Software testing: the story behind flawless code

May 12th, 2017 by Silviu Stefanescu in Automated testing, Software Development, Testing, Tools

software testingSoftware testing can feel a lot like being a demolition man. Or like being a curious kid with an appetite for dismantling expensive toys. It comes with the daily practice of getting into the mindset of end-users of all kinds.

At Tremend we’ve been testing software since we started coding for our clients. Over the past 11 years it has become clear that functional and usability testing is essential for high quality software. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about the process and the people involved.

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Microservices: benefits and drawbacks (part 2)

May 2nd, 2017 by Silviu Stefanescu in Software Development, Tools

Postare microservicii 2This post is the second part of our Quick guide on when to use microservices and when not to.

Which companies should use microservices

From our experience, microservices are mainly employed when clients want to develop or rewrite an application for which they forecast uneven growth. That can happen when a certain business segment is expected to grow, or change radically. Such a situation calls for changes in just some functionalities of the software solution.

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Microservices: benefits and drawbacks (part 1)

April 24th, 2017 by Silviu Stefanescu in Software Development, Tools

A quick guide on when to use microservices and when not to

microservices

Which do you think works better for your company – one big machine that does all the jobs, or several sleek tools that deal with various parts of your business? No surprise here, the consultant’s answer would be “It depends.” Well, for once, the consultant might be right.

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Come and meet Tremend, probably the friendliest team in the world

March 9th, 2017 by Silviu Stefanescu in TremendTeam

tremend jobsWe like to think that successful IT careers are about continuous exploration. And you know that by now: the greatest discoveries are made by passionate people along with good friends.

This week is the perfect time for you to find out more about this journey, during two exciting career mapping events.

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Selenium automated testing: workaround when encountering pop-ups

March 3rd, 2017 by George Codreanu in Automated testing

StockSnap_8B0Z5GDJT1During the runtime of our automated testing scripts, a common problem that blocks the completion of the tests arises from the appearance of pop-ups that are displayed for a small amount of time. This kind of situations can be easily missed when writing the test script, due to their short display time.

 

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Cloud platforms: nine reasons to consider Amazon Web Services

February 16th, 2017 by Silviu Stefanescu in General, Tremend

cloud technology partnerFigures prove it: cloud technology is on the rise. Dynamic companies understand that infrastructure as a service is becoming essential when they seek scalable optimization. The world’s largest cloud provider at the moment is Amazon. It had a 31% share of the global market in 2016, ten years after launching its cloud services. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is almost three times larger than the main competitor (Microsoft Azure), and quite far away from the next four players (source: Synergy Research). This rapid growth also shows in AWS’s revenue spike of 63% in August 2016, as compared to the previous fiscal year. Read the rest of this entry »


Software prototyping: how does it work?

February 8th, 2017 by George Codreanu in Software Development

Rapid PrototypingThere is no innovation without risk. And no success without several prior failed attempts. Testing a product idea is the safest way to try something new.
The digital version of initial product testing is software prototyping, the creation of an initial app or design version with just the basic functionalities. It is an efficient way to try out your vision, to see it in action before launching for public.

 

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TechTalks@Tremend with Mircea Marghidanu, lead developer at Unity3D

April 19th, 2016 by pteodorescu in Java, General

Mircea Marghidanu, lead developer at Unity3D was our guest at Tech Talks@Tremend for a presentation on game development, code testing and human perception limits. Not bad for a Monday evening.

Watch the whole session bellow.

Part 1

…and part 2


10 reasons why MAGENTO is probably better suited for your online shop

August 18th, 2015 by pteodorescu in Magento, Software Outsourcing Romania

magento chart

eCommerce relates to the buying and selling of goods and services conducted electronically on the Internet. Online retail has tremendous advantages due to its 24-hour availability and global reach.

 

Given this fact, it is crucial to choose the right platform available. Being developed with a high level of competitiveness, they are the source of an endless line of arguments and debates.

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Why choose us for Embedded Software Projects

August 10th, 2015 by pteodorescu in Embedded, Software Outsourcing Romania

1. Our engineers have a specific set of technical skills and know-how so we can actually help you power-up your next generation device. At Tremend we have teams of professionals trained in the best educational institutions with internationally recognized results, who have gained extensive knowledge in multinational software companies.

2. A team of passionate developers who can deliver high-end solutions by applying their hardware expertise to the development process. Our engineers work in the realm of embedded software design, develop, and test specific and sometimes crucial functions performed by the device they work on. Read the rest of this entry »


7 steps for Successful Software Outsourcing Projects

August 3rd, 2015 by pteodorescu in Software Outsourcing Romania

1. Define clear, measurable objectives

2. Get a realistic view, don’t expect quality to be the cheapest

3. Make it happen. Step by step:

  • Select: get to know people, measure skills
  • Transition: manage knowledge transfer and loss, refine process
  • Manage cultural differences: Eastern Europe is your best bet right now, more expensive than Asia but safer
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How to choose your Linux Embedded Software Provider

July 23rd, 2015 by pteodorescu in Embedded, Linux

In order to master embedded software, a developer must posses a specific set of technical skills and know-how. The computer engineers who work in the realm of embedded systems, which by definition do not take the form of a traditional computer, design, develop and test specific and sometimes critical functions performed by the device. No easy task since these functions will decide whether a robot on another planet moves as it is supposed to or if a live saving call can be made.

Still wondering about the robot – Linux connection? Well, embedded Linux software can be found in nearly every device around us: in cars as Infotainment systems, in phones as Android and… finally, not so close to us, in the Mars Rover, “Curiosity”. Read the rest of this entry »


How to connect to a Windows Embedded Handheld device without using a mobile data network

July 17th, 2013 by Bogdan Nitulescu in Android, Bluetooth, Embedded, iOS, WiFi

We have recently explored how to connect – wireless – to embedded devices scattered across factories and warehouses. Windows Embedded Handheld (the successor of Mobile 6.5) is a typical choice of OS of such devices, and most of them can have Bluetooth and WiFi on board – so these technologies are obvious choices. What they don’t have is a SIM chip in every device and a data plan. Their users have laptops (PCs and Macs), iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, and can physically walk in the same room where devices are located.

Here’s what we found.

WiFi Infrastructure mode + DHCP

This is the obvious choice working with all platforms (Windows 7 PC, Mac OSX, iOS, Android). You need to have a wireless router in infrastructure mode, and assign addresses via DHCP. The wireless router must be in range both of the device and the PC (one obvious place is to plug it near the device itself)

Once both the device and the PC are in the same LAN, the device can broadcast information about itself via some discovery protocol: UPnP, Bonjour, or you can write a simple custom UDP-based discovery mechanism. It is easy to write a client that uses this information, on all platforms.

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For your garden

July 10th, 2013 by Ioan Cocan in Android, Embedded, iOS, Linux, Mobile

RainMachine - The Forecast Sprinkler

In the past few months we’ve helped the guys at RainMachine.com to release a brand new intelligent sprinkler.

For those living in the US, this cool device will take weather forecasts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and will use them to calculate the perfect amount of water that your garden needs today. You can select smart programs and water your garden selectively on weekdays, even/odd days, or let the sprinkler automatically protect the pipes against freezing temperatures.

If there is no data available, don’t worry! The RainMachine sprinkler will automatically switch to historical weather statistics. This way the device saves water even if the Internet goes down.

You can control your sprinkler from its touch screen. If it’s in a hard to reach place, you can also connect to your sprinkler using your smartphone or tablet and remotely control everything.

The technologies we’ve used: iOS apps, Android apps, Android NDK, HTML5, JavaScript, Sencha, Backbone.js, lighttpd, sqlite, UPnP, and C/C++ Linux programming.

Go get your Sprinkler on Amazon now!


Mobile smart streaming

March 23rd, 2012 by Ioan Cocan in Android, iOS, Mobile, Streaming

Based on our experience with streaming on mobile, Bogdan put together some slides and presented them at Dev World Bucharest 2012.

You can hear details about formats, codecs and delivery methods on iPhone, Android or Phone Gap platforms.

Get the slides here.

 


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