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Mar 27, 2011 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Evil Tester

The Untold Story of the Test Plan

We all know by now the following things about test plan documents: a test plan document does not substitute for the process of test planning, a test plan document represents one way of communicating the results of the test planning process, the process of test planning stops only when you stop testing (even then, you might obsess so much that you carry on planning) I didn’t always know those things.

Mar 23, 2011 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Selenium

Selenium 2 makes automation debugging easier

One of the parts of Selenium 1.0 that I never enjoyed was debugging automation that didn’t work. I had to faff about creating custom Firefox profiles with Firebug installed and set to go through a proxy. Selenium 2 makes all of that so much easier. With the code below, my test runs through a proxy server on port 8081 and has Firebug installed so that I can breakpoint my test and then go debugging around in the browser DOM, debug the JavaScript to make sure events get fired, etc.

Mar 14, 2011 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Paranoia as a learning and testing strategy

Honestly who doesn’t enjoy reading conspiracy theories? Who doesn’t enjoy putting on the “Helm of Paranoia”. I use paranoia as a learning strategy and as a testing strategy. You can too… For learning: Assume that the author of the book lied to you This forces you to do more research Read additional books Read differing opinions Check their facts Assume the author didn’t want you to know the truth They deliberately obfuscated their writing so you have to simplify them They deliberately made it overly specific so you would not learn the different ways to apply the technique, so you have to generalise it They deliberately didn’t teach you the principles, so that they would retain the edge and you could never compete.

Mar 12, 2011 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Sub-cultural Testing Influences gone mainstream #1 – The Assassins Creed

My testing style, attitude and approach has had many influences. I only recently realised that one of them has become very mainstream. “nothing is true, everything is permitted” Words attributed to Hassan-i-Sabbah on his death bed. Specifically ambiguous and open to misuse. Perfect for testing. disinfo.com/2012/07/hasan-bin-sabbah-and-the-secret-order-of-hashishins/ This went all mainstream with the “Assassin’s Creed” game series http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/The_Creed Fortunately when dealing with software systems, many of the moral dimensions of the Assassin’s phrase disappear and we no longer have to engage in the philosophical debate about boundaries of human actions.

Mar 10, 2011 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Evil Tester

Test Techniques Evolve

I may have some of the arrows the wrong way around in the above diagram. After all, who really knows what influences what. And as to the “?”, I hope that you decide what comes next.

Mar 8, 2011 - 7 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Dangerous Test Concepts Exposed

There exist test ‘concepts’ which, while seemingly simple, have a tendency to melt my brain. Black Box/White Box Testing Functional/Non-Functional Testing Positive/Negative Testing Years spent studying hypnosis and revelling in the ambiguities of communication have left me with an inability to parse language the way I did as a child. I used to have the ability to read, and use, these terms without blinking. Now I throw a ParseException.

Mar 8, 2011 - 7 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

The results are in for the Evil Tester Certification Survey

Did you enter? Probably not. And if not, you lost your chance to save the world. The survey will remain open as I found many of the answers highly entertaining. So feel free to pop random entertaining snippets into the survey and I shall read them and chuckle. Dare I draw conclusions from the survey, given some may have viewed it in jest? Of course. But first… three serious points.

Mar 4, 2011 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

The Cross-Disciple Pirates and the Canon of Test Techniques

I used to consider incorporating techniques from other disciplines into testing as something a little different. It felt right, but since the ‘industry’ didn’t do that, it seemed like a way of individually revealing our personal approach to testing. But testing has a secret history. The building of the Traditional Testing Canon has remained shrouded in mystery until now. So for all testers following tradition, set yourself free, continue to follow Tradition, just follow the one true one.

Feb 24, 2011 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Exploratory Testing Lessons from the Tao Te Ching

Tony Bruce posted some quotes inspired by Taoist traditional writing from The Magic of Metaphor. I have a particular fondness for Taoist classics and I have a fair few translations of the Tao Te Ching on my bookshelf. I love the feeling of simplicity generated when reading. I cherry picked the following quotes with a relevance to my testing. If you have not before taken the following approaches in your testing then I encourage you to try them (failing this you could just read “The Berenstain Bears Inside, Outside, Upside Down” as initially recommended to me by Rob Sabourin):

Feb 21, 2011 - 2 minute read - Entertainment Evil Tester

Can a new certification survey change the landscape of Software TestingCertification?

I doubt it, but what the heck. Let’s try. Inspired I was by Dot Graham’s explanation of the original reasons behind certification in “Certification is evil?“. Which in turn was inspired by the Software Testing Club “Tester is for life, not just for Christmas” e-book. My views on certification in the e-book were “You’re better off becoming an ordained minister from the Church of the Subgenius for only $30.00 than putting any money, or time, towards the Testing Certification Scam.