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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".


Jul
12
revised Fundamental classification- discrepancies
Added note at the end on normalcy of frustration w/ lack of consistent definitions
Jul
12
answered Fundamental classification- discrepancies
Jul
12
comment Are Exhaustive “Brute Force” UI Tests Worth It?
Another point on UI testing for the wrong reasons: Resorting to rigorous UI testing can be a sign of untestable code, that isn't being tested at lower levels well enough. UI testing should be essentially just making sure the UI responds the way it should - and not functionality testing (with some exceptions, e.g., end to end tests). Unit tests, API tests, component tests, etc. should cover functionality. UI tests should be a small part of the overall testing effort in most cases.
Jul
12
comment Suitability of functional testing to problems with many interrelated inputs
Do you know where you read this? A link might help us understand the context of what this person meant by "functional testing".
Jul
2
comment Where should test fixture code live?
Changed the accepted answer to match what I actually did in the end . . apologies if this has led to any confusion
Jul
2
accepted Where should test fixture code live?
May
4
awarded  Yearling
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
20
awarded  Nice Question
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.