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Feb
20
comment Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
I think competitiveness depends so much more on your personalities than on doing the same profession. You could be in entirely different professions and still compete on who earns more, or who has the most respected job.
Feb
20
answered Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
Feb
20
comment Who can learn to program?
Drive is one thing that changes dramatically in people over time. There are plenty of driven 30-somethings who were complete slackers in their 20s, until they found what made them tick. And there are also plenty of folk who think they can't do something (thus aren't driven to try) because their first encounter was with a crappy (or even downright hostile) teacher. So if someone doesn't have the motivation now, that doesn't mean never. It just means trying to teach them right now may be a waste of time.
Feb
19
comment Should testers automate their work?
Identifying button by id rather than location is perfectly possible with some tools. Record and play scripts done like that are STILL horrid to maintain, unfortunately - it doesn't solve the problem of repetition. I don't think there's any getting away from the need to design your test automation carefully, if you actually want to keep any scripts around or create more than a dozen of them. Have you thought of using something keyword-driven like Robot Framework along with Auto-It?
Feb
19
comment Who should write the test plan?
+1 for pointing out that user acceptance tests need to be designed by the user. Although I've suggested an alternative approach in my answer (as it doesn't seem that they actually have any QA resource), user acceptance testing can't be done effectively by non-users. In this situation, it sounds like both dev and users are at a bit of an impasse, so I think dev needs to try to break that somehow.
Feb
19
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Feb
19
comment Who should write the test plan?
Good up till the last sentence, but testing should never stick merely to checking the application follows expectations (but should also cover the unexpected!), and knowing at least a bit about how the application was technically designed ALWAYS helps me as a tester to identify the cracks I can get my tester crowbar into to lever the thing wide open. ;) It's a bit of an old-fashioned notion to imagine that testers are better not knowing anything about the implementation.
Feb
19
comment Who should write the test plan?
If you're moving towards Agile, try to hire some people who specialise in testing into your current development team. (Note: read up on the different schools of testing first, some are not compatible with an Agile approach - redcanary.mypublicsquare.com/view/hiring-software )
Feb
19
answered Who should write the test plan?
Feb
15
comment Are there any unions for software developers?
It is worth pointing out that in the UK for instance, the time you spend as a union member has NO effect on whether you get a role. The restrictions this answer discusses just aren't relevant to the way unions work here.
Feb
14
comment Should programmers help testers in designing tests?
This is such a strange idea. My mind is plenty polluted already - I'm a tester, by definition I'm a nosy type who pokes around looking at everything. I've never met a dev who could "pollute" my mind just by talking about their own test ideas - test ideas spawn more test ideas in my experience. And knowing what your prejudices and blind spots are can be very useful.
Feb
14
comment Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative?
Yes, good point - I'd completely forgotten about those.
Feb
13
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Feb
13
answered Should testers automate their work?
Feb
13
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Feb
13
revised Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
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Feb
13
answered Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
Feb
13
comment Should testers automate their work?
Record & play rightly has a fairly poor reputation. It tends to be pretty fragile, and hard to maintain. Yes, as a quick & dirty "I have to run this on 4 different datacentres, I don't want to keep it for future use", it's fine, but it's horrible to maintain because you end up with tons of repetition. One small element changes - and suddenly you have to update 100 tests. Painful. It also in no way replaces the manual test, which tends to be designed with the assumption that a human will notice all those other things you didn't explicitly check.
Feb
13
answered Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative?
Feb
13
answered What are your experiences with off-shore or outsourced testing?