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Multiple Assembly QA Systems?

I'm having difficulty deciding whether or not using multiple assemblies for a QA system is the right approach to take. Here are some important details: The underlying system is a single assembly ...
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Recommend a Good QA Book

What books are people reading that you would recommend. I've just finished up "Beautiful Testing" (which I would highly recommend) and need to pick up another book. I'm looking for something fairly ...
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is it appropriate to do exception handling for every single test method?

I suppose there is exception handling available in all high level language. And I often find test method written as - public void testLogin() try{ testCtrl.type("loginText", "loginName"); ...
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Recommendations for functional testing a WCF service

I need to do some functional testing on a component that exposes a small set of WCF endpoints. I'm still ramping up on WCF, so I'm hitting a bit of analysis paralysis trying to figure out the best way ...
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How should you interview for QA Automation positions?

A variant on the How should you interview for QA positions? I am interviewing candidates for an Automation position, we don't use commercial automation tools, but rather use a framework using mainly ...
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Using FitNesse with .Net across multiple servers

My previous work involved writing embedded Linux code. We used a couple of the embedded devices in a test harness, a Linux PC and the Windows Perforce repository. The Linux PC ran an instance of ...
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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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match image with Selenium2

Not sure if I'm even asking this question correctly, however, here goes. I'm looking at validating images in an automation suite that I just started. I am currently validating the location via XPath ...
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Problems with escaping the equals sign in a Watir Robot argument

We're currently using the very lovely Robot Framework for our automation. Unfortunately, we've run into a hitch with the '=' character - we have a number of places in the app where we have a link to ...
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What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?

The tester team where I work has a demanding customer base (we do business-to-business software, some of it ultimately public-facing, some business-facing), an application that's gone beyond anyone's ...
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Performance testing resources

Please share any good performance testing resources which you have come across in past or referred to while working or learning about performance testing.
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Capture screen during exploratory testing

While doing exploratory testing it would be nice to be able to record the screen (in a non-intrusive way), so if a defect is found the steps to reproduce it can be easily reviewed. Are there any good ...
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Does selenium work with video?

I have some videos and i want to test their with automation Can you tell How does selenium work with video? How does he recognize it. I need to test if are videos on the page. Thanks!
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Nothings gets recorded when using JMeter for load testing of Vaddin-based app

We have been trying to do a Quick Load test on one of the POC application developed in Vaddin using JMeter tool, the server is hosted on local network. The settings for automating Vaddin application ...
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Selenium test timing out

I am facing a strange issue with Selenium RC. I have a test which runs perfectly fine when I run my selenium server manually on the default port. The test passes in seconds. However since my tests are ...
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How to 'Mock' SVN

I am testing an app that does some subversion interactions, such as comitting, adding, stat, etc. What's a good way to get me started in terms of mocking the subversion client and working directory ...
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what should I do if my stability tests cycle is longer than the release cycle ?

Our long term stability test cycle takes about two weeks to complete, during this time another release (sometimes two) is being released. What should I do ? The test cycle can't be shortened, and we ...
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MTBF for a software product

Our end clients are requesting the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) estimation for our software. I know that MTBF relies on a model not suitable for software, it uses a mechanical model where parts ...
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Are state transition diagrams a good software testing technique

I have been looking at different testing techniques and wondered if anyone had some "real world" examples of using state transition diagrams rather than the bog standard clock and light switch ones ...
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What are guidelines to use for exit criteria when releasing?

When I am in ship mode I normally apply a set of criteria before I will "Ship". They do vary, however they are typically along the lines of the following: Zarro Boogs (Zero active issues). This ...
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Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?

in the context of a good practice in context on how to perform a no blame post mortem review, with a view to process improvement. If a major issue is found in an application after it has been ...
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Starting selenium always spawns a second window

I am not sure if this is the right place for asking this. Any time I start a selenium test I get two windows. One with the command which are right now been performed and the second one with the test ...
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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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Is testing a product your company uses different than a product shipped to customers ?

Being in the embedded world I have always tested products that goes to OEM's or end clients, I have never tested a product that my company really use. Besides the fact that you can use and feel the ...
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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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2answers
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Selenium Server and Windows Server compatibility

I want to run Selenium Server on a recent version of Windows Server so as to be able to test IE browsers as well as Firefox, Chrome, etc. My choices for Windows Server are 2008 R2, 2008, or 2003. ...
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Good Watir or Watir-Webdriver tutorials/resources for new-to-automation testers?

There are at least two really good books for Selenium beginners, and quite a few courses/tutorials out there, as well as a lot of blogs. However, I haven't seen quite as much out there for Watir - ...
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How do you design your test method/function

This question has been revolving on my mind from quite some time. Do you develop one method for one test scenario or club similar scenarios in one method and develop automated tests for it. Both ...
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Has someone ever used Selenium RC with Firefox Portable (specifically FF3.6)?

I'm having difficulty to make them work together. How do you setup the server or the test to use Firefox Portable? One of the things I had to do was specify the exact location of the Firefox.exe. No ...
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Selenium.click not working on some anchor elements

The application that am working on was recently revamped and as part of that a new JQuery calendar was introduced. I need to click on a link in the calendar to select the time and date. However, ...
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How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?

With Microsoft putting out a new version of IE every year or so, competitors like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari also doing the same, there are questions, frequently, as to whether a web ...
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Is model-driven testing a viable technology for real applications yet?

Computer scientists are actively researching model-driven testing as a means of testing applications automatically. The papers I've read are interesting, but so far the modelling technology appears ...
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looking for a way to exercise Android web browser

To continue my monkey question I am looking for a way to generate Web traffic on a device (not emulator) running Android. The unit under test is not the browser but lower communication layers of the ...
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Newbie question: How do I run a JUnit 3 test on Portable Firefox 3.6 in Selenium RC (1.0.3)?

I'm pretty new to selenium, and I'm following the Selenium Simplified book examples. I'm trying to run a simple test that was created in Selenium IDE on Portable Firefox 3.6, and saved as a JUnit 3 ...
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How should I test the output of image renderers thoroughly, efficiently and in a branchable way

I am trying to improve the tests for a bunch of renderers that generate 2D images, and I am looking for advice and ideas for testing that are both efficient and thorough but also branch friendly. All ...
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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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2answers
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How can I select a file to put into a file_field without using the absolute path with Watir / Ruby?

For example, consider the following script: require 'rubygems' require 'watir-webdriver' browser = Watir::Browser.new(:firefox) browser.goto("http://tinypic.com/") file = ...
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What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?

Both in my current job and in my previous job, there are a number of areas of the application to test that require mining data from a relational database, specifically Microsoft SQL Server of various ...
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758 views

Database code unit testing tips

I am working on developing a big 3-tier application. Database has a lot of code (stored procedures, functions, triggers...). I am looking for a valid approaches how to implement unit testing for the ...
2
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1answer
550 views

What are the benefits of Block Testing?

I came across the term "Block Testing" in the book "How We Test At Microsoft". I can't really see how this should be applied, should you do this instead of statement testing? From what I understand ...
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6answers
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How to avoid duplicated bug reports, described from different user perspective ?

We get a lot of bug reports that ends up as the same bug, but described through the eyes of a different user. For example one can see a device has crashed, the other sees communications loss and the ...
2
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3answers
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System for keeping track of regressions reported by RSpec

In a large set of tests written for RSpec there are some tests who are expected to fail (at least, for a couple more months). These known failures makes it difficult to sort through the results ...
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Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools

I am looking for a tool that might allow my company to test a number of internal/private sites for browser compatability. I am particularly interested in being able to test IE, Firefox, Chrome and ...
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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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3answers
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How would you call on-device unit tests ?

In the embedded world some (unit) tests have minimal value when they run as standalone test, like unit tests should. We have many tests that run on the embedded device, as part of the embedded ...
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Systematic approaches to selection of test data

I've used Phadke's design of experiments approach to select parameter values for testing (software) systems. In a nutshell, the approach uses minimum, typical and maximum values of test (method) ...
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2answers
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Is it worth investing much time into iteration testing?

I recently had a test assignment where I was testing a pretty well solidified API. The team started phase 1 by creating basic functional, boundary and error tests for each API call. It turned out to ...
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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 do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?

I've been in many difference sized companies and in many different environments where we've used terms interchangably, Testing Terms, Development Terms and Process types have been overloaded in one ...
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1answer
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Can the base-url be changed in the same browser session using Selenium RC?

Suppose I login to evernote.com using Selenium RC. Is it possible for me to change the base_url to google.com while staying on the same page. I do not want to open a new browser for google.com. When I ...

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