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"Value to career" is a tough thing to call. I don't have a certification, and as far as I know, I've never hired anyone with a certification. That could be due to my location, or just a coincidence, or could be a point demonstrating their lack of value. I do know that I've never considered ISTQB/ISEB Certification of any value while reviewing candidates' ...


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testerab, Great question. I'm a huge believer in these kinds of activities. You Would Enjoy Spending Time with Markus Gärtner When I think of the software testing community's response to code katas, I think of the prolific testing blogger Markus Gartner and his involvement in promoting Testing Dojos. They are collaborative, facilitated, group exercises ...


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One of my favourites is Parkcalc ... Parkcalc is a real world application for calculating how much your parking is going to cost at the Gerald R. Ford international airport. It is also full of bugs, yet it works mostly. The requirements come in the form of the parking brochure. So you don't pound the real one into the gound there are a couple of self hosted ...


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This book has a lot of good ideas you can try.


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For web application security you might find it useful - https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Main_Page


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Java Bean, I think you may want to ask yourself a few questions first: do you want to be involved in testing or in programming? In my experience, colleges are usually less than stellar in the QA domain, and tend to assume that testing is "any warm body" and useful to familiarize someone with an application before they start coding with it. do you like ...


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I am aware of the current "certification is evil" line going through the software testing community. I have to say that, I don't agree with this line. As user246 mentioned, people do occaisionally attain this certification to be more marketable. People also often sometimes take this certification early in their careers in the hopes of learning more. ...


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I wouldn't hire someone based on a QA certification, but I wouldn't hold it against them either. In a tight job market, a person might try a lot of things to make themselves more marketable.


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Also consider doing threat models - IME, when testers are part of the threat model process, they generally find security issues nobody else does.


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Unfortunately, the Selenium site itself does not provide much educational material. Judging from your blog, you are more interested in Selenium as a Java API than as a capture/playback tool. I think that is the right choice, but it does require some programming skills. Your blog has articles on elementary Java programming, e.g. "Branching Statements in ...


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The Parking Calculator that is on Markus Gartner's site is a good way to have someone test something, and if they peruse the site as well for interest good for them. The calculator is a well known example you can find more on as well if you want. It's hard to do auditions, I recently did one for my position and they gave me materials that I needed to ...


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Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught - Oscar Wilde If the effort you make to acquire certifications in the field of software testing in it's current form would encourgae you read more relevant stuff related to testing and you firmly believe that is going to help you think ...


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One of my favourites is Parkcalc ... Parkcalc is a real world application for calculating how much your parking is going to cost at the Gerald R. Ford international airport. It is also full of bugs, yet it works mostly. The requirements come in the form of the parking brochure. So you don't pound the real one into the gound there are a couple of self hosted ...


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The following site offers many sample forms and will allow you to practice your test cases easily. http://www.wufoo.com/examples/


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Testing certifications are crap. Suck it up and do a Comp Sci degree as it will leave you with far more tech related options than QA. What if you decide you don't like QA?


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Well... No, in my opinion the ISTQB Foundation level certification does not guarantee that you can test. Learning the specifics of the job requires practice, depth of knowledge, experience, etc. ISTQB preparation teaches you basic terminology. Processes and even testing techniques are not covered well... Anyway, think about it that way: "ISTQB does not ...


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You could look up Testing Dojo's as well, and add another URL to the answer list: Testing Challenges. Some Programming Katas might be useful as well, I believe there used to be a few Ruby Kata's that were more geared towards testing but that was a few years ago and I don't know what the state of those are now. Edit 1: Ruby Kata github project. Code ...


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Anything is good practice for QA. It doesn't even need to be software. I have tried all sorts of QA approaches on the elevators in my office building, as their code is buggy as hell. I'll admit that it's a difficult question for me to answer, though, because I can't really turn my "QA sense" off at all. It's constantly running, looking at how things work ...


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Does it mean you can test? As has already been stated above several times, certainly not. Does it help? I can't really think of any situations where it would be a negative (at the worst, a non-factor maybe), so it certainly can't affect your employability - which, let's face it, is a rather important part of the "software testing career" experience. On ...


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your idea is great but has a big flaw : What if you prepare your training and the makers of the game update it the day before, fixing the bugs ? There is a solution : You should find an open source game which you could download, and then run a controlled version hosted by yourself. You could even add bugs yourself and provide an "update" in mid-course to ...


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No, absolutely. The problem with ISTQB Syllabus is that it does not really reflect modern approaches and methodologies (especially in agile environments). I attended ISTQB training recently myself and I must say that at least half of it was useless (problems that were mentioned do not exist in agile team to which I belong). But... Although it does not say ...


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Microsoft has sample databases for exactly this purpose: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23654 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms124501%28v=sql.105%29.aspx There are tons of samples, tutorials and training online that all use these sample databases. It sounds like everything you want from above could be done with these and ...


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Judge for yourself: scan the ads and see what % mention certification and what % require it. ISTQB certification shows that you mastered some common body of knowledge and glossary. For me it is a nice-to-have sort of thing.


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If you are a member of AST (the Association for Software Testing) or just want to do the self-study method I'd recommend taking a look at the Black Box Software Testing courses: http://www.testingeducation.org/BBST/ - free online materials http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/training/courses/ - AST's training information There are several ...


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For starters, there's every piece of software in the world if you just want to improve testing skills. For a deeper practice, I recommend things like open source projects, weekend testing, and uTest. Although I've never been able to make the time for weekend testing, I've participated with uTest a few times and always found it not only a great way to ...


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http://www.hackthissite.org/pages/index/index.php Googles site for security testing: http://google-gruyere.appspot.com/ - really useful. Try going through both sites with a copy of the book suggested by Alan - they really complement each other.


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If security is important to the success of your application, I would suggest hiring professionals from firms such as HP, Cigital, SecurityCompass, etc and observing how they approach it. Books and websites are one thing, but you really need mentorship too...


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Bryce, If you go to Alan's blog you'll find a small application there that he deliberately seeded with a couple of errors. That's probably a good starting point for functional black-box testing, although it will be rather time-consuming if you're looking at manual functional testing. Another good option for training purposes is to check things like any ...


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Svetlana, since most publicly-available registration forms for large websites fit your criteria, I'd imagine you could use any of them. You might also consider some Shopping-Carts. Many file upload/download forms (such as those for photos, etc) meet your criteria. Good luck.


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Usually social networks / web mail services have a nice many-different-fields reg forms, e.g.: http://mail.yandex.ru/ http://e.mail.ru/cgi-bin/signup?from=main BTW, SO profile page: http://stackoverflow.com/users/1953175/peter-l is a nicest thing to train your cases creation skills, since there are many "hidden" parts, tabs and features which may be quite ...



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