Automated Testing – How we (hopefully) only make mistakes once

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Despite our best efforts we make mistakes – it’s human nature. Our customers count on us to fix those mistakes quickly. Automated testing is one of the cornerstones in our software development lifecycle that ensure that when we make a mistake we only make it once.

Types of application testing & why you should care

There are generally two types of testing methodologies in software – ‘automated testing’ and well, uh, not-automated testing, call it regular or manual testing.

Manual testing is when someone who ...

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Cause of Clean Water Act

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When tragedy leads to regulation: The birth of the clean water act

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of the US, better known as the Clean Water Act, was first introduced in 1948– the same year that individuals became aware of the toxicity of pollution. With 20 deaths in the town of Donora, Pennsylvania due to air pollution, people suddenly understood the horrific effect that pollution could cause. 60 years later, The New York Times described The Donora Smog as, ...

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Time to Winterize Sprinklers: Cold weather is settling in

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It’s already November? When did that happen?

As a kid, I counted the days from the beginning of school to my birthday in November, and each day seemed to creep by. I had two paper chains I made each September, one with links to tear off until my birthday, and another one I shared with my sisters to tear off  until Christmas break, when we could go sledding every day.

It seems though that no matter how hard I try these ...

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Backflow device testing: Educating your customers

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Why are there negative perspectives on backflow testing?

Recently I’ve noticed some news articles about backflow prevention devices, and what stood out was the negative perspective that individuals have towards them. There’s several arguments that residential irrigation systems shouldn’t need to be tested more than once every few years. Why? Well, for one, it’s an expense that most customers don’t recognize as necessary. There’s no tax break from it–n  new pair of shoes to go along with getting a backflow device tested. ...

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The actual cost of testing backflow prevention devices

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How much do you charge your customers to have their backflow prevention device tested?

Okay, but what’s the real cost of testing backflow devices? How much are you actually making?

Although test prices vary, an average is around $40, nationwide.

So how do you break down how much you, as an owner, are actually making per device? You might say, well, we subtract how much we pay the employee who tests it, and find we make about 20 or 25 ...

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