Pondering’s of the Modern Age – Technology Reliability

Pondering’s of the Modern Age – Technology Reliability

Last Tuesday evening was an ordinary night like any other. Husband cycling in the kitchen, child on the iPad, me reclining on the couch switching on the TV to watch some sort of trashy TV program.

“Alexa Xbox on”

Then trouble…. The TV screen was a black screen of doom. Why wasn’t the Xbox working and what was I to do? Had the Xbox crashed or worse broken? As the least technical member of the house hold this was a major issue which involved me stomping around the house until the husband was no longer able to cycle and had to come and help sort this (first world) catastrophe out.

We subsequently found out that there was an Xbox live start up issue which meant that thankfully normal service was soon resumed.

Of course, our Xbox issue was nothing more than a minor inconvenience. It got me thinking though.

We live in an age where we are becoming more and more reliant on technology. Everything from the energy we receive via national grid to ordering a prescription uses technology. We can switch a light on via voice activation and order our groceries using smart phones. Until we can’t.

How do we, as software developers, ensure that the software we create is reliable, resilient and secure? What testing plans do we have? And how frequently after launch do we retest? The website we’ve just created looks great but will it work with the next version of Edge or Chrome? What do we do when the application we created breaks. What disaster recovery systems do we have? What strategies do we need in place?

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Here at Haywyre we have been creating a bespoke mock exam Chrome App for Matthews Training Ltd.  Tuesday 12th May was the Chrome App test day for the Haywyre team. 

Six willing candidates sat a three and half hour mock exam. They were using the new computer-based application for the first time.

Haywyre designed the Chrome App so that it could be used offline in an exam environment; this was crucial to ensure that candidates could not access any online resources during exam.  The application had to be simple and easy to use.  The user’s experience was the biggest priority throughout the development process.

After observing the six candidates throughout the three and half hour exam it was clear that the candidates found the application very easy to use. They navigated the interface well.

Initial feedback has been very positive and we are proud to say that it was a success.

Cliff Matthews from Matthews Training LTD was delighted with the application, due to its ease of use, simplistic design and quality of finish. Cliff is looking to roll out the computer based mock exam to all candidates for his next course, which is fantastic news.

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