Weekly Newsletter: 99 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Software Tester v2.0

TESTING AND THE COMMUNITY

See the New Selenium IDE in Action – with Selenium Guru Dave Haeffner 
In this talk, Dave Haeffner and Tomer Steinfeld will show us examples of how the newly refactored Selenium IDE can reliably augment and level-up our testing practice - regardless of our team's test automation maturity or technical experience!  Save your spot on Wed 20th February at 10 am PT (1 pm ET / 6 pm GMT). 

Super Early Bird Tickets to TestBash Netherlands
TestBash Netherlands is back for the 3rd year and with it comes a wide range of training and talks.  We're proud to be presenting a truly diverse and international line up and we hope you can join us.  Super early bird ends on 15th of February.

Legal & General Sponsor Tickets for TestBash Brighton
We are excited to announce that Legal & General have signed up as Gold sponsors and have chosen to sponsor 3 people to attend TestBash Brighton.  This means that we have 3 tickets to give away for the Friday PLUS two nights accommodation. That's right, the hotel is included too!

Beginner's Guide To Mobile Testing by Daniel Knott
What should you expect with our new course? In this short introduction, you will get an overview of the complete course, the course objectives and find out why you should take this course.  The course goes live on the 7th February!

Community Thoughts: 99 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Software Tester v2.0 by Rosie Sherry
There’s nothing like a new year to focus in on how we can improve ourselves as individuals, software testers and a community as a whole.  A few years ago, back in the good old days, we asked the community to help us produce a list of ideas of what would help testers become better versions of themselves. We thought it would be nice to revisit this idea to see if the ideas had changed.

Our Software Testing Conference is Coming to New Zealand
For many years WeTest has been the heart of New Zealand’s software testing community.   The WeTest family feel that the best way to keep growing, sharing ideas and fostering the New Zealand testing community is to join the growing number of global TestBash software testing conferences.

We’ve Updated Our Speaker Policy For Full-day Workshops at TestBash by Richard
We’ve made a change to our speaker policy around full-day workshops to make it fairer for everyone. Our previous remuneration was 50/50 profit share, which often resulted in a huge difference in remuneration for instructors. Not to mention the additional overhead from team MoT to produce the profit shares.

Continuous Call For Papers Review
Want to have your say in the lineup for TestBash Munich this year? For the next 2 weeks, Germany abstracts will be prioritised in our call for papers review system. Simply log in and start reviewing and help us create an even more awesome line-up for TestBash Germany.

Website Localisation Testing, Where Did You Start? by Heather
I was wondering if people would share their experiences of website localisation testing. Where did you start? What resources did you find useful? What pitfalls did you encounter that you would warn others against?

A PO's view on Releasing by Isle of Testing
… and what that means for the tester.  I’m still in the Healthcare project where we’re strangling small pieces of functionality out of a big monolith of software that was built over the course of 20+ years.  Next month, we’ll put our first real strangled functionality into production.

Communicating With Teammates When the Horn of Gondor is Not Readily Available by Lord of The Test Things
“How important is strong communication between teammates, Alex?”.  The answer? It’s more important than the time Frodo was asked by Gandalf to keep the ring secret, to keep it safe.

 

BUSINESS BLOG POSTS 

2 More Things Testers Forget When Testing A Website by Michael Ruttenberg
This is part 2 of an article I wrote on the subject of "Things testers forget when testing a website".   To recap, sometimes a tester forgets things. Sometimes there is just too much to do so trade-offs have to be made. I call these, "things we remember to forget." Sometimes it's a genuine oversight.

The Pendulum is Swinging Back to People. Act or Get Left Behind by Patrick Londa
It is no accident that people over millennia have been able to effectively unlink from the food chain, build massive structures and civilizations, visit the moon, and connect instantly over a wireless online network.

Making Your Customer Testing Program More Valuable in 2019 by Simone Thompkins
On an intuitive level, company leaders understand the necessity of Customer Validation. But actually proving the worth of a customer testing program can be a challenge.

 

PODCASTS

63: Teaching Python as a Corporate Trainer - Matt Harrison by Test & Code
Matt Harrison is an author and instructor of Python and Data Science. This episode focuses on his training company, MetaSnake, and corporate training.

Quality Culture by Testing Podcast
Culture is nothing more than group habit – it’s what people do every day. So in order to change a culture to one of a “quality” one, you must identify the behaviors that lead to good outcomes and encourage these throughout the organization

238: Karate API Testing with Peter Thomas by Joe Colantonio
Karate is a popular open-source project for web-service API testing. Inspired by Cucumber – it combines BDD syntax with a DSL carefully crafted to deal with HTTP. In this episode, Peter will walk through some of the features of Karate, and how it can be effectively used for testing web-service APIs.

Episode 417 - Firefox Killing Adobe Flash Support In Firefox Release 69 by Security in Five
Flash has been a thorn in the sides of security professionals for years. Now it's finally reaching the true end of life we need. Firefox is making sure that happens by not supporting Flash in the next major release.

Episode 9 - Frozen When Your Codes Not Open - The Guilty Tester
Do you work in Software Development? Do you struggle with the concept of Release Freezes? You're in the right place then.

 

UPCOMING MOT EVENTS

 

AUTOMATION

Postman How-to: Dynamic Iteration Within a Collection by Amber Tests
You might be familiar with using the Postman Collection Runner to run a collection over multiple variables using a CSV file. But what about situations where you don’t know the data in advance?

Maybe My Mom Wasn’t Right – A Dirty Room for Automation by Responsible Automation
While writing my previous blog post on automation execution environments, I had these thoughts bouncing around in my head as well. Additionally, I’m cleaning out and rearranging my home office, which reminded me of all the times my mom told me to clean my room. 

Page Objects that Suck Less – Tips for writing more maintainable Page Objectsby John Ferguson Smart
Page Objects are one of the most widely used test automation design patterns around. Most QA engineers have used a variation of Page Objects at some point. However, it is often misunderstood and used poorly, which can result in test automation code that is fragile and hard to maintain.

 

SECURITY

New security flaw impacts 5G, 4G, and 3G telephony protocols by Catalin Cimpanu
A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities that affected the 3G and 4G standards.

2.2 billion unique accounts compromised after ‘Collections #2-5’ dumped on torrent sites, here’s how to check yours by Michael Potuck
Earlier this month we saw what was considered to be the largest ever dump of stolen internet accounts with 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords. 

Attackers Can Track Kids’ Locations via Connected Watches by Tara Seals
A severe flaw exposes sensitive information for 35,000 kids and 20,000 individual accounts.

How To Find Hidden Cameras & Spy Gear Like a Professional: The Definitive Guide by SentelTech
This is without a doubt most thorough guide to detecting hidden cameras and covert spy gear that is online.

 

TOOLS

Karate
Karate is the only open-source tool to combine API test-automation, mocks and performance-testing into a single, unified framework.

jest-image-snapshot
Jest matcher that performs image comparisons using pixelmatch and behaves just like Jest snapshots do! Very useful for visual regression testing.

All-Things-Postman
My goal is to create a space where I can show examples of some of the many features in the tool and for it to also be a living piece of documentation, that will change over time to reflect the new changes being released.

Blink-Diff
A lightweight image comparison tool.

Swagger 2 to Postman converter
Converter for swagger 2.0 JSON to Postman Collection v1.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

Accessibility is trendy (and that’s a good thing) by Quinn Keast
One of my coworkers came back from a tech conference and shared a story about designer Rafaella Isidori’s talk on the “7 Pillars of Design.” After exploring these pillars — which touched on themes like dominance, equilibrium, and space — someone in the audience asked whether “accessibility” was the eighth pillar of design.

Why the adoption of Web Accessibility keeps failing by Max van der Schee
Web Accessibility is a well-known web innovation among developers, so why does it end up last on the priority list?

We are Colorblind
We are Colorblind is dedicated to the more than 300 million people who are color blind.

 

JOBS

Senior QA Engineer - Wilmington, North Carolina, US
As a Senior QA Engineer, you will be an essential part of a high performing agile development team focused on planning, executing, and coordinating testing efforts.  You will ensure that quality issues and defects are properly identified, documented, tracked, and resolved.

QA, Intern - Milano, Lombardia. Italy
We care that our tens of millions of users find our apps to be of the highest quality and receive appropriate support. Ensuring this is of paramount importance both to our professional integrity and to our business, as happy users are more likely to become paying customers. You’ll be responsible to help fulfil this aspiration by performing world-class Quality Assurance.

 

MEETUPS

Meetups happening soon!