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May
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comment Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?
You misunderstand the purpose of the checklist. The goal is to convey experience with testing. Newer testers are more likely to think about functional issues when reducing a bug (in fact, you do precisely this!). More experienced testers know that these bugs are fairly easy, but what about intermittent bugs where you can follow the exact same steps and reproduce it once, but not the next time? Memory, CPU, race conditions, timeouts, etc. can all play into these bugs. How do you reduce them? That's where a list of steps / tricks comes in handy.
May
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revised Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?
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asked Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?
May
23
comment Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?
I disagree. The problem isn't getting the respect of the business folk, it's finding good technical companies that recognize that software is a unique business that traditional business-folk just don't understand. The most skilled members of the testing community tend to shun standards like these, instead choosing to work at companies that respect their talents. These standards have been around for a while, and the best companies generally ignore them.
May
23
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
A wiki can be a useful place to define terms. If the company uses them differently than the general test community, you can give the company definition and then include at the bottom a link to the more common definition outside of the company.
May
20
comment What additional benefits does an QA /Developer engineer bring to a project
+1 for code reviews / testability awareness!
May
20
comment Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using c sharp?
As I understand it, the concern about x vs y is that people are likely to fall into camps if the question is wide open, plus the question of simply x vs y doesn't necessarily solve a real problem. This question has a lot of other details that affect whether x or y is more appropriate, and seems open to suggestions of z or w, plus is very clearly a real problem for which the OP needs a solution. I think those are key factors.
May
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answered Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using c sharp?
May
19
comment Where can I find some amusing cartoons about software testing?
Please edit this with the duplicate revisions. I think this is very helpful when framed as communicating the role of the tester using humor. I know I could use good comics to post in my cubicle to reduce dev / test tension and help explain some of the more, ah, "challenging" tester behaviors.
May
19
comment Should you preload DLL's in performance tests?
"First run" performance might be something you want to check. So, these can both be performance tests. I'd say don't load for most performance tests, for consistency; but be aware that you are missing some key scenarios, and decide if you need to make first run performance tests. Keep in mind that first run is your end user's first impression. I've also found that performance testing is often where the most interesting concurrency issues are discovered on large teams.
May
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accepted Is a distinction between “testing” and “checking” useful?
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comment Is a distinction between “testing” and “checking” useful?
Thanks a ton for stopping by and posting! This is very helpful.
May
18
revised Testing of automated scripts
Added info about testing the test harness, which really does deserve extra testing.
May
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answered Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle
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comment Testing of automated scripts
Great point; I added a paragraph on mutation testing at the bottom.
May
17
revised Testing of automated scripts
mutation testing paragraph added at the bottom
May
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answered What is the difference between “automated testing” and “automated regression testing”?
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comment What is the difference between “automated testing” and “automated regression testing”?
Which is why we should give anyone conflating automated testing and automated regression testing a tongue lashing!
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answered Testing of automated scripts
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answered When is it inappropriate to use white box testing?