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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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May
25
comment Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools
My bad... I thought I had read recently that they added Safari support... perhaps not. :-)
May
24
comment Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?
How do we merge this answer with the Wiki? i think the combination of Kate's observations here with the points in the community Wiki make a more complete answer.
May
24
comment Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?
The first point here is EXPECIALLY important when it comes to automating GUI validations. Does the check box have the right color, is everything spelled right, does the tab order on screen work right, etc. All this stuff takes a LONG time to code for when a human can quickly popup the screen, do a few simple tasks, and then sign off.
May
23
comment Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?
I agree with Mr. Y that we do need some sort of standard, but as @James points out below, the standard being created is being done by people who, themselves, are not testers and, therefore not qualified to come up with software testing standards. So, I'm down voting this answer as it is reactionary instead of an objective answer and it is not well researched
May
23
comment When is it OK not to have dedicated testers/QA team?
Ya know... for some reason, it seems rather odd to me that, at the time of this comment, seeing James Bach with only a rep of 91.
May
23
comment When is it OK not to have dedicated testers/QA team?
That much I agree with. Unfortunately, I have yet to experience that in practice.
May
20
comment What additional benefits does an QA /Developer engineer bring to a project
That goes back to the question sqa.stackexchange.com/q/545/453 of how testers and developer mindsets differ. Again, a tester could have a developer mindset as well and vice versa. What this means is that BOTH mindsets are necessary to build good, robust, full-coverage tests.
May
20
comment Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle
Automation should itself be a task in Kanban/Scrum. It's possible to get to the end of a sprint and not have all tasks on the sprint done but supposedly, while you're running the sprint, you prioritize things so that stuff for any one user story is not half done. That allows you to ship SOME. Anything left over is backlogged to the next sprint, that includes automation. The problem I've run into is that automation, while backlogged, is then never prioritized as a "top" item ever again and, therefore, never gets done. This is a project management problem in that case.
May
20
comment What are some tools for fuzz testing?
"Good" is a subjective term. Would it be better to just simply ask "What tools are available for fuzz testing with Ruby, JavaScript or Python?"
May
20
comment How do I write a script to be executed by Hudson to automatically restart test environment machines?
I wonder if this question should be reworded. First of all, the very question in the body asks for the opinion and best method to access the machines. That's subjective content. Secondly, it seems that Rakesh is not looking for "best" but for a specific python or batch script. The question might do best reworded as "How can I write a python or batch script to automatically reboot testing machines through Hudson"?
May
20
comment What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?
This is the best answer of the ones provided because it gives a good description of the pros and cons of testers that can read code and some practical examples of them. I like @Joe's answer as well as it does mention that code understanding is a requirement for all testers.
May
20
comment When is it OK not to have dedicated testers/QA team?
Re: Dedicated team. Isn't some of that adversarial approach necessary? While I, as a tester, want to stay on the good graces of the developers, at the same time there needs to be a separation of accountability. Testers need an advocate for them on a supervisor level that is not going to, by nature, side with developers as there are times when a tester will need someone with a tester mindset to argue their case for them towards development staff.
May
20
comment How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
It's a good answer. But for many "newbies" to the whole load testing thing, the specific forumlas and decision thought processes and such are very helpful in test design.
May
20
comment How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
Now THAT'S the kind of thinking that works. And you know what, when I was actually testing that kind of scenario, 150 was the number we came up with. Pretty close approximation.
May
19
comment How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
thanks for the book suggestion. That actually will help.
May
19
comment How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
I've updated the question title and body a bit to clarify what I'm looking for.
May
19
comment Where can I find some insightful cartoons and/or humorous content about software testing?
Trying this again. :-)
May
19
comment How do you calculate the number of virtual concurrent users to use in a load test given data on actual site traffic?
Thanks. In this case, it's active sessions, users who are on the site doing stuff, not just background browsing, but actually doing things. Consider an e-Commerce solution with a process for selecting items into the shopping cart, entering contact/shipping information, selecting delivery methods, and applying payment, all of which have different clicks, browse times, etc. Within an hour, a site reports 1000 such users. How do I test performance using virtual users (which are usually concurrent)?
May
19
comment What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?
The interface does not necessarily indicate what the code path is. I have a project I'm currently working on where that is the case. There's a fairly complex decision tree made to determine who gets e-mail notifications of certain events. However, the interface is simply a data entry screen. Now, there are detailed specifications, but there are some complexities in the decisions that a specification is VERY verbose on but can be easily summed up by looking at the code.
May
19
comment What are the most popular bug tracking tools?
@BugCam - Wouldn't that be a question for the main SO site? For that matter, perhaps a better place to go is someplace like SQAForums which has open discussion forums for such things.