I thought you were a tester but... you're programming

Jan 30, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

I state no “MUST”s in here, you don’t “HAVE” to know how to program to work effectively as a tester but…when you do know how to program, then you have more options. How many more? Well… “Reasons to be cheerful - one, two, three…” Reasons why I have found it useful to have programming knowledge: Speak to the developers in their own language – build relationships with the development team Different languages have their own problems and idioms – useful to know these Different languages have to make different physical decisions when implementing logical designs Implement custom test tool utilities – metric collating, defect management, data generation Use existing test tool APIs and customise your test tools e.

Book Review: Software Testing by Ron Patton

Jan 28, 2008 - 5 minute read - Book Reviews

Find it on [amazon.uk] [amazon.com]

This review actually covers the 1st edition, and not the current 2nd edition.

I read this a long time ago - made my notes and have subsequently lost them. So I start again.

Book Cover Software Testing


Panicky Tester meets Evil Tester

Jan 28, 2008 - 1 minute read - Cartoons Evil Tester

What happens when Panicky tester meets Evil Tester ? Find out in the latest episode of the exciting cartoon adventures of Evil Tester.

How to find out where the time goes

Jan 24, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

jWorkSheet is one of the secret tools that form part of my productivity armoury. What does it do? Why do I use it?…. Well, I work across multiple projects and if I like to be able to see which projects are taking most of my time. If I don’t track my time I get to the end of the day and go “so what did I do all day?”. If you face a similar issue then…jWorkSheet might help you.

Agile Acceptance Testing

Jan 21, 2008 - 3 minute read - Agile CompendiumDev

Some notes and links on Agile Acceptance Testing. First the links. Read the online Acceptance Testing chapter from “Test Driven - Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers” by Lasse Koskela. Read Brian Marick’s article Series Agile Testing Directions. And now the notes: I haven’t yet read “Test Driven - Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers” [amazon.com][amazon.co.uk]. I have, however, read the free online chapters and I have already sent the urls of those chapters to people that I work with to introduce them to TDD and Acceptance Testing principles.

Please stop the fiction

Jan 20, 2008 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

I have an unhealthy dislike of the current trend towards “fictional” example ‘based’ essays. You know the type… It was Monday and I struggled into the office out of the pouring rain and before I’d even sat down, let alone think about getting a cup of coffee and reading the latest Dilbert gag, Jane walked up to me and said “We have been looking for you for half an hour, there has been a new release, we only have 20 minutes to test all the software and we have 27000 tests to run manually - what are we going to do?

5 Exploratory Test Documentation Lessons

Jan 19, 2008 - 3 minute read - CompendiumDev Exploratory Testing

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.

Resource Hacking for Beginners

Jan 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

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:

"Martial deals with surprise" - GTD related to testing

Jan 18, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

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.