Can a receptionist do QA?

Recently I was at a company whose QA effort was done part time by a receptionist, typically just before the release went out. The senior project manager would get her to spend an hour clicking around a pre-production site to see if – in her estimation – it worked sufficiently well to go live to […]

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spriteCloud reaches newspaper

And another exiting month it has been for spriteCloud. On the 16th of March 2010 spriteCloud participated in the 4th round of the respected dutch entrepreneurial contest heblef. A round where entrepreneurial startups present their business and prospects for a wide audience. The focus of the presentation was not so much on spriteCloud’s services and […]

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Web testing with Cucumber

Agile testing methods One of the keys to a successful agile software project is considering testing from the beginning. While in some projects, especially web projects, testing is sometimes an afterthought, one member of the team clicking away on the site for a while before deployment to production, which is not really a sustainable way […]

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Managing EC2 instances

Overview This post covers the basics of managing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) instances. Amazon EC2 service is the most well known cloud service operator providing computing instances and cloud storage in both Europe and the US. The service is charged by the hour of usage for the computing resources and by […]

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Posting forms with Python

When you are automating your website tests, you will probably run into forms that need testing sooner or later. Even better (or worse), you wont be able to automate your tests at all if a simple login post is needed to access your site and you are unable to do so. In python there are […]

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Installing FreeBSD 8 using PXE and NFS mount

There are a few other blogs about this very topic, however, none I could find that would work perfectly for me. So I decided to gather some notes from the recent install of our development environment, a couple of SunFire X2200’s. The two blogs that really helped me and contained really well written information are: […]

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Ruby in Web test automation – The Questions

How come Ruby ?   There are several important Ruby projects, which are also increasing the popularity of the Ruby language in general: http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/libraries/top-projects/ The most interesting projects from my (and this blog posts) point of view are Watir and Ruby on Rails, the former from a testers point of view, the latter from web […]

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RubyonRails Freebsd 8.0 RC1

Building a Ruby on Rails test server on FreeBSD 8.0 RC1 We’re a Ruby on Rails shop at our place and we work on a number of different platforms for developing and testing our stuff; the devs normally work on macs, while the staging environment – this week – is Ubuntu’s Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) distribution. However I’m […]

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Starting a new test project

Starting to test a project is always a challenge. You don’t necessarily know what to expect of the software. It is supposed to be almost ready, but the definition of ready varies a lot based on the individual developer. And not only of the developer. There are many external factors affecting the project and pushing […]

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activerecord has_many :through relationship

There are a good number of different join models with Rails, some more complicated than others. One of my favorite is has_many :through, it lets you join two models together using a separate join table which can also hold extra attributes for that join. So… a release has many test cases, but a test case […]

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What’s the real value in QA for cloud consumer services?

I got to thinking about this – again for the umpteenth time – during an informal lunch conversation with a group of developers and QA’ers discussing challenges in their jobs. This friend of mine, who is a very senior individual at his social network startup, was telling us a story about the problems that he […]

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