Cool things I read this week (23-Nov-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the five best things I read every week. This week’s topics include bugs, bug seeding, Python, Seinfeld videos and a much needed new service.

1. Ubisoft bugs
2. Bug seeding
3. Parallelism with Python
4. Seinfeld and economics
5. A much needed service


My notes:

1. Ubisoft bugs
Wow! Apparently Assassin’s Creed has some easy to spot bugs. The article also lists out some high profile releases having issues. As a tester, I know this much. One, the “specification -> code ->test” model is broken. Two, I wish the phrase “On time. On budget.” will die a quick death.

2. Bug seeding
Bug seeding is an interesting idea. In one product I tested, the team played “war games” with bug seeding. I liked it but the kind of bug seeded made it trivial for the testing team to uncover them. This article got me wondering about how to design seeded bugs? I guess it depends on why you are bug seeding in the first place.

3. Parallelism with Python
Excellent introduction to parallelism in Python. This article shows you how to use the map method in Python’s multiprocessing module. This article helped me to greatly reduce the time taken for some of our automated tests.

4. Seinfeld and economics
A site that explains economic concepts using Seinfeld clips. As a Seinfeld fan, I enjoyed the clever website name too.

5. A much needed service
A bad boyfriend for hire! What a fantastic idea. Given some social situations that I land in, a service that provides me a bad girlfriend for hire can have my money.


Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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