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The 2018 Testing Heroes Awards

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Recently I was contacted by the guys at Tricentis – a company specialising in software testing tools for Continuous Integration. They were excited to tell me about a new initiative they were launching for the testing community. The 2018 Testing Heroes Awards. Having had a look through the site and got a feel for what this was about, I felt like it was something I wanted to be involved in. What is…

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Automation Testing The Ultimate Guide – by Joe Colantonio

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For those who don’t know Joe, he is a well known name in the Test Automation world. He is probably most famous for his Test Talks podcast (  one of my favourite podcasts! ), where he has interviewed an enviable line up of influential individuals in the test automation space over the last few years. As for the post on ‘Automation Testing The Ultimate Guide‘ itself, Joe has condensed an…

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All the Books I Read in 2016

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Normally, I am lucky if I read more than three or four books a year. There just never seems to be enough time. But last year, I read more books that ever! Mostly in the self-improvement genre. I figured that it would be good to write a blog post on all the books I read. I was inspired to write this post by reading a similar one that John Sonmez writes…

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8 Key Insights from Running a Technical Workshop

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Last week I was in Prague, running my first ever technical workshop. It was on the stress testing tool Gatling. You can read about my thoughts just before delivering the workshop in this blog post. In this post I am going to highlight 8 insights that I gained from creating and delivering this workshop. Let me start by saying that as a little as a year ago, this is not…

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Running My First Ever Technical Workshop – The Night Before

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Overview of the Workshop This post might not contain any particularly useful content. It’s midnight in Prague, tomorrow I am running my first ever technical workshop. I want to write a post about the workshop, particularly outlying the things that are concerning me. If I don’t write this post tonight, it will be too late. The workshop is a half-day (4 hour) workshop on Gatling, the Scala based stress testing tool. I…

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Unexpected Consequences of becoming a “Technical Tester”

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I want to talk about an experience that has got me thinking in alot more depth about my profession. In my last sprint, I had a story to develop a solution to performance test our system’s midtier. It was late in the day. It was late in the sprint. I had just finished a complex part of my Gatling script. I needed to write a few lambda equations. These would facilitate…

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Software Testing – “It’s just so DULL”

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I recently wrote this blog post on Why Testing is Harder Than Development. The response that I got to it wasn’t quite what I expected. I had anticipated the points in the post being contested, particularly by developers. The general consensus I got though was one of agreement, which is nice I suppose! One comment that I got, from a talented developer friend, struck a cord with me though. Software Testing…

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8 Reasons why Software Testing is Harder than Development

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This is likely to be a controversial topic, and it’s honestly a bit tongue in cheek, but the thought has occurred to me more than once recently. I figured that it would make for an interesting blog post and some interesting discussion.  I think that, in the modern Software Development world, Testing is harder than Development. If you had said this to me 10 years ago, I would have thought…

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Finding the Balance Between Unit & Functional Tests

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In my previous blog post I wanted to set the scene for this post on finding the balance between Unit and Functional tests. In that post we discussed the evolution of the Testing Pyramid and concluded that because it is only a model, we don’t have to strictly accept that we should always have more Unit tests than Functional tests. It’s about much more than just looking at the quantity of tests…

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The Evolution of the Testing Pyramid

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At work I was recently tasked with leading a case study that would explore the differences between Unit testing and Functional Testing, with the overall aim being to determine if we should be focusing on one over the other, perhaps even exclusively. I figured that since I was going to be doing this work, it would be a good opportunity to write a blog post or two on the subject….

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