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

Tiiimestamp ain't on my side

No it ain't.

I had an existing MySQL table with a few columns, e.g. x, y, and z, and I needed to add a timestamp column `ts` to it. But when I tried, the column was filled with "<Error>" values. Read on to see how I fixed it.

:after{awesome!} is :before{CSS}

Or, "How to replace an entire text title with CSS".

For the longest time, I thought it was a cardinal rule of CSS: You can add pictures, but you can't add text. I must have been aiming for extremely old browser support when I learned this, probably IE6, because with modern browsers it's clearly wrong. Not only can you add text to a page with CSS, I've found a way to actually replace small pieces of text like short headings.

Placid

Placid is an ActiveRecord-ish model using a REST API for storage.

Install:

$ gem install placid

Extending Drupal 7 text field character limit

After getting the message, "There is data for this field in the database. The field settings can no longer be changed." while trying to extend the character limit for a text field in a Drupal 7 instance, I used the code below to increase the character limit. It modifies the relevant parts of the database to allow more characters. I ran the SQL code through a content node with the PHP Code Text Filter enabled, but it could also be run in a custom module.

Hypermiling: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love U.S. Gas Prices

A lot of people are complaining about the price of gasoline these days. It's not hard to find someone who is outraged at paying nearly 4 bucks a gallon to fill up their tank, and the issue has become so politicized and polarizing that we hear a lot of arguments about whether or not we should be doing more drilling, implementing stricter standards on automobile efficiency, or investing in alternative energy sources.