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What are the forms of testing that testers commonly forget?

Today I re-realized the importance of sharing a screen with your users to see exactly what they're doing and the paths they are taking through your software. I always knew it was important but never ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How do I convince someone who's bought the Record-Playback line that object oriented framework is essential?

Here's the basic setup - over a number of years the testing team at my workplace has developed a sophisticated (probably rather more complex than strictly necessary) object-oriented, data-driven ...
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Should tester fix bugs?

I've heard two guys from Microsoft and Google saying testers in those companies fix defects. Personally I think it is Ok and a better contribution than just creating a new bug ticket (at least in some ...
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Should QA be able to code tests?

Having a development background, I am convinced that record and replay testing tools have their drawbacks, especially by making tests brittle. See Automated Testing != Record-Playback Tool for a good ...
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When can we say a product is stable?

From a tester's point of view when do we say that a product is stable? Is the product still stable when it contains a known bug?
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Should I unit test for null values even if it can never happen?

Lets say I have an event listener that is called whenever a person has changed their location. Here's some Java code. public class LocationManager() { //.. .. ..// public void ...
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Testing of automated scripts

How much testing of your automated scripts do people generally do? Is it best to treat the automated test suite as a separate project or part of the Agile development cycle of the product your are ...
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How to test data migration procedure?

We are migrating our production data (DB and filesystem) from a fairly complex data model to another fairly complex data model. Migration process is given by the specification as a set of mapping ...
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How often do you run long automated user acceptance tests?

Let's say you have product or project that is coming near to a next release and that has previous versions released a while ago and that has a big suite of automated user acceptance tests that just ...
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Testing interactions with external systems

I'm trying to find a way to test the interactions of our platform with external servers, like Twitter, for example. On our online photo sharing application, we have, for example features which let ...
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In TDD, do tests need to be automated?

My manager's manager (... and his manager, and everyone else who wears a suit) at my firm is talking about how we really need to transition to TDD because it's better than what we're doing now. ...
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Getting older (any) Firefox version

Where to get installer for older Firefox version? For testing, I often need particular version and language mutation of particular browser, and Google often leads to sites that tend to either serve ...
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What is best practice for test failures that have a low priority fix?

If I have a test that fails due to a known bug, but that bug is deemed lower priority to fix than other work, what should be done with the test? I can think of 2 options: Leave the test in the test ...
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Testing in Open Source Projects

This is a bit of a general question. I'm trying to practice my testing skills and perhaps get some better experience with manual testing mature applications. In particular, I'm interested in desktop ...
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What are some tools for fuzz testing?

Fuzz Testing as defined by Wikipedia is: a software testing technique, often automated or semi-automated, that involves providing invalid, unexpected, or random data to the inputs of a computer ...
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What are the trade-offs of using page objects instead of a collection of functions in UI automation?

I've been using Selenium off and on for the past two years. Recently I've been seeing more references to page objects. (I'm referring to page objects as an means of organizing UI automation code -- ...
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Test Automation for SAP

I'm evaluating a number of test automation framworks to implement on a SAP project. Right now I'm looking at Fitnesse, which we believe we can write some fixtures for, to call SAP Green Hat, which ...
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Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using C Sharp?

I am currently researching testing frameworks to test C Sharp developed web applications. I have been leaning more towards the use of Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation but hesitant ...
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How can I transition into getting into QA?

I've been working in various helpdesk/software support positions for several years now, but my goal has always been to work in the field of QA. I enjoy problem solving and I'm always trying to learn ...
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Exactly how are BDD, TDD, ATDD, Kanban and Scrum different from a waterfall approach?

I don't understand the differences between the following terms: BDD - Behavior-driven development TDD - Test-driven development ATDD - Acceptance test-driven development Kanban Scrum How do these ...
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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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How to tackle a huge bug backlog?

What is the best approach in dealing with a huge bug backlog? Currently we have a huge bug backlog and i was looking for an efficient way to deal/categorize/ how to manage the backlog?
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Should I take interview of manual tester who has more experience than me

I am in a critical situation. I have nearly 4 years of experience in QA doing manual and automation testing. We have a total of 4 testers where I work. I am now the most experienced QA in our ...
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How can a Software Tester use “Out of the Box” thinking approach to find more bugs?

Well, I am a black-box tester and I don't think out of the box. I just think about happy paths, thus I want to improve. I always read that testers should have great critical, analytical skills and ...
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Typical localization bugs

We are now adding support for German, Spanish, French, Italian to our application. We've translated all strings and added a big margin for them in the UI. Now I am wondering what kind of bugs to ...
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Why isn't Sahi more common?

So I was doing some website test automation research, I stumbled upon Sahi. Open source, setup was easy, API easy to understand, javascript, java, ruby support, notepad ++ plugin, etc. After trying ...
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What is the Real Business Value of Software Testing in an IT Project?

I work as a manual tester on a big project. My project follows Agile methodology. I test a Web-based application. I sometimes ask myself, am I giving any value to the stakeholders? What is the Real ...
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What are features of MS Visual Studio Coded UI Test framework that are not present in other tools?

I've recently started working at an organization that has no automated testing in place. They are migrating to Team Foundation Server for project management and source control, and use Visual Studio ...
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Performance testing - a way in?

We have an a browser based application that is built on the Microsoft Stack, specifically .NET 3.5. It also uses Ajax, iframes, jQuery etc. At the moment we are just guessing at the concurrency ...
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How do you wait for jQuery Ajax calls to complete in Selenium 2

I use Selenium 2 in C# to automate testing of our web sites. When building non-Ajax functionality, using webDriver.FindElement(By.Id("element-id")) to find elements on a page works fine, but when ...
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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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How can I spoof HTTP request data while testing?

I'm testing a Windows desktop application, that requests data from a server during certain operations. I want to make sure the application can handle all possible responses, including bad ones. What ...
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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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What techniques are available to determine which browsers to test?

When websites being deployed to the internet are about to go live, the age old question always comes up. "Which browsers should I test?" I am not asking that question because it will soon become ...
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Are testing conferences usually worth attending?

I'm considering asking my boss about sending me to STARWest, but I'm wondering if it's valuable enough for me to justify the expense to the company to him (there is no way I could afford to go on my ...
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Measuring test performance when there is high variance

I am running single purpose performance tests on a daily basis. Currently, I run each test 3 times and average them out. But I get fluctuations from day to day which make it difficult to detect ...
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How can I better educate testers about context driven testing?

One of the more interesting dichotomies for testing is the contrast between trying to get standardisation across individual testers vs. applying context driven techniques that allow testers to apply ...
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What online games (ideally with a bunch of glitches) would make for a good software testing training exercise?

I'll be giving a 3-day course on software test design later this month with lots of hands-on exercises. I'd like to include one or more exercises that would involve testing an online game for ...
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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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Is jQuery faster than CSS/Xpath selectors for IE 8.0 in Selenium1?

I am planning to run my existing Selenium 1.x tests in IE 8.0. After checking few blogs and reading this, I tried to run my tests using jQuery locators with the method mentioned here. My tests uses ...
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Should automated tests be efficient?

I've written and edited a bunch of automated GUI tests. In some cases, the tests are inefficient (eg to select an item from a list, instead of a clever search, a dialog is opened and starting fro the ...
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Can exploratory testing replace executing manual functional tests?

After a feature is delivered, we have recently started to perform exploratory testing on the feature before we execute manual functional tests. We find 95% of the defects during exploratory testing so ...
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Should a salary bonus be based on bugs in released code or other metrics?

I've received a job offer recently with a significant portion of the pay based on yet to be determined "objective" performance metrics. We are supposed to sit down together after I've worked there ...
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Writing test cases before implementation?

So currently at my company it is common practice to write test case high level steps before implementation. Myself and others find this to be a somewhat wasted effort. I often end up blowing away much ...
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Running WebDriver without opening actual browser window

I've heard rumors that Selenium WebDriver can run without opening a real browser window, meaning it runs in the background. I am using the C# Client Drivers, FirefoxDriver within the automated tests, ...

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