Tech Talk

Issues in technology.

It’s no secret that information is often best presented in a graphic form. Charts and graphs can display trends and make clear the relative values of numbers that would be very hard to appreciate from raw data displayed on a table, or included in a paragraph of text. Even when a group of statistics is related only in theme, they can be easier to comprehend when presented in an infographic rather than included in the body of a written report. Whether as illustrations for a piece of written content, or as stand alone content themselves, infographics can be invaluable in communicating facts to an audience.

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Almost daily another article appears extolling the virtues of mobile apps to improve your health. But what are the risks?

A friend recently told me that as many as 80% of the apps sold in apps store aren't tested; even by their programmers. I couldn't find this statistic anywhere so I have no idea if it is really true but it got me thinking: Could this be true?

I've been a QA (quality assurance engineer) in the software industry for a while now. I started as a programmer and migrated to QA. You could say I understand the programmer's point of view. Many apps are written by individuals or very small teams. Deadlines in the software world can be tyranny. Programmers often do test their work. As a matter of fact, in almost every case where I have found a bug in code the programmer has at some point said, "It worked for me..."

But what is quality when we are talking about a mobile application? Why does it matter? How do you know when it's "in there"?