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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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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).
Jun
2
comment What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
Not that opinions are not welcome, just looking for more objective answers... :-)
Jun
2
comment What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
The only suggestion I'd give would be to get rid of the word "good" in the question as that kinda prompts for opinion... otherwise, a good epic question and one that I think is a challenge for most shops...
Jun
2
comment Capture screen during exploratory testing
Have you tried Jing?
Jun
1
comment How to 'Mock' SVN
I'm sorry... when I read this question, all I can think of is "Look at me! i'm a stupid SVN! See how dumb I am!" kind of mocking... oy, it's been a long day...
May
31
comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 "If you get blamed for being responsible, your goal will be to not be responsible for anything. A vacuum of responsibility doesn't produce quality." Love this!
May
31
comment Are state transition diagrams a good software testing technique
There are two questions wrapped up into one here. First is a request for information of other state transition diagrams. Second is a question about the relationship between wizards and the states of a state engine. I think this question should be reworded for the first one to be more on the lines of "What other state transition diagrams are in use for designing software test cases?" The second question should be broken out into it's own question.
May
31
comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 for the excellent article
May
31
comment Should automated tests be efficient?
Agreed. The tool does have open COM architecture where we could add plug-ins to add our own support for components... but then we need to grab development support to do so which may be even less "efficient" for the company than simply using an "inefficient" means of performing a task. It's becoming a rather cliche response to questions like this but, "It depends.
May
31
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
31
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
31
comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 for including aggressive schedules and inadequate requirements.
May
27
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
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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.
May
26
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
26
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
26
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.