Recent Posts by Nicholas Maloney

 
Nik is the Software Development Director at Access IT Atomation. He has 19 years commercial experience in large-scale IT projects, working for a variety of investment banks, petrochemical companies, and government agencies. At AccessITAutomation he is the direcotr of software development, where he still likes to get his hands dirty as he is heavily involved in the development of our new and existing products, and investigating the latest technologies. When not working he likes woodworking and going to the gym, dislikes haircuts and calamari!!
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New Features: Smoke Testing and Automated Performance Testing

As technology changes at an ever increasing rate, being able to quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively test your applications is fundamental to keeping up with the pace. Depending on your testing strategy, this could include all of your apps or just specific core applications.

Since full-blown manual application testing of all applications several times a year is too expensive, takes too long, and requires an extensive amount of resources, automated smoke testing is often used to quickly test a large number of apps. To help you with this, we are excited to share with you today two new features of Access Capture that we have just released: smoke testing and automated performance testing.

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Coming Soon: Access Capture Version 3 — What You Need To Know (Part 2)

As you might already know, Access Capture V3 will be launched on November 14th, 2019. The new release includes lots of new exciting features and platform improvements. Last week, we walked you through some of them already and today, as promised, I would like to highlight some additional nuggets, in particular:

  1. Enhanced structured logging with multiple sinks out of the box (e.g., ELK stack)
  2. New messaging design to allow subscriptions to notifications
  3. Virtual machines presented within the browser
  4. Environments now support multiple deployment systems
  5. New publishing environment type
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Coming Soon: Access Capture Version 3 — What You Need To Know (Part 1)

I am very excited to share with you that on November 14th, 2019, we are officially launching our new version (V3) of Access Capture, our enterprise application packaging and testing automation solution.

We have added some very exciting features, and there are significant platform changes. I cannot wait to share all the upgrades with you — so I am giving you a two-part preview of the most critical updates.

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Technical Requirements Before Implementing Access Capture For App Packaging & Testing Automation

One of the biggest concerns enterprise IT teams voice when they see Access Capture, our application packaging and testing automation solution, in action for the first time is the amount of work that needs to be done as a prerequisite.

In reality, however, Access Capture supports multiple deployment possibilities and can utilize most, if not all, of your existing infrastructure. In this article, I want to walk you through the technical prerequisites from an infrastructure point of view. I will tackle application readiness and management prerequisites in another article.

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Oracle Now Charges For Java SE Usage & Oracle Java Development Tools Support

For most developers, Java is somewhat the definition of Open Source. Although the story of Java licensing is a long and complicated one, Oracle has certainly now written a new chapter as it will now start charging all non-personal users for the usage and support of its Java SE platform. While Oracle had announced this move a few months back, there has been some updates since.

Starting on April 16th, 2019, Oracle's website informed all non-personal users and developers: "The new Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Oracle Java SE is substantially different from prior Oracle Java licenses. The new license permits certain uses, such as personal use and development use, at no cost -- but other uses authorized under prior Oracle Java licenses may no longer be available. Please review the terms carefully before downloading and using this product."

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How To Get Valuable VDI Performance Footprint Metrics Without Additional Workload/Cost

 Wouldn't it be nice to be able to know with certainty the performance footprint impact of an application before deploying it into a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)? This way, you could decide whether it is suitable or not based on data rather than gut feel. However, most IT teams do not have this option. 

There are several reasons for that. First, in most scenarios, this means yet another test and additional testing tools, which takes a long time and requires budget. Secondly, dedicated VDI performance testing teams don't perform these tests on the business apps because they don't have the specific knowledge of the products that they're testing.

Today, I am going to show you a new and exciting way of how you can collect the performance metrics in the background while the real users are testing their business apps. This way, you gain a realistic understanding of the impact your application will have on your VDI environment.

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Persistent vs. Non-Persistent VDI

Virtual desktop technologies are changing the ways companies do business. Instead of having individual on-premises hardware workstations running their resident desktops, planners can use something called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to offer end users the same sort of environment — without the same hardware framework.

Within Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, there are two types of choices: persistent and non-persistent VDI. Each one has its own benefits and disadvantages in the corporate IT context.

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