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What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?

One thing that I've benefited from in my testing career is that I do have some knowledge of software development coding methods and concepts. While I probably could not code my way out of a paper bag ...
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Selenium: reuse existing browser session, instead of opening new windows?

This has been asked a million times on the web, but there's no clear cut answer. I tried "-browserSessionReuse" today without any luck; my tests keep spawning new browser windows. ...
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Is there a guide or systematic way of writing test scenarios?

Are there best practices in coming up with effective test scenarios? Are there documented test scenarios that can be reused across different systems?
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Techniques for test selection, give a large suite of test cases

I have a huge collection of test cases (inputs). I'd like to select a small subset that's likely to catch most of the bugs. Are there any standard or known techniques in the testing literature for ...
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What are anti-patterns in test automation?

anti-pattern: There must be at least two key elements present to formally distinguish an actual anti-pattern from a simple bad habit, bad practice, or bad idea: A commonly used ...
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How far would you go in ETL and data warehouse testing?

Recently I've been testing on an ETL/Data warehouse project and the strategy I took was to work very closely with the business and leverage their knowledge to come up with all the weird and wonderful ...
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Bug hunts and possible alternatives?

Recently, our QA department has been running bug hunts. Once a sprint all the teams do 10 min demos then they spend the whole day submitting bugs for a feature getting ready for release. They've been ...
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How to isolate a bug?

One of a tester's tasks is to isolate a bug. Narrowing a problem search space will help a developer to find the cause and fix it. By isolating the bug I mean both finding the class of inputs that ...
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How do you write a great bug report? [closed]

"Is this going to be a stand-up fight sir, or a bug hunt?" - Hudson I've always wondered what the secrets were to writing a great bug report. Over time I've narrowed down the activity to three ...
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What is a good KPI for software QA?

How can you measure the efficiency of the QA team? What KPIs would you set up?
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2answers
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QTP vs Selenium [closed]

I have largely worked with Selenium for front end automation. Looks like there is great market for QTP in this arena, especially when you could afford commercial tools. Have you worked with both QTP ...
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What is Selenium's default timeout for page loading?

I am using Selenium 2. I have loaded the page using Get command in WebDriver class which is in the package org.openqa.selenium. My question is that what is Selenium's default timeout for page loading? ...
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How to test search engine results?

I had an interview question: You were told that a search engine result by target query does not satisfy a requirement by its position. How would you test it? How would you test it? I had some ...
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Where can I find some amusing cartoons about software testing? [closed]

I came across this Dilbert cartoon this week that I thought was pretty funny. What other good software testing related cartoons are out there?
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1answer
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Flex Test Automation Tools Questions

Below tools I figured out for Flex Testing FlexMonkium - Selenium IDE Addon FlexMonkey - http://www.gorillalogic.com/flexmonkey FlexPilot - https://github.com/mde/flex-pilot/wiki FlexUISelenium - ...
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Is it fair to report a bug discovered during code review without performing a test?

I'm QA with some programming experience, so I am able to debug and review the code of the system under test. I also often read the code to understand how to define request or what response should I ...
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2answers
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Recommended Generic profiling techniques for quality assurance on HTML integration

All of our software projects are web based and many include the production of HTML templates (example pages) that then need to be integrated into a working software system or website. Are there ...
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3answers
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Controlling database state in Selenium UI Testing

We have a big test suit with around 300+ tests. Now a days we are manually restoring database and creating few Data Objects and hard coding some data to feed into the tests. However, there are a lot ...
4
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3answers
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How to do integrated testing?

So I have been reading up on a lot of books surrounding testing. But all the books I've read have the same flaws. They will all tell you the definitions of testing. But I have not found a single book ...
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Why is separating functional and non-functional test important (or not)?

There have been several questions lately along the lines of "Is X a functional or non-functional type of testing?". Although I understand the distinction, it's never been an important distinction for ...
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1answer
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Software Tester Skill Matrix with Levels

I would like to know if there's a standard Skill set for Skill Matrix for a Software Tester of different levels, like for example, what are the skills needed for an Entry level tester as well as what ...
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4answers
959 views

Looking for test management tool to integrate with JIRA, Hudson, SoapUI, and Selenium

I'm checking an open source test management tool for my company. The main options are Xqual and Testlink. In the past I worked on Testlink, played a bit with Xstudio. Our product is written in Java, ...
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3answers
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Reporting Intermittent Bugs

I am an entry level tester and been experiencing new things about testing everyday which is great. So I am thinking, how do I deal with an intermittent bug since its most likely that developers wont ...
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Alternatives to Session Tester for recording exploratory test session results

I'm interested in hearing suggestions for ways of recording exploratory test session notes. We currently use a mixture of Session Tester and a wiki for recording test notes. I like many things about ...
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3answers
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How do I handle the login modal dialog created by onLoad in a WebDriver & Java based test automation

I am working on the test automation that uses WebDriver (Selenium 2) and Java. The AUT is web-based application. A modal dialog pops up that requires user authentication before the user can access ...
3
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1answer
813 views

Faking system time/date with Selenium Webdriver?

Is webdriver capable to run a browser with a faked time, date or time zone? Such ability would be highly useful for my automation purposes. Yet, I did not find any such ability in the webdriver ...
3
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4answers
502 views

What tools work well for automating .NET 4.0 web sites using web forms with dynamic data?

What would be the best solution to accommodate automated testing of web forms with code-behind (.NET 4.0)? Specifically, we need a solution that can automate web form testing and handle dynamic data ...
3
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2answers
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Testing a system with scheduled, event-driven data changes

I am testing a software system that forces users to take action on their data every 60 or 180 days. The users get notified when the due date is approaching or if they have missed one. These users can ...
3
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2answers
181 views

Isolating defect in distributed event-driven system

Our system takes an object from external system every time the object gets changed (change event), processes it and put it back processed into this external system. So, end-to-end testing is about ...
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4answers
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Unable to upload a file using selenium/web driver running with java

I have a complicated interface where uploading a file is three step ( The forum is not allowing me to add screenshots of my window so please try to visualise it) step 1 click on browse tab and select ...
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2answers
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Strategies for automating testing on features that are only on certain environments

Say we have a dev environment, an integration, a pre-production and a production environment. We have features A-G that are on everything, while new feature H is on dev+int only, so far. We want to ...
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2answers
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Suggest me some tools for field to field & screen to screen testing of a web app

Can anyone suggest some effective tools used for field to field and screen to screen testing of web apps where we can calculate the time taken to one field to another and one screen to another ...
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When should a Test Case be marked as “No Apply”?

When executing test cases when should we mark a test case as 'No Apply'. When the test conditions/requirement is not clear or when its not feasible/possible to perm a test. Also why not mark a test ...
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Where should I create a coded UI project?

Should Coded UI tests be within the solution that they are testing (similar to Unit Tests), or should they be contained in a separate, generic Coded UI solution that is built only once and executed ...
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4answers
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Selenium - advantages and disadvantages of using Python vs C#

We currently have two teams. An automation team and also a web testing team. The automation team currently use Selenium and C# to automate tests on our web applications and legacy systems. As a ...
0
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3answers
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How is Selenium RC different from Selenium Web driver and some good pointers for a naive beginner to learn to scripting please? Thanks! [duplicate]

I am a manual functional tester and I am keen on shifting my career from Manual testing to Automation testing using Selenium. What is the best way to begin with this goal of mine? Thanks!
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0answers
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OSGI Budle service testing with JBehave

We Have an OSGI Budle with java API exposed only. The question is how to write an automation Jbehave test to verify funcionality of The OSGI Budle. Other question, how to test it if a Rest API ...
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1answer
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Find Broken Images Using Selenium IDE [closed]

I need to test images on a webpage. How should I deal with the following situation: To check whether all images are loaded. To check if broken images are loaded. To that the description in Alt="" ...
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2answers
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Where can I find good JMeter tutorials?

I have just been assigned the tasks of doing some research and doing some JMeter tests of my own to get familiar with performance testing. As I have never used this tool before, I would just like to ...
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4answers
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Is the “Joel Test” appropriate when looking for a QA job?

The "Joel Test" lists 12 items to look for in a software company: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily builds? Do you have a bug database? Do you fix bugs ...
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9answers
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What is a good website to hack around using Selenium?

I want to learn Selenium, but I don't know what to code. Sure, I can throw Google some queries, I can fill out some forms, press buttons, find divs and links, etc. But I think this stuff is pretty ...
13
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10answers
11k views

Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle

What is the best way to fit regression tests into a Agile/ Scrum development cycle? I've been working as the sole QA person in a 4 person Scrum team developing a new web client in jQuery. I am ...
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6answers
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Software testing and QA podcasts

In a similar vein to the question blogs to follow to further learning, I would like to ask if there are any noteworthy testing podcasts? Searching in iTunes domes up pretty empty on the topic. I know ...
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13answers
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What's the difference between “testing” and “quality assurance”?

Is there a difference between "testing" and "quality assurance"? If so, what are the main goals of each process? What are the critical differences?
12
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7answers
2k views

Transition from all manual testing to automated testing

Right now my company only does manual testing. We've talked about starting some automated testing for a while but it hasn't taken off at all. It seems like automated testing would be a good way to ...
9
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10answers
27k views

Best free (or very cheap) automation tool for Windows GUI testing?

I used to use vTask Studio, but it seems they've abandoned it. No updates in almost a year.
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14answers
14k views

What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?

I'm looking for a programming language to recommend to a friend considering teaching herself software testing. I have a friend who is interested in learning software testing, and I believe strongly ...
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8answers
2k views

Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?

I notice that the tag wiki for the "automated testing" tag contains the following sentence: "Commonly, test automation involves automating a manual process already in place that uses a formalized ...
12
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6answers
847 views

In agile (Scrum) practices, where do I start with making Q&A (testing) more efficient if the team is transitioning from waterfall to agile?

My team has recently transitioned from the traditional waterfall method to practicing Scrum. Being the QA lead, really the only tester on a small team, how can I get the process more aligned with ...
12
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5answers
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What is the difference between “automated testing” and “automated regression testing”?

"Automated Testing" as a term seems to have a number of different uses. For some, it means built in unit tests that, when a new build is run, execute to make sure code refactors have not broken ...

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