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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”

Feb 29, 2016 - 12 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

Lessons Learned Testing the House of Test contest app

Lessons Learned Testing the House of Test contest app Martin Nilsson and House of Test wrote a small ‘test tool’ which they released as a competition app. I’m sure they’ll release the app later. This is a mix of ‘testing notes’ and ‘thoughts on how to test’ this type of app. I spent about an hour or so looking at the app, so the notes are a little scrappy. I spent about 40 mins or so tidying them up for publication, in the hope that they help someone.

Jan 18, 2016 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

I did not know Firefox could do that: Syntax Error Highlighting in "View Page Source"

I found a feature I didn’t know about today in Firefox. The “View Page Source” view, in Firefox, marks in ‘red’ some simple errors. Rendered HTML e.g. in the source view below you can see I haven’t added a doctype, and I have a </h2> where an </h1> should be. View Page Source Shows Errors in Red This doesn’t catch all malformed HTML you would need an HTML Validator for that.

Jan 14, 2016 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Can I use Selenium WebDriver to automate a Windows Desktop Application?

A question posted on the forum of¬†my Selenium WebDriver course. “Can I use Selenium WebDriver to automate a Windows Desktop Application?” I have updated and expanded the answer I provided on the course forum into this blog post. Answer: No. WebDriver is Web only. But… Since WebDriver has a RemoteWebDriver architecture, people have created RemoteWebDriver implementations which aim to automate Windows Applications: Some¬†options that I have not tried, based around WebDriver:

Jan 11, 2016 - 8 minute read - Books Evil Tester

Dear Evil Tester, Who is Stafford Beer and Why should I care?

Question: Who is Stafford Beer and Why should I care? Vernon asks: “ Dear Evil Tester, I’m reading your post about the word “automation” and why we should stop using it. Cool stuff so thanks for that. My question is twofold: 1) Why do you rate Stafford Beer? 2) Where/how do you find these books? You always have interesting books to share with us and I’m wondering how you wander across them.