James Bach has a good post on what testers commit to
Here's an excerpt:
OS browser printer role
Windows 7 Opera (latest) HP Inkjet User
Windows Vista Firefox (latest) HP Laser Manager
Windows XP SP 3 Safari (latest) Epson Inkjet Administrator
Mac OSX 10.5(Leopard) Chrome (latest) Epson Laser
Mac OSX 10.6(Snow Leopard) IE 7 Lexmark Inkjet
Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) IE 8 Lexmark Laser
Ubuntu 11.0.4 Canon Inkjet
case OS browser printer role pairings
1 Windows 7 Opera (latest) HP Inkjet User 6
2 Windows Vista Firefox (latest) HP Inkjet Manager 6
3 Windows XP SP 3 Safari (latest) HP Inkjet Administrator 6
4 Windows 7 Firefox (latest) HP Laser Administrator 6
5 Windows Vista Opera (latest) HP Laser User 5
63 Windows XP SP 3 ~Chrome (latest) Lexmark Laser ~Manager 1
64 Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) ~Opera (latest) Canon Inkjet ~Manager 1
65 Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) ~Firefox (latest) Canon Laser ~Administrator 1
66 Ubuntu 11.0.4 ~Opera (latest) PDF (file) ~Administrator 1
Pairwise (a.k.a. all-pairs) testing is an effective test case generation technique that is based on the observation that most faults are caused by interactions of at most two factors. Pairwise-generated test suites cover all combinations of two therefore are much smaller than exhaustive ones yet still very effective in finding defects.
Steve Gibson is an interesting fellow that has been around quite a while. One thing he does when not creating commercial products is doing security-related research. He has come up with a way to make strong passwords easy to remember.
The Quality Assurance Analyst is responsible for conducting quality control activities for the IT Services Department. The QA Analyst will analyze application systems, create test case documentation, and execute plans. The successful candidate will have proven experience ensuring that complex software applications are performing as designed. Running queries in SQL. Score well on SQL assessment. Needs to proficient and score 5-6 on a scale to 10. Open up SQL scripts and understand it, do joins, deletes, updates, executes in outer joins, unions. Have SQL Fundamentals.
• Develop and maintain test plans, manual and automated test scripts for user interface, functionality, system and "ad-hoc testing".
• Execute regression tests, functional tests and data tests.
• Document quality assurance practices.
• Provide analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas.
• Ensure that testing activities will allow applications to meet business requirements and systems goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues.
• Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications.
• Create and execute test scripts, cases, and scenarios that will determine optimal system performance according to specifications.
• Conduct all types of application testing as needed, such as system, unit, regression, load, and acceptance testing methods.
• Analyze formal test results in order to discover and resolve defects, bugs, errors, configuration issues, and interoperability flaws.
• Analyze documentation and technical specifications of any new application under deployment or consideration to determine its intended functionality.
• Produce reports and documentation for all testing efforts, results, activities, data, logging, and tracking.
• Communicate test progress, test results, and other relevant information.
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"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams from 'The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy'For years, I've thought about the order and chaos of the Universe as a lens to look at work. There is order in the universe in that there is this one large blob. But it quickly devolves into chaos when you see each of the galaxies. But looking at our galaxy, there is a sense of order in the spiral arms that make it up and the line of stars in the night sky that we see. This devolves again into chaos as we see the scattering of star systems within the galaxy. But order shows itself again in the orbits of the planets around the sun and the seemingly-perfect spheres that the planets and moons make. But a closer look reveals the chaos of the surface of the planet with mountains and valleys. We can continue this journey to the infinitesimile, but you should get the idea by now :)
"If you want more effective programmers, you will discover that they should not waste their time debugging - they should not introduce the bugs to start with" - Edsger Dijkstra 1972 "The Humble Programmer"
When Edsger Dijkstra said this, he was speaking about a vision of the future where programming practices would drastically change. In this article, he wrote about 'The Software Crisis' and the resulting revolution. He predicted that anyone wishing to deliver reliable software would find a way to do so more quickly, which led to the quote above.
How much have we progressed?
|Find all files - When enabled, this will allow the program to search not only the local computer, but all computers on the network and then through files available through major search engines. One optional parameter is a timeout, given in hours.||"File Not Found" error|
|Instantiate all Objects - Each object referenced in the project will be instantiated and when the condition is detected where an object appears to have no instance provided, a suitable instance from the pre-instantiated collection of each object type will be retrieved. Care should be taken when this feature is used in conjuction with 'Universal Cast'||"Object reference not set to an instance of an object" error|
|Universal Cast - Allow the casting between any two types. How hard could that be?||"Cannot implicitly convert type 'a' to 'b'" and "Type Mismatch" error|
|Expect the Unexpected - When enabled, the compiler will just ignore anything it doesn't expect.||"Unexpected character "?"" error|
|Trust Everyone - As a society, we are trusing each other too little. This can cause all sorts of issues with regards to full and complete access. When this feature is enabled, all means (legal and otherwise) are used to obtain the information or resources requested.||"Access Denied" and "Unauthorized" errors|
|Pass Mac - Give the MAC a passing grade, even when it hasn't really tried all that hard. Eventually, this will be someone else's problem.||"Vewstate Mac Failed" errors|
|Handle all Exceptions - Surely this error has been seen before. When enabled, the program will search online for a solution related to handling this exception and do that.||"Unhandled Exception" errors|
|All Knowing - Nothing happens by accident. So finding out the error can't be all that difficult, right?||"Unknown Error" errors|
|Virtual Valium - Instead of freaking out when there's an issue, give the kernel some virtual valium when it starts to get confused.||"Kernel Panic" error (aka BSOD)|
|Allow Infinity - When enabled, allow infinity to be used in calculations. For the purposes of this feature, there is no distinction between a positive infinity and a negative infinity.||"Index out of Range" and "Attempt to Divide by Zero" errors|
|Ethics Committee - When this is enabled, the Heap is investigated for corruption prior to the corruption starting to ensure that all ethics guidelines are followed.||Heap Corruption error|
|Stack Bowl - when enabled, the stack will be placed in a bowl to catch any overflow. This bowl will also be partially filled to fill in the stack when 'underflow' occurs.||Stack Overflow\Underflow|
|Auto-initialize everything - For times when you think "I just declared that, why can't I start to use it?" (Thanks to Shmuel Gershon for this new feature)||Errors when using variables before initializing|
|Do/Catch - As Yoda says "Do or not do, there is no try". (Thanks to Dwain)||Try/Catch|
|.correctSpelling, .toPresentTense, .toPastTense, .toFutureTense, .toSingular, .toPlural, .toFirstPerson, .toSecondPerson, .toThirdPerson etc. - Allows you to validate responses (such as from security challenges) with users that have difficulty remembering the spelling, tense, etc. of their original answers. (Thanks to Chris/Chad)||Security challenge response validation issues.|