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Introducing more innovation in software testing

A lot of research has/ is been done on how the human brain functions. One of the interesting things about the brain is its ability to go into autopilot mode.

We all do a number of things, having learned to do them, without thinking about them much or at all. Generally in every day activity that is a good thing. Consider software testing as an example of the activity that a tester does.

 The effect on the activity of testers is not necessarily…


Added by Mohsen Kashani on December 18, 2014 at 11:34 — 2 Comments

it("should be awesome") examples: |cucumber|rspec|

I'm a fan of BDD. But I have a problem.

I like RSpec style test descriptions:

describe Testing do

it "should be fun" do Testing.should == "fun"

But I'm also a fan of Cucumber style (Gherkin) examples:

Given I'm a <tester>

When I write tests in <test-style>Then I should have <attitude>


| tester | test-style | attitude |

| Aaron | cucumber | fun |

| Aaron | rspec | fun …

Added by Aaron Evans on December 15, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Security testing experiences: story 3

In this story I'll share how I missed an advanced  Insecure direct object reference vulnerability due to missing test data.

As described before for confidentiality reasons have made up a context, but the technical part of story is true.

So let’s assume I…


Added by Ainars Galvans on November 21, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

selenium-webdriver ruby with cucumber framework

What is Cucumber?

  • Cucumber is a behavior driven development (BDD) approach to write automated test-cases.
  • selenium-webdriver can be wrapped with cucumber
  • It is completely written in ruby.

I am considering folks who are reading this blog have enough knowledge about selenium-webdriver. Now lets wrap selenium-webdriver with cucumber…


Added by Sameer Sawant on November 3, 2014 at 13:31 — No Comments

When to Start Security Testing?

We have always talked about how it is always good to Start out the Testing Activities right from the first phase of Software Development. This usually involves preparing a test plan which has points like our Strategy, Testing types we'll include and points around what we will keep as the Exit Criteria for our Testing.

Similarly, we do have an Opportunity to start Security Tests right from the first phase of the Software Development Life Cycle. Security Testing must start from…


Added by Dias Jacob on November 2, 2014 at 5:21 — 2 Comments

Security testing experiences: story 2

In this story I'll share how I missed an advanced XSS vulnerability and only discovered it after conversation with developers and doing extra tests based on that conversation. More over I had to analyze the defense control of an app to come up with custom test to break through.

As described …


Added by Ainars Galvans on October 31, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Security testing experiences: story 1

In this story I'll tell you how an XXS tests discovered a significant repudiation issue which I was not really testing for. I've added some extra thoughts about XSS protection itself being the reason of a security issue.

I’ve decided to share same security bugs I’ve found in different web apps, but due to confidentiality reasons I will not tell you details of the web app. We actually I’ve decided to make up a context, where this experience would be relevant.

So let’s…


Added by Ainars Galvans on October 30, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Testing Software from Inside the Glass Cage

I recently read "The Glass Cage: Automation And Us" by Nicholas Carr. Although it is mainly targeted at software and automation as it applies to the average consumer, it has a lot of information that is pertinent to the use of automation in software testing. After reading the book, I decided to go back through it again and create a mindmap of topics that identify the benefits and hazards of how we implement test automation. As always, I recommend that you don't take my word for it, but read…


Added by Jeff Lucas on October 25, 2014 at 17:35 — No Comments

Testing with "Settings"!

Ever wondered that there are no more tests that can be done while testing an app on Android or iOS platform? Well, I have, and that is when I go to the 'Settings' and explore what kind of tests can be done there.

I have seen apps crash because Bluetooth was not On, location settings were turned Off, mobile was on Airplane mode, external SD card was encrypted and yes..because another dependent app was 'Disabled'.

This is an area which is really worth…


Added by Karthik Sundararaman on October 25, 2014 at 14:46 — No Comments

Explaining Verification and validation

I have personally performed a lot of software and hardware testing. However ,many a times i was confused with these two terms.

with lot of learning and doings , i understood these two terms. ok , let me explain you.

Verification : This is an activity which is performed to verify that the product is workiing against the design. This may need go through diffrerent iteratons before…


Added by sujeet singh on October 24, 2014 at 7:30 — 6 Comments

Tester maturity levels. Pentester maturity levels

When I was in functional testing for some 5 years I had this model of professional tester “maturity”:

  1. Tests somehow: Does some random tests and rarely discovers complicated bugs. Even if spot one can’t repeat and gives up.
  2. Tests more: Realizes how much more test ideas are there that could…

Added by Ainars Galvans on October 22, 2014 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Career Development for testers Survey

I am speaking at a testing conference in Denver this November and am also conducting a roundtable for testers career development.

I have a survey for which I need maximum participation from testers to make it meaningful.
Please take the survey. The results will be shared at STPcon in Denver on 5th November.…

Added by Smita Mishra on October 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Starting off With the Hybrid Framework.

The sole intention behind working with an Automation tool was to create a seamless solution for performing a Full System Regression tests on the QA build Releases. It is easy to verify all the new features that are introduced to the platform, but checking if all the existing functionalities are working as intended is another uphill task. 

Rather than being difficult, it is more inclined to being time consuming. So the best way to solve this particular problem was the introduction…


Added by Dias Jacob on October 16, 2014 at 12:09 — 4 Comments

Finally it's done. Hands-On Mobile App Testing

It’s done! My book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” is available since today. Further information can be found here:

Why I wrote this Book

It all started in 2010 when I had the opportunity to work on my first mobile project. The mobile team I worked in was responsible for…


Added by Daniel Knott on October 15, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Doing Good or Going Dead

A wise man said : "Once you stop learning, you start dying" . Now I'm very much impressed with this statement,Even i have set this one as my Skype status 3/4 times.

What was my daily routine during my college days?

I was quite fickle minded.We had in total 8 semesters in 4 year and around 36 courses.My daily routine was completely based on semesters.each semester had an amazing start,for instance: i used plan my semesters in the very beginning.i generally bring all…


Added by Krushna Prasad Subudhi on October 14, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Does your cook, taste bad to you?

Well, i'm frightened but if someone will ask me this question,I would shout at everyone with a big NO.

Does it even matter when i'm the only one guy who is supposed have it?

I would say, who d hell are you to ask this question?

But YES it gonna harm me , if its a repetitive process.…


Added by Krushna Prasad Subudhi on October 10, 2014 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Why I Did Not Sign the Petition

I know that I am going out on a limb here. There has been a long, well-structured, and convincing set of arguments published that convince me that the ISO 29119 standard is a bad idea.

Even with all of that, I did not sign the petition against the standard for the following reason: I did not read it. To gain information on the standard, I accessed the available web sites and even joined a group discussing it on LinkdIn. On that forum, I posted a comment that I was shocked that the…


Added by Jeff Lucas on September 21, 2014 at 18:00 — 20 Comments

Doctrine of Six σ ????

Striving for the quality with the continuous improvement is the only success mantra for every organization which determines its market value and stability in the market. I think we can all agree the companies’ makes too many mistakes and errors to achieve it. Quality that strives for near perfection is six sigma. Only I know is It’s an approach and methodology for eliminating defects in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. First, we start with…


Added by Chandan Singh Rathod on September 20, 2014 at 11:58 — No Comments

Pan-Dimensional Hyper Intelligent Creators of Deep Thought and User Acceptance

Obviously I am brand new at this.  So new in fact, that the only software I have tested is what the professor in my course has presented as problems for us to solve. 

As I work my way through dynamic testing techniques, I cannot help but wonder what type of technique would the pan-dimensional, hyper intelligent creators of "Deep Thought" have chosen to test acceptance.  A better question is did they even use testers?  If they had, wouldn't they have determined that the answer…


Added by GwendyTheDigger on September 18, 2014 at 19:18 — 6 Comments

The Regression Rate - The unknown unknown?

I have talked earlier today to my old manager and asked him if he has found a book or a blog post about something we have measured inside the last project we did together (over years):

  • regression rate per new function
  • regression rate per bug fix

He also didn't find anything about that metric but is also working in his new role to get the data again: The regression rate for his team.



Added by Joerg Sievers on September 17, 2014 at 18:36 — No Comments

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