Software Testing and Spies in The Art of War

Feb 14, 2020 - 8 minute read - Software Testing Exploratory Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; The Art of War Chapter 13, on spies, is directly applicable for interpretation in terms of Software Testing. I interpreted some of Chapter 13 of The Art of War, in terms of Software Testing. I encourage you to read The Art of War, and make your own interpretations. I was collating the transcriptions of the 33 videos in my “How I Test Web Apps” Micro Course and noticed that my ‘recon’ section was numbered 007.

January 2020 EvilTester.com and Patreon Content Summary

Feb 10, 2020 - 5 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester Summaries

TLDR; January I spent some time exploring combinatorial techniques and Systems Modelling


Which programming language should I learn?

Jan 31, 2020 - 4 minute read - Java For Testers Programming WebDriver

TLDR; Getting started with programming is the hardest part. Installing the IDE, adding dependencies, writing your first test. Pick whichever language you have someone to help you with, or you have a tutorial to work through. Switching languages when you know one is not too hard so do not worry about being stuck with a language, focus on getting started.


December 2019 EvilTester.com and Patreon Content Summary

Jan 15, 2020 - 8 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester Summaries

TLDR; December was a bumper month for Patreon because I released a new micro course


How I Test - A Dev Fest Talk

Dec 17, 2019 - 3 minute read - Software Testing Exploratory Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; I split my testing into small chunks with a high level aim, and a generic classification. I make notes. I emphasise evidence more than upfront planning. I provided an online talk at Dev Fest 2019 for Bishkek group. This is a short summary with links to the slides and exploratory testing notes. PDFs and Slides and more details about the talk are available here. eviltester.com/conference/devfestbishkek2019_conference One Thing One thing I’d like to see more of, is actual output from the testing that people perform.

November 2019 EvilTester.com and Patreon Content Summary

Dec 5, 2019 - 7 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester Summaries

TLDR; Some notes on Tactically developing Software (tactical can refactor to strategic, when working strategically if you adopt tactical approaches for the Strategic components then you build up Tech Debt and rework). And content created as a result of journaling and learning over the month of November…


Risks, Issues, Benefits Of Tactically Automating Twitter Case Study

Dec 3, 2019 - 11 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; Every approach to automating has risks, issues and benefits. Often we don’t think these through. When we do we will see that automating has a different set of answers than automating strategically. This helps reinforce the difference, without having to stick to definitions. In my conference talks and on my blog I make a distinction between Automating Tactically and Strategically. In this blog post I will conduct an exercise to look at the benefits, risks and issues associated with a particular example of automating tactically.

Automating Deselection and Unchecking of Twitter Interests

Nov 25, 2019 - 6 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; I automated the unchecking of all Twitter Interests using simple JavaScript at the console. I explain the code I wrote, and how I wrote it to act as a case study in Tactical Automation.

Twitter Interests have been automatically collated. You can manually review and amend these (there might be hundreds). I decided to uncheck them all. And did so automatically.


How to Ask for Help and Support Online

Nov 22, 2019 - 11 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; Be clear in what you want. Do work and research on your own first. Explain your current position to provide context for what you have done. Do look for help to take the responsible next action.

I want to help people. Everyone who puts content online wants to help people. But often I am unable to help, due to the volume of contact requests and the way that people write their help requests.

Here are a few notes on how to contact people online from whom you want help and support. And how to make it easier for them to respond to your help requests. Including some notes on how I prefer to deal with requests.


How to Proxy Localhost or Docker

Nov 18, 2019 - 1 minute read - Software Testing Evil Tester

TLDR; Use a proxy against localhost by using your machine name or private ip address from ifconfig (or ipconfig).