"Some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright"- Morgan Freeman, Shawshank Redemption. This blog is from one such bird who couldn't be caged by organizations who mandate scripted software testing. Pradeep Soundararajan welcomes you to this blog and wishes you a good time here and even otherwise.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Test Case Passed! Who cares?

This will take away at least 8 minutes and 24 seconds of your time, so please be careful if you'd like to spend your time on a thing that potentially has a risk of not yielding any good thing for you as a tester. Maybe you might want to continue executing test cases instead of going through this. Click on the image to waste 8 minutes and 24 seconds. You are lucky if you don't have a MS Powerpoint or Open Office suite or anything of that sort because without that you can't waste 8 minute and 24 seconds that I am repeatedly mentioning.

-- Pradeep Soundararajan - http://testertested.blogspot.com - +91-98451-76817 - pradeep.srajan@gmail.com

"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The most challenging software testing quiz online

This quiz created by me challenges a tester to answer several common and uncommon questions. At the end those who finish the quiz get to know what prize they win. ( which means, there are a lot of prizes to be won)

Last time I announced I would give free books - Lessons Learned in Software Testing and I did give it to those testers who proved to me that they deserved it by working on an exercise I gave them. This time I am keeping it as a secret because those who finish the quiz will get to know their prize when they see their performance and results. I have some questions that are easy, some which are moderate and some that only experts can crack - so whoever you are - you have a challenge.

Update me your score because if your score is more than other testers who have taken this quiz then you have a chance to win the many hundred dollars that I plan to give as a bumper prize. So here is the link to The Most Challenging Software Testing Quiz (I could ever think of creating)

Good luck!

Update: 12th October 1300 IST: The quiz is updated with HTML formatting and looks more great to my eyes. Thanks to Adam Goucher for his suggestions. 3 more very challenging questions are added. So you might want to re-take and check your score. If there is any betterment of your score update me so that you dont miss the grand prize.

Update: 12th October 2345 IST: If you dont see your comment for this post it is because I felt your comment contained some clue about the answers which might distract new people taking the quiz. In case you want to blog about this quiz please make sure you don't give the answers or let the people know the answers or experience as they might lose the excitement and opportunity to learn.

-- Pradeep Soundararajan - http://testertested.blogspot.com - +91-98451-76817 - pradeep.srajan@gmail.com

"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tester Tested! coming soon to your city

I offered a public class recently and there were testers from Thought Works, Philips, IBM, McAfee, MarLabs, Mphasis, Mopat Solutions ... (other names that I can't recall) At the end of the session each of them looked thrilled and excited. We had hours of discussion even after the session officially ended and that is a clue to me about the excitement and joy of learning they had.

Now, all my public classes have been in Bangalore but that's not the only destination where there are testers. India is wide spread and I have decided to travel different places, which also helps me take a break by meeting different people and visiting new places.

More than a dozen testers from Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad have been in touch with me over e-mails and looking at my stats I am sure there are at least more than a hundred testers from each of these places who read my blog regularly. I am sure that each one of you who have been interacting with me also know couple of testers whom you think might be interested to attend such a session.

In case you are interested to have the testing skills workshop in your city, please do get in touch with me by writing an e-mail to pradeep.srajan@gmail.com with subject line "Workshop - ( your city name). I shall share the contacts of other testers from your place who have been in touch with me, we could discuss over e-mail and get the workshop up in your city, too.

Lalit Patil, a tester from Mumbai did organize one such session of mine in FEAST, Indian Institute of Technology a couple of months ago.

This intention of mine to travel different places is not to come back from each city with loads of money but with an intention to benefit testers who are away from the reach of my Bangalore public workshops. So that doesn't mean its free! Based on the number of testers who are interested there would be a cost each has to incur to support my travel and other expenses.

Despite my workshops always have been in Bangalore, so far, I am very happy that there were 4 testers who traveled from far away cities to attend it. One came from Thailand, One was from Hyderabad and the other two were from Chennai.

I dont expect great things to happen after this post and I also wouldn't be too surprised if nothing happens. I am just hopeful that testers from places other than Bangalore would be as interested as my fellow Bangaloreans are.

Hope is an important thing I rely on and so I hope at least there would be at least one other city in India that is as good as Bangalore.

-- Pradeep Soundararajan - http://testertested.blogspot.com - +91-98451-76817 - pradeep.srajan@gmail.com

"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton