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What criteria do I apply to a highly complex development project to warrant getting “real world” data?

Both the product I used to work on and the one I'm working on now have a fairly large and complex matrix of possible configurations, work-flows, and data scenarios. The one product had, no joke, ...
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2answers
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How do you drive what testcases to write based on a large decision table?

I have constructed a large decision table based on the possible inputs I can have. My question is, how do I determine what test cases to write?
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10answers
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Should a test method test only one condition?

While writing automated test I come across situations when I include multiple verification points in one method but then I have also read/heard that one tests should make just one verification. Which ...
2
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2answers
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Is it easier to write “correct” software in functional languages?

Functional languages like F# and Scala are becoming popular. Do these types of functional languages make it easier to write higher quality software that requires less testing. In other words, is it ...
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1answer
773 views

I Can't Shut Down My Selenium Instance (C# WebDriver, Gallio). I think I have a bug…

So, I have some code set up via Gallio, to start the selenium server before each test session, and shut it down when the session finishes (all tests have run). It starts the server fine, but I can't ...
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265 views

Workflow shortcut to meet the release deadline

When you design a test scenario or even when you run your tests and you stumble to lack of specifications from your marketing Dept. should you bypass them and take the initiative of making your own ...
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3answers
709 views

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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260 views

Good resources for traditional testers adapting to an Agile environment

I haven't experienced a transition from waterfall to Agile myself - I worked for companies using Prince2, waterfall approaches to managing projects, and then I got a job working for a company using ...
2
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2answers
428 views

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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898 views

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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2answers
362 views

How do I educate that it's not test automation framework?

The term "Test Automation Framework" is become a cliche in automated testing. I have come across circumstances during work when my colleagues developed some reusable methods/function for an ...
2
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1answer
314 views

Using Scala to build unit tests for Java?

The idea of using Scala to build unit tests for Java code has been thrown around. People are making the claim that Unit tests would be less effort to write because there's less boilerplate. In ...
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1answer
687 views

Questions on Developing TestNG based automation for Java based web services

• In case of .NET 2.0 ASMX you can post HTTP requests for the web service using HttpWebRequest and HttpWebResponse • Is this approach possible for java based web service as well, referring to ...
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Automated tests performed on Google Chrome?

I've been using the Canary build (nightly build) of Chrome for a month now. So far the quality has been high and it has worked without any major issues. Can someone describe the automated testing ...
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9answers
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How do I satisfy external auditors that automated tests are at least as effective as manual tests?

My company is not an anti-automation place. In fact, one of the reasons they hired me was to bring in some expertise in test automation. The problem is that the current processes and procedures in ...
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4answers
130 views

Regression Testing Functionality Of Code In Button Press?

I have to run the code inside of my button_Click method to do regression testing, but since the method is private, I can't simply call it from my regression testing assembly. private void ...
3
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1answer
88 views

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 ...
4
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2answers
333 views

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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3answers
168 views

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 ...
4
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2answers
268 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
337 views

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 ...
2
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4answers
129 views

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 ...
4
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5answers
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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 ...
4
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1answer
166 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
1k views

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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4answers
245 views

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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7answers
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 ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
309 views

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 ...
4
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6answers
395 views

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 ...
5
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3answers
350 views

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 ...
6
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4answers
5k views

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 ...
2
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1answer
609 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 ...
5
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1answer
593 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 ...
4
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5answers
1k views

How do you approach a new project from a testing perspective?

I am preparing an initial test plan document for a new project. The project involves several layers of HW and software and requires mainly black box testing but also some level of grey box testing ...
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4answers
758 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 ...
4
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2answers
182 views

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 ...
7
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4answers
180 views

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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0answers
262 views

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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3answers
316 views

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: ...
8
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2answers
2k views

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?
10
votes
8answers
278 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
votes
1answer
137 views

Alternatives to ISEB

I can see why the community can sort of look down on the ISEB exams (at least the Foundation - I haven't looked at the material for any of the others). So I got to wondering exactly what similar ...
0
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1answer
636 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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7answers
857 views

What is meant by “Automated tests don't find new bugs”?

As I understand it, this sentence means that automated tests don't find new bugs in existing code (though they might catch a new bug in new code that breaks old code). Is this correct? Or is this ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

Selenium2 assert questions

I've recently started converting my automation suites from WatiN to Selenium2. In both cases, I've been using C#. Although these may seem like simple questions, I've been searching for answers for ...
4
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1answer
3k views

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?
6
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4answers
385 views

Testing techniques repository?

I was wondering if there are any repositories or wikis of formal testing techniques - test design ideas, like pairwise or boundary. I couldn't find one so far. Thanks! Ahmet
5
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2answers
393 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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1answer
663 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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