December 08, 2014

"Just reboot, and everything will be fine ..."

I've been saying for a while now that everyone in the world, including kids, know that when electronic devices behave oddly, you should cycle power to reboot them. I've never actually seen this in a user guide though, until now. I just bought a MicroCell for my house to boost the cell signal and here is an excerpt from the User Guide:

Restarting fixes most problems.

Like many electronic devices, the MicroCell and your 3G, 4G or 4G LTE cell phone may occasionally need to be rebooted (turned off and back on again) to reestablish their connection to each other.

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Posted by John Paliotta in Embedded Testing

October 31, 2014

A Measured Approach to Change

A Measured Approach to Change

I just read the book: Who moved my Cheese?, a simple story about the different ways that people deal with change.  Lots of people rip it as simplistic ... I liked it!

Reading this made me think about process change as it applies to software development. I've mentioned in previous posts, that our development group is constantly evaluating tools and processes to ensure that our developers and test engineers have the most friction free work-flows possible. We've built a team that is really open to change, so that they can engineer world-class... Continue reading »

Posted by John Paliotta in Tips & Tricks

October 30, 2014

Red Hat Guy

Hello from the UK.

This week I was out visiting customers across the UK and Ireland. Over the year I try to meet with a broad cross-section of customers all over the world. The point of my visits is to discuss VectorCAST usage, solicit customer ideas for new functionality, and to share our road map for upcoming embedded software testing products and features.

It's energizing to visit with customers, and I always return with some actionable feedback, which... Continue reading »

Posted by John Paliotta in VectorCAST In Action

October 22, 2014

Regression Testing

As technology and specifically computing becomes more pervasive, so does the importance and quality of the software that lives inside of it. When software is being built, it’s critical for development teams to perform thorough testing to avoid product release delays and recalls, and most importantly, ensure that safety-critical software requirement are met.

There are a number of different types of software tests that are run to achieve maximum performance, and automated regression testing is one of the most critical. Let’s take a look at automated regression testing’s “5 Ws” to better define its meaning and role within the software development process.

What is it?

Posted by Lynda Gaines in Embedded Testing, Tips & Tricks

September 26, 2014

Global Services Director Vance Hilderman to lead “Applied DO-178C” Avionics Certification Training Course

Engineering DO-178C software has a reputation for being costly, time consuming, and complex. Learn how you can minimize costs, and maximize benefits from Vector Software’s Global Services Director and recognized aviation software expert, Vance Hilderman, at the upcoming “Applied DO-178C” Avionics Certification Training Course.

At the course, you will learn about:

Posted by vhilderman in Events

September 03, 2014

5 Integration Testing Best Practices to Improve Software Development

Integration testing is a critical phase in the software development process in which individual units are combined and tested collectively, with a focus on the interfaces between applications. This typically occurs after unit testing has been completed and before system testing, providing a bridge between software functionality and full system operation.

Five integration testing “best practices” are critical to any successful software project:

  • Assembling a test plan document
  • Completing unit testing prior to integration testing
  • Using a team approach to testing
  • Having a software test management system in place
  • Automating test processes when possible

1. Assemble a Test-Plan Document

Posted by Lynda Gaines in Embedded Testing, Tips & Tricks

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