How to write a simple Monkey Tester in AutoIt

Jun 12, 2006 - 2 minute read - AutoIt CompendiumDev

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.

If you install too much stuff then...

Jun 10, 2006 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

…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 tools list

Jun 6, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch has a small list of essential tools. I use many of these, and a few alternatives… From the 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.

Utils for a minor edge

Jun 4, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

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

Can the words that we use affect our thinking

Apr 26, 2006 - 5 minute read - Blog CompendiumDev

Can the words that we use affect our train of thought? How do the different words we use to describe a system, change the way that we think about that system? Can we describe the Application Under Test differently and change the way that we think about it? One exercise I tried recently was to think of different words to describe the software that I was testing and to see how that affected my thinking about that software.

How to cope without MS Project

Apr 26, 2006 - 4 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

MS Project is the project schedule tool that I encounter more on site than any other tool, and the one that I personally prefer to use on sites. But sometimes things don’t go as planned and I recently found myself without MS Project on a site with many MS Project Plans. Sadly Microsoft do not provide a viewer for MS Project files so I hastily tried to find a tool to help me view the plans.

3 Useful Questions, GS

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

What do you mean? How do you know? What then? from Articles on General Semantics from the European Society for General Semantics.

Ivor Cutler (R.I.P)

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester WebWatch

Ivor Cutler - I believe in bugs Lying in the silken ground one day, I shall sense the buggies wriggle as they eat me away, Singing “I believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs…” (born January 15 1923; died March 3 2006) This post originally appeared on but I moved it here as it seemed more Evil Testery

Excel For Test Data Generation

Mar 15, 2005 - 1 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

MS Excel, and spreadsheets in general, are the testers friend. I have written up some notes about how to use Excel and VBA to generate test data. Moved to

I am a bug - Book Review

Mar 14, 2005 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Book Reviews

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A book review of the Children’s Software Testing Classic “I Am A Bug” by Rob Sabourin, suitable for everyone.

Book Cover for I Am A Bug