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Alex Henderson - Managing Director at DevDefined Limited, a boutique software development firm in Auckland, New Zealand - specializing in ALT.Net, end-to-end Product Development and assisting startups. "Self Confessed Coding Junky for 15 years"

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awarded  Popular Question
Jan
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answered What are some small, standalone or web applications for test new QA staff on?
Sep
27
comment Is there a name for these kinds of tests?
Our team adopted 'bug bashes' a few months ago, and have found them amazingly valuable - as a small ISV it's also been a great way to get marketing, sales, management staff etc. understanding just what it is we do! We found for us at least, about a half hour session is just long enough to get a lot of good data/issues discovered per-release (which are about monthly), and beyond that point there are diminishing returns.
Sep
27
comment Language preferences in the QA community
Certainly I think providing succinct examples of visual basic or vbscript for a REST API would definitely not be much fun, given those tools and libraries predate things like JSON. Other then scripting QTP, or working VBA in Office products thought, how many testers even come across Visual Basic or VBScript these days? (I'm assuming Visual Basic .Net is not on the list, as that really is a different kettle of fish... I would see providing VB.Net examples being up there with providing c# examples)
Sep
18
comment Language preferences in the QA community
We have started to build examples of using the API in Javascript now: github.com/catch-software/EnterpriseTester-API-Examples/tree/… - feedback from few customers who have taken the time to look has been good.
Sep
13
comment Language preferences in the QA community
Actually, related to another comment below re: javascript, I'm now toying with the idea of using Microsoft web matrix 2 (microsoft.com/web/webmatrix) which is free and has support for NodeJS (server-side javascript).
Sep
12
comment Language preferences in the QA community
Agree re: choosing the appropriate language, though I think in relation to performance characteristics of dynamic languages, I would suspect the API would reach saturation before the limits of the language, or suggest a very chatty API that could perhaps be overcome with better API design.
Sep
12
comment Language preferences in the QA community
Well that's certainly an interesting observation, I certainly see that a little in-house...the product is developed in .Net (C# and F#) and certainly our automated testing tends to favour .Net as well, even though it really does not need to. Is the licensing barrier around Visual Studio an issue in these cases i.e. having to give your QA staff Visual Studio licenses?
Sep
12
comment Language preferences in the QA community
RE: vbscript for QTP, on a side-note I had considered javascript as one of our options (we support CORS, so it's possible to interact with the API from inside a script, such as selenium.... or even node for command line execution) - is Javascript a language testers are reasonably familiar with, is it on their radar?
Sep
12
comment Language preferences in the QA community
The API is fairly broad, covering test case management, posting results, requirements management, defect management, searching etc. dev.enterprisetester.com/help/#API_Resources But it sounds like perhaps what I need to do is divide our API audience into personas i.e. tasks for testers, tasks for integrators, tasks for people building new clients i.e. mobile, and then maybe consider what language choices would make sense for each I guess.
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awarded  Teacher
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asked Language preferences in the QA community
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Find the bugs related to test a run in Quality Center via database query
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answered Find the bugs related to test a run in Quality Center via database query
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awarded  Student
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comment Enterprise Tester: how to see attachments or pictures linked to test scripts when executing tests?
Hi Hans, this is now a feature in v4.3 due for release early next month - blogs.catchlimited.com/2012/08/…
Aug
24
answered Is it possible to use TFS (Without Test Manager) with open source test management tools?
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asked Find the bugs related to test a run in Quality Center via database query
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awarded  Autobiographer