I love software testing

KC Lemson a Microsoft PM and a former Tester.

Franci pointed
article about the future of software testing
. The
article has some good points, although as Franci mentions, Microsoft’s testers already
have accomplished some of the future goals he outlines (working in tandem with developers,
spec reviewing, etc), and others are underway.

While in college
majoring in computer science, I discovered (much to my dismay) that I didn’t really
enjoy programming, and I wasn’t particularly good at it either (catch 22: I wasn’t
good at it, so I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t enjoy it, so I wasn’t motivated to improve).
I wanted to be involved in technology in some way, but I didn’t know what my options
were; I started out in MIS but later moved to CS after realizing that my school’s
idea of technology in the MIS track was learning how to use Access. So I asked on
one of my school’s newsgroups what I could do with a CS degree other than code, and
I was told “You could ask people if they want fries with that?” I very clearly remember
taking this at face value, I was bummed that my career opportunities were so limited.
Little did I know…

Several months later,
I sent my resume to Microsoft, and landed a phone interview for a tester job on the
Outlook team. I didn’t really know what testers did (and I’d never heard of Outlook,
although I was quite familiar with email and the relevant protocols), but the troubleshooting
skills I’d learned on my previous jobs (as a sysadmin) really helped me out, and I
came in for a full day of interviews. One interviewer gave me problems like “a
user says they can’t connect to the network” and asked how I would figure
out what was wrong. I ran through the various possibilities, outlining which
I would investigate in which order – after all, this was cake, every-day stuff
to a sysadmin. At the end he nodded his head and told me that the “narrowing
down“ was a huge part of testing. I got the offer, accepted it and spent a wonderful
two and a half years as a tester in the Outlook team.

I absolutely loved
testing (and still do to this day), but as a tester I ran into several of the problems
that Harry alludes to in this article. Some people (inside and outside of the company)
don’t respect the profession. I worked with many testers who were as passionate about
the job as I was, but I also worked with some folks who only saw testing as a
necessary evil on their path towards being a developer. Automation improvements are
great and will help us find bugs, fix them and verify the fixes faster and earlier.
But I still have a big soft spot in my heart for ad-hoc testing, and I hope that the
movement towards more test tools, automation and modeling still leaves room for sitting
in front of the machine and going to town, trying to break it. Some of the best bugs
I ever found were found that way.

Full disclosure:
My interests changed and I left testing in September 2000 and moved to a program management
role on the Exchange team. One of the first big mistakes I made as a new PM was that
I didn’t give my testers enough respect (after all, I’d been disrespected myself).
I was schooled on that mistake quickly by one of my experienced long-term testers,
and hopefully made up for that mistake over the next couple of years in my PM role.
Since then, I’ve been approached several times by testers who are interested in program
management to find out how/why I made the switch, and I always bring up this learning

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I love software testing

Murali Rhyme

Dammika, my BCS and MSc batch-mate wanted me to post this here.

“Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam
Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream
Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air
Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair … No Ball!”

Murali Rhyme

The Uncanny Disappearing Window

How do you programmatically close a browser window when you didn’t open it? Of course,
everybody knows you can’t. If they don’t know that, they’re novice developers and
some seasoned veteran will set them straight… gently or otherwise.

Well, this week one of my clients — whose intranet app opens in a specially formatted
window — told me they didn’t want two windows just to start one application. I had
very little success removing the toolbars from an existing window, and my vast web
development experience told me that I had no other option. Rather, I didn’t until
a suggestion from a fellow member of the LaTech JavaScript list altered my perspective
and resulted in the script I’m about to show you.

All you need to start the magic is to assign a window to the opener property of the
current window. If this attribute is not set, the browser will realize that the current
window is not open to your manipulation and nothing will happen.

            window.opener =

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Lara scores most Test runs in an over

End of over 120 (28 runs) West Indies 361/6 (trail by 200 runs)

RJ Peterson 13-2-76-0 – Corlett Drive End

M Dillon 4* (13b 1×4) BC Lara 178* (239b 28×4 2×6)

119.6 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, races to the 3rd man boundary
119.5 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, back over the bowler’s head

119.4 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, brings up 350 runs for WI

119.3 Peterson to Lara, SIX, pulled over mid-wicket

119.2 Peterson to Lara, SIX, over the head of Nel at mid-on

119.1 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, clubbed to the boundary, at point

Lara scores most Test runs in an over

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