Automation is the use of machines, control systems and information technologies to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services.

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How can we perform automated performance testing?

How can we effectively manage our performance scripts? When the new codes checked in, the performance scripts should run under certain loads to measure how fast/slow it is. So, any ideas for ...
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What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool?

What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool, and how would it be used? Examples would be a plus, but please don't turn this into a list. What are the key factors that should be evaluated when ...
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Career path for software QA / Test engineer

I have been working as a software QA analyst for 6 years. I will be finishing a Masters degree in computer science this year. I’m just not sure how to advance my career after my graduation. I like ...
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How to comfortably monitor 5 daemons while developing them?

This is the scenario: I'm on this project for which I wrote 4 Node.js scripts that act as "servers" for some service (they have to be separated). I also use Redis, that is another service to keep an ...
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Handling scripting in windows

I worked in Linux environment before and I have to work in windows XP for my current project. In linux, I enjoyed using script files for automating tasks(even smaller ones), and it did save me a lot ...
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How to explain that full automation of a spreadsheets data sources isn't a good idea?

Have an Excel spreadsheet that summarizes various key metrics for the business. The source data for these metrics comes from various sources including other spreadsheets, and web/ERP systems. A ...
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Automated Acceptance tests under specific contraints

This question is a follow up to my previous question, which was a bit general, so I shall be more specific with this one. I want to automate acceptance testing on a web application. Briefly, this ...
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Should testers automate their work?

We are trying to setup our testing process. We wonder if our testers should develop automated regression tests, or if the developers should do that. And what about other types of automated tests? ...
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Automated unit testing, integration testing or acceptance testing [closed]

TDD and unit testing seems to be the big rave at the moment. But it is really that useful compared to other forms of automated testing? Intuitively I would guess that automated integration testing is ...
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Can you make a build in one step?

From the joel test: Can you make a build in one step? I've got to say I can't. I'm currently working on a web app that has a spreadsheet list of items that must be carried out in order to ...
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Use a GUI designer or write it yourself for the desktop?

Writing a GUI for a program has always been a daunting, depressing, and frustrating task. It doesn't matter which language, its extremely hard to get what I want. Especially in compiled languages like ...
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Automated build platform for .NET portfolio - best choice? [closed]

I am involved with maintaining a fairly large portfolio of .NET applications. Also in the portfolio are legacy applications built on top of other platforms - native C++, ECLIPS Forms, etc. I have a ...
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Best language or tool for automating tedious manual tasks [closed]

We all have tasks that come up from time to time that we think we'd be better off scripting or automating than doing manually. Obviously some tools or languages are better for this than others - ...
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How do you deal with boring repetitive tasks and activities?

When you encounter in your work some boring, repetitive (possibly not-programming) task how do you deal with it? Do you try to automate it immediately? Do you postpone automation till you encounter ...