I Care

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

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

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

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

After a discussion about 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.

...for your own good

Apr 27, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

“I’m not Evil, I’m doing it for your own good.”

5 books I recommend to software testers that most testers have probably never read

Apr 22, 2008 - 4 minute read - Books Evil Tester

What testing books should I read?” such a hard question to answer in a land where a testing book that has value at one point in your career ceases to have value later on. I do have some books that I recommend to testers, entirely ignoring their context - ha… see… Eeeevil… So… 5 books, not about testing, that couldĀ change the way you think about testing (or my taste in books).

...I'm Necessary

Apr 20, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

“I’m not Evil, I’m Necessary.”

Challenge your assumptions and presuppositions to identify usefulvariation

Apr 18, 2008 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Any curious tester can find a number of published heuristic documents out there on the web (James Bach, Elisabeth Hendrickson) ‘Heuristics’ appear regularly on blog posts. (Mike Kelly, Ainars Galvans, Scott Barber, David Gilbert) In this post I aim to show you an easy way of identifying new test ideas without recourse to heuristics, on a case by case basis, to allow you to add further depth to your own test explorations.

Book Review: Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael C. Feathers

Apr 18, 2008 - 4 minute read - Book Reviews

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In the foreword Robert Martin tells us that other patterns exist for preventing bad code, and this this book helps us reverse the rot, to “…turn systems that gradually degrade into systems that gradually improve.”

Book Cover of Working With Legacy Code


Of course I'm not Evil...

Apr 13, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

“Of course I’m not Evil. Do I look Evil?”

Software Testing Lessons from Brief Counselling and Therapy

Apr 11, 2008 - 7 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Brief Therapy (and other therapeutic models)) provides me with some useful ‘heuristics’, approaches and techniques to apply during my testing. Brief Therapy - often called Solutions Focused Therapy concentrates on moving the client towards the ‘solution’ that they want to achieve through the therapy process. Different from problem focused therapy which concentrate on the problems that led to whatever situation and symptoms the client currently faces. I have read a fair few Brief Therapy books in the past, but this particular blog posting comes after reading “Brief Counselling: Narratives and Solutions” by Judith Milner and Patrick O’byrne - not a great book but a solid and ‘brief’ useful overview.

Book Review: JUnit Recipes by J. B. Rainsberger, Scott Stirling

Apr 11, 2008 - 3 minute read - Book Reviews

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' “Stop Debugging. Write a test instead” and here’s how’. That seems to sum up the book. Wether you use TDD or not, JUnit Recipes helps you get more out of JUnit - perhaps it will help you stave off a move to TestNG?

Book Cover of JUnit Recipes