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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 22. Test Automation as an Approach to Adding Value to Portability Testing

Wim Demey

Wim Demey describes how he developed an inhouse tool to work with commercial and open source tools to enable parallel testing of different configurations. Testing the installation of packages that are developed with a common core but customized for different customers is important because failures in installation may have serious impacts not just on the system but on market perception as well. But testing the ports of the different packages on a large variety of configurations (operating systems, browsers, databases) can be a time-consuming and resource-hungry process, so it is a good candidate for automation. Wim used virtualization to run portability ...

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