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Mark Crowther replied to Purnima's discussion EleemntNotPresentException
"OK, the only suggestion I have is to add build/perform after each step to be explicit and see if that makes the element visible. Trial the pattern on another section of the site and see if it works. Good luck Mark"
Jul 9, 2015
Mark Crowther replied to Purnima's discussion EleemntNotPresentException
"Purnima, Your code is all over the place, I can barely understand it. I'm on lunch here so can't play properly, so allowing for my ability to recall badly get ready for my half a$$ answer :} I think half the problem is that before you…"
Jul 9, 2015
Mark Crowther replied to Ijaz Alam's discussion What are the best practices of Software Quality Assurance Engineer ?
"Ijaz, that'll teach you. Next you should ask about checking v testing or 100% automation, that's always a good one too. :) I take a slightly more sanguine approach to this term these days, despite my comment on Simon's blog to the…"
Mar 30, 2015
Mark Crowther replied to Joerg Sievers's discussion Inspections used in testing process?
"Yes, inspections are an integral part of testing and quality assurance practices. Inspections, Desk Checks, Static Reviews, etc. are all part of the tool-box we have to understand the development and testing problem. Do share your…"
Jul 16, 2014
Jane Temov replied to Mark Crowther's discussion Test Environment booking tool / system?
"Enov8 has recently released a Holistic suite for Test Environment & Test Data Management. The solution basically captures everything from understanding your environments, identifying demand, planning & coordination (events,…"
Apr 20, 2014
Mitesh Gada replied to Mark Crowther's discussion Most important skills and knowledge areas in the near future?
"Hi Mark Crowther, Having good experience is the best. To give answer to your question, I think, 1. Having both Manual and Automation knowledge, 2. Interest in Research (searching for new and open source tools, exploring them), 3.…"
Feb 28, 2014
Prashant PC replied to Mark Crowther's discussion Most important skills and knowledge areas in the near future?
"One of the emerging trend is crowd sourced testing. It can relieve from hiring testers and can acquire testers from various geographical regions at a time. I've shared an article on this technique, hope that might be helpful to get some ideas…"
Feb 28, 2014
Richard Forjoe replied to Mark Crowther's discussion How to make China the leader in Software Testing? in the group China - Software Testing Club
"Hi Mark, Great ideas. I am hoping to move to Shanghai in a year so started looking up testing in china and there doesn't seem to be much of an open community here. My initial thoughts were that, a testing community in Shanghai or china is…"
Feb 18, 2014

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100 Hours of Testing Practice - 50 of 100

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 23:07 0 Comments

I'm not really sure if it's 50 hours I've now done or more, to be honest I suspect it's more. After many hours working on the Ruby goodness on trains, plains and ... hotel rooms it's a bit tricky to keep a tight track on what's been done.


Ah, yes... all that travel is because I've been called to site to deliver some Client work hands-on, after so many months living the Lab life in Spain too! Oh well can't complain :)…


100 Hours of Testing Practice - 32 of 100 (Bug fix... woops)

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 16:30 2 Comments

Rain, rain, rain... and a weekend in. Which works well as I get more hours to practice a bit of Ruby.

In the post on data from text files I noticed there was a call to a method file_search that wasn't in the attached file, cool... The reason was that I couldn't get it to work and so took it out.



100 Hours of Testing Practice - 30 of 100 (8 lines into 2! if...then magic)

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 16:00 0 Comments

After a jolly sojourn learning various bits about Ruby I've decided to head back over to Everyday Scripting with Ruby and pick up where I left off. I've started to go round in circles somewhat with what I was picking up myself, re-using what I currently know so time to crack on with the directed study.


Racing onto Chapter 6 Brian starts to cover the…


100 Hours of Testing Practice - 28 of 100 (More Data from files)

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 22:27 0 Comments

Continuing on from the last blog post on working with files...


A classic thing we'll want to do, other than just reading in some data, is append data to a file. As we saw in the last post we can think of the mode of a+ as 'append', as opposed to the…


100 Hours of Testing Practice - 26 of 100 (Data from files)

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 18:16 0 Comments

Freezing coldness all week here in Málaga, aircon being supplemented by oil filled heaters by the building owners. Jorgé ran the math and discovered they're not as efficient or cost effective as aircon... the mind boggles.The crazy thing is, it's warmer outside than in the general building, given they're so designed to be cool for when summer hits. Oh, the irony. Hot office, cold general building area, warm outside. The Test Hats team will all have the flu by week's end at this rate…


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At 17:09 on March 9, 2012, phil kirkham said…

If you dont blog then how can I fix your errors ?

At 15:19 on May 21, 2009, Jamie Gagnon said…
Hi Mark

Sadly my thread was removed. I have to be honest I understand why. but I have requested it be added as an event and maybe then people can sponsor there.

I have not heard yet but I hope it can be

Thank you for your donation though. it was very much appreciated.
At 1:27 on March 25, 2009, Kelly said…
Hi Mark,
I am working for Guandong Software Science Park in China and they have a lot of software they are looking to distribute. Being you're in testing, do you have any connections to software download sites? Obvious choices in the U.S. are for example. Just wondering if there are some China sites I could introduce them to.


At 7:57 on March 19, 2009, Jamie Gagnon said…
Thanks for the links Mark

I will give this a read through. If I have any questions I will come back to you
At 5:50 on March 11, 2009, JiFang said…
I like this club! Glad to meet you here!
At 14:58 on February 14, 2009, Waleed said…
Hello Friend.
Thanks for sharing this site.Glad to see you here. :)
At 2:43 on February 10, 2009, Alex Almeda said…
Hi Mark,

I see that you are again active in our e-group.

There is a wealth of knowledge from the Context Driven school of testing and the Association of Software Testing. The Bug Taxonomy is just a beginning to risk-based testing among others that they freely distribute online

Check out the other articles on too. We encourage everyone to express their knowledge by writing them.

At 4:48 on February 3, 2009, Yan said…
hi, Mark, thanks for your feedback, I will try to make my work better and better. be glad to know you :)
I work in shanghai, if you want to know more about testing infomation . you can leave me comment or send me mail also:
At 14:11 on February 2, 2009, rose said…
Hi, Mark, nice to meet you.
At 11:04 on November 24, 2008, Tony Simms said…

This is it, the last time I smiled, I am the one on the right (as always)


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