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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.

Feb 4, 2009 - 4 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: How We Test Software At Microsoft

Book Authors: Alan Page, Ken Johnston, Bj Rollison I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know if I learned a lot of new stuff but HWTSAM did remind me of a lot, and encouraged me to believe in a rosier future for all software testers. HWTSAM makes it clear that because of Microsoft’s size many styles of testing go on in Microsoft and this book presents some stories about Microsoft and some of their techniques.

Feb 1, 2009 - 13 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Exploring free and open source test tools

I recently facilitated a session on free and open source test tools at the Test Management Summit. This post contains an edited form of my notes prior to the event and some amendments and additions based on the discussion from the session. [Download the slides from the session] What makes me think I have enough experience to talk about this? I have coded and designed commercial, free and open-source testing tools.

Jan 30, 2009 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

Don't call me a QA!

I dislike the term QA when applied to testers in general. I dislike it more when applied to my team. I dislike it even more when applied to me. If you read this, and you use the term QA - stop it. Bad Trend towards QA Unfortunately if I graphed the trend for verbal usage of this term I would see draw a line heading upwards. I used to hear it more from the American staff I worked with, but now the disease has spread to UK staff.