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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


May
24
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
I'm going to be biased with this one since I am using, and working with, SharePoint now. It's become our repository for everything. And not just because I know Joe from other forums....
May
24
accepted What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
May
24
answered Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?
May
24
comment Approaches to Testing a Scientific Library
If the Unit Tests are failing the build should never have made it into Test in the first place, the Acceptance Test will tend to be more generic and often times be "Happy Path" since its only going to demonstrate that functionality has been achieved. glowcoder definitely links the two rightly though, as they are both Tests and may cover the same things but not in the same way.
May
24
comment Systematic approaches to selection of test data
Nice! I'm going to have to read up on these, some good stuff here!
May
24
comment What's the difference between “testing” and “quality assurance”?
+1 Agreed, a very good overview of the terms.
May
24
revised How do you approach a new project from a testing perspective?
Removing my awful wording...how that got in there I'll never know
May
23
answered Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?
May
23
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
Lol...nice one. I'll have to use that.
May
23
awarded  Student
May
23
comment How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?
Never said Acceptance Tests, either way this is a common issue and I've dealt with it for years. Just because you haven't doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Let's not get into it here, its not constructive.
May
23
asked What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
May
23
comment How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?
Welcome to the world of Testing and overloaded terms!
May
23
comment Difference between “Testing Behaviour” and “Test Case”
This is what I thought when I read the question, you can't mix those two and I find the definitions within the words themselves.
May
22
comment What additional benefits does an QA /Developer engineer bring to a project
You could find more on this if you looked up SDET (Software Developer in Test), Microsoft uses them as Testers on many of their projects for many of the reasons noted below.
May
22
comment How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?
Depends on how you define Unit Tests for GUI testing, but I'm not going to get into this more.
May
22
comment How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?
Not really, if you read my answer I say its better to make Unit Tests then pull them into Suites so you get repeatability. Sure you can code tests, but not everyone who Tests is a coder but they can make recorded libraries that can be used as building blocks to something better.
May
20
comment Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using c sharp?
I've found it useful a few times, I don't know why so many people harp on the IDE it's a tool like any other. Either you have use for it or you don't. I agree the WebDriver is awesome and was a great addition when I was writing C# libraries for testing.
May
20
revised How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?
Adding in note about coding...though I already had this in there..
May
20
comment Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using c sharp?
Agreed, this was how I got into using it and I've been able to make some good C# scripts from my recordings until I got comfortable with the structure and wrote my own.