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May
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comment Should automated tests be efficient?
Let me add that sometimes the technique you described, depending upon the tool and the component, may be the only way to perform that task. The tool I use, while wonderful, does not always have hooks into the components to do a "clever" search so sometimes the automation needs to be written "inefficiently" in order simply to perform the test.
May
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comment Should automated tests be efficient?
What @Bruce said. This kind of question could spawn all sorts of varigated answers without really helping you.
May
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accepted What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
May
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comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 for including aggressive schedules and inadequate requirements.
May
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accepted What is the difference between “automated testing” and “automated regression testing”?
May
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comment What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
Question, Bruce... are you talking general "automated testing" or the specific subset of "automated regression testing"? Depending upon what you're doing, there are additional things you'll want to consider for automated regression... (see sqa.stackexchange.com/q/656/453) for a conversation on the difference.
May
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revised How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
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May
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comment How do you tell a programmer they're not testing their own code enough?
I hear ya, @glow. It comes down to everyone recognizing that we're all on the same team, we all have our areas of expertise, but that none of us has ALL the bits to be able to make a good product. We need all the different perspectives in order to make everything come out clean.
May
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comment How do you tell a programmer they're not testing their own code enough?
+ 1 I agree with @Neil. The only problem is that I've worked in an environment where advice from testers is frowned upon. Not in so many words, but the attitude is "How dare you tell me what to do to make my baby more beautiful, you peon!". Kind of a toxic atmosphere for a tester where you are uncomfortable in approaching the developers because of an apparent Superiority Complex.
May
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comment How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
The Javascript support question is good. Is there documentation anywhere that would give that listing of what is supported/not supported by browser?
May
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comment How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
I realized that the answer to my previous question as it was worded could easily spawn "well it depends" answers. So, I've modified the question from requesting criteria to techniques on determining the criteria.
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revised How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
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asked How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
May
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comment What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
While I don't do a lot of inserts and updates, if I need to tweak a data record for a new scenario, sometimes I need to run updates or inserts....but with EXTREME caution. Most of the time, data inserts and updates are executed by way of the AUT which then brings to question "Is the AUT doing the inserts and updates correctly?"...lot's of layers to testing this kind of stuff.
May
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comment What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
Excellent answer, John! And your second bolded point is what I've been doing. "Every day you learn something new is not a day wasted" is one of my personal sayings...
May
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comment What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
@Rsf - There are many software applications that make use of databases. Even if it's not just testing a database, there is still need to have some SQL skill.
May
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comment What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
Is there a base level that a Testing Manager would be looking for, though? Is it simply just the select statements, or is there a higher level of proficiency that is typically required, regardless of product? Taking the C# example, supposedly there's at least a base level.