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A Guide to Testing Web Applications - Remote Talk

A micro case study with macro lessons learned and examples of Exploring and Testing a Web Application.

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Dev Fest Bishkek 2019

A remote talk held on 14th December 2019 for The Bishkek Dev Fest.

I tested an application for about a day, making notes, and then generalised these into lessons learned and categorise of Test Sessions to help build a better model of how I approach testing.

This talk is available as an expanded (31 video) course on Patreon

A Guide to Testing Web Applications

Have you ever wondered how other people test applications? Not in theory, but in practice? What thought processes are used? How did they model the application? What tools were used? How did they track the testing? That’s what this talk is all about. This talk will be based on a short Case Study of testing an open source web application. Why open source? Because then there is no commercial confidentiality about the process, tools or thought processes. Alan will explain his thought processes, coverage, approaches, tools used, risks identified and results found. And generalise from this into reusable models and principles that can be applied to your testing. This covers the What?, and the Why? of practical exploratory web testing.

Notes and Slides

  • The notes that I made during my testing sessions have been collated into a pdf
    • .pdf
    • and you can see the detail of the notes I take
    • hopefully they are understandable, but remember they were designed to support me, not you
    • if this was a real project, and you needed to understand them, we would debrief and I would explain them

The slides are available as slides on slideshare


mind map of talk


Below are some of the animated gifs I use in the talk to showcase some of my notes.

Overview of Health Check Session Notes

Issues found in initial Health Check Session

Overview of Recon Session Notes

Overview of Debrief Session Notes

Overview of Coverage Session Notes

Overview of Exploratory Session Notes

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This talk is also available,
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exercises and resources),
in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.