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It’s Time for Testers to Step Up

By Paul Henderson RTC Magazine recently published an article that I wrote called "Time to Rethink Software Testing for Embedded Devices". In it I describe some of the new techniques that are possible, and I believe necessary, to delivery high quality device software for embedded devices. When staying 'positive' doesn't pay Getting negative with white box testing Focusing on the…

Test Driven Development Meets Continuous Integration

By Paul Henderson In my last posting I mentioned I'd be running a webinar with James Grenning on Agile testing. James is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on the topic of software development and one of the original authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. We talked about the case for agility where today's embedded software projects are…

Industry Investing in Better Device Runtime Visibility During Testing

By Paul Henderson Here’s the final installment in my series about our embedded device software industry testing survey conducted in April-May 2010 with almost 900 respondents (see previous blog postings).  If you’d like a copy of the full report in pdf, please drop me an email at paul.henderson@windriver.com and I will send it to you.In this section of the survey…

The High Cost of Poor Quality – Brand, Market, Budget

By Paul Henderson I’m continuing my series on our embedded device industry software testing survey conducted in April-May 2010 with almost 900 respondents (see previous blog posting).  If you’d like a copy of the full report in pdf, please drop me an email at paul.henderson@windriver.com and I will send it to you.In this section of the survey we asked participants…

When is Scripting really Programming?

By Jakob Engblom I recently updated some analysis scripts in Simics to use the new OS awareness framework in Simics 4.4. While doing so, I completely updated the structure of the code, ending up with something looking suspiciously like a regular Python program. It had declarations, classes, variables, did not rely on global variables, and was fairly robust to changes…

Inadequate Management Visibility into Quality is Eroding Confidence

By Paul Henderson Here’s the next installment in my series on our embedded device software industry testing survey conducted in April-May 2010 with almost 900 respondents (see previous blog postings).  If you’d like a copy of the full report in pdf, please drop me an email at paul.henderson@windriver.com and I will send it to you. In this section of the…

Compressed Schedules Driving Shorter Testing & Defect Resolution Requirements

By Paul Henderson Today I'm continuing my series on our embedded device software industry testing survey conducted in April-May 2010 with almost 900 respondents (see previous blog posting).  If you’d like a copy of the full report in pdf, please drop me an email at paul.henderson@windriver.comand I will send it to you.In part 2 of the survey we asked about schedule compression…

A Crisis of Complexity – Industry Report on Growing Challenges in Embedded Testing

By Paul Henderson I’ve been talking a lot with embedded device companies around the world over the last few years and I am hearing growing concerns about software testing. I’ve mentioned several of these concerns in previous blogs. I wanted to get more quantifiable data and get some feedback that could help us shape our products and services to help.…

What’s New in Wind River Test Management 3.3?

By Paul Henderson Today we announced the latest version of Wind River Test Management, Release 3.3, our test automation system for monitoring, executing and managing embedded device software testing. Wind River Test Management lets teams optimally execute complex tests while dynamically gathering information from the production software under test as it is running, without requiring special pre-instrumented software builds. This…

What is Simics, Really?

By Jakob Engblom As you might have seen, Wind River recently acquired Simics, a product formerly sold by Virtutech. My colleagues Michel Genard and Bill Graham recently blogged on the topic.Simics can have a huge impact on the product development processes, time-to-market and quality. Apart from the cool things that Simics does to improve the development process, it is also…