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Apr 21, 2011 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Tutorial on Burp Suite Repeater and Intruder

This tutorial on Burp Suite covers the Repeater and Intruder functionality. Repeater allows you to play back a message to the server and amend it before it goes out. Intruder allows you to play back messages, with various elements of the message varying with each playback e.g. a different set of parameters In the tutorial video I explain how I use each function in my testing. Other proxy tools do similar things.

Apr 19, 2011 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

No Excuses – Learn Burp Suite to aid your web testing

In March 2011 I gave a talk at the London Sigist on technical testing. I’ll make the slides for that available (…sometime soon). I didn’t want to give a ‘blaggers guide’ to technical testing. So I presented an overview of some of the thought processes and models I use. At the end of the talk I provided a list of tools that I use. I use Burp Suite as one of my proxy servers.

Mar 30, 2011 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Evil Tester

Software Testing Club – Testing Tales released

A while back, Rob Lambert started collecting Nursery Rhymes for the Software Testing Club. Since I enjoy Humpty Dumpty I created a version for STC. It has just become available on the Software Testing Club website, along with Rob’s entertaining take on The Gingerbread Man. They have posted the uncensored version of Humpty so those of a weak disposition take heed of this warning before visiting said site.

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.