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Shift Left with OpenTAP

The concept of Shifting Left has come into vogue to describe moving a process or process stage to occur earlier in a left-to-right timeline. Shifting Left applies to various types of testing, especially tests aimed at improving usability and cybersecurity.

This blog reviews the implications for Shifting Left across various software development models, and highlights the benefit of combining a leftward shift with test automation.

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Interview with Maxim Pletner, Keysight Field Engineer

Interview with Keysight's Maxim Pletner, a software engineer and an expert in 5G networking who supports Keysight business development efforts and offers advocacy for OpenTAP and open source in general. The OpenTAP project team sat down with Maxim recently to chat about his background, industry experience and insights into test automation.

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Overcoming RF Conformance Challenges with OpenTAP

Recently, KeySight field engineers met with a company that produces mobile-wireless infrastructure equipment. The testing team there had been using a legacy in-house platform for several years, but with each new device, the testing framework required unwieldy customization. They could not keep up with agile software life-cycles.

Testing had become the main bottleneck in their product life-cycles.

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Testing 5G Industrial Automation with OpenTAP

5G is ideal for building secure local networks. One very promising use case lies in the Smart Warehouse. where 5G provides connectivity among stocking and tracking systems. At HANOVERMESSE in Germany in August 2022, Keysight featured a demonstration of using OpenTAP test automation together with CoBots (Collaborative Robots) from OpenTAP partner Universal Robots.

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Open Source - Fact and Fiction

Open Source software increasingly dominates application stacks across industries. Enterprise software builds on Linux, Jenkins, Kubernetes and other platforms and middleware; device software looks to Android, Linux, GNU, and myriad other platforms and tools, as well as open source code used to test those devices.

Despite the popularity and ubiquity of open source, many organizations still retain misgivings about using it. This blog examines those misgivings, debunking some concerns, and examining the truth behind others. Whenever possible, the topics are related to open source in Test Automation

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OpenTAP in Automotive Applications

Systems architects increasingly embed test capabilities in feature-rich products. This trend is most visible in the automotive ecosystem, where complex subsystems require comprehensive testing during prototyping, manufacturing, integration and post-deployment.

This blogs examines the presence, functionality and benefit derived from embedding OpenTAP in three automotive application domains: electric vehicle charging, automotive networking, and cybersecurity.

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Monetizing Open Source Software

This blog examines how companies and individuals make money and/or enjoy economies by using open source software (OSS). The blog highlights multiple business and technical strategies for monetizing open source in general, and examines the commercial role of OpenTAP and opportunity for the platform in the test automation ecosystem.

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OpenTAP in Education - U.C. Santa Cruz

This blog is the first in a series documenting the use of OpenTAP in educational settings. The two projects described here - PSLab Integration and Project Wonderwall - proceeded under the auspices of the University of California Santa Cruz School of Engineering, both sponsored by KeySight Technologies.

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OpenTAP in Shipping Products

Increasingly systems architects are including richer test capabilities in their company's shipping products. OEMs are deploying OpenTAP in development and manufacturing; device manufacturers are also embedding the test platform, either downloaded directly from the OpenTAP project or from the supported commercial version, the Keysight PathWave Test Automation Deployment System. This blog highlights the many products that are today deploying OpenTAP to provide embedded test automation.

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OpenTAP and Open Source Cybersecurity

Open source software (OSS) simultaneously enjoys a superb reputation as a source for cybersecurity tooling and less-than-stellar (if undeserved) repute for suffering from vulnerabilities that facilitate data breaches and other attacks. Given that OpenTAP is an active open source project, members of the OpenTAP ecosystem often inquire about the security of this test automation platform and of OSS in general.

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OpenTAP White Paper – Open Source in Test & Measurement

This white paper examines the impact of open source software on the Test & Measurement (T&M) industry and more broadly, the positive consequence of community-developed software for key T&M end-user segments. It examines how equipment OEMs and automated test developers benefit from the
economics and velocity of open source software and a broadly participative development model & ecosystem.

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The OpenTAP Project by the Numbers

Selecting an open source project to adopt, reference or to participate in can be a difficult decision. Prospective users of OpenTAP or any other project should ask themselves Is the project active (or moribund)? How large and complex is the code base? Will the code integrate easily into existing infrastructure? Which licenses apply to the code base? How secure is the project code? What other risks might a project present?

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