How Testers Test versus How Users Use

With the emphasis on SDETs and generic Engineering teams, I’ve seen a growing disparity in how products are being tested versus how users actually use a product. Because it is often very easy to crank out more test cases (especially ones which just iterate on existing tests), testers often lose focus of what is actually…

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Magic Numbers: Integers

After many moons of sitting in a queue somewhere, the MSDN Tester Center just posted my intro article on special numbers you probably want to think about when running tests. The paper addresses several interesting domains of integers (all the way up to 64-bits) and gives you samples of important values to use:   In…

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Test Plan Template

While looking at some of the traffic statistics for the MSDN Tester Center, I noticed that a bunch of people arrived at the site as a result of doing a Google search for “test plan template”. The primary starting point for a template is really the IEEE standard 829-2008 which breaks apart the various types…

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The Brute Tester

A co-worker of mine was working on a tool to watch our release share for the appearance of a test result file, for which he would then publish up to a TFS server. The “trx” results file in question is actually being created on the Xbox console by our custom test harness, and historically was…

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Upcoming Testing Conferences (2nd half of 2009)

Here is my semiannual post on testing conferences that will be occurring later this year.   CAST July 13 – July 16 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA ISSTA July 19 – July 23 Chicago, Illinois, USA softec July 20 – July 22 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia STANZ August 24 – August 25 Wellington, New Zealand STANZ August…

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Upcoming Testing Conferences (1st half of 2009)

Here are the links and dates for some of the testing related conferences which are approaching.   Future Test February 24 – February 25 New York, New York, USA Swiss Testing Day March 18 Zürich, Switzerland ANZTB March 23 –  March 25 Sydney, Australia SEPG March 23 – March 26 San Jose, California, USA STP…

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Testing when "the code is the documentation"

Throughout the course of my testing career, I’ve often heard this dreaded statement. Despite the causes behind it, I think that there will always be times when you just won’t get any formal documentation or specification on how a piece of software is supposed to work. Not to mention the equally evil (or perhaps more so)…

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Security Tools: Codenomicon

About three years ago, when the Xbox 360 was getting close to launching, we went through a security pass of the audio and photo playback capabilities. One of the tools that was recommended to us by another employee was the Codenomicon suite of test files. The folks at this company have taken the time to…

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Developer Tip: Add a blank macro so testers can inject code

While I was working on writing some API tests for a module that was being integrated into the Xbox Dashboard application, there was some rework to the class that happened in the middle process. In doing so, the developer decided to make a bunch of the functionality private, causing my existing test to fail to…

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Upcoming Testing Conferences (2nd half of 2008)

I was talking with a test manager yesterday about recruiting opportunities, and he was wondering about what testing conferences were coming up in the (fairly) near future. So here is a listing of some of them:   STANZ August 11 – August 12 Wellington, New Zealand STANZ August 14 – August 15 Sydney, Australia softec…

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