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Just your typical software testing Sci-fi geek. (if there is such a thing. Been working with computers since the mid 74's, and doing so professionally since the early 80's It's been a long journey from the days of acoustically coupled modems, teletypes, and programs stored on punch-tape

Interests are: Agile Testing; BDD/ATDD; performance and load testing; Webtest UI automation via Watir and Cucumber; Virtualization of testbed systems using Hyper-V.

Also a bit of a hardware geek, building all my own systems other than laptops and tablets, as well as the occasional floating-arm trebuchet enter image description here when I feel the need to have fun sieging the castle or flinging a pumpkin or two.


May
12
awarded  Yearling
May
12
awarded  Yearling
May
12
awarded  Yearling
Nov
16
comment Testing font button
Agreed. Note to self: next time I am interviewing candidates, let the recruiter know I'm going to ask about a 'test me button' on some page I make on a wordpress site. Then search the intrawebs for people asking 'how do I test the testme button' and my site URL if I can match up any of them to a resume that's been submitted pitch that resume in the trash.
Nov
16
comment Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Load Agent - Query on “Usefulness and Licensing”?
The last time I checked, the license for 'agents' is cheaper than the license for the VSTS verisons that include the loadtest tool. and aggregating the results is a royal pain if you do it your way.
Nov
16
answered Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Load Agent - Query on “Usefulness and Licensing”?
Nov
16
answered What test management tool to manage Cucumber tests?
Nov
10
comment Problem with IE9 security certificate when accessing HTTPS URLs using Selenium 2 WebDriver
Did you ever find a solution for this? I have similar issues using watir-webdriver against IE as do others. It seems to be a webdriver issue. caused by something strange about that page.
Nov
9
comment Watir, Selenium::WebDriver for Chrome?
well that's strange, considering that it's an existing tag with something like 115 SO items tagged with it.. so no idea why it thinks you are trying to create a new tag.. something to take up with the SO folks or ask about in meta perhaps.
Nov
8
comment Watir, Selenium::WebDriver for Chrome?
added watir-webdriver tab since you'd be using that if you are using 'watir' to drive chrome. And just to get the obvious question out of the way, have you properly installed chromedriver? code.google.com/p/selenium/wiki/ChromeDriver
Oct
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
25
comment Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?
Great to have you here James.. you taught me a lot when I worked with/for you years ago, and I find I continue to learn from you even now. I also agree strongly about rapid learning (and that applies to anyone in the technical side of the software business), if you don't like learning new stuff find another profession!.
Jul
25
comment Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?
There are many products where a firm understanding of math is required to test them, especially in cases where the business rules involve a lot of math, formulas etc, or where any kind of datetime math is involved when time or dates are an important aspect of the product. The first question you provide addresses that, the second one addresses test theory, and while a good interview question, does NOT serve the purpose of the first question.
Jul
25
comment Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?
in terms of creating test cases from the spec, perhaps. in terms of finding creative solutions to actually test something, not generally. puzzles, especially if you ask the candidate to think out loud, and they remember to comply, give you a lot of insight into their thought process and how they approach solving a problem, troubleshooting, etc.
Jul
25
comment Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?
I could argue that the average spec is in many ways a mix of word puzzles and math problems. being able to parse that stuff, figure out what is testable, how it should actually behave in a given situation is a useful skill. As is creative solutions and 'out of the box' thinking, troubleshooting, etc. puzzle solving and troubleshooting have a lot in common.
Jul
21
comment What goes in your definition of done (DoD) ?
If you are using proper engineering practices (pretty essential to be successful when building stuff via iterations) then the code as a whole tends to be easier to maintain. (the work done in the 'next iteration' is in many ways exactly like 'maintenance' of the code produced in the prior iteration. If support will need tools etc, the customer should be specifying that as some of the stories they want built during the project, along with things like configurable/customization features etc. In any case, trust me, you'd much rather maintain code produced by an Agile team than a BDUF team.
Jul
1
answered What are the best tools available to test performance of a MVC web site
Jun
27
answered Is drag-and-drop possible in watir-webdriver?
Jun
27
comment Is drag-and-drop possible in watir-webdriver?
The best venue for technical questions regarding Watir or associated gems like watir-webdriver is the main StackOverflow site
Jun
23
comment Testing email generation
I'd known that caps made no difference and periods pretty much didn't exist in gmail addresses (johnsmith is the same as John.Smith) but of course that has a limited number of variations. The numeric suffix is a good trick, I wonder if systems like exchange can be setup to allow that