October 19, 2010

Ship now, test later?

For as long as there has been computer programming there has unfortunately, been a general shortfall in the amount and quality of testing required to ensure a consistent high level of product quality and reliability. There are four primary reasons for this shortfall: Cost Testing is inherently labor intensive and inefficient and therefore inherently (until recently) expensive; and as a general rule of thumb, component testing requires generating one line of test code for each line of component code to be tested. Schedule and Staff Constraints Project schedules typically provide insufficient amounts of time for testing. In addition, the staff assigned to testing tend to be insufficiently experienced in testing requirements and... Continue reading »

Posted by Michael Rielly in Coding Standards

October 06, 2010

ISO 26262, Next Exit

I visited with a customer in Europe last week that is building an engine electronic control unit (ECU). They are currently preparing for the new 26262 standard for automotive software development. We had a great meeting! They indicated that two years ago, one of their development teams was mandated by the customer to do unit testing. The team saw real benefits from testing and now perform unit testing even when testing is not mandated by the customer. They feel that they are well prepared for the coming 26262 requirements and we were happy to hear that they are planning to use VectorCAST as a key part of their... Continue reading »

Posted by John Paliotta in VectorCAST In Action

October 04, 2010

The Beard of Experience

Happy Monday! Here's another great cartoon from Cartoon Tester.

Experience comes with years of hard graft, countless night researching ideas, thousands of raised defects, and decades of honing your craft...but a beard can be grown in a few months.

I wonder if a goatee counts. ;)

Posted by Michael Rielly in

September 22, 2010

How To Evaluate Embedded Software Test Tools

If you haven't noticed, we've been pretty busy on VectorCAST.com lately. We've recently added several new customer success stories and we have updated all of our whitepapers. Many of our whitepapers and customer success stories no longer require registration before downloading. Here is an excerpt from "How To Evaluate Embedded Software Test Tools", our most popular downloaded whitepaper.

Posted by Michael Rielly in Coding Standards, Tips & Tricks

September 20, 2010

VectorCAST Cookout

Here are a few pictures from our cookout on Friday. Every year we invite our neighbors on the other side of the building for an annual cookout lunch. Here are a few pictures from this year's event. I didn't get any pictures of the Deviled Eggs, but they were awesome!

Posted by Michael Rielly in

September 16, 2010

Is there a danger in over testing?

Gary at DevExpress asks the question: "Does Testing Make You a Bad Programmer?"

Overall, I agree with Gary's comments. But I disagree on the conclusion.

Posted by John Paliotta in Coding Standards