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bio website linkedin.com/in/ethelevans
location Seattle, WA
age 31
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SDET with 5 years of experience in software testing & BS in Computer Science. I'm also not very good at filling out "About Me" sections. I'm not as much of an expert as I'd like to be, so am trying to soak up knowledge as fast as I can while balancing work and "real life".


Feb
14
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
14
comment Resume and job seeking advice - career change from Development to Testing
@gbjbaanb, MS isn't actually a bad place these days, at least not from a work/life balance standpoint. Flexible hours, options to WFH, and little to no overtime expected on most teams that I saw.They also have great HR and benefits support for mental health. If you are a manager or lead, there's a fair amount of pressure - but they generally do a good job of sheltering the individual contributors :) I guess they've learned from their past mistakes . . . they aren't a perfect company, but I thought work/life balance was one of their strong points when I was there.
Jan
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
19
comment Is browser version matrix a thing of the past?
One site I test skews heavily towards older browsers - we don't test IE9 and do test IE6 because of what we see in the web logs. We'll be keeping an eye on these numbers, but otherwise don't see major changes coming.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
This is unlikely on a server, but might be worth checking. Does the computer go into sleep mode or hibernation? I don't know if/ how that would affect Selenium, but I've had issues w/ UI automation before from this.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
that's exactly what makes me think a screenshot might help. If something external to your tests is interfering, it's likely to leave a visual clue. I'm thinking there might be something else happening on that server that is obscuring Selenium's ability to interact w/ the browser.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
Can you take screenshots on failure? Being able to see what the screen looked like at the time might give you a hint.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
Are there any patterns to the failures? Are they failing with the same or similar exceptions? Can you provide us with a sample of the failures?
Nov
29
comment Keeping automation code away from application source code
I would add to this that you still need communication about merges before they happen. That way, you can run your tests against other branches to see where code updates broke your tests before they are merged in, so that you have (ideally) zero test down time after merges for test maintenance due to feature changes (because you will have made changes already).
Nov
10
comment Resume and job seeking advice - career change from Development to Testing
A SDET position at a large company like Microsoft could benefit greatly from a tester with lots of development experience. IMO as an SDET with 5 years experience mostly at MS, you would be a great asset in such a role. I don't think you'd need to take a junior role in a coding-heavy test position.
Oct
31
comment Load testing tools vs. making your own
I tried one of the virtual labs on Friday, and it looks like a great fit. We already own VS 2010 Ultimate w/ an MSDN membership, so continuing with this technology makes a lot of sense.
Oct
31
accepted Load testing tools vs. making your own
Oct
28
comment Load testing tools vs. making your own
Thanks, Siva. This is really helpful.
Oct
28
comment Load testing tools vs. making your own
Thanks, this is really helpful. I took Steve's advice and tried out VS 2010 Load Test last night, using a Microsoft Virtual Lab. It looks pretty good, but I was wondering . . . do I have to run Web Tests? Or can any test / script be used as the basis of a load test? We do have an MSDN license, so that's good. Also, would it work with AWS? Our company has . . . issues . . . with getting a hold of hardware, or setting up VMs, so I need to work around those limitations.
Oct
27
asked Load testing tools vs. making your own
Oct
20
comment What proportion of different types of software testing does your team use?
The issue with this is that it results in a list of various answers. A better question might be, 'What are good ranges of testing?', possibly with specifics about system types, team skill levels, etc. Something that can have a single 'best' answer. Also, what my team does is not what I would say is best; we take short-cuts and don't do things perfectly because our QA processes are not yet very mature.
Oct
17
answered Should tool generated test data be deleted during tear down in test automation?
Oct
17
comment Test Result Management and Reporting tool
I am very interested in any answers. I looked a year ago, gave up, and implemented my own system - but it's pretty bare, maintenance is a bear, and I can barely keep it working on top of my other responsibilities.
Oct
17
comment Good resources for building a QA team
@Laura, thanks - but, to be honest, it's not a done fight. The CIO is a contractor, and the CEO hasn't bought in yet :( We're optimistic that he might, but I'll need multiple plans for different levels of resources in case he just can't wrap his head around the value of testing.