"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.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Approaches for interviewing in software testing - Book Kickoff & Launch of Interviews & Jobs portal



On September 1st, 2009, I decided to move away from my paying job to write this book - Approaches for interviewing in software testing. Before my bank sends an SMS "Lost your job?", I am hoping that I will finish this book and find a publisher. ( Also means: If you have any short assignments you can hire me or sponsor me for the book ). So, there you go. Now you know what I have been doing over the last 25 days.

A funny thing you should know - I had been writing another book over the last two years and then realized - writing a book is different from writing a blog or making a technical presentation at a conference. The kind of a book I was writing actually demanded a better writing skill from me that I dont possess right now. So, I have applied to be a participant at a workshop of how to write that kind of a book so that I better at least a little bit. ( let that remain a secret for a while )

Coming over to this book - you must first understand that this isn't just a book but something beyond the book. www.interviewsandjobs.com will serve as a platform to address all queries of testers related to jobs and interviews henceforth and also act as a flag bearer for the book I am writing. Santhosh Tuppad, my student at Practical Hands on Software Testing Training and a cool tester has been helping me a lot in the project.

I hope some of you will be willing to help in writing this book by contributing stories of your interview experience or other ways you will discover if you browse through www.interviewsandjobs.com

When you go to www.interviewsandjobs.com , don't miss out the teaser for the book. The teaser has the first 14 pages of the book and I hope it builds enough curiosity in you and your friends to ask for more and end up buying the book or sending the teaser to your friends through twitter, facebook, orkut or anywhere as you may like.

That's all, here. Go there and enjoy!

9 comments:

Rahul Verma said...

Pradeep,

This is an interesting subject for a book on software testing especially when it comes from you.

You had discussed on quite a few ideas that you were planning to write books about. I am pleasantly surprised to note that the first book you chose to write isn't one of them.

All the best. I look forward to reading your book.

Regards,
Rahul

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

@Rahul Verma,

Thanks a lot for your comment. The first comment to this post would have been special to me and you did it. Many thanks for it again.

You had discussed on quite a few ideas that you were planning to write books about. I am pleasantly surprised to note that the first book you chose to write isn't one of them.

Out of all those I discussed and with the ones I did not discuss - this was the one which had the highest commercial value as well as community value - so I chose to get this published first.

I hope you will help in spreading the message.

Jassi said...

All the best Pradeep,looking forward to read the book :)

Cheers,
Jassi

Abhishek Tuppada said...

All the best for new venture Pradeep.

Serendipitously came across your blog some time back & am in awe of your testing skills & have learnt a lot from your posts. I just hope your new venture will not stop you from your teaching/coaching initiatives, as I would love to attend a workshop of yours on Exploratory testing. Please keep us posted on the possible dates/venue.

I would also like to congratulate you on your feat for the Best Bug Award @ uTest. Please share us your experience on uTest assignment & testing search engines & what that bug was??? Waiting for the post... Hope you find time to spare..

Once again wishing you "All the Best" for your book. Can't wait to read the book, let us know when it will be Launched!!!

Best Regards,
Abhishek

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

@Jassi,

Many thanks. I am looking forward to the book as well.

@Abhishek Tuppada,

Many thanks for discovering my blog. It is a pleasure to know you are excited about the book. A favor I need from those who are excited about my book is to pass on the teaser to many others.

I hope you would.

Shall keep you updated and hey, www.interviewsandjobs.com is a portal to watch out for news, announcement, my interviews blog, and so on. Register and have fun.

sunjeet81 said...

Congratulations and Good luck on this new endeavor !

Would this book also be available as a free ebook for the testing farternity ?

thanks
sunjeet

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

@Sunjeet,

Thanks for your wishes.

Would this book also be available as a free ebook for the testing farternity ?

Why not? If I find a publisher who is so rich and has thousands of reams of paper in his yard and wants to see the testing community better - he will just print this book and give it away for free.

No need to buy it.

sunjeet81 said...

I think you mis-understood/did not read my post properly :) !

No need to get worked up...was just asking if in addition to the paid(obviously) paper version ...

"Would this book also be available as a free ebook for the testing farternity ?"

Which is feasible i guess...normally for books which do get popular ?

cheers..

Pradeep Soundararajan said...

@Sunjeet,

"Would this book also be available as a free ebook for the testing farternity ?"

Which is feasible i guess...normally for books which do get popular ?


Interesting. Thanks. The e-book for those books that get popular are actually illegal uploads. Please dont fall prey to such illegal activities unless the author and the publisher acknowledges it as legitimate.