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Software tester working for Dot Net Architect in Essex, England. Testing Iron Speed Designer applications using Microsoft Test Manager and Visual Studio 2010.

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Sep
7
comment Testing an application under continuous development
You are right about the One Man Gate - there is always talk of that if its not approved by me then it doesn't get shipped to the customer (something that hasn't really been happening recently because of additional pressures) but if I said any more I would be diverting from my original point and starting a rant :) kind of a double edged sword in that regard, the freedom of trying new things is nice but the 'blame' is the cost.
Sep
5
comment Testing an application under continuous development
Many thanks for the reply. Unit testing certainly seems like a recurring theme, will definitely be an avenue ill pursue and you are certainly right about the respected testers replies :) I think the problem stems from the company seeing the QA team (aka Me) as a final stamp of approval saying yes i'm 100% happy with all of the work and the small things slipping through should have been picked up. Dont get me wrong I fully appreciate its a great position to be in and I have been heavily involved in the setting up the testing processes from scratch, but I feel theres something holding it back.
Sep
2
comment Testing an application under continuous development
Laura you don't know just how spot on you've nailed it with points 1-6 (I brought in the idea of branching so I have my own DB and version of the apps to play with which can't be updated until a dev has my permission - which has been working nicely). I'm also not complaining, just branching out to see if I could benefit from anyone else's experience. I think my frustration lies in that no matter how many huge app destroying bugs I find (and receive little recognition for) there is always that one tiny bug slipping through that the customer picks up on. Great advice though, very appreciated.
Sep
2
comment Testing an application under continuous development
I think the main problem with the automation of Coded UI isn't exactly Microsofts fault, its more the rapid generation application software that the developers use. But I am exploring other ideas in this regard like Selenium etc. You are clearly right about learning more about how the applications interact and I like to think I know a fair bit already but there are so many dependencies it boggles the mind at times (I have the devs drawing up a map as I type).
Sep
2
comment Testing an application under continuous development
There is currently very little unit testing full stop, how would you suggest best utilising these giving that fact ?
Aug
10
comment Learning about Ethical Hacking
Cheers guys clearly didn't use the right key words in my search as I didn't find those old posts, many thanks.
Aug
10
comment Learning about Ethical Hacking
Ethical hacking (in this context) was simply a way of describing a company that has hired you for your skills in Penetration testing, i.e. they want you to see if their sites are vulnerable to such activity
May
17
comment Blogs to follow to further learning
aww yes good shout :)
May
12
comment What techniques are available to determine which browsers to test?
I just realised this was mentioned in a little less detail but Nikita .. my apologies
May
11
comment Blogs to follow to further learning
+1 for software testing club, everyone should also look at their publication 'Testing Planet' for some great articles thetestingplanet.com (am currently writing my first article for them)
May
11
comment Blogs to follow to further learning
Good suggestions if this does become a community wiki but just as a side note these were the first 2 blogs I actually mentioned in my question ;)
May
10
comment Blogs to follow to further learning
Wow this is extensive ... Thanks! I actually just came across your blog this afternoon Joe but didn't find that particular post.
May
10
comment Blogs to follow to further learning
How would I go about setting that up ?
May
7
comment Preparing for ISEB
I started a new question over at (sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/296/alternatives-to-iseb) to discuss this so the comments don't get to out of control
May
7
comment Preparing for ISEB
Its difficult to say. I guess because all our dev's are doing Microsoft Partnership work they felt that the Testers should have some sort of certification as well. Like I said previously ive only been doing this for 6 months (with no previous experience testing) and while I agree much of the ISEB is trivial at best I dare say it has refreshed my mind to at least a couple of definitions if nothing else. The move to a more Agile approach was actually something that has only recently happened (last couple of months) so it is still in the process of being full adopted.
May
5
comment Preparing for ISEB
I am indeed working in an Agile environment, thanks for pointing that out .. exactly the sort of tips I'm looking for :)
May
4
comment 1.5 Million lines of code. 0 tests. Where should we start?
I don't get the luxury of spec's here either. Am currently trying to write a set myself and pass them back to the customers to ensure we are doing to the right thing ... seems a little backwards doesn't it.
May
4
comment Preparing for ISEB
Sound advice Rob; most of which I'm already following, being fresh out of uni so most of this revision stuff is still in my head. I suppose I am really interested in people that have already done it and any surprises they might have come across along the way.
May
4
comment Preparing for ISEB
While I think this is a good idea I also think it might be slight overkill at least for the foundation level (considering the price). I can't imagine the test being too difficult to pass but I just don't want to pick up any bad practices along the way (ISEB doesn't seem to follow a very Agile approach like my company does).
May
4
comment Will recordings made with Test Manager in IE8 work in IE9?
Thanks I had been reading around the MSDN but didn't stumble across this page. Nice one :)