News

A new world of blog

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Hi everybody, you may remember me from such blogs as http://hogfish.spaces.live.com/. Well I thought it’s about time I set up a decent blog for all this testing stuff and here it is. I know I haven’t blogged in a long time, but I’m finally learning stuff again so the blogging fever has hit me again. […]

Test cases

Test Cases – the search continues

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The search for the perfect test case format I mean. Ideally a test case document should be such that any n00b can just come along, never having seen your application before and test the bejeezus out of it.   So ideally, each test case should somehow communicate: How to get to the area you are […]

Random musings

Innocent until proven guilty

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I think there is a lot to be said about the attitude of a tester. Imagine you are one of those cops on one of the really hardcore cop shows and you’ve got some chump under arrest. You know he did it, but you have no evidence. Is your conversation going to go like this? […]

Defect tracking

Triage

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My MSN special message often features something about “triage”, and one of my esteemed colleagues suggested I write a blog entry about it. “Not a bad idea”, thought I, “after all, many an onlien frenz has asked me what triage is”.   In medical terms, I am led to believe that the triage process involves […]

Bugs

The importance of raising issues properly

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Imagine you’ve just joined a project that’s been going for 6 months. Maybe you’re the first tester to enter the project for months, maybe the old tester quit or died or something. Maybe you’re just doing regression testing. Anyhow, you’re left with a heap of issues that look something like: Error occurs Editing field does […]

Manual testing

Imagination is a wonderful thing

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Here’s a little something I like to do when I’m running short of bugs to find and generally getting kind of bored running the same tests over and over again. I usually find a fair few bugs this way, and if I don’t, well it’s pretty entertaining anyway.   So let’s say you’re testing an […]

Manual testing

Lorem Ipsum

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A coworker showed me this the other day – The Lorem Ipsum Generator. It’s probably not a newsflash for most people, but it’s a generator of big chunks of gibberish that you can customise to be as long or short as you like. It’s really handy for when you are testing forms or documents and […]

Automation

Writing robust test scripts

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Automated test cases are a wonderful thing in theory. It’s great to be able to just set them running overnight and see what failed in the morning. But if your test scripts aren’t robust, then your cases are going to be as unreliable as a clock made of jelly, and that will make the test […]

Manual testing

The lazy methodology, part II

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As it turns out, there is a second part to the Lazy Methodology. As well as finding bugs as a result of programmer laziness, you can also find bugs as a result of tester laziness.   It’s pretty simple, way simpler than Part I. You just have to look through the list of current or […]