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Jun 8, 2008 - 3 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Pragmatic Ajax - A Web 2.0 Primer by Gehtland, Galbraithand Almaer

The Ajax world moves really quickly, and has moved on a lot since the publication of this book, so much so that it could really do with a new edition. Fortunately, with the sub title “A Web 2.0 Primer”, we should expect an overview, and in some ways it doesn’t matter that we don’t get the most up to date information. [amazon.co.uk] [amazon.com] As a novice JavaScript programmer I did learn a lot from this book, but after having read it once, I doubt I’ll really refer to it again.

Jun 6, 2008 - 4 minute read - Agile Evil Tester

Test Driven JavaScript using QUnit

I have a little project that I started writing in OpenLaszlo. I chose OpenLaszlo because I thought I could script it in standard JavaScript but during the development of my minor app I found a few errors with the OpenLaszlo JavaScript implementation and the project stalled. Now, having started a new job, where the development team use splendid new technologies like QUnit, and JQuery, I resurrected my app. So I present, to you, some notes on my experience of Test Driven JavaScript using QUnit.

Jun 1, 2008 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Surprise, and now... PowerShell

Well, that last post took me by surprise - I had forgotten I had set up more slogans in advance. So to quickly try and redeem the blog and add some value… some links about testing with Microsoft PowerShell. The first link came through my blog aggregator from the MSDN Tester Center. I assume the addition of Test Applications with PowerShell triggered the rss update but I don’t know for sure.

May 18, 2008 - 3 minute read - Agile Cartoons Evil Tester

Evil Tester and The Agile Team

What happens when Evil Tester and Panicky Tester see the new Agile team in action? Will they flee? Will they join in? Find out in our exciting “Evil Tester” comic book adventure. That’s right comic book fans… ‘Agile’ gets everywhere and it ain’t easy. It takes time. It takes practice. ‘Agile’ requires more than shimmying into your old ninja costume and joining an ‘Agile’ team. Everyone on the team has to adapt to the particular dynamic on the team - and that includes testers - so answering questions like “What should a tester do on an Agile project” becomes really hard.

May 11, 2008 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

Slogans! Slogans! Seriously, we don't need no stinkin' slogans.

I always thought the slogans would prove the most controversial part of EvilTester.com - more controversial than the cartoons, and more controversial than the name Eeeevil Tester. (You do have to say it like that, otherwise you take it far too seriously). So after sending these slogans through to you with no explanation, I now present some reasons as to why the slogans exist. And note…I regard this set of reasons as the ‘serious’ set.

May 4, 2008 - 10 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

A Short History of my ISEB Software Testing Certification involvement

Back in 2001? 2002? Back whenever I noticed the ISEB certification starting, I thought “Hmm… how strange, I wonder why they would want to do this”. I read an early draft of the syllabus online and thought “Well this seems fairly simple, but misses out a lot of stuff that I do in the real world, but what harm could it cause?” After the unleashing of the foundation certification, and training and examining began in earnest, I remember reading a trade press advert that offered a “High paid career in testing after one week of training and gaining the ISEB certification” (or words to that effect).

May 4, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

I Care

I’m Sure it seems as though I’m Evil. But it’s only because I care.

Apr 28, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Question: Which applications do you use during interviews to 'see' how candidates do exploratory testing?

After a discussion about passion and interviewing testers I started to rethink how I conduct interviews and I think that in the future I will use MS Paint as an application to see how candidates approach testing. A long time ago, I wrote my own little app for use during interviews. You can play with it if you like - it has many deliberately injected bugs - so no raising defect reports with me, but feel free to share any experiences that you have with it.