A decent test URL

Say you’re testing an application, like Blogger, that allows the user to type in a URL, and then should have a link show up in the edit window. You are concerned about getting the URL cut-off the page, or beyond the input constraint, etc, and so you want to do bounds testing on a URL […]

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Programming Parables

There are certain stories that should simply be a part of every technologist’s background – they explain a kind of thinking about the world. Most of them, like the story of Mel or Winston Royce’s “Waterfal” Paper, are very old and pre-date the internet. Most of them are collected in “Wicked Problems, Righteous Solutions“, a […]

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Sometimes, words aren’t enough

(Sidebar: More coming the test automation series. Really. Just not today.) Some people learn through explanation. Some have emotional reactions and enjoy anecdotes. Some like statistics, and others go for “the boss said so” or appeal to authority. A good journalist knows this and weaves statistics, acendotes, logic and interesting quotes from influential people to […]

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On Being An "Old Dude"

Some thirty-year-old just put a post up on theJoel On Software Forum: Should I get out of tech while I’m reasonably young? Now, our youth-obsessed North American Culture bugs more more than a little, and I took the time to reply. I’d like to share a bit of that reply here: When Steve Yeggae is […]

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Asperger’s Syndrome

A fried of mine recently sent me this article, with a subject like something like “An Aspie comes out of the closet.” The reason? I’m one of a small community of software testers who are diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autistic-spectrum disorder. The way I explain Asperger’s is this: My brain chemistry is […]

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Cloud Computing is the new XML

In April of 2000 I took a development course and got a free copy of XML Magazine. I didn’t get what the actual value of the technology was. A few months later, I realized that there was nothing to get – if XML had value, the guys hyping the magazine didn’t know it yet. And […]

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