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Mar 16, 2016 - 2 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

Sigist Keynote March 2016 Notes

I have updated my CompendiumDev.co.uk resources page for the Sigist March 2016 Keynote to include the slide deck and the social media commentary that Lisa Crispin kindly provided during the talk. (The above photo was taken by Lisa during the talk) The talk was possibly partially recorded and might partially make its way to YouTube. The Sigist team are experimenting with recording technology and experiencing the normal teething troubles associated with live video recording.

Mar 16, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Slides released for March 2016 Sigist Keynote

I have released the slides for the March 2016 Sigist Keynote. You can find a link to the slides and the social media updates over on the March 2016 Sigist page. During the talk we gave away prizes of two copies of Java For Testers and one unique, proof copy of “Dear Evil Tester“

Mar 14, 2016 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

How to draw Evil Tester

“Dear Evil Tester” includes some Evil Tester images and comics. In this post I will show the basic process I use to go from a scribbled, draft, pencil drawing, to an inked and digital comic. You’ll see (in super blurry vision because of the web cam autofocus) the draft A3 sheets. Then we move to an A4 pencil sketch. And then to an A4 ink sketch. And we’ll finish with a quick demo of the tools we need to scan it in and polish it up on the computer.

Mar 11, 2016 - 1 minute read - Books Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Behind the scenes: Dear Evil Tester Book editing continues with testing hints on Observation

A proof copy of “Dear Evil Tester” just popped through the door from CreateSpace. So now, with a different observation tool (the book instead of the printout). I will start to spot different errors. And we enter the next stage of editing. Hopefully after these edits and fixes, only one more proof copy will be required before we go to print. Observation is one of the key parts of my simple testing model:

Mar 11, 2016 - 1 minute read - Books Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Behind the scenes: publishing and editing Dear Evil Tester book on leanpub

A quick behind the scenes look at the pre-proof editing process used when I’m writing a book via leanpub.com. In this video you will see all the tips and tricks of the trade. The super secret special pen that I use for editing (clue: its a “Fisher Military Space Pen Matt Black”). The hi-tech editing software in use (clue: its a text editor, in this case Sublime Text). The hi-tech version control software in use (clue: its subversion because I’m like that at home).

Mar 10, 2016 - 2 minute read - Books Evil Tester

Announcing "Dear Evil Tester" coming soon, and why I wrote it

“Dear Evil Tester” is coming soon. It is funny. And that’s fairly revolutionary in the testing market although Rob Sabourin’s “I am a bug” and Andy Glover’s “Cartoon Tester” provided humour in book form before I did. And this book contains the kind of humour that I relate to most. Huib Schoots said “Alan writes with a dark humour that I like a lot!” Thanks Huib, I like that a lot too.

Mar 8, 2016 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Java Technical Testing Training

Video Version of Lessons Learned Testing the House of Test contest app

I know that some people will have read, and been able to implement the notes I published after testing the House of Test Data Generation contest application. I also know that a video can help people overcome issues trying to implement the notes because you’ll be able to see my testing in action and the steps I take to create the project and add the jar to the project etc.

Mar 8, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev training

New Online Training Course: Case Study: Technical Testing of a Desktop Java Application

I have uploaded a new free online training course. “Case Study: Java Desktop Application Technical Testing“ This course shows an approach to testing a Desktop Java Application using the type of technical knowledge gained from working through our “Java For Testers” book and applying the Technical Testing thought process that I explain in the “Technical Web Testing 101” course.

Mar 8, 2016 - 1 minute read - IDE Java For Testers Training

Use of Java for Technical Testing Case Study

When we learn Java, or think about learning Java, we may have a limited model of the possibilities that the knowledge opens up for us. As we learn we develop skills we may be unaware of: Use of IDE General Debugging Skills Breakpoint running code Inspect variables when debugging Running Java applications from the command line Ability to review Java Code Understanding exception messages All of this can help us with our Technical Testing.

Mar 7, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Upcoming Talks for March and May 2016

I will be presenting at two conferences, both in London, in May and in March 2016: March 2016 in London, at the SIGIST March 2016 Conference, I will perform the closing keynote with a talk entitled”Push your technical testing further - into technology and security” May 2016 in London, at the National Software Testing Conference 2016, I will present a talk entitled “The Art of Questioning to improve Testing, Agile, and Automating”