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Blog Spy Vol 29: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 28/08/2013
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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.

Binary Opinions? Yes or no? – James Christie

“I am giving a half day tutorial at EuroStar this year, so not surprisingly that has forced me to think around the subject, “questioning auditors questioning testing”.
Over the last few weeks I have been struck by the number of times that I have come across one very interesting word – binary. It’s an important concept, and it is hugely important in both professions. However, I have become increasingly aware that testing and auditing are taking very different approaches to the concept.” Read more here.



The ‘Art’ of Software Testing – John Stevenson

“During my visit I had a moment of epiphany. Looking around the different collections, this appeared to be set out in a structured style, with different styles collated together. Apart from an odd example of the famous “Flower Thrower” artwork by Banksy being placed in the seventeenth century art collection area. I wondered if this was a deliberate action to cause debate…This made me think about the debates in the field of software testing and how we should be taking on board engineering processes and practices.” Read more here.



The Professional Attribute Game – Alan Page

“I chuckle a bit every time I see a tweet or a blog post talking about how some attribute is uniquely important for anyone wanting to be successful in a software role – when in reality, there are many professions where these attributes help lead to success.” Read more here.



Metrics – Decision Maker or Pointer? Chris Clements

“All companies need data, they make critical decisions based on data, but how many companies add context to their data to give them information/evidence which better inform their decisions? How many decision makers accept, that even by applying context to the data the evidence is historical and no matter how accurate cannot predict the future?” Read more here.



What I Learned When I Was In Prison – Ruud Cox

“In this article I would liked to share a story about and reflect on an experience I had about 20 years ago. It’s about a performance problem in a system which had a huge impact. The context in which this happened was rather unusual, it was in a prison.” Read more here.



Avoiding Problematic API Choices – John Mueller

“Smart developers use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to create applications. After all, letting someone else write and maintain as much of the code for your application as possible only makes sense. However, you need to choose APIs with care to obtain the best benefits from using them without incurring most of the risks.” Read more here.



Big Data: What is it and why all the fuss? – Paul Gerrard

Big Data seems to be the latest buzzword that seems to be trending.
The term has been around for a while but now, the largest corporations are promoting Big Data products and services very strongly, so something big is on the horizon. If you don’t know anything about Big Data, this session will provide a basic introduction to what’s happening out there, right now. Watch this video here.



Why should I bother to improve if I’m already good? Leah Stockley

“If you spend your days frantic as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, the reasons to improve your approach to testing may be obvious! But what if you are already hitting your deadlines and have no issues found in Production or User Acceptance Testing? Why then, should we put any effort into trying to improve how we test?” Read more here.

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