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virtual reality headset Gearing Up to Test in the Augmented and Virtual Reality World

With close to $9 billion being funneled into virtual reality investments in the last five years and the number of users buying these devices continuing to rise, the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sectors are important areas in which testers should focus their efforts.

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Mukesh Sharma
Three Core DevOps Values for Testers to Know

With DevOps, modern software teams of all shapes and sizes are aiming to deliver a high-quality software production early and often. Shifting testing earlier into your development lifecycle and smartly using test automation to reduce bottlenecks can create a more seamless, collaborative business.

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Josiah Renaudin
minecraft Building Collaborative AI by Catching Minecraft Pigs

For artificial intelligence (AI) to become useful in our everyday lives, AI must have the ability to work with other agents and humans in order to function in complex environments. At Microsoft, one AI research approach involves creepers, endermen, zombies, skeletons, Iron Golems and, yes, those pigs.

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Pamela Rentz
sports team in a huddle Software Testing and Development Is Now a Team Sport

One person might be the spark that starts the fire, but it takes multiple people to help keep the flame burning. Developers and testers rely on each other more and more these days, and you need to be able to pass something along to someone with different talents in order to successfully reach the finish line.

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Josiah Renaudin
Branches Choose Continuous Integration over Branching for Faster Feedback

Continuous integration is the best way to get feedback often on the state of your project. Running automated builds and tests after each integration improves reliability and predictability. Consequently, using task and feature branches, while useful in some cases, can be a distraction and delay getting information.

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Steve Berczuk
Wonder Woman and Google Get Girls Coding This Summer

To help ensure that today’s Wonder Girls (and guys) have coding superpowers that will help them in the future, Google announced the company has joined forces with Warner Bros. Pictures to release a new interactive coding project via Made with Code.

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Pamela Rentz
Cranes changing building architecture Engineering Architecture Systems for a Faster Build

In the era of continuous integration and continuous deployment, big applications are creating bloated build pipelines. The problem is when code becomes so entangled that every change impacts large portions of the system, meaning there’s a lot to rebuild. If you reshape the code architecture, you can reduce build times.

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Abraham Marin-Perez
people walking between walls Breaking Down Your Development and Testing Walls

Testing earlier assures better quality. But maybe most important, things like agile and DevOps—which encourage that you shift your testing left and allow for more collaboration between different parts of your team—have broken down the walls that previously separated testers for the rest of the organization.

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Josiah Renaudin