When you first start exploring custom calculated fields in TestTrack, you might find yourself wondering what the differences are between the text and list item output types. Which type should you use since the end result is a text value in both cases?

Calculated field with text output

Calculated field with list item output

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TestTrack 2009 is Available

talks about News & Events on February 27, 2009

TestTrack 2009.0 was released on February 5, 2009!TestTrack Studio

Whether you need to do release planning for your next Agile project, know where you stand with the issues assigned to you, or share status information with management, you’ll find something in TestTrack 2009 to love.

This release contains significant new features and enhancements to support your TestTrack reporting needs as well as scalability, usability, and performance improvements.

Check out what’s new and download TestTrack 2009 today!

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Here’s a roundup of recent TestTrack knowledgebase activity. It’s worth giving this list a quick look in case one of these articles applies to your particular situation.

New Articles

Updated Articles

Thanks to Amy Kearns for providing the information about the knowledgebase updates!

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Yours truly was recently interviewed about test case management for the Sticky ToolLook eNewsletter, published by the folks at StickyMinds.com and Better Software magazine.

In this month’s Sticky ToolLook, Paula Rome answers some questions about the advantages of test case management software, the importance of committing to test case documentation, and how a good test management tool can help you to “Go where the testing leads you.”

I was asked the following three questions:

  • What are some of the advantages that software made specifically for test case management brings to the table?
  • What are some situations in which an organization might want to integrate a test management tool?
  • What can a test case management tool do for a tester in terms of managing the test results?

You can read my answers here.

Let me know how you would have answered the questions!

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I’m pleased to announce that we have released TestTrack 2008.2 today!

TestTrack StudioThere are many new features and enhancements in 2008.2 that will save you time and make you more productive. I’ll be focusing on some of my favorite features in upcoming blog entries, but for now you can check out the What’s New page to see the highlights.

[Pssst…. Check out the new Interactive Filters!]

I’d like to give a special thanks to our wonderful TestTrack beta users. We got some great feedback from you guys that we were able to incorporate into this release. Keep the good ideas coming!

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Quality Recipes

talks about News & Events on August 08, 2008

MMmmbarbecue

I warned you.

In my first post to this blog I promised that I would occasionally discuss a topic whose only redeeming value would be bringing a little fun to a stressed out day. This is one of those posts.

I’d like to share a fun web site I recently discovered, Cooking for Engineers. Some of you who’ve had the misfortune of eating something cooked by me might at first be surprised (and a little alarmed) that I was exploring a cooking site.

Guest: Mmmm…, er, what is it?

Me: It’s an experiment. It’s something new!

Guest: There’s a lot of it, isn’t there?

Me: Fine. I’ll order pizza.

But Cooking for Engineers does a good job of summing up its appeal.

“Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!”

If you appreciate a well-written, reproducible bug report or delight in a tester independent test case, then I strongly suspect you will enjoy this site. Check out the recipes for English Toffee, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Barbecue Pork Ribs. There’s hope for me yet!

Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the recipes. That’s where you’ll find a novel way of representing a recipe’s steps and ingredients. You won’t want to go back to a normal recipe format again! (BTW, let me know if you explore using this format to model process oriented test cases.)

Thanks to Jeff for introducing me to Cooking for Engineers. Don’t worry. I won’t bring anything I cook into the office.

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TestTrack StudioDid you know that you can use folders to bookmark items in TestTrack ?

Just like you can bookmark a favorite page in your web browser, TestTrack’s folders let you keep track of your favorite issues, defects, test cases, and test runs. OK, so maybe favorite isn’t the word you would use to describe these types of items, but the fact remains that it’s awfully darn convenient to be able to quickly file away special items so they are easy to find later.

Bookmark Folder

There are lots of situations where this can come in handy.

  • Say you are in the middle of prioritizing newly entered bugs and there are one or two that you want to come back to after you’ve done a little research.
  • It’s time to do some release planning and you want to tag items for the next maintenance release.
  • The defect you are reviewing seems familiar to you, but your next meeting is about to start. Bookmark the issue so you can do a search for similar items when you get back from the meeting. Maybe you will want to merge or link the related issues.

Since TestTrack lets you file an item in more than one folder, you have lots of flexibility to organize issues in ways that make sense to you.

What do I have to do?

Create a folder (or multiple folders if you want to get fancy) that will contain your bookmarked items. Check out this Folders Wiki article for more details.

That’s it. Now you are ready to use the Add to Folder… command when you want to add items to your bookmark folder!

Add to Folder Menu Command

Thanks to one of our great TestTrack customers, Dave Kellogg, CSDP, Software Engineer, The Raymond Corporation, for suggesting I do a blog entry on this topic!

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TestTrack StudioThis is a gentle reminder to all of you Software Test & Performance subscribers that the deadline to vote for TestTrack Pro and TestTrack TCM in the 2008 Testers Choice Awards is rapidly approaching.

Voting closes on July 30. You should have already received your online ballot from ST&P. Only current subscribers are eligible to vote.

The winners will be announced at the Fall 2008 Software Test & Performance Conference, September 24 – 26, 2008, in Boston.

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TestTrack ProFernando Cremer, one of the terrific Solution Consultants in our Services group, has created a very interesting sample application that can answer this question. It shows the changes in the source files associated with a list of issues. Notice I said changes in the source files, not just the list of files that have changed.

You might find Fernando’s application handy when you are getting ready to promote changes to production, or you want to do a quick review of what went into the latest build, or when you want to satisfy your curiosity about which code review “suggestions” were actually followed.

Sample report output

Sample report output

The SCC_File_Diff_Report_Utility takes advantage of the integration between TestTrack Pro and Surround SCM. It uses TestTrack’s SOAP interface and Surround SCM’s Command Line Interface (CLI) to do its magic. If you are so inclined, Fernando has kindly made the SCC_File_Diff_Report_Utility source code available on the Seapine Labs site so you can make this report look however you want.

Seapine Labs

Speaking of which, Seapine Labs at http://labs.seapine.com/ is a very useful site to bookmark. It has lots of interesting tips and ideas that can expand your usage of Seapine products. It’s an incubation site that lets us share our experiments and works in progress with users. One warning. This is not production code! Use what you find, learn from it, but please don’t get upset if you find bugs.

I’ll be covering other interesting stuff from the TestTrack section of Seapine Labs in future posts. Surround SCM users should check out Life on Mars, courtesy of Jeff Amfahr, Surround SCM’s product manager, for additional Seapine Labs goodness for Surround SCM users.

Hey, have you created an interesting TestTrack SOAP application? Even if you can’t share your source code, we’d love to hear about what you’ve done!

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Did you know that you can hide the Workaround tab on the Edit Defect window in TestTrack Pro if it’s not part of your issue tracking process?

The Workaround tab hides itself if the only field on the tab, the Workaround field, is hidden.

All you have to do is set the field security privileges for the Workaround field to Hidden for each security group that doesn’t need to see the Workaround tab.

How to hide the Workaround field

Steps
1. Select View > Security Groups… .
2. Edit… a security group to hide the Workaround field.
3. Don’t forget to reload the project by selecting File > Switch Project… to see the results!

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