Software Tester

Diplomacy

During the day-to-day tasks a software tester has, there will invariably come a time when the tester needs to converse with others, more often than not with software developers. When speaking to a developer about a bug they found, the tester must always bear in mind, that they are essentially finding fault in that developer’s work. Diplomacy skills are a key asset to any software tester as they are paramount in building and maintaining a healthy working relationship with the development team. A poor relationship between software testers and developers can negatively impact any software development and place unnecessary risk on the project.

Quick Learner

Software testers that work for outsourced QA companies will often find themselves switching between a huge variety of projects, which today may include web, mobile, smart products and wearable tech. Being able to ramp-up on a product saves precious time during a development life-cycle. Sometimes software will need to be tested that has no documentation. Therefore, the software tester needs to be able to explore the software and quickly extract the information they need. This key information may be used to create a test plan, a set of test cases or QA estimate.

Passionate

It is easy to spot software testers that are passionate about the software they are testing. They typically find more defects and they show enthusiasm during meetings for not only the product they are testing, but also for software testing in general. Clients are much more likely to re-hire software testers that are enthusiastic about their product. On the flip side, software testers that show no enthusiasm quickly stand-out and it invariably shows in the quality of their QA work.

Business Oriented

A great software tester can see the product as whole and take on the mind-set of the intended audience. This skill is extremely useful in reporting issues that may otherwise be found by the end users after the product’s release. Another aspect of business orientation is the ability to understand why a certain functionality is being introduced, and applying this knowledge to their testing. This information can enhance the testing being performed and provide a richer set of results. A tester should also be able to appreciate that deadlines need to be met(and as is often the case) may result in a reduced amount of time for QA. Being flexible and understanding of the business impact of the deadline of a release is extremely important to the relationship of the test team with the rest of the product stakeholders.

Rundown of Barcode Scanners

The Barcode Scanners Classified on the Basis of Technology Used

  • Omnidirectional Barcode Scanners: The omnidirectional barcode scanner makes use of a series of curved or straight scanning lines of different directions in starburst form. These scanners generate beam patterns in different orientations permitted them to read the barcodes to these readers at various angles. Many use the polygonal single rotating mirror and a medley of differently fixed mirrors for generating complicated scan patterns.
  • Laser Scanners: The laser barcode reader work in the same way as the pen type barcode readers except that they make use of the ‘laser beam’ for the light source. They make use of the rotating prism or the reciprocating mirror for scanning the laser beam forth and back across barcode reader.
  • Pen-Type Scanners: The pen-type barcode readers comprise the photodiode or the light source which is placed side by side on the pen tip or wand. The photodiodes measure the light intensity that is reflected back from the light source as pen tip crosses space and each bar in printed code. The photodiode produces the waveform which is used for measuring the space and bar width in the barcode.

Barcode Readers Based on the Housing Design

  • Handheld Scanner: This type of scanner is available with the handle as well as the trigger button for turning on ‘light source’.
  • Stationary Scanner: The stationary scanners are table or wall-mounted. These barcode readers are widely used at ‘checkout counters’ of the supermarkets as well as the other retailers.
  • Fixed-Position Scanner: The fixed-position scanner is the industrial barcode scanners that are used for identifying products during logistics or manufacture. These barcode readers are used on the conveyor tracks for identifying pallets or cartons needed for routing to a different shipping location or process. The holographic scanners are joined by another application to the check weigher for reading the ‘barcodes’ of any placement or orientation and then weighs the specific package. Such systems are widely used in farm automation or factories for shipping and quality management.
  • PDA scanner: The Auto-ID PDA or the PDA scanner are basically built-in barcode readers or are attached barcode scanners.
  • Automatic reader: The automatic barcode reader is the back office tool used for reading the barcode documents at a speed of 50,000/hour.
  • Wireless or Cordless Scanner: The wireless barcode scanner is battery-operated and is not connected to the main electricity. It is used for transferring data to a connected device such as the PC.

Create Flexible Tables in Microsoft Access

Naming of the fields

The name of a field is its identity, so it should give a reasonable idea about the field’s function and data type. Arbitrary and inept name fields make your database pointless and confusing. Microsoft access database allows up to 64 characters for a field name which can contain letters, numbers, and spaces. However, good practice is to not include spaces in the field name as this can cause issues later on for more advanced functionality especially when working with VBA and SQL codes.

The use of field properties

Microsoft access database provides you with the option to assign properties to the fields such as format, caption, description, validation rule, and validation text (to name a few). Each property will improve in some cases, performance as well as change the look and feel of data values. This is the first level of changes that can be applied and act as defaults when working with related objects used later on in your design process with the likes of queries, forms and reports.

Data type effort

It is suggested to use only text-based data type (as the default) and not necessarily number-based regardless of whether it’s for numeric data storing. It preserves a bit more of memory and is more advantageous with overall performance. Only consider non-text based values if there is a real need for it namely, to calculate values elsewhere in the database.

The use of field size

Selecting a suitable field size and data type makes the table adaptable and leaves little room or space for incorrect values. Ideally pick the smallest field size and data type as it helps in the keeping your tables optimised and perform better. Note that only ‘Text’ and ‘Number’ data types can have their fields sizes adjusted and that all other data types are fixed which can be a waste of memory.

Enhance performance through indexing

Indexes sort and prioritise the data sensibly according to its data type and if it is applied well, then it can significantly enhance the overall performance. developers should not just set multiple indexes because can hamper the data-processing in general. Users still need to know that a ‘Primary Key’ index will automatically prioritise the data without having to manually work on it and that most of the tables in your Microsoft access database should use the ‘Primary Key’.

AutoNumber restrictions

If you want to apply a unique number (or counter value) for the records in your database tables, you should use the ‘AutoNumber’ field and it characteristic can (and assumed to be a default) function as a ‘Primary Key’. It works as a surrogate key and a table can have just one ‘AutoNumber’ field. Even though it begins with the value ‘1’ by default, users can edit the value as well before it is used in anger.

The use of analysis tools

To improve the design of your tables, you can use the ‘Table Analyzer’ wizard tool and the ‘Performance Analyzer’ tool. The ‘Table Analyzer’ assists in examining the table(s) and recommends a number of potential changes which you can decide to accept and apply. While ‘Performance Analyzer’ evaluates the whole database and gives you suggestions for enhancing the overall design.

Table properties

Much the same as fields, tables also have properties to describe their purpose. You can get to the table properties by opening the table in Design view. There you have the choice of properties under the View menu. There are properties such as Order By and Subdatasheet Name which indicates the order of sorting in Microsoft access database. For the most part, sorting is executed according to the ‘Primary Key’ although you can change according to your preferences. You can also disable the sub-datasheet name property by setting it to ‘None’.

Apple Mac Mini

Now this is power packed into a small package – Apple has outdone themselves! Under the sleek anodized aluminum styling of the Mac mini is a G4 processor, room for up to 1GB PC2700 main memory, a Radeon 9200 graphics chip, and a large enough hard drive, up to 80 GB, to store today’s digital media.

With the mini connections you can hook-up your digital devices like cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder, and your keyboard. There is even a audio/headphone jack. You can customize this Mac with some great extra options after you select your Mac mini.

You have the choice to use your own keyboard and mouse or choose the Apple Wireless keyboard and mouse and free yourself from the clutter of cables. You will need the Bluetooth module and with it you will also be able to have wireless access to printers, cell phones, PDAs, input devices and other peripherals. Or add a AirPort Extreme Card and have the freedom of wireless networking from anywhere in your home. Although you must have these features added when ordering your Mac or they will have to be added by an authorized service provider because they are not user-installable.

Contract Management Software

It is a management information system that integrates and manages many of the aspects which are necessary for the management of service contracts agreed with its clients. It allows controlling the entire process in contract management.

However, a managing contract usually decreases costs, and save time and resources. And it facilitates the commercial relationship inside and outside of the company.

This is the reason why a technological solution for managing the contract is a key tool to automate the process of creation, execution and management of this important asset for your company.

Why a company needs contract management software

  • Writing on papers, handling the agreements requires a lot of attention from the entire organization. In fact, there are complete departments to handle the clauses, situations, costs, renewals, expirations, obligations, guarantees, rights, court orders and compensation.
  • On average, large companies can have more than 50,000 agreements in force at any given time.
  • With the passage of time, intelligent file systems are implemented using technology where they instantly indicate the place where the required physical contract was filed.
  • It’s normal the contracts, even today, are filed somewhere and forgotten. And they are only reborn when a legal dispute arises.
  • Now the global appeal for products and services is growing rapidly, the need for efficient contract management and the benefits of implementing technology are getting a topmost priority.
  • Fortunately, contract management software has a solution that offers many options covering the need for the companies what they are badly seeking for.
  • Many companies benefited with this software solution. They have concentrated entering their company into a centralized contract management system or a powerful search tools.

Hard Drive Selection

Rotational frequency has become a large selling point (5400/7200/10000/15000RPM) recently, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding out what the rotational frequency of your HDD is when you go to buy it. Now of course the faster it spins, the faster it can read from the disk (there are other advantages also), but be aware that the faster it spins, the more wear is put on the drive, and the more likely it is to encounter errors and malfunctions later in life. Hard drives are pretty much the only systems within your computer that have moving parts (CD-ROM, floppy disk drives, and fans also have moving parts, but they’re all cheap and if they break you won’t lose all the data you’ve accumulated over the course of owning your computer, be sure to back up your data regularly!).

If you know anything about physics or engineering, then you know that moving parts produce friction and wear, and a faster spinning platter (the part that holds the data and spins) means more friction, and therefore more wear on your drive. Of course the faster it spins the faster it can read data from the platter. So what can you do? well again you backup your data as much as possible and you get the fastest spinning drive money can buy (which is 7200RPM for ATA devices (the sort you are buying) and 15000RPM for SCSI and some Serial ATA devices (you might get Serial ATA, that depends on your motherboard)). So look for a “7200RPM” label on the drive you’re thinking of getting, it’s important!

The “buffer” I’m referring to is the transfer buffer that temporarily stores data to read from or write to the hard drive. The reason for this is that the bus (data channel between the hard drive and the motherboard) can only handle so much information at a time, and it takes a long time for the data to be found and retrieved from a platter (random seek time), so it takes a big chunk of the requested data and stores it in a very fast data buffer to be sent at the bus’s convenience. So with a larger buffer you can queue more data for transfer over the bus without having to keep sending requests to slowly find more data from the platters. Some newer drives come with as much as 8MB of buffer capacity, but it is more common to see 2 or 4MB. Usually a drive with a large amount will use that as a selling point and print it on the box/website, otherwise you can assume it has a 2/4MB buffer. My advice is to find one with as much as you can afford.

Now for the transfer rates you’re going to need to do some searching, the best way to find these numbers is to go to the manufacturer’s website and look at specification sheet for the model you’re looking to buy (actually this is the best way to get all the information I’ve talked about so far). One thing to look out for is that you may read something that says 133MB/s or ATA/133 or SATA150 or 150MB/s, and these are not the numbers you are looking for, those numbers describe the bus connecting the hard drive to the motherboard, and are theoretical peak numbers, which tell us virtually nothing. Also, if you are buying a Maxtor, don’t bother looking up actual transfer rates, as Maxtor is apparently afraid to release such information. Not to say Maxtor’s are bad drives, actually Maxtor has risen to the top in terms of technical support and they are much more willing to replace broken drives than some other companies, which is important since some ridiculously large amount (something like 10 or 15%) of hard drives are either dead on arrival or die within the first few weeks of use. As with the last two points, when looking at transfer speeds (if you can find them) always try to pick the one with the highest numbers you can afford.

Notice that the first three of the 4 major aspects were all speed related? That was done intentionally to give you a sense of the importance of speed in the hard drive, because they are very very slow creatures, and for your gaming experience you don’t need an enormous hard drive so much as a fast one. To increase speed substantially more you can set up a RAID, which is a network of hard drives which (in RAID0 mode) share portions of the same data, such that accessing data takes 1/n time (n = number of hard drives attached) compared to 1 hard drive. To do this you really need a hardware RAID chipset, which are commonly included on higher-end mainboards.

Finally, capacity is an unnecessary nicety. The smallest hard drives you can buy today that are still within those higher speed classes are all about 30GB, which is more than enough for your games. But since games are not everything, and if you happen to be an iTunes member or like to download anime then you will really want some extra space. So I would recommend getting something between 60 and 120GB, any more and you’re going to be paying through your teeth, any less and you might be looking to buy a supplementary hard drive in a couple years. And, oh yeah, 300GB hard drives from Maxtor are out, but they are comparatively slow, so I wouldn’t recommend getting one for gaming, I like to stick to single platter drives (40-100GB usually), as they produce less heat and are less likely to break down on me.

Edge Out of Big Data With ETL Software

Big Data and Benefits

Large terabytes of poly structured data including videos, text, logs, etc., flowing through organizations is known as Big Data. Organizations can get a competitive advantage by studying this data. Experts believe that teams with better tools to derive insights perform far better than others. Organizations can take better business decisions with insights establishing cause and effect relationship. Information related to risk factors, innovations, preferences can be gained at fingertips to improve products and business outcome.

Rough Integration Challenges

The path to getting the advantages of Big Data is not difficult but the process of incorporating business intelligence can be challenging. IT is aboard of data integration challenges which restrain teams from deriving more value from the data sets. Weighty integration challenges surface to the ground when ingesting, storing, and processing data into warehouse. The common reason for this problem is legacy infrastructure which is used for storing and analyzing data.

How an ETL Tool Solves this Puzzle?

Integration experts believe that more than 80% of an integration project incurs data integration and workflow development. Java developers are required to develop point-to-point integrations which are brittle and un-scalable.

An advanced ETL tool provides hubs in one platform to connect with other technologies and processes. It allows teams to extract data from multiple sources and load it into the warehouse. Seamless connectivity can bring data from any source without any difficulty. The conventional process is cumbersome, lengthy and requires costly IT intervention at every level.

An ETL tool simplifies Big Data projects by enabling a pipeline for seamlessly moving data between source to target. Business Teams can build custom workflows for building a database without costly IT intervention. Moving, splitting, pivoting data becomes easy to a dramatic extent.

Info of Router Firewalls

A typical and very common threat that a router firewall will automatically block is a port scan to your system. If an external user (that is, he doesn’t belong to the network or he is not recognized by the firewall as a valid user) tries to port scan one of the computers in the network, the router firewall will automatically block him. This will prevent him from discovering potential vulnerabilities; generally, he will be unable to achieve any type of background communication with the computer that the firewall protects.

Routers utilizing the NAT (Network Address Translation) protocol are also known as NAT Firewalls. NAT protocol allows multiple computers to access the Internet with only one Internet connection and thus, only one IP address. All computers that belong to the NAT network (those computers that belong to the intranet) are assigned special IP addresses (that are not valid, real-world IP addresses) in order for every computer to have a specific, unique reference name. The hardware router translates the requests from each computer into requests from the single IP address. Normally, the router doesn’t encode requests originating from the outside of the network, and it doesn’t pass them on to the local network. This way, the hardware router, by default, acts as a basic firewall system.

All in all, router firewalls provide a basic, yet effective protection that comes as a bonus to connection sharing. Of course, all features depend on the concrete router that you choose to use. For those who have high expectations, there are many sophisticated router firewalls available.

Practice Management System

What are the responsibilities of your staff?

  1. Custom Benchmarking – Establish benchmarks for your practice based on the performance of other practices of your size, specialty or geographic regions.
  2. Applied Network Learning – By monitoring the network of providers, will get to know what helps your practice to thrive and can implement those tactics at your organization.
  3. Proactive Reviews and Coaching – Use specific medical practice management metrics to track your success, and analyze trends in your practice to pinpoint ways to increase collections, improve office efficiency and more.
  4. Visibility into our Entire Network – We can track the performance of practices throughout by network. Have the ability to share the best practices for practice management. This transparency produces real-time understanding about your performance. This way, be able to track your progress and quickly make improvements.

Practice Management Services that align with your success

Getting the providers to pay is not just the task, rather than charging a substantial monthly or software fee. Any billing company can directly invest in your success by charging a small percentage of collections.

As a plan to self-regulate a medical practice’s revenue cycle, the right practice management system (PMS) is the key to achieving the potential efficiencies offered by electronic transitions and workflows. Medical billing software usually automates and streamlines practice’s administrative and billing functions. PMS software should typically have the ability to capture patient demographics, schedule appointments; should also be able to pre-register patients and determine patient financial responsibility for collections at the point of care. Should also maintain insurance payer lists, perform billing and generate reports.

The cloud-based practice management service will have your financial well-being in mind. There are low up-front costs (no paying for software licenses, installations or upgrades). There is no fee for disruptive updates. It is an easy transition without any need of costly add-on modules.

Intelligent, Streamlined Practice Management Services

A smart, streamlined workflow is essential for any medical practice. Choosing and integrating an appropriate, well supported PMS can be daunting. Choose a billing company that delivers a 5-stage workflow for staff to swiftly move through patient visits, with efficiencies from check-in through check-out. When administrative workflows smoothly, providers can focus on the patient in front of them. The information about the patient is collected up front in the practice management workflow so the claims go out as cleanly as possible, and it takes up less time for the billing process. Thus, when administrative workflows smoothly, providers can focus on the patient in front of them.

Tech Support For Business

Everything from web hosting, DNS, cloud email and even the systems running web infrastructure (WordPress etc) require constant maintenance, assistance and support.

This is generally not covered by the large tech support providers, leading a number of “smaller” providers to fill the gap.

The scope is simple – if you have a problem with WordPress, Microsoft Azure, Exchange, Office, Photoshop or any other software service provider, there are a number of ways to get the fixes provided by a support company.

The difference is that the majority of support companies do NOT deal with code – only surface-level issues which are generally fixable by looking at tutorials online. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find companies just relying other [third party] information to help resolve clients’ problems.

To this end, if you have issues installing & customizing WordPress themes, managing inventory in Shopify, fixing Javascript errors, ensuring that web servers are set up properly, fixing issues with domain names, etc – there are presently *no* providers to provide this level of granularity, even for a cost.

This is where a number of “software” centric support providers started to provide services – giving companies & people the opportunity to get their entire digital infrastructure running as smoothly as possible with the provision of underlying software-level support.

The underpin to all of this is that there’s a “grey area” between where many “support” companies operate, and what clients end up needing.

This grey area has only grown in the past 5+ years, due to the increased importance of different “cloud” centric technologies, most notably Microsoft’s move forward with Azure and its accompanying services.

The “technology” business is undergoing a period of change. Soon, “software” will ALL be considered “services” – meaning that you’ll have apps for the likes of Amazon, YouTube and Evernote directly on your desktop – reducing the necessity of the web browser from a “do all” tool to simply an information consumption device.

Whilst this doesn’t matter, what it shows is that the “market” is moving towards a completely software/service centric model.

Thus, we get a number of businesses who end up in a curious position.

They may need their digital infrastructure managed, maintained and supported… but presently have no provider in a position to help.

It might sound trivial… but things such as how to get Evernote set up in the most effective way, designing & implementing effective systems with Zapier, or building out a strong spreadsheet for new businesses on Google Docs… no provider has the ability to go to such lengths to ensure that companies are running their digital infrastructure as smoothly or effectively in the “new” cloud era.

  • The “older” providers are too focused on hardware implementation / “infrastructure” level problems… new providers typically focus on menial issues with the likes of iPhones, Android and other tools.
  • The “software” centric provider gives users the ability to maintain this infrastructure as effectively as possible – essentially providing a shoulder for many businesses / consumers to lean on if they have *any* issues with their systems.

Both providers work in a similar way (providing “online” support staff, contactable via email, livechat or phone – and “offline” support dealing with localized fixes) – the difference lies in the effectiveness they bring to the work.

Software centric providers generally have much more experience of the different software tools for users. For example, they may have a particular way that WordPress is set up – or some Photoshop trick to ensure the best work.

This is what has lead many companies to begin looking at them as a means to ensure their growth.