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Blog Spy Vol 33: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 24/09/2013
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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.

 

An intrinsic ability to test?

Gareth Waterhouse asks whether the intrinsic ability to test shown by children should be encouraged more. Would this populate the world with more software testers?

 

Silos, Walls, Teams and TV

Alan Page compares his recent internet service television package upgrade to making software. “When you have a team of programmers who only program, testers who only test, analysts that only analyze, and managers who only manage, you have an organization that works slowly, and likely produces crap.”

 

Learning Symbiont, Part 1

This blog post is the first in a series of tutorials from Jeff Nyman on how to use his Symbiont framework using a simple test web interface called Symbiote. There are five tutorials (so far!)

 

Video: The Mouse Pattern and Reachability Graphs

Continuing with reachability graphs, this screencast shows a novel testing pattern to deal with the oracle problem. In brief, the oracle problem captures the situation when you don’t know if changes to the SUT are affecting your testing and test results. The pattern explained in this screencast will help you consistently find the states of the SUT that are irrelevant during testing and, thus, go around the oracle problem.

 

Book Review: The Practice of Network Security Monitoring

Here’s a book review from Michael Larsen who looks at ‘The Practice of Security Monitoring’ by Richard Bejtlich. If you have a book that you would like to share or a book review to contribute to the EuroSTAR Community, contact us.

 

A public service announcement about exploratory testing

James Bach makes a public service announcement about Exploratory Testing and the difference between skilled application of his methods and bad testing.

 

Why testers do not automate their tests

Jeroen Mengerink takes a look at the reasons why testers do not automate their tests and suggests that test automation should be practiced more consistently by testers.

 

Test Automation return of investment

“Engaging in discussions on RoI when implementing test automation is a tricky business. Discussions is often derailed either by incorrect numbers, a strange formula being used or stakeholders who for political or personal reasons wants to influence the decision,” Nikolai Nielsen talks about expectation management in the RoI discussion.

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