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bio website linkedin.com/in/ethelevans
location Seattle, WA
age 30
visits member for 4 years, 1 month
seen Apr 9 at 23:35

SDET with 5 years of experience in software testing & BS in Computer Science. I'm also not very good at filling out "About Me" sections. I'm not as much of an expert as I'd like to be, so am trying to soak up knowledge as fast as I can while balancing work and "real life".


Sep
7
comment Application / Code reviews for lone programmers?
The "explain your design to a ten year-old" technique is just a variation on "rubber duck debugging". And yes, it works. I get my husband to help - he did tech support before becoming a SAHD so he understands things like servers, networks, etc., but is clueless enough about coding that I really have to break out what I'm doing at a very basic level to explain it to him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_duck_debugging
Sep
6
comment Should development methods squash a developer's individualism?
+1 for pointing out how different design is needed for different purposes. Good points about class design also; asking the instructor is a good idea
Aug
24
comment Should I use try catch in my test methods?
Good example! I try to be very careful about limiting the "test" phase to just the precise test, but I'll remember this trick for when I just can't figure out a way to pull that off (e.g., when testing for a race condition and need 'setup' close to the 'test' to hit the condition).
Aug
4
comment Work in a company as a Soft. Engineer or take a Master?
Do you have any other life ambitions that you want to work on in the next few years? I chose a career because I married near the end of college and wanted an income that could support my family. A friend choose his MS because he loved backpacking, and could do grad research while out in the mountains.
Aug
2
awarded  Guru
Aug
1
answered Selenium and non technical team members
Jul
29
answered Are there coding tests to recruit a QA engineer?
Jul
29
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
28
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
28
answered How to create Job Security?
Jul
20
comment Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal?
I disagree with this, as written. If the buying power of $10 in India is equivalent to the buying power of $35 in the US, I have no problem with it (ethically). If $10 is half the buying power, however, and people in India are just more desperate, then I think one could argue an ethical problem between the wage disparity. Even in the USA, the same company will pay developers more in Seattle than in Nebraska, because Seattle developers have a higher cost of living and $35 buys less in Seattle.
Jul
18
comment Should I be helping and explaining?
Sounds like the method you are using is very much like the Socratic method, which is well-accepted as a good teaching practice for one-on-one teaching. It also helps insulate against passing on false conclusions if you are making mistakes, and forming good questions requires a good understanding of the problem - so you'll be more likely to see mistakes if you are making them, and get the correct answer for both you and the person asking for help.
Jul
18
comment Should I be helping and explaining?
I'm "+1-ing" the question for your comment on Stephen's post where you explain your process for helping, especially (although the question is also good, I just want to encourage people to read your comment).
Jul
18
comment Company Size and Career development
+1 for breadth of experience while working at small companies. This is why I prefer small companies or small teams, in fact!
Jul
15
answered Why don't testers and programmers like each other?
Jul
15
awarded  Civic Duty
Jul
15
awarded  Pundit
Jul
14
comment How do you decide if you should take a project?
+1 for "never work for family". Not unless neither party has too much invested in it and sees it as pure fun, and even then one should be careful.
Jul
14
comment What do you do when you have nothing to do?
+1 for refactoring, and known / unknown & short / long breaks