If the life of a Quality Assurance Analyst could be summed up in one song, it might be Limp Bizkit’s Y2K classic “Break Stuff” (to refresh your memory, the very ’complex’ chorus is “give me something to break”… over and over). The song is quite fitting for QA, but here at Pixafy, we’re pushed to look beyond the standard job requirements and to dive deeper into the ways in which we test our products. (more…)
Quality Analyst Patrick Foley, or simply “Foley,” as we refer to him, is the newest member of team Pixafy, joining Steve and Esther in the QA department! Cutting his teeth in Quality Assurance at Salesforce, Foley brings with him a wealth of experience. We’re thrilled to have him on board! Get to know him a bit better as he talks to us about what inspires him, his love of Ska music, and more!
Quality Assurance is an interesting career. When you get right down to it, the most bombastic description of what we do in QA is also probably the simplest and most apt: we break stuff. My personal running joke is that our motto should be, “QA: You make it, we break it.” Obviously, there is much more to it than that. There is a lot of careful testing, planning, strategizing, and theorizing. Building tests can be almost as complex as the subject you are testing. But when the planning is all done, and the testing begins, that’s when QA becomes the most fun you can have. (more…)
You’ve been working on your project for months. After countless hours of designing, coding, editing, staging, testing and re-testing, you’re just about ready to push it live. Congratulations! You’re almost at the finish line, ready to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s now time to move into the final, and arguably, most important, stage of your project: Quality Assurance.
Our developers and QA team are pretty obsessed with ensuring a seamless site launch. We’ve developed stringent protocols and testing practices to make sure that each website, whether it’s a mega eCommerce site or a fun content blog, goes live without any hiccups.
To make your life easier, we’ve compiled and are sharing with you a list of 6 of the most frequently overlooked WordPress “Go Live” checklist items to make sure your launch goes off without a hitch. You’re welcome! (more…)
Quality Analyst Esther Park is one of Pixafy’s newest members! She joins Steve in the QA department, where they work together and leverage their in-depth experiences to ensure rigorous QA practices for Pixafy. We’re happy to have her on board! From finding bugs in projects to eating her weight in pulled pork, here’s what Esther shared during our recent interview: (more…)
I recently had an opportunity to attend Scrum master training and wanted to share a few valuable concepts that I came across that are especially relevant to team-oriented client-servicing web development. (more…)
Over the past few months, I’ve experienced the horror of fixing bugs or implementing enhancements only to come back later and find that another section of the application broke. I wanted to minimize these bugs, so I decided to start getting into unit testing.
I’ve found that there are two types of testing that can be useful for my web development: unit testing and functional testing. In unit testing, you test the code to see that the code is working properly and performing the tasks correctly. In functional testing, you test the application to check if it’s using and calling the code correctly. That is, unit tests are used from a developer’s perspective and functional tests are used from a user’s perspective. It’s a subtle but very important difference. (more…)
It’s embarrassing when you make an obvious mistake. It’s worse when it represents your company or entity, and it’s painful when that mistake is spread far and wide.
Let’s face it – the world of technology is vast, and the world of websites and iOS development seems even vaster. Not only are there many ways to build a website or app, there are also many different components to a website or app. And to top it all off we need to make it look pretty AND functional for both the client and the customer. But how is this all actually done? Before starting at Pixafy I genuinely had no clue! (more…)