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Manual testing is better than Automation testing. Is that true?

Imagine you are working in environment where new features come out rapidly and builds happen every few hours. Every new feature has a potential to break something existing in some part of the system. ...
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Why should a software QA engineer need to learn JavaScript?

Well, apart from the obvious answer like "QA engineer should learn JavaScript to be able to use TA frameworks which work with JavaScript" I would say that a QA engineer should learn JS because knowing ...
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“How do you test a vacuum?” Interview question

Such open-ended questions are trying to uncover if you have real-life experience tracking down misunderstanding and unsaid assumptions (which are always the source of the biggest problems in QA), if ...
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Manual testing is better than Automation testing. Is that true?

I think the most appropriate answer to this is IT DEPENDS. With manual testing you can always improvise and adjust your tests on run time and look into unexpected conditions and handle them well. ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

Good and Interesting question. Here are some to make the tester's job easier: Developers should perform basic testing before giving the product to the tester. Include QA from the beginning of the ...
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User reports a bug, send it to QA first or Programmer first?

It depends Each company has its own process for handling customer-reported defects. The one I'm most familiar with is more or less as follows: Customer support person attempts to reproduce defect and ...
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User reports a bug, send it to QA first or Programmer first?

It depends on your policy if you have one. It could go either way. It could also be that it goes to the PO and they should approve it before continuing with the fix or putting it in the backlog.
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Good practices to audit test automation code

As others have said: code review. It is not uncommon for code like assert true == true to be used as a placeholder during test automation development (I personally would use assert true == false or ...
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How should a Software Tester deal with missed Defects/bugs in release

You will never ever cover all of the possible test cases. and found quite a few defects in the code. Most of them got fixed. Were any of the bugs related to these. Did you point out the possible ...
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Testing using real data of the customer

Depends on your definition of testing, anonymized data is widely used by Microsoft and others for monitoring and testing in production, it's the basis for A/B testing or monitoring for example. In ...
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How do quality assurance engineers test calculations?

All engineers (application and automation) test algorithms by providing known inputs and having knowledge of the expected output in order to perform verifications. The verification values can be found ...
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How can I find the weakness of our "Quality Assurance Process"?

I would start by collecting cleaning up the data - don't pick 50 random bugs, but start by classifying them, manually or semi-automatically, maybe using keywords or information from the bug's logs - ...
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Why do testers need root cause analysis?

When a defect happens, you want to analyse how it happend. So you can decide if you can prevent similar issues in the future. I would use a simple root-cause analysis for that. Maybe you want to ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

Treat them as equals. I have seen a lot of developers thinking they are more or better then testers in their companies and also treat them that way. Developers and testers have a similar goal: Making ...
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Why should a software QA engineer need to learn JavaScript?

To answer your questions: 1: What is the use of JavaScript for QA? UI Testing of web pages, when the UI is written using JS-based UI front-end frameworks like Angular and friends as is the current ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

Just a few quick ones off the top of my head: Run the code they've completed at least once on their machine before marking it as 'Done'. Consult with QA on their intended route to implement a feature ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

I've worked in both roles for a while and my recommendation is: Pair (before coding when possible) on test plans See QA as an asset that is protecting you and customers from the mistakes we all make ...
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Why should a software QA engineer need to learn JavaScript?

One of the reasons would be to write end-to-end automated tests using Protractor. Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS applications, where you write tests in javascript....
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What to do if a Software Tester is constantly missing Defects/bugs in Production?

I think their job should be to find significant issues that will affect the user and the business I think that 'doing his job' means a lot more than clicking on every item and entering bad ...
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I am a Junior software QA specialist, I am kind lost to understand what to do in this scenario?

Wonder why you want to present this to management? What is your goal here, what do you hope to achieve. Do you want to show them they have unknown quality issues? Normaly I would expect the product ...
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Gamification in software testing

I am in for this idea. This can be a part of regular testing. But whether it will have a positive impact on productivity; is largely dependent on the way you implement this idea. Definitely, there are ...
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Why should a software QA engineer need to learn JavaScript?

The more you learn about the technologies your developers use, the better you will be at your job, and the more valuable you will be. In other words, even if you never write a line a JavaScript for ...
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How should a Software Tester deal with missed Defects/bugs in release

So I can also give you an example in our situation. We had not exactly the same issue, but at production we also found a lot of issues and we were facing some troubles in the past. There were some ...
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Manual testing is better than Automation testing. Is that true?

The short version - It depends The long version Depending on the type of testing you are doing, some form of automation may be the best choice, it may be a helpful way to get yourself set up to ...
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Good practices for finding valid issues in exploratory testing?

30 Good Practices to improve Exploratory Testing Use a bug tracking system Use boundary testing of values Consider using testing personas Use happy, sad and optional paths Become skilled at reading ...
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“How do you test a vacuum?” Interview question

Whenever I get the "how do you test x' questions I fall back to the tried and true: How should it initially appear - smoke test How should it work - happy path How should it fail - sad paths. This ...
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“How do you test a vacuum?” Interview question

I disagree with other answers. There is a joke A code tester walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders ten beers. Orders 2.15 billion beers. Orders -1 beers. Orders a nothing. Orders a cat. Tries ...
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Testing using real data of the customer

I wouldn't say it is common to use real data in testing, although the customer might provide a subset of "real" data in order to facilitate the process. Apart from the privacy and business issues, ...
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Difference between Corner Case Testing, Boundary Case Testing and Edge Case Testing

Corner Case Testing: When the system breaks only for a specific valid input eg: Imagine a function getcar() that that takes a number and all numbers from 1-5 are valid inputs: But, getcar(wheel=...
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User reports a bug, send it to QA first or Programmer first?

It depends on the company to company and it's organizational work culture. In my current and previous companies, When a end user reports a bug first it goes/assigned it the QA team. Then the QA team ...
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