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Jan 16, 2008 - 2 minute read - Books Evil Tester

On Lambda the Ultimate I found a link to the ACM Classic Books Series. There are some great books here that I haven’t read since University. So a few of my choice favourites follow… All the books I’m going to list below are available on the web page once you register with the ACM (and you can do this for free) I’m going to reread E.F Codd’s “The Relational Model for Database Management” as I remember getting a little lost in there the last time I read it.

Mercury Quality Center in "It Supports Exploratory Testing" Shock

Jan 16, 2008 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

I can’t believe I’m about to promote Mercury Quality Center, particularly in regards to exploratory testing, but here goes… Mercury appear to have licensed Blueberry consultants Ltd Technology into Mercury Quality Center as part of their Mercury Screen Recorder. This is great news for any tester that has Mercury Quality Center installed on their machine at work, as the Screen Recorder is an addin that you can download from your add in page.

Some tools just get better and better

Jan 15, 2008 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

I have been a MindManager user for a long time, but I’m not a power user. I don’t script it. I don’t use any plug-ins. I don’t generate many documents from it. But it still seemed like one of the best mind map tools out there: fast, easy to use. Every so often it would hog the processor for no good reason. But then FreeMind suddenly got really really good. Is FreeMind now the best mind mapping tool as well as being completely free?

Music to Test By

Jan 11, 2008 - 1 minute read - Entertainment Evil Tester

I just discovered my new favorite internet music site. I have only just dusted off my old vinyl albums from 20 years of storage, but haven’t gone out and bought a turntable to re-listen to them yet so… is allowing me to re-experience the delights of Kaleidoscope (the UK band), Procol Harum, Dead Can Dance, Jade Warrior, and find some new (OK…old) music to enjoy. The site also has links to some online radio stations that specialise in Prog Rock - what could be better to test by than prog rock?

Moved to WordPress

Dec 28, 2007 - 3 minute read - CompendiumDev SiteChange

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.

General Semantics Videos and Keynotes

Dec 28, 2007 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

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 multi monitor utils

Dec 28, 2007 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

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.

Not all testers are evil...

Apr 12, 2007 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

…just the good ones

But why use AutoIt?

Jun 17, 2006 - 3 minute read - AutoIt CompendiumDev

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 .

Simple Monkey Tester Annotated

Jun 13, 2006 - 5 minute read - AutoIt CompendiumDev

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 .