“How comfortable are you designing an Automation Framework from scratch?” – The very first interview question for a QA/Testing job opportunity now-a-days. What should I say? I am really good at Functional Testing? Nah! There is no space for manual testers. You HAVE TO start learning Automation. And it’s not just about Automation scripting, interviews are more driven towards programming & building an automation framework. So here I am penning down my answers to all those automation interviews in a series of Automation Framework focused blogs. It’s high time, really!
Too much work, every day we stay late in office. Oh it just skipped my mind, sorry. Let’s discuss it tomorrow. His/her mail is always ambiguous, let’s discuss on call directly. They are discussing about the technical design, we (testers) need not attend. Hey developer – have mailed you the bug, please investigate. These are some of the common dialogues in our everyday IT life. Ever thought of changing something? Nah? Yes? Every one of us notices something errant but then forget about it the next moment. But we say – Small changes can make a big difference to your career.
Recently our article “Manual Testing Is NOT Dead, But Manual Testers Are!” got major traction on social channels and triggered a debate in the Testing community. Some say “I have been doing Manual Testing since a decade now, and I am alive” while others approve of the title. Whatever be the debate (or discussion), Manual testers are finding it really tough to cut through the current jobs market. Want a proof? Try an experiment by analyzing the humongous response to a job opportunity posted for Manual Testers with 3-8 years of experience. How to move forward in Software Testing career?
James Bach. What comes to your mind when you hear the name? Disruptive & Controversial Tester. Founding member of the Context-Driven School of Software Testing. Creator of Rapid Software Testing™, Session-Based Test Management, and one of the progenitors and advocates of skilled exploratory software testing. The original buccaneer Tester. His thoughts are revolutionary & an inspiration to both entry-level & experienced testers. He is straight-forward & fearless in advancing the Software Testing technology. James Bach is synonymous with testing, and has been disrupting the industry and influencing and mentoring testers since he got his start in testing over 30 years ago.
People. Individuals. Employees. Team Members. Testers. Employees are the backbone to success of any enterprise. Attitude & Skills are the two main ingredients to make or break an enterprise. In my 7+ years of IT career I have come across variety of professionals. With special affinity towards Software Testing Technology, let’s just talk about the types of Software Testers. Yeah! You should not be surprised to know that we do have different category of Software Testers? Seriously!
From the time I am blogging, it makes sense to me to pen down my sudden thoughts. Many a times you come up with an idea, memory, solution, problem, anything and it is lost since we don’t remember it in future. That’s when I started writing my sudden thoughts about Software Testing and guess what, the ‘Sudden Thoughts of a Software Tester’ is getting a lot of traction on my Social profiles. So thought of sharing it with you all. Here we go…
Selenium WebDriver makes direct calls to the browser using each browser’s native support for automation. It support multiple browsers, operating systems and programming languages. What’s more? It’s FREE, ‘Open Source’ as we call it! Why do you think it’s so popular? 😉 Though Selenium Webdriver is at the epicenter of automated software testing, it is supported by different tools to make Automation Testing easy, effective & efficient – The Automation Galaxy of Selenium Webdriver tools!
The concept has been around from a long time. The most famous example of Crowd Sourcing is “Wikipedia”. Wikipedia, the most comprehensive encyclopedia is the result of the information created by writers and editors from the crowd. The various Bug Bounty programs run by Tech giants is a wonderful practical application of crowdsourced testing which reward researchers and software hobbyists for finding software bugs. Beta testing (many apps have beta versions available in play store / app store including WhatsApp Beta program) is also a form of crowdsourced testing where a set of end-users can access the application & provide their feedback.
Recently a lot has been written & talked about the future of Manual Testing. Manual Testing is indispensable part of ensuring a high quality software. On the other hand, Automation Tests help you cut down the release cycle time. But usability & human behavior cannot be automated. With reduced time-to-market there is an added pressure on enterprises to seek automation alternatives. With the rise & growth of new technologies, people are more interested in scripting. But Manual Testing is the input to Automation scripts. Unless AI technology matches a human brain, Manual tests are best kept ‘manual’. You cannot automate everything. Cut the crap! Whatever be the debate but still Manual testers are finding it hard to stay relevant in today’s job market. Why?
Every automation tool just provides a way to navigate >> identify >> perform >> repeat. So before moving further on our Selenium series, let’s look at the most common Page elements & User actions to automate.
On 3-April-1973, the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper of Motorola. Let’s track the evolution of Mobile Apps as a necessity today.
Since the time Android rose to power and an era of smartphones began, users have been dealing with a serious and sometimes annoying issue. Limited internal storage capacity has been a matter of concern for the smartphone users since time immemorial. Many have a SD card slot to expand the storage. SD cards are inexpensive and can be easily moved from one device to another. However, android apps are downloaded by default to the internal storage, which can fill up quickly.
Today’s mobile applications deliver complex functionality on platforms that have limited resources for computing. The movement towards mobile devices has brought a whole different set of challenges to the testing world. Mobile users are not forgiving and finding an issue out in the wild might mean leaving the application for good. Diversity presents unique challenges that require unique testing strategies.
Why was this not tested? Aaah! QAs were accustomed to testing Apps only on a selection of devices, but carriers required more money for procurement. OMG! Mobile Testing is completely different compared to Desktop Testing. If we understand the distinction and challenges of testing Mobile Apps, it will be a bit easier to tackle.