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GTAC 2007: Ryan Gerard and Ramya Venkataramu

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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2007

The 2nd Annual Google Test Automation Conference (GTAC) in our New York office on August 23 and 24, 2007.

Ryan Gerard and Ramya Venkataramu - Automated Test Hygiene via Community Reputation System or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Web 2.0

Talk Summary:
Typically in environments with large projects, one will find poorly written test cases and defects that have a questionable usefulness due to their poor quality. This results in reduced quality throughout the system due to missing information or poorly executed tests.

The concept of having a public reputation is a powerful one that is well utilized by popular ecommerce sites, and we'd like to introduce the idea of adding one to the test environment. A reputation system that is somewhat dependent upon Web 2.0-esque community participation makes for a powerful test environment that promotes automated "test hygiene". By test hygiene, we mean better-written tests and defects that are readable, useful, and have all the information you require to run the test.

Ryan Gerard
Ryan Gerard is currently a Sr. QA Engineer at Symantec. He has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA, and is currently pursuing his MS in Information Security. Ryan's particular specialties are in web technologies and security testing, although his interests span kernel-level technologies to process improvements to data analysis.

Ramya Venkataramu is an SQA Engineer at Symantec. She has completed her MS in Computer Science at San Jose State University, CA. Her major technical area of interest lies in the Security field.

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