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Testability as observability and the Accessibility Object Model

I attended a talk today by Rob Dodson on some proposals for the Accessibility Object Model that are trying to add APIs for web developers to more easily manipulate accessibility features of their apps and pages. Rob went through quite a few examples of the benefits the proposed APIs would bring, from simple type checking… Read more

Agile Testing book club: Goals

This is the fourth part in my series highlighting some of the lessons I’m taking from reading Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory. Other entries in the series can be found here. Chapter 5 had a lot of interesting things about metrics and strategy that I’ve taken notes on and have planned to… Read more

Testing on Dune (Part 2)

Previously I highlighted a passage in Frank Herbert’s Dune that mentioned testing and said it was the first of two. This is the second passage: Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife—chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: “Now it’s complete because it’s ended here.” —from “Collected Sayings of Maud’Dib” by the Princess Irulan, in Frank… Read more

Testing on Dune (Part 1)

I recently read Frank Herbert’s Dune and was surprised to find a couple passages on testing. I thought it would be fun to take them completely out of context (that’s a good habit for testers, right?) and try to apply them to software instead of spice. Here’s the first: Any road followed precisely to its… Read more

How do you know you actually did something?

When I was defending my thesis, one of the most memorable questions I was asked was: “How do you know you actually did something?” It was not only an important question about my work at the time, but has also been a very useful question for me in at least two ways. In a practical… Read more