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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.

Jan 29, 2009 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

FireShot - a great web testing 'screen' capture tool

A few testers have recently mentioned the tool FireShot to me. Note they only ‘mentioned’ it to me - they should have raved about it and shouted out its name, and in between the effusive praising performed a little happy dance. This plugin works in both IE and Firefox and allows you to capture the whole browser page as an image and send it to the clipboard. When you upgrade to the ‘pro’ version you get editing capabilities, but the free version will speed up your web testing defect reporting no end.

Jan 24, 2009 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Selenium

How I learned to love Selenium's fireEvent

“I clicked on that, why didn’t the click work!” I recently faced the challenge of using Selenium to automate a web application that stubbornly resisted my attempts to automate it - until I found the fireEvent! No need to know the name of the application in question, but the basic situation I faced involved a form with a ‘save’ button. I used Selenium to fill in the details in the form and click the save button.

Jan 22, 2009 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Selenium

Get rid of those pesky IE dialogs with AutoIt

Over the years I have used and reused a variant of a single AutoIt script. The script basically polls windows for a dialog that matches a certain pattern and then performs some action. I most recently used this to get rid of the IE dialog that pops up using Selenium with IEHTA asking if you want the web page to close the window. So this script provides an easier way of getting rid of the dialog than sitting there clicking it (or shooting it) - after all, you automate so you don’t have to sit there.

Jan 20, 2009 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Locky - the file locking test tool

When I test applications that read files I like to test how they handle locked files. And yes, I once had a situation where I needed to lock lots of files, and then lock some more and then lock even more. So I wrote Locky to help me. [Download] I obviously had a lot of time on my hands as I made it fairly generic. I honestly don’t know how long ago I wrote this.

Jan 16, 2009 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Notes on the evolution of my exploratory testing documentation style

Looking back at ETA I can see that my current approach to documenting exploratory testing has changed since I last worked on ETA. Back then I remember my style as: what did I just do? what did I just observe? scribbled thoughts on paper I kind of scribbled future thoughts on bits of paper off to the side as they occurred to me. Since various people have derogatively described my handwriting as “a scrawl”, “unreadable” and “teeny tiny random lines” on a page.

Jan 15, 2009 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Exploratory Test Assistant - a tool for recording your exploratorytesting notes

A long time ago I started writing a tool to help me with my exploratory testing [on GitHub]. I wanted a tool that would sit out of the way unnoticed until I needed it (at the call of a hot key), then I could type in a little note, save it and forget about it. And in the background the tool would go away and format the notes as I wanted them so at the end of a testing session I would have a report.

Jan 6, 2009 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Re-released Microsoft Compatibility Testing Virtual PC Images

The Microsoft compatibility Virtual PC images have had a re-release.  These time out on April 2009 (even when they time out you still get a grace 1 hour usage as I found out this morning). Windows XP SP3 with IE6 Windows XP SP2 with IE7 Windows XP SP3 with IE8 Beta 2 Vista Image with IE7 At no cost, these act as a great way to get multiple versions of IE on your machine for compatibility testing purposes.

Jan 5, 2009 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

How not to behave as a test contractor

Sometime back, Linda Wilkinson had a good post on Test Contractor behaviour I shall add a few more ‘things not to do’ to the list based on some recent (and slightly less recent) experiences with contract testing staff. A few things to bear in mind before we start. When you contract as a tester you represent a company - typically your company. The company has contractually engaged to provide testing services to another company.

Dec 19, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

How to run Selenium-RC in a virtual machine

A tale of VMWare vs VirtualPC One issue that I have with selenium and running tests through IE is the little popup dialog saying “The web page you are viewing is trying to close the window. do you want to close this window?” Our tests use openWindow and then close them frequently. I wrote a little AutoIt script to sit in the background and poll for that dialog and close it when it appears.