Thursday, 27 April 2017

Notes on Structured Analysis and System Specification by Tom Demarco

TLDR; Time unfortunately has not been kind to this - it still has moments of well worth reading but it also has sections where you hope no-one follows the instructions lest they doom the project, but the chapter on estimation is well worth reading.


I haven’t read this book since University but I vaguely remembered it as one of the books that taught me system modelling, a skill that I still rely on to this day.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Do you know what your framework is doing? A quick use of WebPageTest.

TLDR; Frameworks implement an abstraction layer so we don’t have to bother about it. But, what if the implementation is doing stuff you don’t want? How do you know? Find tools that let you observe inside. WebPageTest.org does that for web pages.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Notes from Glenford Myers Advances in Computer Architecture

TLDR; Abstractions are not new, have never been easy, and have always been important when architecting our Systems.



Monday, 24 April 2017

A Quick Intro To BookMarkLets

TLDR; Bookmarklets are an easy way to have custom javascript to support your testing that sync across browsers.



It took me quite a while to start using Bookmarklets but now that I’ve started… ooh, just try and stop me.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Lessons from the making of "Are you Experienced"

TLDR; Learn your skills and techniques. Then learn your tools. Mastery of tooling can lead to new techniques and new ideas. Continue to learn your theory, skills and techniques. Continue to master your tools.



I’m not exactly sure what I was hoping to learn when I started reading “Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful” subtitled “The making of Are You Experienced” by Sean Egan - a book which chronicles the making of the debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

But I pulled out information about Hendrix guitar playing that I didn’t know.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Lessons from "Platoon Leader" by James McDonough

TLDR; war is horrible. Lessons can be learned from it. Would a distinction between defensive measures and pursuit, help your testing? I often see many test strategies that are highly defensive, but low on pursuit.



I do turn to books written by people who have fought in the army for lessons on tactics and leadership. I read “Platoon Leader” by James McDonough because it was a first hand account of a rookie leader in the Vietnam war.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Normal is the rarest of all states

TLDR; if you blindly copy an expert you do not learn context, you replicate mannerisms and lose their subtlety. Consciously analyse their actions, learn their skills, and apply them individually in a coordinated fashion.

When you learn about ‘context’ what disciplines do you learn from?



Thursday, 13 April 2017

That moment where you should have automated but didn't

TLDR; I migrated blogs over to Hugo and I didn’t automate because I was only doing it once, I should have automated because I actually migrated 450+ times (at least once per post. Find results at testerhq.com




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