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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.

Dec 28, 2007 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

General Semantics Videos and Keynotes

The Institute of General Semantics has released some items from the vaults: Audio and Video Materials including contributions from Robert Anton Wilson, Wendell Johnson, Alfred Fleishman, and Irving Lee Transcripts and recordings from the Korzybski Memorial Lectures and more… I have to assume that every other tester on the planet will be as excited as I am by the release from the vaults by the Institute of General Semantics of audio, video and written material relating to GS.

Dec 28, 2007 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

3 Free multi monitor utils

3 free utilities for a multi monitor setup: multimon taskswitchxp force window visible I went looking for a tool to expand the taskbar into the other monitors and allow me to move maximised windows to other monitors. UltraMon is a good shareware tool for doing this, it does a whole bunch of other stuff which I wasn’t using, but I got quite used to dragging maximised windows around. And then I found Multimon, which is freeware from the same people that make Real-Draw.