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I'm an automated and manual tester, specializing in the use of Automated QA's TestComplete testing tool for load testing and regression testing

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Oct
24
comment Using formal methods when you test applications
I gave an answer to this, however, I think this question can be reworded. As it stands right now, it seems to be aimed at gathering a lot of opinions and anecdotal experience rather than practical knowledge.
Oct
14
comment Testing font button
Okay, I've just gotta put a +1 on this one simply for the humor...
Sep
21
comment How to add screen shot for pass status in UI Automation
Based upon my experience and the limited detail in the question, I answered using TestComplete as the tool. However, a targeted answer will not happen until the tool is specified.
Aug
31
comment Should coverage analysis be performed on test code?
+1 for pointing out that most code in test automation tests for errors and those error paths may not get exercised in a "clean" regression run.
Aug
25
comment USB storage emulator
+1 As usual, Alan, your "insider" knowledge is indispensable.
Aug
25
comment Transition from all manual testing to automated testing
As an reformed automated testing evangelist, while I am a strong advocate for automated testing, I do NOT advocate doing it like most companies implement software testing: insert quality at the end by utilizing technique X in testing. Automated testing is not just another cop-out for doing GOOD software development. It is a tool, and a VERY good tool, but a tool that needs to be used properly, diligently, and wisely or it will be more of an impediment to development and less of a help.
Aug
24
comment What are the benefits of using dedicated testing languages for writing tests?
For this reason, I like tools that utilize standard programming language for their automation. TestComplete allows you, actually, to select from several languages (JScript, VBScript, C#, DelphiScript). The only "vender specific" stuff are the objects that they incorporate within the dev environment (much like the VCL objects you'd find in say the Delphi IDE).
Aug
23
comment If you could only give one book to a tester to teach them about testing, what would it be?
Would this be better converted to a community wiki? It seems that it will have a lot of different answers without one specific one emerging as "THE" answer.
Aug
19
comment What are some tools for testing Mobile web apps?
Welcome, @Shane! Glad to see you here!
Aug
15
comment How to create Testcases and Validate the controls in Testcomplete
I've provided an answer below however I would suggest that a quick search in the help files available is usually the best place to start and, as pointed out in my answer, will yield some good information on the features you're asking about.
Aug
8
comment What is Functional Show Stopper in Bug Tracking?
You're funny, @glow, but looks aren't everything. ;-)
Aug
2
comment List and role of different types of testing environments
Now THAT seems to be a much better worded question and one worthy of sqa.stackexchange
Aug
2
comment List and role of different types of testing environments
This seems to be taken straight from a list of common interview questions. allinterview.com/showanswers/3735.html
Aug
2
comment Test cases for find and replace function of notepad
This question was asked and answered, as @Todd pointed out, on another site. The question does not appear to really have had a lot of research or effort added to it, more like someone is looking for help with an interview or test question, hence the down vote.
Jul
28
comment Which tools should I start with?
Are you looking for information on automated software testing and their tools, or general software testing tools? There's a bit of a difference, really.
Jul
28
comment Calculate peak concurrent users on a website
I asked a very similar question a while back. Check out sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/710/… See if that helps you.
Jul
25
comment Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?
+1 for the list of talents... and, if I could, an additional +1 in support for the rant against managers who don't know what REAL testing is...
Jul
19
comment Moving to software QA from a non-IT QA role
+1 for point 3... not everyone is an automater. I'd add that not every test case is automatable.
Jul
18
comment Moving to software QA from a non-IT QA role
+1 Like @Lyndon, I cut my teeth in QA in an electronics manufacturing firm helping measure those environmental stress tests as well as making sure the test equipment along the manufacturing line (thermocouples, multi-meters, thermostats, etc) were all calibrated. But I agree that it's a mindset thing. My first real software testing was as a tech-writer for one company and found myself looking for bugs as I was writing and decided to formalize it. If you like that hunting, that puzzle-solving, that detective work, then you're a good fit for a tester.
Jul
15
comment How can a conference attendee get the most out of a testing conference?
+1 I was recently at a convention (last week actually) that, while it was not a technology convention, was more than just your standard "fanboy" gathering. And I'll say that, when it came to actually getting something out of sessions, networking with the presenters afterwards and then continuing conversations via e-mail and other contacts afterwards really helped in making the con meaningful and useful.