Archive for 2013

My Year of Review: 2013

Looking back at 2013. Lots of things happened this year, with twists and turns in my life. 

Overall, this has been a okay. I've grown and learned and developed in ways I did not perform well in 2012. 
I have tightened the emotions and feelings inside, loosened some and discovered much about myself and those around me. The year went so quick with busy days with learning's, work and travelling.

I have attended two conferences this year.  

1. BarCamp Bangalore. Attended a half day event, meeting testing professionals from india. ( Website )

2. STC QAI Conference, Bangalore. Thanks to Testing Circus for giving me opportunity to attend two days long conference and meeting testing professionals all over the world. I have found myself as a kid, learning new things from the testing professionals. ( Website )

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Importance of Feedback in Real world

I spend most of the time reading testing articles, magazines, blogs / websites, newsletters, exploring new things. 

Whenever I read/do, which helped me to learn and I do perform a quick actions in giving back a positive feedback, which might helpful to make a discussions and make a new learning from it.
Two years back, when I was writing my first feedback to a website, I was searching writing a feedback is good or bad.

Then I have read a quote: “Without Feedback, it’s like you are walking blind”

Yes, for me: Feedback is a food..

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A survey on “State of Testing” - Participate and Share

Joel Montvelisky who is a co-founder of PractiTest, is going to launched a Survey program on the “state of testing” 2013 and he plan to make the survey for every year.

A Testing Survey, WHY?

If you are curious to learn more about testing? Be a part of this survey program conducted in association by Tea Time with Testers and QA Intelligence.

This survey program will allow us to see not only a snapshot of our professional testing reality but also the trends in the field as they keep shifting year by year.

Want to be part of this Survey program 
Click Here  - Subscribe to get notified.

Is participation enough, No.. !!!

Please tell to other testers about it and get them participate with with the #qasurvey hashtag

"Knowledge is Power -Francis Bacon" 

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Search with Special Characters : 502 Server Error ?

I’ve been a bit busy lately with work and Weekend Testing, Learning new concepts and trying to learn more. Hence the lack of updates on my blog. 

Recently, I had a conversation with testers on twitter:

Thanks  to Santhosh Tuppad and Teemu Vesala...for sharing your thoughts.

I wanted this conversation as-is because, it can help others and me - whenever i find these kind of errors.

Happy Thanksgiving day to all my blog followers...

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Do you know? Which is Fastest Webpage .....

Now a days, Web Performance is most talked and Speed of Web Page is treated essential feature to be considered. 

We visit many websites and Have you thought: which is the fastest webpage? 


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Displaying Script Errors on webpage

Open Internet explorer -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Enable "Display a notification of every script error"

This will show "Script Errors" on the page load. - Which are High Priority.

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Front-End Performance Testing Tools.

There are many Front-End Performance Testing tools. As the list goes by, I will update it in this mind map.

Here's the mindmap in PDF.

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Testing Week Night Session : Forgot Password

Inspiration from "What If" book from Ajay Balamurugadas - "Practice testing" with Friends

We started as an attempt, to Learn and Share our learning's.

Charter/Mission:  Forgot Password


Date: 29th October 2013


Dwarika Dhish Mishra

Ritika Gulati

Srinivas Kadiyala 

Session Time
: 9.30 p.m to 10.45 p.m  (45 minutes session)

Chat Script:  Download for transcript

Lessons:  website -- One Down? and  Reset Password is still insecure

Security Testing Checklist by Santhosh Tuppad

Next Session:

Date: 30th October 2013

Mission: Exploratory Testing

Product: Zoom It

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Problem with - Opera 17 : Solved

Four days back... When i got the Google - Security Page : To set up new privileges. (2-way verification)

I have seen a website: - This is of Google, to check which browser are we using and do the browser has latest updates.

So, Just i tried to see in all browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera)

Here, the problem:  I am having Opera 17 (Latest version) and opened the website URL.

I surprisingly found, its showing as Chrome 30. Then immediately i asked other testers in my network - do they have opera browser.

One of the tester ( Anshul Jain , Indore) - has replied he has Opera 13. Then i asked him, to open the website. But for him, it was showing Opera 13 as a result. 
Then i asked him to install the latest one i.e Opera 17.
When he tried the same step: To him, Now - It showed as Chrome 30. 
So, i have referred through the site any web mail, to send about this issue. And i have sent the email as:

As just to check - have they done any changes w.r.t the mail, Today i have rechecked the same on the Opera 17. 

Thanks to - Google Team, for solving this issue.

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Finding and Learning about the Problem ...

Thanks to Ravi Suriya (Blog | Twitter) and Jyothi Rangaiah (Blog | Twitter) .. we teamed out, to find the actual cause.

Few things - I thought before we started:

1. Might be: As i am using Wordpress template on Blogger
2. Might be: Avatar image problem
3. Might be: Template Problem
4  Might be "Google API Configuration problem with Blogger" (as in previous post)

Then we started seeing the problem:
1. Browser : Chrome 
2. Operating System : Windows 8 : 64- Bit
3. Resolution of the System: 1366 * 768

Then we started exploring the page using the Inspect Element property.
We found image/photo of the blogger getting enlarged on the comment container.

"What is an Oracle? --- Course of finding a problem..."

"What is a Heuristic? -- A fallible way of solving a problem"
Here, the Oracle: The blogger image is getting enlarged on the comment container and hiding the comments.

Here, the Heuristic: We started with combinatorial testing on Comment Image properties on CSS Styles.
We changed the values of height, max-width, width using pixels and Percentages.
Finally, We Fixed the Problem. with Learning's: Oracles, Heuristics, Practice CSS, Testing, Exploration skills to solve and Imaginations.

First we did on the Browser end to see the changes are same what we wanted as a solution.

Then i took the backup of the template, before implementing changes to Blogger template.

Things we done: WeekNight Testing and Combinatorial Testing...

---- Mistakes always are stepping stones to Learning's --- 

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Blogger - Google API Configuration : Problem ?

Recently i wrote a post on "Zombie art secretly hidden in Android Gingerbread".. 

For the post, Abhilash hari  (Blog | Twitter) , has posted a comment.

As my comments are moderated and then posted on the blog on approval instead of letting spammers free.

Abhilash has posted a comment to my post and It appeared fine in the mail.

But, to my surprise : when i looked in the Blogpost. 

The comment looks like this.

I pinged Abhilash hari immediately, to ask him any reason behind it.

I got to know from him as : "It might be a problem with Google Configuration with Blogger". But said, to find out the answer..

Any solution to it ?

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Zombie art secretly hidden in Android Gingerbread

As I am using Android 2.3.6 mobile, I was (am still) trying out where to find the developer options in the mobile.
As, I saw they said: In Jelly Beans android version 4, Its hidden and its open after clicking the build version fastly for seven times.

As I couldnt find : Name as Build version.
I thought it could be Android Version.

So here is the trick to find the Zombie art.

On your Android phone
1. Settings
2. About phone
3  Press Android version over add over as fast as you can..

Magic ! Zombie art appears

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Excel - UNDO Shortcuts

Many of Testers start begin career using Excel and most of the time for writing Test Plan, Test Cases, Test Scenarios, Bug Reporting, Test Report Summary.

Many times, we do write wrong/mistakes/want to change in the Excel sheet and we perform "UNDO" action on the cell.

Here is the Trick & Tips for UNDO:
  • Go to "Quick Access Toolbar" and press Left Arrow
  • Famous "CTRL+Z"   (Press 'Control' and 'Z' letter)

    Third : Which is rarely used....  "ALT + Backspace"
* Try out Yourself and Start your day with a cool tip.

Credits to Vinod Kumar, Microsoft - Had an opportunity to research and learn on this.

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KIES for iPad Testing - Part 1 [Updated]

Today first time I got a chance to work on Mobile Application Testing. 

I have never seen/worked on the iPad...Sad that I never explored any application.
But thought let me go through some resources before I just explore the application which I get.

Thanks to Gergely Brautigam (United Kingdom), for pointing me to excellent resources. 

Although I took one node of the branch, And Testing Mobile Applications is interesting.

Testing iPad App - Crash course: 
Apple iPad is leading the tablet revolution. Many companies now creating thousands of applications for iPad and they are now looking for skilled testers to test those applications run smoothly. As per research, 40% of retail online activity comes from tablets to buy products.

Here are the KIES (Keep it Easy and Simple)
1.     Identify the Model of iPad Device.
2.     Check the iPad Settings
3.     Install the iPad App on the device  (will be posted later)
4.     Testing Techniques on iPad

Identify the Model of iPad Device:
Turn around the iPad device, there you see a logo "iPad".
Underneath, you will see a rectangular box with storage detail. (16 GB)
Below that you will observe Model number , which starts with "A" Letter and followed by 4 digits.

Check the iPad Settings:
I was surprised to see many settings in iPad. Click on the settings icon.
Now we will check few options in iPad.

·         Settings -> General -> About
This gives basic information about iPad.
·         Settings -> Mails, Contacts, Calendar
Set up Email address in settings for the iPad.

Testing Techniques on iPad:
a)     After iPad app is install – verify each screen with Portrait and Landscape.
As design appears differently and leads to problems.

b)     Take the screenshots of errors, you see on the iPad Screen.
Hold the Home Button and tap the power button on top right hand corner. The screen flashes with a sound like a camera taking a photo.
These Screenshots will be stored in Photos Section in iPad and can be shared and sent via email specified in the settings.

Mind Map

Hold on....This post will be updated as i learn more about Mobile Testing ... !!

"Formal Education will make you living..Self Education will make you a fortune"

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Testing Book of the Month : September

Agile Impressions

Author:     Gerald M. Weinberg
Formats:    PDF , EPUB , MOBI
Published:     September, 2013

About the Author:
Gerald Weinberg has been called "Grandfather of Agile Programming".

About the Book:
In this book, he offers his observations and advice for all readers who want to learn and grow up to be successful Agilists.


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Testing Book of the Month : August

Testing Book of the Month is Back...

Introduction of Authors:

Tim Riley: Over 13 years of experience on Software Development, Quality Assurance and Management. Now working as a Director of QA / Engineering.

Adam Goucher: Over 12 years of experience on Software Testing, a speaker in Testing conferences.
Now working as Principal Consultant, training on software testing and Selenium Automation Testing.

Brief Intro: "Beautiful Testing" - Successful software depends as much on scrupulous testing as it does on solid architecture or elegant code. But testing is not a routine process, it`s a constant exploration of methods and an evolution of good ideas.

Order Here -- Amazon India

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Google Reader is Dead ... Now What's Next ??

Google has shutdown its services of Google Reader, popular RSS subscription reader on July 1,2013.

I took long time to research for the alternatives which can match my interests and give same ability of Google Reader.

First, I found "Old Reader" - It was simple and looks like a Google Reader. But It has followed by outages for few days due to hard drives crashed. And they now planned to make it private from public.

Second, "Feedly" : It looked like No.1 Alternative in many websites. It is having good clean design with Magazine kind of layout. Now, Feedly announced Pro Accounts for $5 per month or $45 per year.

Third, "Digg Reader": Surprised the world with Simple interface and closely resembles the other feed readers.

Now, I keep a backup : After the Outage of Old Reader for 5 days, I learnt to have a backup for every thing. Now, I use both Feedly and Digg to read my feeds.

Lesson Learnt: Don't get attached to FREE products.

Tip to Testers:

"Seize the time... Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again."

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Want to be a Software Testing Expert ?

Video of the Month is an article showcasing the best Videos in testing community.

        Do you want to be an expert in software testing?



                         Then watch this, Video of the Month….


Quote "The more I learn, the more I know how little I know."

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Post of the Month : July 2013

Phew ... ! What a month on writing testing posts.

In this post, i will share you the posts of the month of July.

"Do good things for good reasons"

Friday, July 05, 2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Software Testing Good Practices

(Image by: Russell Davies)

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Its your Life.... Let go forward in Life…

Life is full of challenges, interesting twists, love, passion, emotions, egos, adventures, comfort etc.

"7" is my memorable number in my life. Here are 7 things, that i have learnt from the past life.

Everyone goes through tough times – Success and Failures comes in life. Never think that you are alone in your life and remember there is always something that we are behind to achieve in life.  Stop thinking about the past and start thinking on what you are doing right now and move forward. 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start       today and        make a new ending” – Maria Robinson

If you want to achieve what you want in your life, stop procrastinating and take control to change the situation with responsibility to move forward.

“Act as though, It is Impossible to fail” - Dorothea Brande

Be a Leader
Stop playing blame game on others. Stand up and take the leadership in doing in front of your colleagues to solve the problem. Don’t try to impress anyone by putting down someone else in front of all.

“The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose” - Robert Byrne

Be Systematic and Organized
We are passionate to learn and do the things to achieve in life, we need to be systematic and organized in keeping your learning’s and research notes as they are our hard work we spent our valuable time.

“Once you eliminate your number one problem, number two gets a promotion.” - Gerald M. Weinberg

Make a Plan
Learning is never ending. We need to plan our learning and manage with time to bring our dreams reality.

“If you know where you are going, then you don’t need a map in finding the route” - Lewis Carroll

Self-Managed Learning
Nothing changes if you’re comfortable with the present. Try to change your day activities, do the stuff and compare yourself every week, to what you were like earlier and see the difference.

“Your career is your own responsibility. Your employer is not your mother.” -Jurgen Appelo

My mentors say, we need to express our thinking by talking to people, take time to read a lot, take notes on thoughts and share with others. Appreciations would come your way and people will respect you and will ask for your help.

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Christoper McCandless

I would continue to Blog more often to make me more motivated and learn from the mistakes.

"It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That defines your career.” - Carlton Fisk 

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Software Testing Good Practices

The following are some good practices, I have learnt for doing testing.

Before you start the testing the product, Understand the product Architecture.
Understanding the architecture and working of the product, can help you see more error prone areas and can cover large amount of errors in less time.

The Error prone areas may mostly occurs on the interfaces between the different modules, as different programmers work on different modules in a product development.

See the potential misuses and verify how the software works with those issues.
If application is working perfectly as per it is intended, then don’t stop the testing.
Just like a detective solves a murder mystery and the testers has to find out the any ways of potential misuses and how the software works unexpectedly with those issues. 

Sherlock Holmes is Top Fiction Detective

Think like an End User, who has no idea of how to use the product, explore it (or) Think like a Hacker try to find out methods how can a hacker exploit the scenarios by manipulating the program. 
For all these case the response from the product should be intelligent than providing critical information.

Record every step clearly and in detail
While doing the testing, record each step clearly and in detail with environment (operating system, browser etc.). If any error you have found, take a screenshot of it to show as a proof.
This can help the programmers in reproducing the error again and fix it without wasting a lot of time.
This can also help the testers while doing retesting, after the fixing done by the programmers.

Tip to Testers:  Learn to write notes, which can help you improve your communication and testing skills.

Help the team from preventing recurring errors
While retesting, testers should make sure that no new problems are introduced. Help the team in providing correct scenarios where the error may prone to occur again. This can help programmers from further error prevention in future process of product.
Explaining about the occurrence of defect to the architects, programmers and managers may reduce the cost and time of testing the product.

If you think, this post helps...Please let me know any Feed backs or comments.

Cheers, Happy Testing … J

Date Timeline: 25th July, 2013

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Tests using (Design and Functional) Specifications (Part-2)

In the previous post: We have learnt about "Tests without Specifications (Part -1)".

If you have missed it: Click here.

Now, we will do in contrast "Tests using (Design and Functional) Specifications (Part-2)"

Read the Project Documentations:
There are different kinds of documents may be available: 
               Design Specifications
               Requirement Specifications
               Functional Specifications
               User Guides / Manuals

These documents are very important and can help to build the product and test it.

Seek Guidance … Ask others:
To understand “what to be tested”, you must learn to ask others about the product and seek guidance who has relevant knowledge about the product workflow.

Use Test Case Design Techniques:
The test case designs can be developed using these three important techniques:
  User based Scenarios
  Boundary value Analysis (BVA)
  Equivalence Partitioning (EP)

Question others:
If you still want to understand about the system and learn to develop more test cases.

Learn to Question others. It can be to “Users”, “Project Managers”, “Programmers” and even “Testers”. Remember; think you don’t know anything and ask them to tell about the product, but don’t forget to interrupt to explain more in detail.

This can help you to generate more test ideas of what to test.

Test generation is a skill, it should be learnt and understand to create good test cases and helps to provide exactly or more than the customer needs.

Tip to Management: Create a friendly environment between the teams to interact frequently; this can help the product successful.

If you think, this post helps...Please let me know any Feed backs or comments.

Cheers, Happy Testing …  J

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