Weekly Newsletter: What is your software testing process?

TESTING AND THE COMMUNITY

The 2019 State of Testing survey is LIVE!
Your chance to influence the global testing community and expose the trends and direction our QA profession is heading. Uncover best testing practices, coveted testing skills, what you could be earning and so more. Go for it.

How to Test Data Analytics without knowing anything about Data Analytics with Daniel Hunt
This Masterclass on the 19th March at 8pm (UK Time) is Data Analytics testing 101! So you've been dumped into testing software that contains some sort of fancy-pants data analytics. The only problem is, you don't/can't/won't(!?) understand it and nobody is going to pay or wait to catch you up to speed. Where do you get started?   

The UnExpo Wants You! 
We want you to get involved and connect with the community by designing and running a stand. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to TestBash or have been there from the very beginning, anyone can run a stand at the UnExpo; we all have something to share and much to learn from one another.

Strategies to make your automated checks reliable and robust with Peter Bartlett
Our recent Masterclass recording is now available for watching. Learn how to target and integrate your automated checks to be a beneficial slice of your continuous delivery pipeline.  Avoid the common problems that can plague your automated tests by benefiting from Peter's personal experiences.

Online Meetup Videos
We have gathered videos from online meetups!  They're available to all of our members!  We have talks from Katrina Clokie discussing testing in devops and Jenna Charlton sharing how Pro-Wrestling make her an awesome tester, plus more! Discover new talks. 

What is your software testing process? by Rosie
I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on how they approach testing of things!   If someone asks you ‘how should we be testing this’…what do you do/say?

Who is the tester? by Jesper Ottosen
In my current and primary projects the testing is not done by software testing professionals – and it’s probably for the better too! 

The Protector Of Value by Adam Knight
I'm not convinced by the merits of developer only testing. I've known teams that have done it, and in certain contexts I'm sure it can work well, but I've not encountered many situations personally where a good software tester wasn't actually or potentially a massive asset to the development effort.

Ask Me Anything - Testability by Ash Winter
I recently had the pleasure of being the centre of attention during an "Ask Me Anything" hosted by the ever amazing and supportive Ministry of Testing. I talked about testability, my favourite topic. As is my wont I over prepared over enthusiastically.

 

BUSINESS BLOG POSTS

Coming to Understand Telemetry by Paul Reinheimer
It's increasingly common for software to ask for permission to send some sort of data back to headquarters.

You Are (Not) a Fraud: Dealing With Impostor Syndrome by Harold Schreckengost
When I started at CrossBrowserTesting a little over a year ago, I came here with no formal training in much of what I do. The people who I work with are all exceptionally intelligent, creative, and just plain cool people.

Best Practices for Working with Test Data by Scott Fitzpatrick
We live in a world where data is king. Although you might not think that data has a huge role to play in software testing, it does. The reason? Because software testing is only productive if the data produced by the tests is used effectively.

 

PODCAST

65: One assert per test by Test & Code
Is it ok to have more than one assert statement in a test? I've seen articles that say no, you should never have more than one assert.  I've also seen some test code made almost unreadable due to trying to avoid more than one assert per test.

Episode 007 - Finding Tools Special 2019 by The Evil Tester Show
In this podcast we consider how do you find tools, and how to decide between them when you do find them.

241: Automate The Planet with Anton Angelov by Joe Colantoni
Today we’ll be test talking with Anton Angelov, the CTO and co-founder of Automate The Planet Ltd, inventor of both the BELLATRIX Test Automation Framework and MEISSA Distributed Test Runner. Prepare to discover more about automation frameworks and how to run your tests in parallel.

Episode 97: Questions About Developers and Tests by AB Testing
An all mailbag show where we talk about skills needed by testers today, how to get developers to write tests, and hiring.

Episode 432 - How To Delete Your Accounts From Hundreds Of Websites by Security in Five
After the data dump known as Collection 1-5 I have been recommending to go and delete all your unused accounts.

Episode 9: Ingrid Alongi - A Woman Who Leads by Women Who Change Tech
In this episode, Alison Wade and Jessie Shternshus chat with Ingrid Alongi, a Women Who Leads.  Here, you’ll hear some amazing insights about how Ingrid fine-tuned Cognizant's hiring practices to help get a more diverse group applying for roles, and how that helped her get the right people in place for a successful business.

116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag by Smashing Security
How would you track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

AUTOMATION

Easy Free Automation Part V: Visual Tests by Kristin Jackvony 
Visual tests are more than just UI tests; they verify that what you are expecting to see in a browser window is actually rendered. 

Automated test debugging cheat sheet by Trish Khoo
Are you having trouble working out why your automated tests are failing? The next time you find yourself stuck, try my automated test debugging cheat sheet. 

1# Way to Avoid Writing Bad Selenium Tests by Joe Colantonio
Would your Selenium tests achieve a passing grade if they were judged based on their code quality? If you could, how would you grade your Selenium tests and avoid writing bad code?

 

ACCESSIBILITY

Convincing Engineers on the Need for Accessibility by Kim Krause Berg
I was asked this question. “How would you convince 90 engineers to incorporate accessibility in with design and development?” I had to admit that despite the ideas popping into my mind, I didn’t have an answer I liked.

Tips for Making Accessible Emails: Text Alternatives for Images by Anthony Vasquez
Our series on accessible email continues. In my last post, I explored ways to create subject lines that are more user-friendly to people who are blind or low vision. In this post, I’ll describe ways to make images in email accessible.

How A Screen Reader User Accesses The Web: A Smashing Video by Bruce Lawson
In this Smashing TV webinar recording, join Léonie Watson (a blind screen reader user) as she explores the web, and find out about some unexpected properties of HTML elements that not only have a huge impact on accessibility, but also turn out to be pretty good for performance, too.

 

SECURITY

450,000 usernames and passwords stolen from Coinmama cryptocurrency brokerby Graham Cluley
Coinmama, a site that is supposed to “make it fast, safe and fun” to buy Bitcoins and Etherium with a credit card, has suffered a data breach that has resulted in almost half a million customers having their personal details breached.

92% of organizations rank users as their primary security concern by Help Net Security
Cybercrime continues to evolve and become more sophisticated. AI and machine learning are leveraged by many criminal organizations to help them better understand how to improve their attacks and they are now targeting specific industry verticals, organizations and even individuals. 

Weird Phishing Campaign Uses Links With Almost 1,000 Characters By Lawrence Abrams
A targeted phishing campaign is underway that states your email has been blacklisted and then asks you to confirm it by entering your credentials.

19-Year-Old WinRAR Flaw Plagues 500 Million Users by Lindsey O'Donnell
Users of the popular file-compression tool are urged to immediately update after a serious code-execution flaw was found in WinRAR.

Google paid out $3.4m in bug bounties last year by Lisa Vaas
A 19-year-old researcher from Uruguay; a restaurant owner from Cluj, Romania; and a Cambridge professor: these are just three of the 317 researchers who were rewarded for reporting vulnerabilities and helping keep Google users safer in 2018, the company said in its yearly bug bounty payout wrap-up.

 

TOOLS

AInspector WCAG Add-on for Firefox now available 
For people who used AInspector Sidebar extension for Firefox it has been upgraded to work with Firefox Quantum and has been re-branded AInspector WCAG

AGENT
AGENT, using training data from AGENT-X, autonomously learns to explore a website and evaluate its actions, fields, and forms. AGENT deploys one or more exploration and testing agents to explore a web application and apply test flows as testable patterns are recognized.

 

JOBS

Freelance Remote Test Engineer - Remote
XING is looking for a Freelance Remote Test Engineer (f/m/d) for the XING UWP Microsoft App starting from 1st of April 2019 till end of 2019.

Test Automation Lead -  Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Amazing opportunity for an established Senior Software Tester to join a company who will invest hugely in your progression!

 

MEETUPS

Meetups happening soon!