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bio website resolvedtotest.com
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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.


Jun
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comment Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools
oh assuredly virtualization is a great tool for a tester.. in my last job I ran a farm of 40 some different testbed VM's (various configurations that needed to be tested) off a single 2U rackmount server (with dual quad core cpu's and about 24G of memory). Way cheaper and easier than maintaining even a small handful of physical system. But I think of a VM itself more like a magic sandbox to do my testing in, it won't do my testing for me, but it provides the venue to be sure.
Jun
1
comment What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
snort. doesn't seem like anything new to me, I've see other tools that go by screenshots. firstly, brittle as hell, all it takes is a change in resolution, a small configuration tweek to a browser that adds or removes menu bars, or a designer who's seen some cool 'look' on some other site and decides that your applications needs a facelift. Or adding some new tab or feature that causes stuff to get re-arranged. and in any case, show me how a tool like that tests for usability
May
30
revised How can I select a file to put into a file_field without using the absolute path with Watir / Ruby?
fixed up the code formatting which had some concatenated lines
May
30
comment Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?
The thing is in draft state, not easily available. and a lot of respected people in the test community are saying it's a waste of time. When you add that all up, I think the chances of finding anyone that has actually 'used' then standard are low.
May
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May
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May
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comment Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?
standards != respect (in many cases it can even be the reverse)
May
30
answered Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools
May
30
comment Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools
in terms of testbeds yes, but I think the question was perhaps also looking for tools to automate the testing etc.
May
30
comment What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
These are good considerations that go into the ROI you will get when automating something. I especially like that you covered Utility items.. this is a case where automation is a test tool to aid manual testing (or other automated testing), it might be getting the system into a known state, or populating with known data etc.. This is a great use for automation beyond the automating of test cases, and is something that should not be neglected when considering where to utilize automation resources.
May
30
comment What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
let me know when you find a cheap and easy way to automate usability. Or look and feel. Especially ones that don't require a ton of test time to update when some designer says 'that bar should be a gradient instead of a solid color' Also there may be OTHER tests that will yeild a lot more ROI that you could be automating instead of the borderline ones where they payoff won't be seen for several years. I'd agree that most functional tests ought to be able to be automated in most conditions, but there's a lot of other classes beyond functional many not suited to being automated.
May
30
answered How do you design your test method/function
May
30
suggested suggested edit on How can I select a file to put into a file_field without using the absolute path with Watir / Ruby?
May
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comment How can I select a file to put into a file_field without using the absolute path with Watir / Ruby?
I'd prefer this kind of question be placed on SO. There's more of the watir people monitoring that site, and also better assistance for aspects of these questions that end up dealing with things like Ruby, JQuery, etc
May
30
answered Good Watir or Watir-Webdriver tutorials/resources for new-to-automation testers?
May
20
answered Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle
May
20
comment Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle
If you have to do extra sprints before you can ship, I think there's something wrong with your definition of DONE. In scrum you should be able to ship (if it makes sense for the business) at the end of very sprint. IMHO this is the wrong answer because you are starting to fallback on the older waterfall habits of 'testing in the quality at the end' instead of making sure that as each item is done you are truely finished with it and don't have to think about it again.
May
20
answered Whether to choose Selenium over Watir or Lightweight Test Automation when testing web applications created using c sharp?
May
20
answered How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
May
19
revised How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
added note as to why the answer no longer matches the (edited) question.