The history of the “bug”: How insects conquered the world of computers

“Terms from the world of IT explained” is a series of blog posts that explains the origin of common IT terms. We often use them in our daily life, but do we know where they come from?

This first edition of the series is dedicated to the bug. Finding errors – also called functional testing – is an important part of our work here at Testbirds, so this term is very familiar to us. But does an error in software have the same name as a small insect? There are a bunch of funny and interesting stories behind it.

The most famous one – or rather the most famous myth, features the computer pioneer Grace Hopper. Back in 1947, an electromechanical computer in the Computation Library at the University of Harvard had a malfunction. Operators found out that there was a moth trapped in a relay and wrote down in a log book “first actual case of a bug being found” with the dead moth taped to the page.

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The Power of the Crowd in Emergency Services Technology

In an emergency, every second matters. That’s why some Emergency Services Apps draw on citizens for help with providing real-time updates and support in emergencies through their smartphones. Last month, Testbirds invited some of our Crowdtesters to perform a pro-bono BugAbility test for CrowdGuard– an emergency service in Germany that alerts locals and the police when someone nearby needs help.

Marc, Tina and Marta, share their experiences of testing Crowd Guard’s emergency alarm system app as our Guest Bloggers this month.

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Challenges of software testing at your organisation

At Testbirds, we work hard to help our clients create the best possible software. We’re proud to have helped hundreds of companies and organisations optimise their apps, websites and other types of connected software. However, there’s still a lot to gain in the world of software development when it comes to testing. Through years of experience, there are several challenges that we’ve come to recognise in the market, and in this blogpost I’d love to share those with you. At the start of a new year, it’s good to be aware of the software challenges that might occur at your company.

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A (very) Brief History of Software Testing

Testing has been around longer than you would think and by extension software testing isn’t a relatively new concept either. Before markets became more intricately connected and their customers more diverse, businesses didn’t bother ensuring their products were of a high standard or fully fulfilled their purposes. Governments didn’t enforce standards in quality which meant that that many businesses cut corners.

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Crowdtesting – A How-To Guide for testing successfully

Over the last couple of years, crowdtesting has become a more and more popular complimentary method to ensuring a high quality of mobile apps, websites, online shops and Internet of Things applications. This level of popularity is also reflected in Testbirds’ development since 2011 and in our crowd which now consists of more than 150,000 testers in 193 countries worldwide. Over one thousand projects have been done by us so far and every day we see new innovations popping up in the digital world that need to be tested extensively to win consumers’ enthusiasm.

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