Transcending The Tools
Software Engineer & Tester
As a tester, you've spent a lot of time learning the tools of your trade.
You've explored the options out there, read what others are using. You've chosen the right tools for your needs and learned those tools inside and out only to see dozens of new tools being released.
Eventually, the tools you know and love aren't considered cool anymore. Maybe these new tools have new features or work in a completely new way. This can even leave you feeling like you're lagging behind. What do you do?
Well, the good news is that tools are getting better every day! Things move quickly but better tools mean you can do your job better.
This talk will cover how to stay up to date on the latest tools, understanding the problems your tools are trying to solve versus investing in individual tools, build versus buy when considering tools and that old tools are still the best tools sometimes.
What you’ll learn
By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:
- Tools will help you explore and understand problems. Understanding the problems will help you understand the tools
- The ability to think about problems outside of any given tool is invaluable
- It's rare to have a use case that justifies writing a tool versus using an existing one
- Old tools can still be good tools
- Learning is a natural part of the process and should be embraced