QA Blog Posts

January 22, 2018

BugMagnet

Bug Magnet is a powerful tool to help Quality Assurance team test HTML form fields during exploratory testing. With a simple right-click, you have access to all sorts of data to help verify the field functionality.

The nice thing that I link about BugMagnet is that you discover new test cases for form fields.

Bug Magnet Monitor

Description from bugmagnet.org:

Exploratory testing for Chrome and Firefox. Adds common problematic values and edge cases to the context menu (right-click) for editable elements, so you can keep them handy and access them easily during exploratory testing sessions.

Field Validation

You can test all sorts of different data types, here are some of the types available:
  • Names - Test names with apostrophe, quotes, dash, Japanese
  • Post Codes - Alphanumeric, With Spaces, 4 digits, 3 digits, 10 digits
  • E-Mail Addresses - Valid and Invalid formats (No longer have to research valid email formats!)
  • Payment Cards - Valid and Invalid Card testing (all the major card types!)
  • Text Size - Test the length of the field

Customize Functionality

Quality Assurance teams can expand the functionality and add their own customize functionality. Full details on how to do it is on their customizing page on their site.

Sample Entry:

{
  "Customer Access": {
    "PreSales": "0",
    "Sales": "0"
  },
  "Company": "Ebriate Inc."
}

Low Footprint

BugMagnet doesn't slow down the Chrome/Firefox functionality. It's certainly worth installing for the times when you may need to test a field.

January 15, 2018

Throw Away Email Accounts

Having multiple email accounts is critical in testing some functionality. QA engineers may need to test various first-time customer experiences to see how the flow works.

There are a couple of excellent services where QA Engineers can quickly setup up unique email accounts for testing. The process is simple and very quick.

Email Apps

ThrowAwayMail.com

ThrowAwayMail.com is perfect if your working on a project for 24-hours and want to capture overnight emails. Simply visit the site, have an email generate. To check emails, simply go back to the site with the same browser.

Full Description from their website:

ThrowAwayMail.com is a disposable email address service. When you visit ThrowAwayMail.com a new email address is generated just for you. The generated email address can immediately receive email. Any email that is received will show up on the main page. No one other than you will see the emails that are received. It is important to note that an email address expires after 48 hours. When an email address has expired, the email address and any received emails will be gone. A new email address will be generated by visiting this website. There are many reasons for using a disposable email. You may want to give someone an email address without revealing your identity. Or you may want to sign up for a website or web service but you are concerned that the website will send you spam in the future.

Mailinator

Mailinator is great because you can instantly create an email, you don't need to set anything up.

Full Description from their website:

The Public Mailinator site is a different kind of email service. The biggest difference is that you don't need to sign up. Any email name you can think of already exists @mailinator.com and you can use any of them. Want BrianTheSkink@mailinator.com? You got it. Want PrettyMothra? ScaryGavyn? No problem. Those and any other mailboxes you think of @mailinator.com are created when email arrives!

January 8, 2018

UFO Quadcopter Instructions

A couple of years ago I got a Drone (UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 2.4Ghz) for Christmas. I was excited because it was my first drone. I wanted to make sure that I understood how to properly maneuver it and spent some time reading the directions.

Today, many things are made overseas because of lower labor costs. I expected some translation issues. However, I wasn't expecting this:

U F O Help

Download the full manual and set a new standard within your company to never stoop to the level of the UFO Quadcopter.

Quality Matters

The first thing that I thought of was: If the company didn't take time to make sure the manual was written, what about the actual product?

Having a good clearly written manual is a sign of how much value the company has with their product. Now, I am not suggesting that they put together a mini-book. I am suggesting to at least have someone proofread it. You can get a decent proofreader on Fiverr for about $10.

Better Technology Today

Since most people don't read the manual, and want to figure it out themselves. Companies can provide videos of how to use their products. PhotoScape X is an excellent application, instead of having a 'help document' they have a bunch of videos on their website to show how to use their product.

January 1, 2018

Slack Emoji Icons for QA

Here are some Emoji that Quality Assurance engineers should add to Slack. These are all in the 128x128 format recommended by Slack.

I have added these to our Slack installation, and they have been used numerous times by QA and Engineering team.

5 Engine Five is Ready
Green Green is good - Go!
ProdPatch Production Patch
ProductionPatch Production Patch 2
Stop Stop Sign
X QA Doesn't Approve
Yield Yield. Watch out!
November 26, 2017

QA Text Graphics

Here are some QA graphic images that are perfect for that moment in Slack or other IM chat:

PatchArmageddon

TestArmageddon

CodeFreze

CodeFreze

CodeFreze