Posted by: jorgemontano | April 5, 2016

Why remote work?

What are the top 5 motivations for companies to adopt remote work practices?

Every company is different and will benefit from remote work differently. However there are a few benefits that are common throughout all industries and company types:

Worker retention Increased HR capacity Increased productivity Increased growth Saved money
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Studies show that workers value workplace flexibility in their top five critical workplace requirements.

Businesses of all types increasingly need workers with specialized skills not available locally.

Many studies demonstrate that remote workers will be more productive with the right support. This relates to time saved in travel as well as decreased distractions.

Bringing on remote workers/workforce can allow companies to manage uneven workloads and/or sustained growth requirements.

Remote work practices can save travel, time, HR retention and effect numerous other bottom line contributions.


Benefits of remote working including: reducing absenteeism, lowering turnover, improving the health of workers, and increasing productivity.

“Almost one-third of firms cite costs or limited funds as obstacles to implementing workplace flexibility arrangements. However, the benefits of adopting such management practices can outweigh the costs by reducing absenteeism, lowering turnover, improving the health of workers, and increasing productivity.”

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Posted by: jorgemontano | January 4, 2013

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: jorgemontano | May 31, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview Available to download!

I just reviewed my MSDN and I notice that Windows 8 Release Preview is available to download, also Visual Studio 11 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Preview, right now I’m downloading Windows 8 Release Preview, I’m sure Microsoft will launch an official announcement about this very soon, if you don’t have MSDN, Microsoft already enabled the links to download Windows 8 Release Preview for all audiences:, while I’ll wait with anxious to my download complete, then start with VS11 , now I have something to play during the weekend :).




TestComplete 8.6 updated it’s Firefox browser support to include the newest versions 5 & 6.

Microsoft Visual Studio Integration Improvements was done in this version. Also added support for Rogue Wave Stringray controls and applications built with Java 7.

New in TestComplete 8.6

  • Support for Mozilla Firefox 5 and 6
  • Testing using the Java 7 platform (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Support for Rogue Wave Stingray Studio 10.x controls
  • Better support for Developer Express .NET controls
  • Improved integration of TestComplete projects within Microsoft Visual

For more information about what’s new in TestComplete 8.6, please review the following: What’s new in TestComplete 8.6

About Microsoft Visual Studio Integration Improvements, VS2010 now automatically detects which test runner application—TestComplete or TestExecute—is installed on the computer and uses it to run the TestComplete tests from Visual Studio test projects. Also the TestComplete test editor in Visual Studio now has a toolbar with commands to select and unselect test items quickly, to toggle selection and so on.

Posted by: jorgemontano | October 18, 2011

Mobile plugin for TestComple​te

You can now use TestComplete to record, edit & run tests on real physical mobile devices:

– Supports automation of iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and WP7
– The mobile device is connected via USB to your own computer
– All versions, all physical devices (inc. tablets), all emulators are supported
– Supports application and hardware testing

Posted by: jorgemontano | June 24, 2011

TestComplete 8.5


These days I’ve been researching about a tool for Automation that looks powerful and has lots of options compared to other tools in the market.

I’m talking about TestComplete currently in 8.5 version. It has a lot of compatibility with several applications and third party developer tools like Dev Express.

For a detailed comparison between SilkTest and Test Complete please review the following link.

Comparison of SilkTest and TestComplete

For the people that uses TestComplete and wants to integrate it with VS2010, I found a very interesting article about how to execute Test Projects created on Test Complete from a C# application:

Working With TestComplete via COM From Managed Code

The article also has a sample code related to execute a Test Project from C#.

Just to clarify a little the method Connect.RunTest doesn’t actually start anything in TestComplete. It just switches TC to the script-running mode to make its run-time objects available to the connected application (via Connect). To run a project created in Test Complete from a C# app, we need to use the RunProject method.

IMO TestComplete is a more powerful tool than other tools related to automation, and has a lot of documentation, also you don’t need to learn a propietary language for edit the test scripts as they are based on Java Scripts or VB scripts.

If you want to try it, just register in the following link and you’ll have 30 days of trial of a full Test Complete Enterprise Edition:

Posted by: jorgemontano | June 17, 2011

Silk4NET A way to integrate Visual Studio 2010 and Silk Test


Silk4Net is a plugin for Visual Studio 2010 that let’s you create ATCs for several kind of Applications.

In this post we will review the fundamentals about SilkTest and what is Silk4NET.

SilkTest is program that lets you automate GUIs using the so called Open Agent, before the Open Agent, SilkTest uses Classic Agent, I’ll not review what is the Classic Agent because is very different to the Open Agent.

The SilkTest Open Agent is a software process that translates the commands in your scripts into GUI-specific commands. The Open Agent drives and monitors the application that you are testing. It has a powerful GUI objects recognition mechanism, and uses xPath notations for locating UI elements.

Technologies supported by the Open Agent:

  • Web Browser (Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Firefox 3.0, 3.5 and 3.6)
  • Java GUIs (Eclipse 3.0 – 3.6, SWT, AWT/Swing)
  • Microsoft WinForms (.NET 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5 SP1, 4.0) 32 and 64 bit
  • Microsoft WPF (.NET 3.5 SP1, 4.0) 32 and 64 bit
  • Native GUIs – Win32 (32 and 64 bit)
  • ERP – SAP (SAPGUI client 7.10)

What is Silk4NET?


Is a powerful plug-in for Visual Studio 2010, that deliver advanced automated testing capabilities.

  • Is a set of classes for .NET framework 4, it is based on SilkTest OpenAgent functionality
  • Allow us to quickly create test automation framework in C# or VB.NET within Visual Studio.

How to use Silk4NET?

First we need to install it, it comes with SilkTest latest Installer versions, and we can choose to install Silk4NET automatically on VS2010, or if VS2010 is not present on the machine we can install it manually.


Once installation is completed Silk4NET menu will be added to VS2010, Click on Silk4NET, select Start Recorder and the SilkTest Recorder will be opened.

The SilkTest Recorder allows you to record automated test cases. Just Click on record and start using the application under test.

Once you completed recording, Click on Stop button ,Select the steps you want import, Copy and Paste on Visual Studio. Also you can configure the default client (could be .NET language C#)


Is better to use Silk4NET if we want to integrate SilkTest ATCs and apps developed on VS2010 .

You can start recording ATCs using SilkTest Recorder, then generate a Silk4NET project or just copy the steps recorded directly to VS2010.

Third party components are supported like DevExpress Components (This was an issue with the current project I’m working, but using another feature of SilkTest called DynamicInvoke we can automate well DevExpress components). In In other post I’ll comment more about DynamicInvoke.

All technologies supported by Open Agent are supported by Silk4NET.

Posted by: jorgemontano | December 15, 2009

Introducing myself


My name is Jorge Montaño and I am quality engineer who is skilled with a SCRUM Master Certification. I am also a fan of blogs and blogging and will now have the chance to blog about any topic related to Information Technologies that I use and teach on the university.

I hope the information I´ll provide in this blog will be useful for any people interested on learning new topics in the area of Computer Science, also I will be keeping you guys updated on whatever information you might ask for. I will also include information about IT and other relevant stuff for SQA.