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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 ...
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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?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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A way to match on text using CSS locators

So I use xpath locators and slowly converting to CSS. I haven't found a way to do an exact match based on text. For example converting //a[text()='Log Out']. I know you can do css=a:contains('Log ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What are the best beginner tutorials for Selenium IDE

I have gone through the possible duplicate question,it was related to selenium webdriver . I am new to Selenium IDE tool. Could you please suggest me some best PDFs and sites with Selenium tutorials ...
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How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?

When working on performance testing, one of the problems I've faced is trying to translate real-world web application traffic to simulated traffic. A practical example is for an eCommerce site. ...
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When is it OK not to have dedicated testers/QA team?

It just came into my mind that there are no dedicated QAs in stackexchange team. Since they are indeed making an awesome product, I wonder when does the absence of dedicated quality assurance people ...
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Tools for Java software testing

I'm currently working(almost finishing) a Java project that consists on a server application and some client applications on the same network, that will communicate with the server only to request ...
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Looking for a faulty application for training

As part of training for new QA resources, I would like to have them practice testing against an application with known issues. I know there are security examples of this type of application (i.e. ...
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The role of a software tester in an agile environment?

What would you say was the role of a software tester in an agile environment? Is it just testing and logging bugs or is it more important to work closely with the project architects and developers to ...
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How do you tell a programmer they're not testing their own code enough?

Suppose you're working with bright programmer, but every time you test the code you find a serious, obvious bugs. Things the programmer could have noticed if they did their own testing before checking ...
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What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?

When it comes to test automation, I use a very arbitrary method based on experience that 80% of all tests should be automated. This has worked well in practice, but is based more on "voodo" than ...
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4answers
354 views

What learning resources are there for testers who want to study Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking is tremendously relevant to any professional tester, but few testers study it, despite the obvious benefits of learning techniques/approaches that allow you to study systems in terms ...
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5answers
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How do you test a backend API

I was applying for QA position and the SDET asked me this question "How do you test a backend API" in the interview. I wasn't sure I answered it correctly. Just wondering if I can get some input from ...
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Any good open source test management tools ?

I am thinking of developing some test management tools, to sit alongside the open source automation tools that I currently use. Primarily for recording manual and automated tests, results and ...
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Internal Acceptance Test (not automated): How long should it take?

Given that each test environment is different, is there a general rule of thumb as to how long an internal manual acceptance test should take? Definitions / clarification: Where I came from, when we ...
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How does a tester decide how much debugging/investigation to do before handing an issue over to development?

A common question from the testers I mentor is "When do I stop investigating on an issue, log a defect with everything I've found/determined so far, and hand it over to dev?" I have yet to come up ...
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Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?

I recently ran into an almost-consistently reproducible bug that I was trying to reduce. At the time, I was tired and simply couldn't think of what to do next after about an hour of work (this bug ...
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What are some ways In which testing a mobile application is different from testing a PC application?

My company is considering offering an application for Android devices and iPhones. What are some of the challenges of testing a mobile application that are different from testing a PC application (or ...
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XSS/CSRF security testing

I'm a Java Automated tester for a website built with GWT. My bosses now want me to specialize in security testing. The problem is that nobody in the company knows anything about security testing, ...
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2answers
473 views

What are the challenges around the integration of Manual and Automated Tests?

This is more a request for your professional opinion than a question... We are seeing how test automation is spreading to more and more organizations. This in itself is a good thing, but at the same ...
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4answers
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What are some real world strategies for testing ETL and data warehouse applications

Does anyone have any advice to share on how to successfully test BIG ETL or data warehouse applications? I have my own iteas of course, but there only appears to be one main article on line that ...
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How to plan security testing of a web application?

Security testing requires thinking out of the box, it noes not have clear test cases, and it is not repeatable, meaning running same set of actions over and over again will never assure security. So ...
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Has automated UI regression testing helped you in finding critical defects in system?

I have heard a lot of "abuse" about automated testing, especially UI bases automated tests. As UI is very fragile and prone to change (especially in agile shops). Personally my automated tests have ...
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Can every test be done by automation?

Can every test be done by automation? Or is there anything that cannot be done by automation?
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7answers
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Is it realistic to try to hire someone who is a developer and a tester?

I've been trying to hire a tester for a few months without success. I really want to find someone who is both a tester and a developer, not because I want them to do two roles, but because the kind of ...
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What is the difference between sanity and smoke testing?

When there is a new build we perform smoke testing,in few projects they call it as sanity testing.Can someone please elaborate on the difference between the both.
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Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?

I somehow stumbled across some references to the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard that is currently draft stage (apparently). I have not seen the details of this new standard, however I ...
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Are Mind Maps useful as a testing tool?

I don’t know much about Mind maps but I’ve seen expert testers (James Bach and Michael Bolton) use them to plan out their test strategy – usually in a demonstration. It seems like a plausible way to ...
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1answer
591 views

Test Automation Design Question

I am analyzing automation design for a web app UI Layer Web Service Layer DB Layer Intranet based app and limited user base My Approach for automation is Web Services layer Test automation ...
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1answer
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Open source web security testing tools

Are there any open source solutions for testing web security vulnerabilities? I am not looking to make my web application bullet proof since it'll be used internally at our organization. But I'd ...
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Test cases in source code

Will it be a good practice to have test cases stored along with the source code in a file or within the source code comments itself? Few months back, I met a programmer from a big corporation who ...
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1answer
386 views

What are the tiers of testing that should be done on a large scale distributed system?

Let's say you have a large distributed system in the cloud that's got dozens of developers working on it and actively adding code to. Your job is to make sure all of the quality gates are used and the ...
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3answers
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Is Eggplant any good for image capture and image recognition?

As a software tester looking at different automated testing solutions, I need a tool that will interact with a heavily graphical interface such as a flash website or application. I want the tool to ...
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3answers
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What test management tool to manage Cucumber tests?

In my company we have our tests specified in Gherkin (Cucumber), and we use Jenkins to schedule the execution of these tests. We have the need of a management tool, where we can associate the tests ...
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Teaching Quality Assurance (QA) Methods

I'm in the process of trying to teach my team the ins and outs of Quality Assurance, but am running into some challenges distilling "QA" to its base elements. I have many years of experience that ...
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4answers
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What additional benefits does an QA /Developer engineer bring to a project

I have noticed in the last few years that employers are now looking for QA/Developers (QA engineers that have been skilled developers). I would like to know what others believe are the actually ...
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6answers
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What factors should affect the ratio of QA/Test staff vs. App Developers

I've worked in a variety of environments with differing ratios of QA / SDET personnel vs. developers focused on building and maintaining application features. Is there such a thing as a "right" ...
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Installation testing is part of functional or non-functional testing?

In your test strategy/testing where would the installation testing (set-up/deployment with or without installer) belong? Is it a part of functional testing or non-functional testing?
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5answers
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Smoke testing by Dev team

The QA manager in our organization is demanding that our dev team, which I am the manager of, do the smoke testing after we set up the testing environment and before the QA team begins testing, i.e. ...
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9answers
817 views

Software testing: a first step to development?

I've been testing Ubuntu daily builds for QA since last month. I wasn't too confident in learning development yet, because I didn't feel familiar with encountering a bunch of code. But I want to ...
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5answers
775 views

Testing email generation

Some applications generate emails. There may be multiple email formats based on the purpose of the message. The email may be destined for a single individual or a group. It may also be ...
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4answers
322 views

How to keep track of the features in a website for impact analysis?

I have been working for an ecommerce client for the last 6 years as manual and automation QA engineering. New features gets applied to our site once in 2 weeks. Whenever a redesign project comes up, ...

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