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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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Jul
15
comment What is the best way to report test results?
Question for you: Are you talking about an automated test suite of regression? Or are you talking about all test results, manual and automated?
Jul
15
comment What is the best way to report test results?
I like for testers to receive an e-mail even for successes as at least it indicates the tests actually did run. It doesn't need to be anything more than "Test XYZ Completed". For example, if there was a power outage over night during which the tests were supposed to run, when the power comes back on line, depending upon environment, the tests may not run at all. A lack of e-mail in this situation will indicate an adverse event that needs to be investigate.
Jun
30
comment testing RESTful webservice with kerberos authentication
Is "narky" a technical term? I'm unfamiliar with it. ;-)
Jun
21
comment What is the difference between sanity and smoke testing?
Your mental image is accurate... mix in the smell of chemical fire-extinguisher and scorched silicon and you've pretty much described the situation...
Jun
21
comment What is the difference between sanity and smoke testing?
+1 for an EXCELLENT analysis of the "It depends" aspect of things. On a side note, for the hardware smoke test, I've experienced this although, in our case, it was a flame test... old Leading Edge D2 PC, plugged it in, capacitor in the RAM circuits exploded (literally) and caught the motherboard on fire... Yup, that one doesn't work...
Jun
21
comment What criteria do I apply to a highly complex development project to warrant getting “real world” data?
I like this answer best, although the one by @user246 is good to. Essentially, it seems that with such a highly complex system you'll always run into this kind of situation where customer data might need to be used but that customer data isn't ALWAYS the right answer.
Jun
20
comment Is there a way to identify that a Disk is removable ?
+1 for a concise and useful little piece of code. Sticking this in my code library.
Jun
20
comment What criteria do I apply to a highly complex development project to warrant getting “real world” data?
I hear ya, @glow... the problem is too often "Well, yeah, it exists, but can you make it make my coffee as well?"
Jun
16
comment Bugs keep reappearing in our GUI software during development. How should this be addressed?
@user246 Depending upon the tool, the interface may change but you might not break the automation. The tool I use has a feature that maps components and objects to a hierarchal tree with user defined aliases. The component may change, the internal hierarchy of the application may change, but there's enough flexibility in the tool via the aliases that the majority of the automation does not need to change.
Jun
16
comment Bugs keep reappearing in our GUI software during development. How should this be addressed?
+1 for referencing the developers needing to test their work. GUI components and objects shouldn't be that difficult to work with so the fact that their rendering and such are breaking on almost a build to build basis indicates that the developers aren't even exercising their code on a high level.
Jun
13
comment What goes in your definition of done (DoD) ?
The idea behind "steel thread" is that there is a single, focused feature/path being covered in any one user story. For example, a user story may say "A user will click button X in order to verify data record Y". Anything other than making sure button X verifies data record Y is not the steel thread. So, providing an option for reversing the verification, that's not steel thread and should be relegated to a different user story.
Jun
10
comment Are code reviews considered part of QA?
I'm with @glow on this. EXCELLENT paper. I've shared the paper around the office here and sent it back to my previous place of employment as well.
Jun
10
comment Workflow shortcut to meet the release deadline
+1 as this reflects the nature of Software Quality Assurance being everyone's job. Additionally, the principle of open communication and collaboration within a project is key even if there are clearly written specs. Sometimes even a clearly written spec leaves out key details that only a collaborative effort can discover.
Jun
8
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
+1 Bravo, @Alan! As I suspected, it was something that was simply an unexpected condition on the documents. The thing is, the revisions that are in the two docs are not visible, necessarily, and so opening up the documents did not expose them.
Jun
8
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
@Alan I'll take a look and see what needs "cleaned up". Should be pretty straight forward. How do I contact you to send the docs?
Jun
8
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
@Alan I have tried comparing doc 1 to doc 1 and doc 2 to doc 2 with the same result. I've also tried reversing the doc order, also with no effect. Obviously, a serious mystery here.
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
Location I know is not the problem. The locations in the code above are not the same locations as on the machine with Word 2010 so directory name isn't the problem or drive location. Also, I've replaced the spaces in the filenames with underscores and that hasn't had any effect. I can try shortening both but, again, other docs with equally long names (or longer) are working fine. For whatever reason, these two docs are giving me grief and I can't figure out why.
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
@BrMcMullin - The compare routine is called from an existing document to compare to a different document. Much like if, in Word, you have a document open and go to "Compare and Merge" and operate a compare there. Both documents don't have to be open to do the comparison.
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
A little additional info... the Word documents are Word 2007 formatted docs. We've used the Word.Application object on both a machine with Word 2010 and Word 2003 installed without any change in behavior
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
The Compare line is what fails. The docs have form fields in them but the other docs we've compared also have form fields and we've not run into any problem. As for using the Compare feature, that's working just fine with either a Merge, Merge to New, Merge to same, or straight compare. That's why this is such a mystery, everything LOOKS like it should work... but it's not. And I have asked for help from the tool vendor and they have not been able to find anything (since, technically, it's not their tool causing the error).