STARWEST 2024 Concurrent Session : Lady on the Block: A Tester’s Perspective on Blockchain Technology


Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Lady on the Block: A Tester’s Perspective on Blockchain Technology

How do you go about testing the immutability of deployed code? What control does one have over a decentralized test environment? How does one overcome the complexity of smart contracts and associated potential vulnerabilities? What can be done to ensure seamless integration and interoperability between the blockchain application and external components? As a tester of blockchain applications, Gomathi Ramalingam has encountered and faced many of these challenges, which are inherently due to the unique nature of blockchain technology. She believes that having a good understanding of these challenges is a foundational step to exploring effective solutions that can improve the reliability, security, and success of blockchain. Join Gomathi as she introduces you to blockchain testing, including using a variety of testing methods such as formal verification, developer-tester pairing, real-world simulations, and comprehensive test design for assessing the states, correctness, and coverage of smart contracts. You’ll leave the session with tips on how to embrace rigorous testing practices, stakeholder collaboration, and specialized tools for successfully delivering blockchain-based systems. Together, we can build a stronger foundation for the future of blockchain technology.

Gomathi Ramalingam
Simba Chain

Gomathi Ramalingam is Head of Quality Assurance at Simba Chain, a leading web3 and blockchain service provider. In her current role, Gomathi is responsible for assuring end-to-end quality including quality of code, APIs, Performance, and Security. She has successfully managed to deliver this through the introduction of Automation Testing at scale. Prior to her current role, she headed a team of multiple vendors and development teams to build a first-of-its kind e-commerce portal partnering with one of the world’s largest precious stones company which was later successfully launched for multiple clients, inside and outside of the UK. Across a two decade career, Gomathi has held senior testing and delivery roles across web3, insurance, wealth management, e-commerce, and property tech domains. Gomathi has managed to do this whilst working with customers and suppliers across multiple countries including offshore counterparts, vendors and consultancies. Gomathi is a gold medal winning Engineering Graduate in Computer Science from the prestigious Anna University, India.