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Earliest: November 26, 2017Latest: January 20, 2020Total: 96
August 27, 2018

New QA Graphic Files

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:

New Graphic Collection

When Patching something that can only be tested in Production:

Live Dangerously
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/LiveDangerously.jpg

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
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/MaximumTestingAchieved.jpg

Maximum Testing Achieved

For those developers that like to write long test cases:

Seven Words
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/SevenWords.jpg

Don't use Seven Words when Four will do - Ocean 11

Know Any Other Graphics?

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

Browser Calories

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.

Description from the website

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.

Sample Output

Performance Facts2
Looks like even Google.com needs some tune up!

Cool Tool for your QA Toolbox

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.

Getting Browser Calories

Browser Calories is available as an extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
August 13, 2018

CodeCopy

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.

CodeCopy works with Stack Overflow, GitHub, Gist, MSD, Medium, npm and others. It's just saves time from highlighting code to your clipboard.

Code Copy Sample

This helps QA and Engineering get the copy of the code. Useful for QA when you're looking for help when writing automation code.

Installing CodeCopy

CodeCopy is available as an extension for Chrome and Firefox.

August 6, 2018

Browser Badge Bookmarketlet

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.

I created a bunch of sport banner-like images of all the popular browsers. Using some JavaScript and Bookmarklets it's easy to do.

2018 Browser Banner

Visit the QA Page to get all the banner image.

Chrome

Drag and drop the "Chrome Banner" link to your bookmark bar to add a Chrome Banner overlay to any page your looking at.

javascript:(function(){document.body.innerHTML += '<img src="[http://www.cryan.com/qa/banners/ChromeBanner.png](http://www.cryan.com/qa/banners/ChromeBanner.png)" style="position: fixed; left: 10px; bottom: 10px; z-index: 1000">';})();

FireFox

Drag and drop the "Firefox Banner" link to your bookmark bar to add a FireFox Banner overlay to any page your looking at.

javascript:(function(){document.body.innerHTML += '<img src="[http://www.cryan.com/qa/banners/FirefoxBanner.png](http://www.cryan.com/qa/banners/FirefoxBanner.png)" style="position: fixed; left: 10px; bottom: 10px; z-index: 1000">';})();

July 30, 2018

Test Pilot in Firefox

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.

Fire Fox Test Pilot Pages

Here are a few FireFox Experiments that might be useful for QA:

Notes in FireFox

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

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

Easy way to explain bug steps

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.

Mac Explainer Example

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.

Four Things I Learned About Explainer

  • You can use any screen capture application, or simply use Shift-Command-1 to use the built-in capture.
  • The captured screenshots will be three times the size of what is shown in the step. This allows to reposition and resize screenshots.
  • To type in the text simply hover the mouse over the bottom of each step, you'll see the overlay appear, click the text area and type away.
  • You can Export the image to the Clipboard, Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, EverNote, and More. Don't see your option, add it in the Share Section of the System Extensions.
July 16, 2018

PostgreSQL Quick Cheat Sheet

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:

MySQL Postgres

Action MySQLPostgreSQL
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.

July 9, 2018

July QA Graphics

Every once in a while I update the QA Graphic page with new content. This week I found a few images in my collection that I haven't posted yet.

I'll continue to look through my collection and upload images and add it to the collection.

QATestingSign SoftwareSign

CodeFreezeWarning
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/CodeFreezeWarning.jpg

GreatPowers
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/GreatPowers.jpg

If you have any graphics that you like to see, put it in the comment below or hit me up on Twitter.

July 2, 2018

Jira Short cuts for QA

Atlassian Jira is the most popular tool for teams to manage projects and track issues. Knowing shortcuts to navigate around the application can save you time with everyday tasks.

There are lots of great keyboard shortcuts, these are some of the ones that will improve your productivity .

Jira Q A Short Cut

Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is a cheat sheet of essential shortcuts for Atlassian Jira that I believe are useful for any QA team.

Global Shortcuts

This work any place in Jira:

/Quick Search
cCreate an Issue
[Toggle Sidebar

Viewing Issues

eEdit issue
aAssign issue
mComment on the current issue
lEdit issue label

Quickly Navigate the Jira Board

1Backlog
2Active Sprint
3Reports

I find using the One/Two combinations really handy when your looking at the Active Sprint and seeing what's in the backlog.

June 25, 2018

Quick Editor

This is a useful bookmarklet to have:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

What this does is create a blank page where you can enter in text. It's a quick way to jot down some notes for test description or something.

Bookmarklet Example

Bookmarketlets are tiny javascript programs that are used as tools to enhance your web browsing experience.

Quick Edit Bookmark

Simply Drag and Drop this link to your bookmark bar to add this quick editor to your browser:

Quick Edit

Now you'll have a simple text editor whenever you need to jot down a note or two.