Automation Excellence (AE), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a combined experience of over 20 years of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) leadership. We specialize in Agile software delivery utilizing a test first delivery model. AE begins and ends with the end user defining the acceptance test criteria, using a wiki-based single source of information to drive the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and transform that information into built in verification suites on enterprise level applications. AE services vertical markets in Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems, HealthCare, government, manufacturing, telephony and defense. Our horizontal technical expertise is detailed, driving value and lower costs by measuring metrics within each tier of a software system.

In today's complex information age, verification expertise qualifies as the top level of knowledge necessary to bring a robust production system to market. AE has amassed experience on Moodle, Drupal, ERP, CRM, Trizetto FACETS, Oracle CDC, PeopleSoft, Oracle Apps, Siebel, Lawson and many corporate web based systems. Our “test first” Agile system integration development model has proven its value by producing high ROI code frameworks that have test automation built into our streamlined "Common Sense" process. See our portfolio for a sampling of the work we have done.

AE utilizes a web based Project Management tool to track our weekly progress report card and monthly steering committee review process. Our cost and value competitive approach increases the number of test verification cycles and subsequently the lines of code coverage during each SDLC phase. AE embraces Agile teams and we staff with the highest quality computer programmers, driving innovative solutions to our client's software requirements.

Check out our SQA Management page for an innovative outsourcing option and see how beginning with the end in mind will save your organization money. If you need Testing as a service (TAAS) our services will provide you peace of mind and cost savings.

Recent updates

Call to undefined function money_format

While setting up a local copy of a Magento based e-commerce site on my Windows machine, I was presented with a number of messages stating, "Fatal error: Call to undefined function money_format()." After a little research I was able to discover that this particular PHP function is not available on the Windows platform.

In order to get access to a version of the function that would be available from anywhere in the site's php code, I used the Apache auto_prepend_file directive in my php.ini file:

Kelp

Kelp is a library of Ruby helpers for Cucumber, making it easier for you to write your own step definitions built upon common webpage interactions like "follow link" or "fill in fields", and assertions like "should see" or "should not see".

Install:

$ gem install kelp

Visit the #kelp channel on irc.freenode.net to chat.

The Zens of Python and Ruby

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a while that someone ought to rewrite The Zen of Python from a Ruby perspective. Despite their many similarities (very high-level, multi-paradigm, interpreted and dynamic), Python and Ruby have nearly opposite design principles in many areas. Similarly, programmers of the two languages seem (to me anyway) to have different attitudes about readability and documentation, and what constitutes "cleverness" in programming (and whether cleverness is good or bad).

Touch Error

Saw this issue in my Joomla install:
"Warning: touch() [function.touch]: Utime failed: Permission denied in /simplepie.inc on line 8631"

Fixed it by changing permissions to all files and folders under "/cache"

SVN Bug

Getting an error similar to the following when doing a branch or commit in SVN?

svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: MKACTIVITY of '/svn/forms/!svn/act/ebcddac9-12da-4ae4-86d8-bdcfbccdc682': 403 Forbidden

Check the case! In this instance, the svn repo was actually called "Forms." Changing the case got rid of the error.