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Jan 21, 2008 - 3 minute read - Agile CompendiumDev

Agile Acceptance Testing

Some notes and links on Agile Acceptance Testing. First the links. Read the online Acceptance Testing chapter from “Test Driven - Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers” by Lasse Koskela. Read Brian Marick’s article Series Agile Testing Directions. And now the notes: I haven’t yet read “Test Driven - Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers” [amazon.com][amazon.co.uk]. I have, however, read the free online chapters and I have already sent the urls of those chapters to people that I work with to introduce them to TDD and Acceptance Testing principles.

Jan 20, 2008 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

Please stop the fiction

I have an unhealthy dislike of the current trend towards “fictional” example ‘based’ essays. You know the type… It was Monday and I struggled into the office out of the pouring rain and before I’d even sat down, let alone think about getting a cup of coffee and reading the latest Dilbert gag, Jane walked up to me and said “We have been looking for you for half an hour, there has been a new release, we only have 20 minutes to test all the software and we have 27000 tests to run manually - what are we going to do?

Jan 19, 2008 - 3 minute read - CompendiumDev Exploratory Testing

5 Exploratory Test Documentation Lessons

While at Stockholm for the EuroSTAR 2007 conference I managed to conduct testing on a public booth and have collated some simple lessons on Exploratory Test Documentation. I read James Bach’s post on Amateur Penetration Testing a few weeks before going off to Stockholm for the EuroSTAR 2007 conference. While there I managed to recall some of his techniques while using a few of the free test training booths provided by the Stockholm authorities in their fair city.

Jan 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

Resource Hacking for Beginners

I’m going to introduce you to the Win32 testing tool that I use for looking at application resources, and which I used to find Mercury Screen Recorder secrets. My first tool of choice for viewing the resources in applications is called… Resource Hacker. Resource Hacker ™ is a freeware tool for viewing the resources embedded in a Win32 executable. I find this to be a handy tool for checking what hidden secrets await me if I test the application hard enough:

Jan 18, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

"Martial deals with surprise" - GTD related to testing

I made some notes when watching the Dave Allen’s Google Tech Talk on Getting Things Done. In order to help remember them I have mapped them on to Software Testing, with a few additional notes. If you haven’t watched the Google Tech Talk by Dave Allen then this post may not make as much sense now, but I think it will after you come back from watching the talk. And if you have watched it, then this post may act as a small reminder for you to.

Jan 16, 2008 - 2 minute read - Books Evil Tester

Get yourself a free computer science education

On Lambda the Ultimate I found a link to the ACM Classic Books Series. There are some great books here that I haven’t read since University. So a few of my choice favourites follow… All the books I’m going to list below are available on the web page once you register with the ACM (and you can do this for free) I’m going to reread E.F Codd’s “The Relational Model for Database Management” as I remember getting a little lost in there the last time I read it.

Jan 16, 2008 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

Mercury Quality Center in "It Supports Exploratory Testing" Shock

I can’t believe I’m about to promote Mercury Quality Center, particularly in regards to exploratory testing, but here goes… Mercury appear to have licensed Blueberry consultants Ltd Technology into Mercury Quality Center as part of their Mercury Screen Recorder. This is great news for any tester that has Mercury Quality Center installed on their machine at work, as the Screen Recorder is an addin that you can download from your add in page.

Jan 15, 2008 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

Some tools just get better and better

I have been a MindManager user for a long time, but I’m not a power user. I don’t script it. I don’t use any plug-ins. I don’t generate many documents from it. But it still seemed like one of the best mind map tools out there: fast, easy to use. Every so often it would hog the processor for no good reason. But then FreeMind suddenly got really really good. Is FreeMind now the best mind mapping tool as well as being completely free?

Jan 11, 2008 - 1 minute read - Entertainment Evil Tester

Music to Test By

I just discovered my new favorite internet music site. www.progarchives.com I have only just dusted off my old vinyl albums from 20 years of storage, but haven’t gone out and bought a turntable to re-listen to them yet so… www.progarchives.com is allowing me to re-experience the delights of Kaleidoscope (the UK band), Procol Harum, Dead Can Dance, Jade Warrior, and find some new (OK…old) music to enjoy. The site also has links to some online radio stations that specialise in Prog Rock - what could be better to test by than prog rock?

Dec 28, 2007 - 3 minute read - CompendiumDev SiteChange

Moved to WordPress

I have started to move the site over to WordPress, starting with the blog entries and during the conversion process I remembered to re-learn a little bit about SQL. I studied relational databases at University but the days when I can knock up a left join insert with multiple renames, without thinking have passed me by. I do find that in my old age I rely on query builders to help me generate some of the more complicated queries that I use during testing.