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    One Little, Two Little, Three Little Versions

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    A reader asks: Can you shed some light on how to plan out versioning in test? I am on a project where historically no versioning has been done. The functional tests are just re-written and modified to suit the updated feature. I would like to introduce...
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    Tiny Tablets Trikkeing

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    I was out Trikkeing this weekend. Two hours flew by in no time at all - that is one sweet ride! Although I didn't ride that entire time: anything steeper than a medium-sized hill still kicks my butt. Plus Trikkes are rare in these parts so I drew a goodly...
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    Learn This!

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    I have always been curious about all sorts of things. How Stuff Works is a treasure trove for me - I didn't get much done the week I discovered it! I don't try to be an expert at everything I do, but there are a lot of subjects I want to learn (more)...
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    Semantic Dream Analysis

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    They say that when you start thinking and dreaming in that foreign language you are trying to learn you are finally starting to internalize all that book learning with which you've been stuffing your brain. I wonder if that carries over to other skills...
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    My New Toy

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    My birthday present to myself this year was a Trikke : Trikkes (that's a long "I" and just one syllable - "trike", not "trik-eee") are three-wheeled cambering vehicles, which is fancy speak for "lean side-to-side and turn the handlebars and they...
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    Change Takes Time

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    One thing I've learned being a lead is that change takes time. And the bigger the change the longer it's going to take. Hence it follows that if your goal is to accomplish a big change in record time you had best break it into many many itty-bitty changes...
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    No Bounds For You!

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    A reader writes: I am working on a client application that manipulates all sorts of COM objects. My job is to test the client application and to see if we are providing good enough support. So far I am writing test cases from the client application...
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    Security Security Security Security

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    The opening keynote at STAR East this morning was James Whittaker (who I'm happy to say has joined Microsoft!) talking about security testing. James focused on three areas: Input. One common source of security bugs is unhandled/mishandled input...
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    Hooray For Me!

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    Speakers at STAR East are given the opportunity to submit a paper in support of their presentation. In addition to serving as the unlive version of the presentations, the papers are judged and the best awarded Best Paper. Guess who won this year? <g...
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    Hallmarks Of A Great Tester

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    Thanks to everyone who helped make my STAR East presentation "Hallmarks Of A Great Tester" this afternoon go off without a hitch! Speaking to five hundred people was quite experience, let me tell you. <g/> The unlive version is now up .
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    Weight Loss For Software Development

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    Mary Poppendieck opened STAR East this morning by asserting that "Your development and testing processes are defective". Mary has long been a proponent of lean software development. She maintains that if you routinely find defects during verification...
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    STAR East anybody?

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    I'll be at STAR East next week. I give my talk "Hallmarks of a Great Tester" Wednesday afternoon, but I'll be there all week. If you're in the area let's meet up!
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    Yes Virginia, You Do Have A Spec

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    When you don't have a specification, everything's a bug . But in fact you always have a spec. Sometimes it's an honest-to-goodness document recording what your feature team decides the feature should be. Other times your spec is somewhat camouflaged....
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    Entropy Happens

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    If you have a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or some other form of transportation made of metal, you know that rust is your enemy. You know that either you keep a vigilant eye out for the smallest speck of rust and eradicate posthaste each one you find...
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    Bug Whacking

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    The Microsoft campus has copious amounts of greenspace - great swards of grass, bushes and trees everywhere, and a large swath of forested wetlands. The wetlands are left mostly wild, but the rest of campus is kept meticulously groomed by a diligent band...
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    An Especially Bad Case Of Estimation Gone Awry

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    Last year a convenience store near my house burned down. After a very long time (the insurance took forever to come through I guess) the wreckage was cleared away and a new building started going up. The exterior walls were done in a flash but the rest...
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    Now Serving: Daily(ish) Blogs

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    You may know that Dr. Dobb's Journal is launching a new portal site where experts in the industry blog about schtuff. What you probably don't know - unless you've been nosing around since they went live last week - is that they've asked *me* to be their...
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    My Job Is *Not* To Write Test Cases

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    "But my job is to write test cases!" my friend said, almost plaintively. We were discussing the huge amount of work we have to do and the not-nearly-enough time in which we have to do it. I was relating my strategy: get my developers to do all the testing...
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    The Book Of Bugs

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    [With apologies to the Monotones...] I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh WHO Who wrote the Book Of Bugs? Tell me, tell me, tell me Oh, who wrote the Book Of Bugs? I've got to know the answer; Musta been someone who loved to debug. Oh, I wonder,...
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    Who Says A Tester Has To Test?

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    Sometimes the right test to write is no test at all. One of my features is clipboard support - cut-copy-paste for all of Sparkle . In my initial test case brainstorming session I came up with 450 test cases - and that was just for the mainline path...
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    SDWest: Agility And Architecture

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    Yesterday and today have been jam-packed with interesting sessions. The best of the bunch by far, though, was the roundtable discussion on agility and architecture Bob Martin led this afternoon. I'm still trying to decide whether SD was incredibly...
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    SDWest: Behavior Driven Development

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    This morning I'm learning about Behavior Driven Development (BDD) from Dave Astels . At its core, BDD is just Test Driven Development (TDD) with different syntax. TDD relies on unit testing frameworks, and everything you do references testing: Your...
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    SDWest: Cost Effective Test Automation Strategies

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    First up today was Linda Hayes talking about Cost Effective Test Automation Strategies. She grabbed my attention right off the bat by making clear that test automation is not about reducing your test staffing but rather about your leveraging testing resources...
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    SD, Here I Come!

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    I'll be at SDWest next week stuffing my brain full of learning until it hurts. If you're going to be there too, let me know and let's meet up!
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    Reading List

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    Apoorva suggests, "[H]ow about linking to any other test/dev blogs/sites/resources that you frequent, or feel would do good for beginners/seasoned testers as a read." I'll do this in three parts: books permanently on my bookshelf, key blogs I track...
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