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The first Ministry of Testing meetup in Toronto

Last week I organized the first meetup in Toronto under the banner of the Ministry of Testing. There have been tester meetups in the city before, but they tended to be infrequent and or short-lived, with the event I was aware of almost a year ago. With Toronto as a fast growing tech hub, with… Read more

Use it or (you might as well) lose it

This is a lesson highlighted by three interactions the last couple weeks. I was going to title this post “Existence is insufficient”, but I found myself taking an unexpected turn in the last section. Let’s see if it still makes sense. 1. Unit tests existing is insufficient I was talking to someone about the difficulty… Read more

Testing as prevention instead of diagnosis

On the topic of testing clichés, I recently heard again something along the lines of “testing only provides information, it doesn’t increase quality by itself.” There was a time where I might have agreed with that, but lately I’m not so sure. The idea is that testing alone can’t make the product any better, because… Read more

Test Driven Markup and other tips

Everything but content is an enhancement. Heydon Pickering, “Inclusive Design Patterns” Last fall I had the pleasure to see Heydon Pickering speak at the #a11yTO conference in Toronto. He was not only an entertaining speaker but I also learned a ton listening to him. After the conference I got a copy of his book Inclusive… Read more

Seven things I learned at CAST

My CAST debrief from last week ended up being mostly about personal reflection, but I also wanted to call out the some of the things I picked up more specific to testing. After going through my notes I picked out what I thought where the important themes or interesting insights. There are many other tidbits,… Read more