Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How to successfully submit to a Software Testing Conference - lessons learned the hard way

TLDR; Identify why you should be the one talking about a topic and hold that Why at your core as you build a short sales pitch for the conference organizers.

Regardless of how long you have until a conference submission deadline: 1 month, 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour. You still have time to submit.

And if you submit a passionate sales pitch with good benefits and features then you can submit successfully. Read on to learn how.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Use your malevolent powers for good

TLDR; I can fool myself into comfortable complacency about code when programming. I can use testing to banish this false glamor.

“Why might we be villainous? First, because we can be… that’s a big deal…”

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Using Browser Dev tools to investigate and bypass GUI error reporting bugs

TLDR; Learning to use browser dev tools can help you investigate defects that have no visible output on the Web GUI, and they can help you bypass problems in the real world.

One common bug that I find a lot with web applications are errors that do not get reported to the user.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Are you stable, or complacent? Is it time to experiment yet?

TLDR; If you are not sure that you should experiment with new techniques then find ways to monitor the domain first, you might be able to learn from someone else’s experience.

When things are stable, and they are going well, a hard question to answer is “Is it time to experiment?”.

Friday, 7 July 2017

How to improve your software testing skills by following Isaac Newton's strategies

How to improve your software testing skills, by following these strategies, that’s how. Based on a quick book recommendation - Isaac Newton by James Gleick I want to explain how we can learn lessons from his approach to his work and career.

Isaac Newton didn’t just work from contemporary materials. He did, as he was starting out, and when he entered officialdom, but he mainly worked from his own research and from older texts. We can do this. Keep going back to the source for any contemporary material, then look at the source for that and find older material that you can mine for goodness.

Monday, 3 July 2017

New ebook version of "Automating and Testing a REST API" released

TLDR; Updated my “Automating and Testing a REST API ebook to have 50 more pages and now covers JSON and XML

For the last week or so I’ve been fixing up the editing todos on “Automating and Testing a REST API” that I collated back in January.