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Articles

Here are some recent articles. For a more complete list, go to the full list of articles.

Exploring while Unit Testing

How I use tests to learn about what I make, while helping it to behave consistently.

Exploring a page with Selectors

A handy trick to get fast and useful feedback on hard to read CSS selectors.

Fuzzy Search

How turning on search was astonishingly easy – and gave surprising results.

Keynote eXtreme

A keynote with a random title. And nobody – including the speaker – knows who speaker will be.

Debugging: Not Testing but Drowning 3

Your system is working, but it's on fire. You reckon it's down to your config and test environment, rather than the code or business misundertandings.

Wrangling: Not Testing but Drowning 2

When a team is trying to get a system to work at all, I’d characterise their actions with the word Wrangling. Testers wrangle systems in a test environment. Their work is made harder if they don’t have permissions for that environment. They need to give that environment, and

Not Testing, but Drowning

Testers whose work is to get the system to work... do we help them to work better?

Ansible and DigitalOcean: setting up

Here's my most recent post from blogspot, copied here as simply as possible with a simple copy/paste from the webpage. Some of it hasn't worked (in-line monospaced especially - I've fiddled with the list at the end, too) but it's not awful. I need to look at bulleted lists,

Videos

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MoT Exploratory Testing Week 2021

I use Python to find surprises (for me) in the Python interpreter.

Wicked Problems

Testing contains several "Wicked" problems, whose resolutions are unclear until they are found.

Outlines and Abstracts

For a more-detailed list, go to the outlines page

Keynote eXtreme

A keynote with a random title. And nobody – including the speaker – knows who speaker will be.

Questions, Questions

This interactive workshop will help you ask the right testing questions, of the right people, at the right time.

Wrangling, Debugging and Testing (conference talk abstract)

It would be good to recognise that many testers spend most of their time not testing (in the sense of finding new useful info), but making their SUTs work at all.

Papers

For a more-detailed list, go to the papers page

Exploratory Testing Notes

Very rough notes from me as a younger consultant

Exercises

To see collections of exercises, go to the exercises page

Exercise: Other People's Code

Exercise: Other People's CodePurpose: to reveal how to we might make our code more open to other people. Method: Read other people’s code. Identify what might make parts of that code easy or difficult to understand. Decide what you might adjust in your  own code. Logistics: 40-60 minutes, working

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