BrowserStack configuration for Selenium automation

BrowserStack has a number of useful configuration options. In this post, we will show you how to make your automated test runs to use specific configuration parameters of BrowserStack. We walk you through the steps needed to modify your existing automated test runs to use specific configuration parameters of BrowserStack. We assume you have a BrowserStack account. If not, please […]

Cool things I read this week (28-Sep-2014)

I read. A lot. And these are the five most interesting things I read this week. Topics this week include startups, sleep, the Reddit work-from-home storm, the evolving role of testing and the origin of the Nigerian prince scam. 1. Before the startup by Paul Graham 2. Sleep experiments documented 3. Test mercenaries 4. Reddit and remote workers 5. Origins […]

Where can I find applications to practice software testing?

Problem: Testers rarely test products outside of their workplace. Limiting your testing to only the applications available at your workplace slows down the rate at which your skills grow. Why this post? Too many testers leave career and skill development in the hands of their employer. Often times, employers are unable to provide the learning opportunity that the tester wants. […]

HL7 introduction for software testers

If you test software in the healthcare domain, it is likely that you have heard of the beast known as HL7. HL7 or Health Level 7 is one standard for transferring data between information systems in a hospital. The data relates to key events in a patient’s stay like admission, lab tests, surgery time and notes, any medication administered, x-Rays […]

August lunch and learn

I am a big fan of Fog Creek and their philosophy towards building a business. As luck would have it, I stumbled into starting a company that provides testing services. Inspired by this Spolsky article from 2005,I want Qxf2 to be a place with fantastic working conditions for testers. As a group, we have been taking active steps towards that […]

Understanding Python decorators

Problem: Some testers shy away from unit testing because they are uncomfortable with the concept of annotations. Why this post? We often stop learning a topic when we need to apply a concept that we are not fully comfortable with. I noticed this pattern in testers when it came to unit testing. A lot of unit testing frameworks, like JUnit and […]

Cool things I read this week (14-Sep-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the five best things I read every week. This week is about dinosaurs, changes in software, space, mathematics and a funny spoof. 1. Largest predatory dinosaur was part duck and part crocodile 2. A challenge from Dyson 3. NASA’s version of big things come in small packages 4. Ikea mocking Apple with the […]