Automation

Testing with emails

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Testing a product like Campaign Monitor means dealing with a lot of emails as test data. Here are some things I’ve learned about that. Unique email addresses In order to check the contents of emails that you have sent, you need to have an accessible email account. But trying to send all emails to one […]

Tools

Test tool roundup – data generation

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I guess not all of us have the time and imagination to think up realistic test data, especially when we need about 8,000 rows of it. Here are some tools that might help you out: Lorem Ipsum – The classic “filler” text used by typesetters everywhere. This stuff is great because you can generate specific […]

Automation

Selenium for manual testers

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Hey manual testers, here’s a handy tool for you – Selenium. And you don’t even have to be an automation guru to use it. Download Selenium, it’s free. Stop freaking out, you don’t actually have to learn the inner workings of Selenium, just use its most basic features. Give the record and playback a little […]

Tools

Hexawise – more coverage, fewer tests

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Hexawise is an interesting concept. It’s worth checking out their 3-minute introduction to see what they’re talking about, but basically the idea is that with every application, there are many variables that lead to massive amounts of possible test cases. So you just enter all the different variables into Hexawise and it whittles that number […]

Automation

Selenium – first impressions

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I’ve recently been trialling  Selenium to see if it would be suitable replacement for our current, very expensive tool, Rational Functional Tester. For those not in the know, Selenium is an open-source test automation tool that is currently very popular in the testing community. The Selenium IDE acts as a plugin for Mozilla Firefox. It […]

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 […]