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Blog Spy Vol 22: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere-->
A round up of some of the latest blog posts from the Software Testing Industry in the past week. If you would like to have your blog featured in our regular round-up, please email details and a link to the post to [email protected] or tweet us @esconfs.
What to Expect When You are ….at Eurostar!- Rajesh Mathur
“I am aware that many of us are attending EuroStar. And I am also aware that many of us have either spent or will be spending a significant amount of time & money visiting Sweden for attending one of the best testing conferences in the world. Some of us are luckier than others and have got sponsorship from their employers; some are not as lucky. However, it does not matter whether one has got sponsorship or not. What matters most for attending any conference (EuroStar included) is about the two aspects which I have listed below: Lot of effort, time and money is being invested and there should be a return on investment (learning, positive experience, networking etc.)…So I decided to write a short blog post to tell you what you can expect from my track session at EuroStar2013.” Read more here.
Last Word on the A Word – Alan Page
“Some have asked if I’m against all automation. My tautological answer is that I’m against bad automation. My better answer is, no – I’m not against automating tasks for some testing. Automation is overused and overvalued in software – while the coding of diagnostic and analysis tools is extremely undervalued. In many cases (quick check of basics, some unit tests, monkey testing, etc.), automating a set of user tasks is beneficial and provides a lot of bang for the buck, but focusing entirely on automation of user tasks is a waste of any programmers time.” Read more here.
Measuring Test Coverage – John Stevenson
“This article follows on from my previous article on Why we need to explore and looks at when we simplify the constructs of software development to expectations and deliverables how measuring test coverage becomes a difficult task. I should acknowledge that the model I use here is extremely simplified and is only to used to aid clarification. There are many more factors that are involved especially within the expectations section as Michael Bolton quite rightly commented about in the previous article.” Read more here.
Milestone for a test resistant team – Maaret Pyhäjärvi
“Whenever someone ask me if we’re “agile”, I notice I start to feel the need to apologize. Sure, we’re on that journey with some criteria, but not there on so many others. For example, my team is somehow trying to have everyone do “testing”, but their idea of testing easily could be “development buffer”, “try it once” and “go for coffee, you can relax now”. When they manage to find the motivation to pair up with another developer, it’s a little better, but the enthusiasm never last long for repeating anything.” Read more here.
Testers Should Be Cross-Discipline Associative – Jeff Nyman
“Cross-Discipline Associative? What does that even mean? I don’t know. It sounds good, though, right? What I mean by it is that testers take information from one area of thought (a discipline) and attempt to apply it to their own area of thought.
Being perhaps a little more relevant here, I’ve come to the conclusion that just as we expect developers to learn from testers, more focus on this needs to occur from the other direction. I’ll be the first to admit: my ideas are still forming on this. Or, rather, my ability to express these ideas intelligently are still forming.” Read more here.
First Year at eBay – Ilari Henrik Aegerter
“Exactly one year has passed since I joined eBay on July 1, 2012, and it has been quite a ride. Overall, the experience has been tremendously positive, mostly because the people I work with are both smart and a pleasure to spend time with.” Read more about Ilari’s experience in eBay here.
Tools are for People – Michael Herrmann
Especially as an automation tool provider, it is easy to forget the human component at the heart of any process. In this blog post, we explain the success story of our unsuccessful conference submission to the EuroSTAR testing conference. Read more here.