Archive for March, 2012

So, this week-end begins the next Black Box Software Testing course, run by the Association for Software Testing, of which I am a part of. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to this virtual (in every sense of the word) BAPTISM OF FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! (Hmmm, works well in the speedway ads, not so much here). After the drudgery of university subjects that aren’t really related to what you do, it’s great to be enrolling in a course about something that’s directly about what I want to learn. Even though it seems demanding (10 – 12 hours per week expected), here’s hoping it provides a metaphorical, literal and figurative broadening of my somewhat narrow understanding of software testing to date. As to it curing my tendency to say in 50 words what could be said in 20, I am less hopeful.

On another note, have not had much of a chance to wax lyrical about testing yet, but am winding up to it. Yes, it takes a lot to wind up.

Also, the topic promised piratical (if not nautical) theming, so without further adieu… Ahoy, me maties.

There you go.

Oh, and for the 1 or 2 people who have visited, should you happen to pop by again, apologies for any website design changes. Drunk on the plethora of options so sweetly provided by WordPress, I am playing around a little.

Not another testing blog

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Random Ramblings

There are lots of testing blogs out there.  Lots and lots and lots, so it seems, as I cast my eye across several of them in an attempt to steal ideas for blog posts and stake my claim as a “master test guru (Level 87)” to draw inspiration on blog formats and get an understanding of the hot topics in the testing world at the moment (in addition to the usual educational and critical thinking motivations).  So why am I adding to this apparently voluminous collection?  Allow me to list a few…

  • Recently I listened to a podcast (the excellent TWIST series that is part of Software Test Pro) were it was said that someone made a concerted effort to count the number of testing blogs out on the web and found only 150.  If that is an accurate count (I’ll take it at their word, since counting blogs is currently only my 498th favourite activity on weekends so it’s not really getting a look-in), then there is most certainly room for another that at least attempts to offer some kind of interesting view on the testing world of today.
  • Having been a tester for several years now, I’m trying to get a little more involved in the test community.  And not just in a “take-take-take”, but in more a “take-take-give” way (yes, I’ll still take much more away than I will ever contribute, but that’s a glowing tribute to the efforts of many individuals in the testing scene for another day).
  • After reading a number of blogs for the last couple of years, it occurred “Why not me?  Why not now?” (apologies to Sarina Russo for the re-phrasing).  After all, I do have thoughts / opinions / suggestions on software testing, and people are never going to be able to ignore or shoot down your ideas if you never publicly express them.
  • It’s not only cathartic but educational to be able to voice your thoughts and then defend or affirm them (as required).  Even simply translating billions of electrical neuron impulses into words on a screen can be a mini-journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.  OK, maybe a little melodramatic, but you get the point.
  • I’ve always wanted one.

Well, that’s actually most of the important reasons.  I now proclaim this blog “officially launched” – I would smash a bottle of champagne across my monitor as a smartly-dressed navy band blares forth “Rule Brittania” but that would probably mean no longer having any means of being able to enter new posts (for the immediate future, in any case), so I shall refrain.  Also, there is no smartly-dressed navy band in the vicinity.

This is not a drill.

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Random Ramblings

More to come… in the meantime, enjoy a different kind of testa.