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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.
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.
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.
There are many reasons why I am writing about AutoIt and not Perl or Ruby as a mechanism for free GUI test automation on windows. Here I have listed just 5 of them, and I know that some people are going to look at the list and think that what I am touting as a good reason is a bad one for them… Because AutoIt… is well documented does not require an install so I can carry it around on a usb stick has a good and standard editor/IDE scripts can easily be converted to .
I’m annotating the mokey tester code that I posted yesterday with even more comments for those people that are new to AutoIt and perhaps didn’t understand what the code was doing. The monkey tester code explained. A comment in AutoIT starts with a semi colon and runs to the end of a line. You can also comment a block of code by using the #comments-start and #comments-end directives. ; monkey tester ; This monkey tester just randomly ; clicks on the window of the calculator Now we create a few variables for the script .
AutoIt is a simple windows automation language, and in this short code snippet I will give you the code for a very simple Monkey tester. I’m tempted to talk a little bit about what AutoIt is, and what it does, but I’ll save that for a later post. Right now I just want to dive into the action and show you a simple script that does a little monkey testing.
…these tools might help you out: Safarp, Startup Delayer, ShellExView It may be obvious from the rest of the website that I install and try out a lot of different software. And yes… sometimes it doesn’t work right, and I don’t always install it under a virtual machine first, and my machine can get in a bit of a mess. So there are a few tools that I use which have helped me get out of trouble in the past
Yorkspace.com has a small list of essential tools. I use many of these, and a few alternatives… From the Yorkspace.com list have not used the torrent, podcast or mp3 tools, neither have I used Thunderbird. I certainly recommend AutoIt, particularly with the SciTE4AutoIt editor. And I use VLC media player, as my default DVD viewing application. I use the listed 7-zip and I use an alternative called PicoZip. There are a couple of tools where I do not use the one listed, but I use something very similar and these alternatives are listed below.
A few useful utilities: Switch Window And from the Microsoft XP PowerToys: Command Prompt Here Alt-Tab Replacement Switch Window provides a handy little popup window that lists all current windows and you can easily switch between them. I tend to use the [Start] context menu to trigger it. Microsoft XP PowerToys has a few tools that I use regularly, I’m just going to draw your attention to 2 of them below