Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just pledged / preordered Mindfire

I just pre-ordered Scott Berkun's newest book Mindfire using Kickstarter:



I've seen a number of good ideas coming out of Kickstarter lately including the Desktop Jellyfish Tank which I really want!

After I get it I'll be sure to include a book review.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reading Startups Open Sourced

A few months ago I purchased Startups Open Sourced for my Kindle because I like reading about startups and technology.





I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but when I do I'll write a review. I originally saw this book on The Startup Foundry where Paul Hontz interviews the author Jared Tame about the reason behind the book and what it covers. Jared talks about the revenue generated from the book sales and how he wants to use the profits from the book sale to invest in a new startup.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Web Designers vs. Web Developers

I found this infographic a while back but just recently looked at it again. The stereotypes are funny but amazingly accurate...


Whoever created this should come up with a few more VS infographics - preferably one with a tester in it!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Testing at the Speed and Scale of Google


This is an interesting blog post from Google Engineering about how 50% of their code changes every month and how important their continuous integration system is. It's worth a read to know a little bit more about How Google Tests Software.

http://google-engtools.blogspot.com/2011/06/testing-at-speed-and-scale-of-google.html

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

5 Ways to Revolutionize your QA


I can't remember where I originally found this post and the corresponding eBook but the eBook is definitely worth taking a look at. Here is the uTest blog post: http://www.utest.com/webinars/5-ways-revolutionize-your-qa

In this eBook, James Whittaker talks about a planning tool he used at Microsoft called a CFC or Component - Feature - Capability diagram.

While this tool was designed for testing desktop software I'm inclined to think it would work well for testing web applications. Essentially with the CFC you are mapping out the individual components / features in the web application in a branching form that closely resembles a mind map. Matter of fact a mind map might be better! =)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar by James Bach

I recently finished reading James Bach's book Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar to fit into the software testing realm. I purchased the book mistakenly thinking it was a book on software testing (I didn't really read the synopsis before buying it) but was pleasantly surprised after having read it.

I'd heard Bach was an expert in software testing, checked out his blog and then found this book online: