Localization Testing – Part II

I should be of no surprise to anyone that localization testing generally focuses on changes in the user interface, although as mentioned in the previous post these are not the only changes necessary to adapt a product to a specific target market. But, the most common category of localization class bug are usability or behavioral…


Localization Testing: Part 1

When I first joined Microsoft 15 years ago I was on the Windows 95 International team. Our team was responsible for reducing the delta between the release of the English version and the Japanese version to 90 days, and I am very proud to say that we achieved that goal and Windows 95 took Japan…

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Adding Variability in Test Case Design

I love autumn! Yes, I am definitely a boy of summer and very much prefer warmer weather; however, there is something special about autumn. This past weekend my daughter, and my 2 friends Dongyi and her husband Yuning and I participated in the Rum Run sailboat fun race with an overnight raft up at Bainbridge…

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Randomizing static test data in automated tests

A significant percentage of static test data is stored in tabular comma delimited or tab-delimited formats and saved in Excel spreadsheets. Reading in comma or tab-delimited static test data into an automated test is pretty straight forward and there are numerous examples in many programming languages illustrating how to read in these types of test…


The primary goal of a tester should be to work themselves out of a job!

Software is knowledge. Software is the intangible product crafted by a team of people who have pooled their intellectual knowledge to help solve a complex problem and add value to those who use that software. So how does a tester contribute to the intellectual knowledge pool? I guess we could say that finding and reporting…