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Jul
13
comment Anybody know of any tools for tailing a users path through the logs please?
Cheers Anna. It was a tool someone mentioned in passing - he was very vague!
Jan
23
comment What are the best beginner tutorials for Selenium IDE
And a great advert by the author himself:eviltester.com/index.php/2011/06/02/…
Jan
23
comment What learning resources are there for testers who want to study Systems Thinking?
+1 for thesystemthinkingreview site, especially their podcasts: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-systems-thinking-review/…
Jan
23
comment Compare screenshots of rendered web pages
We also use a tool for the comparison between the 'base' image (oracle) & the newly rendered page. Our Programmers wrote it in-house based on some code they found on the web - I'll post a link when they get back to me.
Jan
23
comment Compare screenshots of rendered web pages
We're using fighting layout bugs. Quite tricky to set up - the out-of-the-box config is very sensitive in that it gives loads of false negatives. there are several parameters for reducing sensitivity though.
Oct
21
comment Is there a successful approach to automating security testing?
Could the tool be used to run regression tests (checks) to ensure there's no deprecation in the quality of the security already in place? I agree that exploratory security testing is a cognitive skill.
Oct
21
comment What's the difference between “testing” and “quality assurance”?
I agree with this answer & I'd go even further with the testing being a subset of QA idea - As Michael Bolton puts it, as a Tester, you are not responsible for project budgets, staffing levels, deadlines etc - all of which have an impact on quality. As I see it, Testers provide information to the people who make the decisions on the state of the software
Oct
21
comment how do i make the case to management for QA to get a new android for testing the mobile platform?
+1 - and if you can associate a (negative) cost with those differences, compared to the cost of a new handset, it'll give you a stronger argument
Sep
25
comment If you could only give one book to a tester to teach them about testing, what would it be?
I'll second both of these - great reads
Sep
25
comment Testing an application under continuous development
Sounds like your company has adopted the 'Agile' product without actually being 'agile' in the development process. Developers writing automated unit tests (see below) will give you greater confidence & therefore greater flexibility.
Sep
25
comment Testing an application under continuous development
+1 for the developers writing automated unit tests as a long term strategy. The automated regression suite acts as a scaffolding for the code and gives you a certain level of confidence when 'accepting' the code for test. (some might argue you cannot have continuous integration if you dont have automated regression tests)
Sep
25
comment Learning about Ethical Hacking
gutted i missed this.
Sep
25
comment Learning about Ethical Hacking
This site is ace. I use it in conjunction with the textbooks, but it also takes you through the basics.
Sep
25
comment The role of a software tester in an agile environment?
Agree with you there Steve. All team members should be able to do each others role to a certain extent. Now for some lingo bingo - we're "generalising specialists".
Aug
1
comment Print Stylesheets - how do you effectively test them?
Thanks for this Bruce, greatly appreciated. We try and use PDF Creator to be a bit more environmentally friendly, but like print preview its not perfect. Thanks for the links - going to try that testapi. Fortunately our printouts dont need to be that accurate, so we dont need to cover printer settings as well as OS & browser settings
Jul
22
comment How to QA the QA candidates… what should I look for in a QA person
Agreed - make sure you identify the holes in your team that can't be fixed by a process (instead of a person) & recruit to fill those holes.
Jul
22
comment Are code reviews considered part of QA?
@Jim Rush - agreed. I test software. I don't know enough of external factors impacting the quality of a product in order to comment on it.
Jul
22
comment Are code reviews considered part of QA?
And we all know the earlier we find a bug, the cheaper it is to fix!
Jul
22
comment Tools for Java software testing
Spot on. be careful with record/playback automation tho - ensure your UI is stable (hopefully it is if you're nearing the end of the project
Jul
22
comment Tools for Java software testing
good call - again, I think you can get a plugin for eclipse.