Free data-driven API testing eBook is now available

December 29, 2015 Comments Off on Free data-driven API testing eBook is now available

I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a data-driven API testing Webinar with Paul Bruce from SmartBear. I’ve compiled the recommendations we made during this event into a free eBook which you can now download. A special thanks to Kim Salmon from SmartBear for her help in getting the book developed and published!

New training course for API performance testing using LoadUI NG Pro

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on New training course for API performance testing using LoadUI NG Pro

As a longtime user, trainer, and consultant for SmartBear’s excellent SoapUI API functional testing software, I’m happy to announce the availability of a new companion course dedicated to mission-critical API performance testing using LoadUI NG Pro.

LoadUI NG Pro is one of the four components that comprise the superb Ready! API platform (the others are SoapUI NG Pro, Secure Pro, and ServiceV Pro), and I believe it has the potential to revolutionize how businesses ensure that their APIs are production-ready.

The hands-on class – which is offered either as a private Webinar or private onsite delivery, and can be paired with site-specific consulting – covers a wide variety of essential subjects:

  • Ready! API Platform & LoadUI NG Pro Architecture
  • Load Testing Concepts & Best Practices
  • Designing and Developing a Load Test
  • Running a Load Test
  • Analyzing Results

If you’d like to get a detailed syllabus and learn more about the course, please email me and I’ll put you in touch with SmartBear.

Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

I had a great time talking with Paul Bruce from SmartBear last week about all the great things you can do with data-driven API testing . If you’d like to view the slides, hear the recording, or see the demo, be sure to check out the recording here.

Helpful, easy-to-follow instructions to assess and correct your browser’s SSL vulnerability

October 16, 2015 Comments Off on Helpful, easy-to-follow instructions to assess and correct your browser’s SSL vulnerability

SSL has long been the primary method for encrypting the communications between your browser and the websites you visit. However, for years there have been reports about potential ways for unauthorized parties to exploit SSL weaknesses and thus gain access to your ostensibly secure interactions.

The latest news is that the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm (using 1024-bit primes) has been compromised. This has serious implications for the privacy of your sensitive communications, including banking, shopping, and email, to name just a few.

Fortunately, there’s a very helpful online tool that will evaluate your risk. You can find it at https://www.howsmyssl.com/

You should run this tool for each browser that you use, and take action based on what it tells you. More about that later in this post.

Here’s what I learned when I ran it on my system:

Opera (I haven’t updated this for a while, so it’s no surprise that it’s vulnerable):

opera

Safari (Based on these results, Safari is now a no-go until I get it corrected)

safari

Firefox (I applied the fix from the article that I’ll describe below. The results are good)

firefox

Finally, here’s Chrome. Once again, I configured this browser using the information from the article below.

chrome

So what should you do if you get a ‘Bad’ message from the How’s My SSL tool? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published an excellent, easy-to-understand article with step-by-step instructions about how to tighten your browser security.

You’ll find it here.

Presenting a Data-driven API Testing Webinar with SmartBear on October 28

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Presenting a Data-driven API Testing Webinar with SmartBear on October 28

As long as computers are incapable of interacting telepathically, APIs will continue to serve as the predominant approach for cross-system communication over the Internet.

Alas, comprehensive API testing continues to occupy a distressingly low position on the software development To Do list. This is a shame, because there are some fantastic technologies and associated best practices that make it possible to quickly, easily, and thoroughly evaluate APIs for reliability, accuracy, and performance.

Since data-driven probes are some of the most effective techniques to determine if an API is ready for production, Paul Bruce from SmartBear and I will be presenting a technically-focused Webinar on how to employ winning data-oriented strategies in your testing.

To register for the Webinar, click here.

Not scared of algorithms? Perhaps you should be.

August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Not scared of algorithms? Perhaps you should be.

A while back, I wrote about a run-in I had with a rental car company, or to put it more accurately: a rental car company’s algorithm. It’s quite frightening to think about the implications of “lights-out” algorithms making important decisions that can affect all aspects of your life. And as someone who witnesses – first hand – the often abysmal job that enterprises do when testing their APIs (which frequently have algorithms running beneath the covers), I’m particularly concerned about what this will spell for the future.

If you’d like to learn more about these possible repercussions, check out the extremely well written article by Frank Pasquale on aeon.co.

Cyberspace is no longer an escape from the ‘real world’. It is now a force governing it via algorithms: recipe-like sets of instructions to solve problems. From Google search to OkCupid matchmaking, software orders and weights hundreds of variables into clean, simple interfaces, taking us from query to solution. Complex mathematics govern such answers, but it is hidden from plain view, thanks either to secrecy imposed by law, or to complexity outsiders cannot unravel.

If you’d like to read more of my posts about Big Data, click here.

Poshly – one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Big Data Companies – is growing

July 11, 2015 Comments Off on Poshly – one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Big Data Companies – is growing

I’ve long been a fan of practical usages of Big Data: applications that aggregate raw information – and lots of it – to address real-world business challenges. I’ve already written about Poshly (disclosure: I’m an investor), and I continue to be impressed with their progress.

Poshly is expanding their team by hiring a lead front-end engineer and deployment specialist, so if you – or someone you know – is interested in joining a winning team in a hot space, I encourage you to check out these opportunities.

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