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Do ISTQB/ISEB Testing Certificates prove that someone can test?

I have passed the foundation level exam, and to be honest, I'm pretty sure that anyone could pass that exam with a couple of days of studying. My question is are these certificates really of value to ...
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7answers
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Suggested books to start on software testing

I'm trying to learn more about software testing, so I want to know what are the suggested books on this topic
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13answers
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What are some tools for testing Mobile web apps?

I'm thinking along the lines of a Firebug for the iPhone/iPad/Android/BB that can truly give more insight on the markup/scripts. Even when testing on the simulator/device, it's hard to truly simulate ...
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10answers
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How does a tester's perspective toward software differ from a developer's?

Just as there are developers who are orders of magnitude more productive and creative than other developers, so are there testers who are similarly outstanding. We all have our opinions about what ...
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11answers
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How should you interview for QA positions?

Joel has his "The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (version 3.0)", but that's really for programmers. How should you go about interviewing testers? We ask programmers to program on a whiteboard; how ...
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3answers
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Is there a captureNetworkTraffic implementation in Selenium 2 via webdriver?

If yes, how is it called, or where can I find more info about it? (I'm not talking about using WebDriverBackend.) If not, what alternatives are there?
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4answers
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Where can I find information on getting started with Selenium 2

Some background. I am a long time WatiN coder, and have been since I first looked a Selenium a few versions ago, and decided that it didn't meet my needs, then went with WatiN. I now want to switch ...
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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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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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3answers
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How to change status of all test cases in QC test lab

In QC, How to change status of all test cases(including all steps) together. I need to make a large set of test cases "pass" in one go, hope there would be some query which can do this.
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1.5 Million lines of code. 0 tests. Where should we start?

I'm a Java developer by trade. I was 'brought-up' in what you could call best practices. Then I took my current job. I had a choice between the Java/SOA team, and the ERP team. I was told that joining ...
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12answers
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If you could only give one book to a tester to teach them about testing, what would it be?

One of the things that I used to do a few yeas ago was that whenever an employee started we would give them a personal copy of Steve McConnell's Rapid Development, as well as a copy of Microsoft ...
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Blogs to follow to further learning [closed]

I've tried my best to keep this question non-subjective so am not asking which blogs are definitively "the BEST" but instead am using the opportunity to just try to broaden my scope of reading around ...
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What are key properties of a great QA team member?

Provided you are ready to hire your first (or next) QA team member, what are the key properties of a person you will pay attention to?
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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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Fundamental Requirements For an Entry Level QA Engineer

My intention is for this to be a Community Wiki. Being that I have not been granted the power to make this a Community Wiki, I ask that someone who does have the power make it one before it gets ...
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3answers
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What does a Sofware QA Person Need to Know to Perform Their Job (Essentially)?

I'm doing everything I can to learn about Software QA and Software Testing. I've got a decent understanding of SQL and I'm applying that to MySql as that seems to be the most popular. I understand ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
665 views

Your suggestions for writing reliable Web UI automation

Web UI automation is unreliable. I presume it is possible to increase the reliability of Web UI tests. One such advice would be to put an abstraction layer on top of your test that does actual DOM ...
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5answers
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What would be a good term for continuous testing post-deployment?

I'm thinking of live production sites here, where there is a continuous community or much content being updated, sort of like a newspaper site or community site (the one I work at is a healthcare ...
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4answers
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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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6answers
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How can I structure Selenium tests in a way that minimises the maintenance work?

What is the best way to build / structure the tests in a way that will minimize the work needed to keep the tests up to date as the product changes and improves?
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5answers
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What Are Some Examples of Why Explicit Sleep Statements Are Bad

I've read various places that explicit sleep statements are a bad practice in automated tests, even if I've used them occasionally. They can be annoying (creating unnecessary waiting in tests) but I ...
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4answers
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I face a problem while opening Firefox with Selenium script

I face a problem while running Selenium scripts. I try to open Firefox using the following command: import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver; import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver; public ...
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8answers
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How do you prepare yourself for a testing position?

I'm a developer. Right now we don't have much in my firm in the way of testers. Whether I do it here, or go to a different firm, I'm very interested in becoming a full time tester. How would I prepare ...
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12answers
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Building “slow to break” regression tests

I need to build a lot of regression tests for our product at work and I plan on using Selenium. I am concerned about building tests that will become quickly outdated and broken based on the fast pace ...
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9answers
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How to download a file using Selenium's WebDriver?

Basically I want to at least check that a download-able file exists / download link works and preferably get stuff like the file size too. Here's an example: link = ...
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12answers
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Best guidelines for bug reporting?

Nothing can ruin your day like a poorly-written bug report. I've seen several sets of guidelines for bug reporting in different organizations. In your opinion, what guidelines/steps are most ...
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2answers
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Good resources for building a QA team

Our corporation has, up until this point, largely lacked a 'quality mentality' of any kind. From no testers, they went to two testers - but 5 or 6 product teams still rely on a mix of developer and ...
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14answers
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Compare screenshots of rendered web pages

In my team, we use Selenium for automation of functional testing. We also do a lot of manual regression testing to make sure the appearance of the rendered web pages is ok. I would like to develop a ...
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5answers
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How do I test an application for SQL injections?

I'm supposed to test a web application for SQL injections. I'm new to this type of security testing and I'd like to get some tips on the matter. Are there any best practices or do I simply search on ...
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4answers
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Developing Unit Tests While Refactoring Legacy Code?

I have a big code library that I need to refactor in order for it to fit more nicely together (one big problem is there aren't clear enough boundaries between each component). Since there will be ...
15
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8answers
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Security testing resources

Can anyone recommend any good security testing resources? Although I have a basic security skillset, I'd like to improve this. Some of the training I've seen online however seems kind of sketchy. ...
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8answers
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Load Testing, Selenium Vs Jmeter Vs other tools

I have been using Selenium/Webdriver for functional testing in a grid setup. We are in the process of transitioning to a Solr based search service. I already have Solrmeter for load testing the ...
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6answers
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What goes in your definition of done (DoD) ?

In agile projects, we use the definition of done to ascertain when to consider a user story to be ready for acceptance (implemented and tested). In the project's DoD we have things like following ...
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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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7answers
792 views

Are your UI automated tests dependent or ordered?

While writing UI automated tests, I've come across situations where test dependency looked like a must. For example, say I have two tests, where the second is dependent on the success of the first. I ...
2
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1answer
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Software Tester Job Interview: Case studies on Test Design

Case Studies during job interview is a great technique which allows to find out how the candidate would behave in different situation. For instance, the following case: Given a developer ...
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11answers
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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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4answers
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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 ...
4
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3answers
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How far would you go in ETL and data warehouse testing?

Recently I've been testing on an ETL/Data warehouse project and the strategy I took was to work very closely with the business and leverage their knowledge to come up with all the weird and wonderful ...
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6answers
639 views

Bug hunts and possible alternatives?

Recently, our QA department has been running bug hunts. Once a sprint all the teams do 10 min demos then they spend the whole day submitting bugs for a feature getting ready for release. They've been ...
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5answers
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How to isolate a bug?

One of a tester's tasks is to isolate a bug. Narrowing a problem search space will help a developer to find the cause and fix it. By isolating the bug I mean both finding the class of inputs that ...
6
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5answers
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Is there a guide or systematic way of writing test scenarios?

Are there best practices in coming up with effective test scenarios? Are there documented test scenarios that can be reused across different systems?
6
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7answers
490 views

Techniques for test selection, give a large suite of test cases

I have a huge collection of test cases (inputs). I'd like to select a small subset that's likely to catch most of the bugs. Are there any standard or known techniques in the testing literature for ...
6
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2answers
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QTP vs Selenium [closed]

I have largely worked with Selenium for front end automation. Looks like there is great market for QTP in this arena, especially when you could afford commercial tools. Have you worked with both QTP ...
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4answers
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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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4answers
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How to test search engine results?

I had an interview question: You were told that a search engine result by target query does not satisfy a requirement by its position. How would you test it? How would you test it? I had some ...
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Deployment Testing

What kind of things should be looked at after you have deployed a new system? So far I can think of the following: Things to check: a) Check it deploys to right folder: Open machine where build is ...
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1answer
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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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