Development

Quick Intro to Gherkin

Having used Gherkin in a couple of different testing projects, I thought I'd provide a Quick Intro to Gherkin, for those not familiar with it. So far, I've used Gherkin as a way of documenting tests, rather than automating tests, but it's used in both scenarios. [...]

Fixed my WebTestLondon.com site issues, with a quick update

My WebTestLondon.com site has had some issues since auto-updating it's WordPress core to the latest 4.2 - as the theme it uses (Simplissimo) is not strictly compatible with that version. The main issue was error messages appearing at the top of each page - but after [...]

iOS App Testing – Ad Hoc App Delivery Method

As I recently started using TestFlight for this, I thought I'd outline how the other way of delivering Apps to testers works - that is Ad Hoc Delivery. Firstly, the UDID of your iOS Device(s) has to be known by the Developer delivering the App to [...]

Apps World 2012, Day 2, Wednesday 3 October 2012

Last Wednesday, I went along to Day 2 of Apps World 2012, at Earls Court 2. I went for the full day, as there was more of interest during the morning session, especially around the area of Mobile Testing. My photos from the day are below, [...]

Apps World 2012, Day 1, Tuesday 2 October 2012

  Last Tuesday, I went to the first day of Apps World 2012, at Earls Court 2. I went along to see what I could find out about the latest Apps and App Technologies, plus also to do some networking. Event photos from Apps World blog [...]

TestFlight – iOS App Delivery for Testing

I've now started using TestFlight, which enables simple delivery for iOS Apps for testing. The idea behind it is that iOS App developers setup a project that testers can be added to. The testers can then access the latest builds of the App as and when required [...]

Webinar – Intro to Mobile Web App Testing with Selenium & Sauce

I recently attended this webinar, given by Jonathan Lipps of Sauce Labs. You can check out the webinar on YouTube. I’ll briefly outline the main points, for future reference. Webinar Intro Almost as easy to test web apps with Sauce / Selenium as it is to [...]

Webinar – Intro to Selenium2Library & Robot Framework (also Cucumber & Gherkin)

I recently attended a webinar on the uTest platform, which was titled "Intro to Selenium2Library & Robot Framework". I hadn't heard of Selenium2Library or the Robot Framework, so this was a really useful intro to both of these at once. Also there was some information on [...]

Learning Selenium… Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE is a Firefox add-on, which allows simple record and playback of browser interaction. Tests are recorded as scripts in Selenese, a special test scripting language for Selenium. The easiest way to understand how Selenium IDE works is to download it and install it in Firefox. [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:22+00:00August 8th, 2012|Categories: Development, open source, Selenium, Software Testing|Tags: , , , |

Learning Python

I'm currently learning Python, with the aim of adding to my scripting skills and seeing how Python can be used within general projects and testing projects. Initially, I'm learning via the web site version of 'Learn Python The Hard Way', which actually provides a gentle introduction [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:28+00:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Books, Development, Python|Tags: , , |

Now an ISEB/ISTQB Certified Software Tester, Foundation Level

Update: Friday 13 July - Now received my certificate from ISEB/BCS. Full title is ISTQB - ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL). Well pleased with my score, which was 37 out of 40, 92.5% - so all the study and practice was worthwhile. The other day - last [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:30+00:00July 10th, 2012|Categories: Development, ISEB, Software Testing|Tags: , , , , |

Mind mapping software FreeMind

I've recently been using Mind Mapping concepts to keep track of the main points I've been learning whilst studying for the ISEB/ISTQB Foundation certification. The main ISEB course book covers many areas and a wealth of information, so it sometimes becomes a struggle to remember everything. [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:32+00:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: Development, ISEB, Java, Other Tech, Software Testing|Tags: , , , |

Who needs Visio, when you can use Dia

In some of my jobs I've used MS Visio to create diagrams of all types, such as system diagrams and processing flow diagrams. It's always been a good tool for creating these diagrams but is not part of MS Office package, therefore requires a separate purchase, [...]

I went to Silicon Milkroundabout 2012

Updated... added article links, blog links and YouTube links.  Here are some article links and blog links from other people who went to Silicon Milkroundabout 2012, I'll keep checking for any more and add them in as and when I find them. By Wilde Hart http://wildehart.com/2012/05/29/silicon-milkroundabout/ [...]

Studying for ‘Software Testing: ISQTB-ISEB Foundation’ exam

Now that I've gone through the official study guide book 'Software Testing: An ISTQB-ISEB Foundation Guide' I need to work out my preparation for the Certification Exam. The book itself first recommends reading through the ISTQB Syallbus document, as its the basis of the exam itself [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:38+00:00May 25th, 2012|Categories: Development, ISEB, Software Testing|Tags: , , , , , |

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 is a brief chapter, entitled 'The Examination'. It covers the exam structure, the types of question, some example questions in different K1/K2/K3/K4 categories, exam techniques and revision techniques. In brief, the exam is 1 hour long and contains 40 questions. The pass rate is [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:39+00:00May 25th, 2012|Categories: Books, Development, ISEB, Software Testing|Tags: , , |

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 6

Have now worked through Chapter 6 of the book, entitled 'Tool Support for Testing'. This is another very comprehensive chapter, which took around 9 hours of studying, over a few days. It covers the main topic of testing tools, describing in-depth the range of different types [...]

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 5

Have now worked through Chapter 5 of the book, entitled 'Test Management'. This is another very comprehensive chapter, which took around 7 1/2 hours of study, over a few days. It covers many different topics including testing and risk, test planning, test control, roles and tasks, [...]

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 4

Have now worked through Chapter 4 of the book, entitled ‘Test Design Techniques'. This is a very comprehensive chapter and took about 9 hours of study to get through, over a few days. It begins with coverage of key terms, then covers the basic process of [...]

Mobile Development Platforms – iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle Fire

Updated: 22 May 2012  I've done some research into the different Mobile Development Platforms, as there's now so many different offerings from different manufacturers. Here's the current state of play:- iPhone / iPad  Objective-C using iOS development platform Android Java using Android SDK development platform BlackBerry [...]

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 3

Have now worked through Chapter 3 of the book, entitled 'Static Testing'. This took about 3 hours to work through. This chapter deals with the static techniques area of software testing - where software is tested without executing it. This can lead to finding errors and [...]

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 2

Have now worked through Chapter 2 of this book, entitled 'Life Cycles'. This looks at software testing as part of the overall software development process. It covers different software development models - waterfall model, V-model and iterative/incremental models. Then it introduces the test levels required - [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:47+00:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Books, Development, ISEB, Software Testing|Tags: , , , |

Studying ‘Software Testing: ISEB Foundation’ – Chapter 1

Have now worked through Chapter 1 of the book, entitled 'The Fundamentals of Testing'. This covers the topics listed below and introduces the fundamental ideas of software testing, introducing new terminology, establishing the structure of the book and pointing forward to later chapters. This took about [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:48+00:00May 14th, 2012|Categories: Books, Development, ISEB, Software Testing|Tags: , , , |

Learning Android Development – next book ‘Android for Programmers’

Next book to work through is 'Android for Programmers' - from the Deitel Developer Series. This book contains 16 fully coded Android apps, giving explanations of how various functionality has been achieved. Apps areas include - Twitter searches, slideshow, quiz, games, calculator, drawing, weather and pizza [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:53+00:00March 6th, 2012|Categories: Android, Apps, Books, Development, Java|Tags: , , |

Learning Android Development – completed first book

I've now finished working through my first book on Android Development - 'Beginning Android Application Development' by Wrox. This book has given me a good introduction to Android development and I'd definitely recommend this book to those beginning Android Development. I really like the way its [...]

2017-01-10T21:29:54+00:00March 6th, 2012|Categories: Android, Apps, Books, Development, Java|Tags: , , , |

Learning Android Development – continued – Chapter 11 completed

Continuing learning Android Development using the book 'Beginning Android Application Development' from Wrox. Today, completed Chapter 11 - Publishing Android Applications. This featured: - How to prepare your apps for deployment - Exporting your app as an APK file and signing it with a new certificate [...]

2013-01-30T11:07:20+00:00March 6th, 2012|Categories: Android, Apps, Books, Development, Java|Tags: , , , |