|Earliest: November 26, 2017||Latest: November 26, 2018||Total: 49|
|September 17, 2018|
Last week the Massachusetts State Police department posted a computer photo which contained a map of areas impacted by the recent Gas Explosions in Lawrence/Andover/North Andover. However, they didn't hide some private details:
When taking screenshots, you should always hide the Bookmark Bar. There is no need to add any distraction to your bookmarks.
If you have Keyboard Maestro, you could always use this shortcut so that the Shift Command B works in any browser.
|September 10, 2018|
Unless you're infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your testing. Setting limits on how much you are willing to test helps control expectations. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?
Testing deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work for QA:
|September 3, 2018|
Validating Password rules is a frequent job that QA has to handle. Fortunately there's help available, such as the Chrome Extension - Strong Password Generator by criticalthoughts8
With this extension you can easily generate strong and secure passwords. You can specify password length and used chars (lowercase, uppercase, numbers or custom). When you generate a password you can copy directly to your clipboard, or generate more of them and copy them all at one time (or select only which of them you want).
|August 27, 2018|
Once again, I have updated the QA Meme Library with more exciting graphics files. These are many common saying from the past couple of months that I feel is worth adding to the repository.
Check out the QA Meme collection for all six additions, here's a sample of three of them:
When Patching something that can only be tested in Production:
I too like to live dangerously - From Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me
For those tickets where testing seems to be going on and on:
Maximum Testing Achieved
For those developers that like to write long test cases:
Don't use Seven Words when Four will do - Ocean 11
If there's any quote that you think should be added, let me know and I'll be sure to share it!
|August 20, 2018|
Page load time is an important part of QA testing. Browser Calories extension was created to help identify your site against the top sites on the internet. This is a great way to get a snapshot on what areas of your site you should focus on.
The web is getting fatter. If you take a look at the top 1 million sites, you will see that the median page weight is now bigger than SimCity 2000. Can you believe that?
Page weight is a super important metric and affects conversion, retention, and SEO. Actually, it not only costs user engagement ? it costs money.
That's why Browser Calories exists. We will help you set a performance budget and measure if a page is exceeding these numbers or not.
Looks like even Google.com needs some tune up!
What's nice about Browser Calories is that you get a graphics that highlight the problem. This is useful to include in a Jira ticket so others can clearly see if the site needs to be tuned up.
This is also good as a benchmark to see if adding new library files will impact the overall performance of the site.
|August 13, 2018|
CodeCopy is an extension that makes it super easy to get code snippets from popular sites to your computer clipboard. As their slogan says, "Copy to clipboard buttons should exist on every code snippet.
CodeCopy puts an icon next to a code snippet, and when you click on the icon, it puts the code in your clipboard. No more fussing around making sure that you have all the code.
This helps QA and Engineering get the copy of the code. Useful for QA when you're looking for help when writing automation code.
|August 6, 2018|
When taking browser screenshots, it's helpful to identify the browser that you're using. One way to highlight the browser is to put a browser banner in the browser before taking a screenshot.
Visit the QA Page to get all the banner image.
|July 30, 2018|
Firefox likes to publicly test new features before deciding if they are worth fully integrating into the product. For QA, is a cool way to test upcoming features and see what's new. In addition, it's good to view the bug reports to get some fresh ideas on writing better bug reports.
Here are a few FireFox Experiments that might be useful for QA:
One of the new features is Notes for FireFox, it's a way to jot down some notes on your FireFox account. You can access the notes by simply logging in. Using your Android smartphone device, you can jot some notes about testing and when you get to the office and log in you'll see the notes.
Unfortunately the Notes feature is not available for iOS. It works fine in Samsung Galaxy Tab E.
Check out the Bug Reports on github.
Side View allows you to view a mobile version of a site while browsing the web. This is useful when you want to watch a YouTube video and browse the web at the same time or apply something that you learn in the video.
Check out the Bug Reports on github.
|July 23, 2018|
Explainer is a Macintosh screenshot application that helps describing steps for a task. It's useful when trying to describe a bug or feature that doesn't work quite well.
In the free version, you only get 4 steps. For a one time fee of $7.99, you get 4 additional steps. The net results is a single professional looking image that can be mailed or added to any Jira issue.
Other features of the Pro version - the ability to save the documents - useful for repetitive tasks, change the watermark, lots more fonts for the description.
|July 16, 2018|
If your use to supporting MySQL and now having to support PostgreSQL it can be tricky to know some of the common admin commands.
Here's a handy chart that I quickly put together of common admin commands that are used between the two databases:
|List databases||Show databases||l|
|Connect to database||use database;||c database|
|Show Database Tables||Show Tables||d|
|Show Tables Columns||Show Columns||d table|
If there are any other commands you want to add, let me know in the comments below.