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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".


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.
Oct
7
comment Good resources for building a QA team
@testerab, I'll get in touch with you over the next couple of days on Software Testing Club. I'd love to chat about your experiences w/ this.
Oct
7
accepted Good resources for building a QA team
Oct
5
comment Good resources for building a QA team
I don't like answering my own questions, but there are two books that I'd say fit into this category that might be useful for anyone else with a similar question: Agile Testing, and Lessons Learned in Software Testing.
Oct
5
comment Good resources for building a QA team
Thanks, Siva, this is extremely helpful. Up until now, I haven't really been able to work out what I want to have in hand, but now you've given me a goal: I want to have a list of questions that we need to answer to develop a roadmap, and some suggested answers to those questions.
Oct
5
revised Good resources for building a QA team
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Oct
4
asked Good resources for building a QA team
Sep
21
comment How do you test for everything that could go wrong?
+1 for staging. I don't know how your system works, but from the user's viewpoint we don't have a highly interactive system - mostly just receiving files and processing. This allows us to forward production data simultaneously to the staging system and the production system, resulting in a very good test against live production data in the staging system. We can then compare the data in staging to the data in production in a useful way, too. This has greatly decreased "it slipped through" errors. Getting more samples of real customer data has also helped.
Sep
14
comment Creating a dummy database for automated functionality testing
The only thing I would be worried about is ongoing database development, e.g., new columns or tables being added that the code expects to have there could invalidate your old data. Just make sure you have an idea of how much work you will go through to keep your dummy DB up-to-date.
Aug
31
accepted What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?
Aug
24
comment What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?
Hi Joe, a couple of reasons. Because understanding OOP makes understanding developer code easier, and that opens up possibilities for white-box testing and enhances debugging abilities. Because writing maintainable automated tests is often made easier if the tester understands even basic OOP (e.g., Page Objects for UI testing). And there's probably an unreasoning bias mixed in from my own dev-heavy background :p
Aug
23
comment What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?
Thanks for the answers so far! I'm leaning towards a combination of Java and Python right now. Java will prepare her well to work with both Java and C#, which are the languages most developers here will be using, and Python sounds like a good 'utility' language with a number of testing tools. I'll start hunting around for some good tutorials :)
Aug
23
comment What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?
Thanks, the point about interacting w/ APIs is a good point. That hints strongly at Java or C#, then, since those languages are heavily used around here (and moving from Java to C# is really pretty easy, IME). Java plus some scripting in Python or Perl might be a pretty potent combination.
Aug
23
comment What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?
Python entered my head w/ Ruby, and it looks like it works w/ Selenium (both RC and IDE). I'm definitely biased towards a language that can be used to teach OOP. I'll have to look into its testing tools. Thanks, this looks promising.