Quality testing tools could aid developers

Developers building high-quality software could benefit from two new application quality testing tools from Compuware.

Developers building high-quality software could benefit from two new application quality testing tools from Compuware.

The products, QACenter Enterprise Edition 5.1 and Cars 5.1, combine technology and methodology with best practices and professional services to help organisations achieve high levels of application quality, said Compuware.

Sarah Saltzman, solutions manager at the supplier, said, "Quality testing quite often becomes the last-minute part of the application development process. But quality has a lifecycle of its own that can run in parallel with software development."

She added that in developing applications, risk, cost and time have to be balanced, and this can mean quality suffers.

QACenter helps to determine which code to test and not to test. It does this by allowing quality testing staff to determine what the business risks could be from the outset.

The software can then objectively determine what might happen to the business if, for example, code is not tested due to time pressures, or is altered later on, said Saltzman.

The results are delivered in a way that business managers can understand and act upon, she said. For example, the results may show how many high-, medium- or low-priority risks have been tested, and how much time might be required for particular tests.

Cars, which is a superset of QACenter, adds workflows and methodologies to QACenter's toolkit. Both have been web-enabled to support geographically distributed quality assurance teams. Users can now access commonly used test management functions from a web browser.

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