let’s see what the first set of JDs talk about…
Ranorex | Test Framework
Ranorex is a GUI Test automation framework for testing of desktop, web-based and mobile applications. Ranorex is provided by Ranorex GmbH, a software development company. Ranorex does not have a scripting language of its own, instead use standard programming languages such as C# and VB.NET as a base.
Ranorex has a good Record, Replay and Edit User Performed Actions with the Object-Based Capture/Replay Editor, which means that the Ranorex Recorder offers a simple approach to create automated tests.
TestComplete | Automated Testing
TestComplete is a functional automated testing platform developed by SmartBear Software. TestComplete gives testers the ability to create automated tests for Microsoft Windows, Web, Android (operating system), and iOS applications.
TestComplete has a built-in keyword-driven test editor that consists of keyword operations that correspond to automated testing actions. Everything visible in TestComplete — panels, project items, specific scripting objects, and others — are implemented as plug-ins. Supported scripting languages – VBScript, JScript, DelphiScript, Python and VB.
Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project’s build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.
An XML file describes the software project being built, its dependencies on other external modules and components, the build order, directories, and required plug-ins. Maven dynamically downloads Java libraries and Maven plug-ins from one or more repositories, and stores them in a local cache. It comes with pre-defined targets for performing certain well-defined tasks such as compilation of code and its packaging.
“Automation Anywhere“, the company, is a developer of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software. The company’s product, “Automation Anywhere Enterprise”, caters to enterprises looking to deploy a digital workforce composed of software bots that complete business processes end-to-end. Automation Anywhere Enterprise combines traditional RPA with cognitive elements such as natural language processing and reading unstructured data.
- RPA – Front-end automation for every rule-based process.
- Cognitive – Machine learning for semi-structured processes that need expert decision-making.
- Analytics – Insights to measure effectiveness and set scale.
Note: ‘Automation’ here is not specific to Testing, but the process | RPA can be used to automate any rule-based process.
Apache Groovy is an object-oriented programming language for the Java platform. It is a dynamic language with features similar to those of Python, Ruby, Perl, and Smalltalk. It can be used as a scripting language for the Java Platform, is dynamically compiled to Java virtual machine (JVM) bytecode, and interoperates with other Java code and libraries.
SoapUI provides Groovy as a language for web service tests development, included for custom automation test script creation. It can be used for functional/load/regression. Groovy is a scripting language which internally includes all the java libraries, therefore all java related keywords and functions can be used in the groovy script directly.
Middleware is a general term for software that serves to “glue together” separate, often complex and already existing, programs. Essentially functioning as hidden translation layer, middleware enables communication and data management for distributed applications. It is sometimes called plumbing, as it connects two applications together so data and databases can be easily passed between the “pipe.”
Pega Systems is the recognized leader in business process management and is also ranked as a leader in customer relationship management software by leading industry analysts.
AWS (Amazon Web Services)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering a broad set of infrastructure services, such as computing power, storage options, networking and databases, delivered as a utility: on-demand, available in seconds, with pay-as-you-go pricing. AWS is a mix of both IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service).
MongoDB is an open-source document database and leading NoSQL database. It stores data in flexible, JSON-like documents, meaning fields can vary from document to document and data structure can be changed over time. Following example shows the document structure of a blog site, which is simply a comma separated key value pair.
title: 'MongoDB Overview',
description: 'MongoDB is no sql database',
tags: ['mongodb', 'database', 'NoSQL'],
message: 'My first comment',
dateCreated: new Date(2017,11,25,2,15),
Protractor | Test Framework
Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS applications. Protractor runs tests against your application running in a real browser, interacting with it as a user would. It is built on top of WebDriverJS, which uses native events and browser-specific drivers to interact with your application as a user would. Protractor supports Angular-specific locator strategies, which allows you to test Angular-specific elements without any setup effort on your part.
LISA | Automated Testing
LISA Test provides an automated testing solution for distributed application architectures that leverage SOA, BPM, integration suites, and ESBs. Product teams can use LISA Test to design and execute automated unit, functional, regression, integration, load, and performance tests.
ITKO became a CA Technologies company in 2011. As a result ITKO’s LISA product suite has now been rebranded as CA DevTest.
RPA (Robotic Process Automation)
RPA (Robotic Process Automation) takes the robot out of the human. The average knowledge worker employed on a back-office process has a lot of repetitive, routine tasks that are dreary and uninteresting. RPA is a type of software that mimics the activity of a human being in carrying out a task within a process. It can do repetitive stuff more quickly, accurately, and tirelessly than humans, freeing them to do other tasks requiring human strengths such as emotional intelligence, reasoning, judgment, and interaction with the customer.
Version One | Agile Testing
VersionOne is an all-in-one agile management tool built from the ground up to support agile software development methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP and Hybrid. Since its inception in 2002, VersionOne has been heavily focused on promoting and serving the agile software development community. The VersionOne platform offers more than 50 pre-packaged best practice agile metrics, reports and executive dashboards and 45+ pre-built integration connectors.
QuerySurge | Data Testing
QuerySurge is the leading Data Testing solution built specifically to automate the testing of Data Warehouses & Big Data, ensuring that the data extracted from data sources remains intact in the target data store by analyzing and pinpointing any differences quickly.
QuerySurge provides great functionality like Deep-Dive reporting, a Data Health dashboard, Test Management tool integration, DevOps compatibility and the ability to connect to any data store.
Big Data Testing | Data Warehouse & ETL Testing | Data Migration Testing | Data Interface / Enterprise Application Testing | Database Upgrade Testing.
Stay tuned for the next set of JD Talks. Hope this helps everyone in the QA community to stay updated or at least be aware of the various concepts making rounds in the QA Job world. Please let us know if this series sounds useful, in the comments section below…