Imagine you’re a food critic. You go to a restaurant and eat three courses; your review the next day says simply: “I did not get food poisoning.”
This weekend, I managed to hang the terminal at the supermarket checkout. After entering my customer loyalty number, I had to enter my PIN and then press The Green Button.
One of the many tests that I often do is a consistency test. It’s something that’s really hard to automate, and testing for it can unearth different sorts of problems, six of which I’ll detail in this post.
I have an alarm clock app that I’ve been running on my iPad2 for a couple of years now. Apart from groaning when it goes off in the morning, I’ve been happy with it. It always goes off, no crashes, and it has carried on working through several iOS upgrades. Well, I thought it was […]
So, you’ve got all your automated tests passing and are feeling good. Have you thought about and tested the following five things?
I check Atomic Spin every day (and I hope you do, as well). One reason is because there is always interesting content, and I can learn about some new area that I knew nothing about. Another reason is that it can help me to get to know my colleagues better. And a final reason is […]
Over the Christmas holiday break, I had some spare time to try out a few new apps. Most of the apps I tried had a corresponding web portal to manage a user’s account and preferences. As a tester, I know that consistency is important. I like to pay attention to the consistency between an app […]
When I moved from the UK to the US, I had a number of things to get used to—strange accents, wrong spellings, incorrect pronunciations, lack of good bacon, the wrong sort of football… One of the big things was driving on the wrong side of the road and getting into the car from the opposite […]
My first job was with a company that made programs for typesetting books, so I was exposed to a whole new vocabulary and trade secrets: widows and orphans, kerning and leading, serif and san-serif, hanging punctuation, drop caps. Once I’d learnt the basic concepts and seen good and bad examples, it was difficult for me to […]
As a true Englishman, tea is of vital importance to my day, and having the right tools to make it is a serious undertaking. With one kettle having gone to the Great Kitchen in the Sky (it refused to reach boiling point, and one cannot have lukewarm tea) it was time for a new one. […]