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My team codes in one language, I want to test using another. What can go wrong?

The people I work with are .NET programmers that aren't exactly on the BDD/TDD bandwagon yet. I'm the main web designer, but for the past few months I've also been assigned the tester role as well ...
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What is the difference between regression testing and re-testing?

I was asked this question in an interview recently. Just wanted to see what your opinions were on this...
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Is writing unit-tests difficult for me as a QA-engineer?

I currently work as a QA-engineer. Work a lot with java, selenium and test-automation. But, unit-tests are something the developers have been doing and something that I fear. Is it difficult? Do you ...
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4answers
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How can my team move away from record-and-playback when not everyone has scripting experience?

(Inspired by this question) My team is currently doing automated testing via our tool's record-and-playback function. I've read about the benefits of developing a more robust test solution via ...
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290 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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Testing Automation: How effective is it to purchase automation scripts rather than developing in-house scripting capacity?

I recently moved into the Software Testing department of my organization.The business has little history of automating testing, and most software development and testing is conducted by third parties ...
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What are some small, standalone or web applications for test new QA staff on?

I'm permanently stuck with the following trouble: being Senior QA I need to quickly check and hire people for short-time testing projects. I specialize mostly in manual testing, while the range of ...
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What is the difference between bug severity and bug priority?

This is a basic question. Most projects mix both priority and severity into a single value. What reasons are there to separately assign severity and priority to a defect? What do testing methodologies ...
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How to deal with automated test cases that always fail?

I'm facing a lot of automated GUI tests that fail one or more verifications during their run. All the failings points have been reported in our tracking system and they are known issues but get ...
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4answers
208 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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What is really tested in an integration test?

what is really the difference between a component/unit test and an integration test? Suppose you do very fine unit testing with stubs and drivers and test each component as far as you can with unit ...
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Testing cloud based applications

Is there any fundmental difference in the way applications/servies hosted on a cloud are to be tested vis-a-vis a traditional web based application ? It looks essentially the same to me except the way ...
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How do you write a great bug report? [closed]

"Is this going to be a stand-up fight sir, or a bug hunt?" - Hudson I've always wondered what the secrets were to writing a great bug report. Over time I've narrowed down the activity to three ...
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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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What is an injected defect in Software Engineering?

In software engineering, what is meant by injected defects? And if such type of defect arises during software testing, then how are injected defects handled? Also how can the rate of occurrence of ...
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Which locator do you use with Selenium CSS or XPath?

I have heard that, when using Selenium, the CSS Locator has better performance than the XPath Locator. Which Locator do you use in your tests? Have you seen a great performance improvement when using ...
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4answers
206 views

Where does Automation creation happen w/in the Development Cycle?

I’m a Software QA Engineer at a small web development company and I need help wrapping my brain around implementing a new process. As of recently, my shop only handled ‘one-offs’. We would work on ...
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5answers
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How do I close the browser window at the end of a Selenium test?

I have googled for the answer, but the ".stop()" so frequently mentioned doesn't work for me. The Chrome window the test was running in remains open. def test_getResults(self): sel = ...
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How to finish the testing in the same iteration/sprint?

I am aware of the fact that agile testing is an ongoing process and should happen in parallel to development. But how is that actually achieved? Is it even possible to fix all found issues in the same ...
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2answers
571 views

How to convince your colleagues of pairwise testing?

I've been working on the pairwise topic for more than one month now and I went from "pairwise testing is a nice method in theory, but not applicable in our case" to "pairwise is nice in theory and ...
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2answers
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Good resources/tutorials/tips for beginner doing automation?

I've just started automating all the tests our team has (~5000). I'm using Telerik Test Studio for the Silverlight automation. I have some tests written, but I'm quickly realizing that with each test ...
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What's the difference between code coverage and test coverage?

At first I though it was the same but with eclemma it seems different. But I can't find anything about it.
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4answers
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How to QA the QA candidates… what should I look for in a QA person

I run a software development company, I am considering hiring a QA person, what are the traits I should look for in a candiate? And what are the traits I should avoid? (extra credit for how you can ...
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4answers
73 views

How can a conference attendee get the most out of a testing conference?

I get that arriving to the session early (at least on time) and paying full attention is a given. I sit on the front row when I can to lessen distractions & help me focus. Also I get to go to bed ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
482 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
385 views

How to eliminate \ reduce invalid failures in automation due to GUI changes?

I am into the automation of a web application using Selenium. I write test cases without hard-coding anything in the test cases. There were many invalid failures in the run due to GUI changes such as ...
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3answers
400 views

Suggestions for “Selling” TDD, and FDD to sceptical non engineering managers

Let's say you are a developer (specifically, the team lead) and you want to improve the quality of your company's products. Since you cannot change the whole company, you focus on what you and your ...
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2answers
702 views

How to define test strategy of a company (how testing is done at a specific company) ?

We have to deal at times with requests where a prospective customer is approaching us for some work and is interested to know how we do testing. Generally what we hear is a high level statement (or ...
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798 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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7answers
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Why (& how) do Static and Dynamic testing complement each other.

Why (& how) do Static and Dynamic testing complement each other. Not much more, simple question.
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5answers
775 views

Is there any reliable way to test CSS of a site?

is that a feasible idea? what tools do you use? what do you call this kind of testing?
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7answers
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How can I reduce the execution speed in webdriver so that I can view properly what is happening on browser?

I want to reduce the speed for execution of script so that I can view the execution properly on browser. I want do this in webdriver.
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4answers
2k views

Need to make WatiN work for us, or need to find a different tool

tl;dr version: WatiN Test Recorder looks dead, and I am unsure of the status of WatiN itself. I need to make them work or find alternatives that meet our requirements. Suggestions? Longer version: ...
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7answers
449 views

Learning about Ethical Hacking

I'm in the process of trying to learn more about ethical hacking, however a lot of the sources I am reading about have a lot of text/theory with very little hands on work. I was wondering if anyone ...
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2answers
672 views

Testing NOSQL DB's like distributed Cassandra

Has anybody worked on testing Cassandra DB which is a NOSQL distributed DB? What are the important things to be taken into account while doing this?
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4answers
1k views

Testing/Verifying Google Analytic code

I need help figuring out a test methods for Google Analytic. Our client pushes out a lot of marketing campaigns and they love using GA to track what is working, what is not working and where to focus ...
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7answers
606 views

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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4answers
223 views

Should coverage analysis be performed on test code?

I'm of the opinion that it should. Test code is meant to be deterministic. This means that 100% of it should be executed. If it's not 100% (and assuming the analysis tool isn't under-reporting), ...
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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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2answers
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Techniques to write good acceptance criteria for user stories

I am a developer in the scrum master role and need to get the whole team (specially our product owner) more involved with clearly defining the boundaries of stories. I suspect acceptance criteria is ...
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4answers
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Headless Functional Testing For Your JavaScript Web App?

JavaScript is everywhere right now. With the advent of jQuery and other associated JavaScript frameworks it's amazingly simple to add very powerful user interactions to web sites and web applications. ...
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2answers
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Random test data: How to do it right?

Several months ago I started an experiment in test automation. Each test, before it starts, picks up random test data. For instance, when my test requires a user with administration privileges, I draw ...
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2answers
246 views

Mutation testing, Fault Injection, Robustness testing, Fuzz testing

I need to clarify differences and definitions of those techniques/methodologies. Mutation testing - testing technique, it is an intentional change of part of code to evaluate correctness of tests ...
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3answers
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Appium vs. AndroidDriver + IPhoneDriver in Mobile Automation Tests

I have been writing Selenium Browser automated tests and now I would like to begin writing mobile browser automated tests for Android and IPhone. I am deciding between the Appium framework and the ...
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1answer
4k views

Extracting hidden text with Selenium

I'm trying to extract a certain message from my app. The text starts up as visible and then changes to style= "visibility: hidden" the visibility period is rather short, and I was wondering how can I ...
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2answers
4k views

Web Service Testing & Automation - Open Source Tools

I am looking for Web Service Functional Testing + Automation - Open Source Tool. SOAP UI - Free for functional testing. If you want to extend it for Data Driven Testing you need to buy Pro Version ...
7
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3answers
194 views

USB storage emulator

I need to emulate insertion and removal of SD cards to write tests. What is the best way/tool to implement it in .NET?
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3answers
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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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2answers
703 views

What factors do you consider when putting together a dept training plan?

I'm currently putting together a more formal training syllabus/plan for the testers on our team. Whilst on-the-job coaching has served us pretty well so far (helped by the fact that everyone on the ...

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