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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to configure Android's Monkey test for better web testing ? [closed]

I am using Android's Monkey application to test web browsing (actually testing the underlying layers, not the browser). Is there a way to configure the behavior of the monkey besides the throttle ...
3
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Difference between “Testing Behaviour” and “Test Case”

I'm new to software testing and would like to know the difference between "test case" and "testing behavior". For example, a registration form on the web has the following fields: -Name: ...
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878 views

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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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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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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1answer
515 views

How do I write a script to be executed by Hudson to automatically restart test environment machines?

I am working in a test environment where we need more than 10 machines, including VMs. The AUT is a Distributed Network type and uses Cassandra nosql DB. We are required to restart each of the ...
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4answers
684 views

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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How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?

I have used WatiN and WebAii but I have limited experience with Selenium. How does Selenium differ from these other tools?
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607 views

Where can I find some insightful cartoons and/or humorous content about software testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find some amusing cartoons about software testing? As Leo Rosten eloquently stated, "Humor is the affectionate communication of insight." Here is one such ...
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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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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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3answers
236 views

Should you preload DLL's in performance tests?

When running automated performance tests, is it better to preload any DLL's which would slow the first run of a test? This would improve the consistency of the test results but would not reflect the ...
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2answers
501 views

Behaviour Driven Development with JavaScript

Are there any approaches and tools for driving the development of JavaScript with BDD. I know that I can do this through the UI with tools like Selenium, but is there any tool that can allow this to ...
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14answers
855 views

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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How do you fit regression into Kanban?

This question was inspired by: Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle Two out of three answers there suggest a hardening sprint every couple of cycles. There's also mention ...
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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 ...
5
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2answers
361 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
172 views

Should I use “the test fails if” instead of “the test succeeds if”?

My project inherited a document describing test procedures. It describes the expected results in terms of "the test fails if". Over time we found that this way to describe results is not sufficient ...
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643 views

What are the most popular bug tracking tools? [closed]

What are the most popular bug tracking / issue tracking tools, in order of popularity? I've been scouring the web but can't find a definitive (and ordered) list. I suspect that near the top of the ...
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3answers
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What types of testing are LEAST suited to using pairwise testing (and similar test design approaches)?

For those of you who have used pairwise test design methods (or similar combinatorial software testing methods) in an attempt to zero in on a manageable number of unusually powerful tests from among a ...
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What measures do you use to assess software quality?

Hopefully this isn't too subjective. I am curious to know what measures to use to assess the quality of a given software release. The measures would need to be applied to multiple different projects ...
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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 ...
10
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8answers
274 views

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 ...
5
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3answers
442 views

When is it inappropriate to use white box testing?

Sometimes, tasked with testing a piece of software for which there are no requirements, a tester will resort to white box testing. Are there times when that is inappropriate? Here is an example. At ...
11
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9answers
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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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3answers
170 views

Testing Unfamiliar Software

One thing I've picked up about testing software is to think about the software from the user perspective, and to sometimes "use" the software the way a "normal" user would. However, what if the ...
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7answers
911 views

Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?

Deliberate practice is key to developing mastery of a skill. If you want to practice your programming skills, there are a wealth of resources like code kata. What are the equivalents for test design? ...
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11answers
898 views

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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5answers
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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 ...
3
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4answers
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How do you adapt agile testing techniques to a regulated industry?

The StackExchange search seems to think this is a subjective question. I'm not sure about that. It seems pretty straightforward. Agile methodologies of software development involve more than just ...

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