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Mar 8, 2010 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Another XPath tool to help out with your automated testing

I use XPather to help me write my automated tests, and other people seem to like XPath Checker. But today I needed something a little harder hitting and something which didn’t sit in the browser to help me write some batch processing xml tests. I found SketchPath, a fantastic free .net written tool. SketchPath has a tree view of the xml document which shows the matches, hints on XPath functions, and a good trace facility.

Mar 4, 2010 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Selenium

Selenium as a performance and load test tool with BrowserMob

I recently had the good fortune at work to have tested an Amazon cloud hosted application. And this led to the test team having to investigate alternative performance test tools. We settled on BrowserMob and we have loved it. I wish BrowserMob had an affiliate program, then I might get some cash if I send you off to their site. But they don’t, and I’m only writing this because I think they have a great tool and want to draw your attention to it.

Feb 28, 2010 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Selenium Simplified

Hints and Tips for self-publishing testers

On this, barely my third day of self-publishing an electronic ebook. I somehow feel qualified to pass on a few tips to anyone thinking of going down that road. I quickly learned that I should not use lulu.com to build a wee self-contained community, where you can keep your beta customers up to date with future releases, because lulu.com doesn’t tell you anything about the people that bought your book (or if it does, I could not find the option).

Feb 27, 2010 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Evil Tester

Automated Web Testing in Evil Tester Land

It seems about time to re-enter the cartoon world of Evil Tester. And obviously, if Evil Tester did do automated web testing, he wouldn’t use something as prosaic as Selenium or Watir, he’d want some ‘proper’ automata. I don’t believe I ever bragged of having a particularly sophisticated sense of humour. At the moment, I fully expect this to make the cover of Selenium Simplified.

Nov 1, 2009 - 4 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Coders at Work by Peter Seibel

Of the 15 names in the list I recognised just 7, so I can’t claim to have a great knowledge of great programmers. But that just seeing Donald Knuth on the list made me want to read the book. And having read it, I recommend it to you. ( amazon.co.uk | amazon.com ) The interviews share questions so you get a common feel for how the interview subjects all learned their trade.

Aug 15, 2009 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques Tools

Real Testing Tales (with Fiddler) – The Case of the Get that became aPOST

The following contains a true life summary of some recent testing to illustrate the use of Fiddler and some test thinking in action. I know I have mentioned Fiddler 2 before and how I could not test web sites without it (OK, so I could but I’d use something like BurpSuite instead), but I like Fiddler because of its ease of use and flexibility, as I will explain… I recently had cause to examine a Flash application to provide some feedback to the authors.

Aug 2, 2009 - 4 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory

One good thing about the title, it should mean that testers read the book. One bad thing about the title, other roles might not. But they should. This book provides a particularly good introduction and overview to the Agile process from a ‘test’ perspective. ( amazon.co.uk | amazon.com ) Anyone that has worked in an Agile environment for some time will read the book and relate very easily to the stories, philosophies and practices described – your danger is reading too fast and skipping over chunks that you can learn from.

Apr 30, 2009 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Learn Security Testing with Fiddler and Watcher

I mentioned that Fiddler forms an essential part of my web testing toolkit, and recently I had a hankering for knowledge of Security Testing. Somehow I found my way to a Fiddler plugin called Watcher from Casaba Security. This lets me slowly learn about security testing in the course of my normal testing. Simple to use: enable Watcher using the new [Security Auditor] tab that appears after installing watcher, and test normally, then check the Security tab and see the warnings Watcher has flagged.

Apr 29, 2009 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

How on earth did we test the web without these tools?

I’ve done a fair bit of Web and Flash testing recently and I suddenly realised how much I rely on various tools I have installed to help me. In fact, I don’t know how I ever managed to test web sites without these. So in this post I’ll provide a wee introduction to the tools I’ve used in the past few months. If you don’t use the following tools then I’d love to know which tools you use to get visibility into, and control of, your testing.

Feb 18, 2009 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Do you still remember your first 'real' test

I still remember my first real test. Do you? Since I generalise wildly, I assume that you do. Note: my first ‘real’ test. Not “the first time I found a bug”. For the purposes of this exercise I defined my first ‘real’ test as the first time I can remember purposefully thinking like a tester with regards to software and actively hunting out a bug. You may choose a different definition - up to you.