Testing Circus February 2016 Edition is Published

Software Testing monthly Testing Circus February 2016 Edition is Published. This edition features Rosie Sherry on the cover page. In her interview Rosie shares her experience as a testing entrepreneur, her family’s un-schooling story and her advice for software testers. Some awesome stories in this edition – Download or Read online –

  • Project Balto – Some Key Lessons in Test Planning by Mike Talks
  • A Python Book for Kids – How it helped me as a tester by Jessica Ingrassellino
  • Panorama of Data Lake Testing by Venkat Ramesh Atigadda
  • Introduction to SmartWatch Testing by Daniel Knott
  • Interview with Rosie Sherry by Ajoy Singha
  • European Testing Conference 2016 – My Experiencee by Simon P Schrijve
  • #Testers2Follow @Twitter
  • Automation with Selenium – Locating Elements on Web Page by Mohit Verma
  • Maestro Concept in Test Reporting – Jari Laakso
  • A Fake Tester’s Diary – The Last Chapter

You can get the pdf version of the magazine from – Here.


Trumping the Donald – Why You Should Register A Domain in Your Name

What is the difference between DonaldTrump and RealDonaldTrump? The latter is the twitter handle of Donald J. Trump, one of the candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. The @DonaldTrump hasn’t twitted even once since the account was created in October 2013. And apparently @DonaldJTrump is suspended because of impersonating the @RealDonaldTrump.

CyberSquatting, social media, domain names
Welcome to a new variety of Cybersquatting. According to Wikipedia, Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price. When only few top level domain extensions such as .com, .net, .org, etc were available for registration, many cybersquatter used the opportunity to grab the brand domain names. Now with the release of more TLDs, you can register with many more varieties apart from .com or .net.

Social media cybersquatting is also very common. The above example of Donald Trump is a simple case of cybersquatting in social media. Twitter does a good job by providing a verified account status for celebrities and brand names to stop identity confusion. However, twitter can do a better job of releasing the usernames if they have not been active for say 3 years. They can delete accounts by giving account owners a 90 days reactivation period. Facebook frees up page names if the page is inactive for a certain amount of time.

What does this teach us? If you think you are going to use your name as a brand in the future, then it is time to register those domain names. Many testers use free WordPress or blogspot blogging sub-domains because those are free. Domains and hosting a full-fledged website are very affordable these days. You can buy a domain and run a website with the money you spend on a nice dinner. Even if you don’t plan to launch a website, you can buy just the domain for future use. If you skip a McDonald burger and a Starbucks coffee only once in a year, that will save you enough money to own a domain name for a year.
How much does a domain actually cost?
Domains are available ranging from 88 cents to a few million dollars. That is for initial registration, renewals are at normal price. If your choice of domain is not yet registered by some cybersquatter you can get a domain for less than dollar to 12 dollars for a .com, .net or .org TLDs for a year. There are few new TLDs such as .guru, .xyz, .help, .tips, .college, .engineer, etc. which are priced little higher but typically less than 30 dollars (depending on where you buy it from). I prefer Name Cheap – they have the cheapest domains and easiest dashboard I have ever used.

What about hosting?
Hosting is required when you launch a full-fledged website. I use hostgator.com – they provide industry standard c-panel. I earlier used to host in Godaddy but left if because of horrible customer service. Also Godaddy doesn’t provide standard c-panel. Hosting usually costs few dollars a month for a single site. Google provides free hosting if you use a custom domain in blogger. You can buy a domain from google and host it there or you can use your existing domain with google blogger. I have never used it but I guess you won’t have the flexibility with blogger hosting. What about the backend platform? I love wordpress, probably one of the best content management platform. WordPress has a robust support community and huge choice of templates and plugins. There are other platforms offered by Weebly and Wix. They offer drag and drop design capabilities. Very flexible, but not my type.

Buying a domain (and hosting it) is a not a rocket science. Go ahead and register that domain. Otherwise, someone else will have fun with your name as Donald Trump is having with TrumpDonald.org.

#Part of this post was originally published as editorial in Testing Circus February 2016 edition.



Testing Circus January 2016 Edition

Testing Circus January 2016 Edition
Testing Circus January 2016 Edition

Testing Circus January 2016 is out. This edition includes few interesting articles. one of them is frequently asked questions about certification by Lee Hawkins, Paul Seaman and Rajesh Mathur. They have tried to demystify the controversies around ISTQB and other certification Exams. If you are beginner and just started software testing as your career, you should certainly read this article. Another useful tutorial published in this edition is Mohit Verma’s Selenium Tutorial. Many of us want to learn selenium tool but are overwhelmed by the details of its vastness. Mohit has tried to simplify the steps and have written a nice step by step guide. I think this is really helpful for ones who wish to start learning selenium automation tool. There is another article “Meetups: Meet, Share and Grow” by Ajay Balamurugadas. Ajay shares some tips around how to set professional goals for 2016 and improve your software testing skills, which all skills can help you get a job in software testing and how to keep yourself updated with latest happenings around software testing. There are other couple of articles and our regular features such as interviews with testers. Mark Tomlinson is featured in the cover page of the magazine. You can download the magazine here.

How much of off-the-work activities of employees should an organization care about?

How much of off-the-work activities of employees should an organization care about? It looks like there is no clear law around this. The question of whether to fire or keep an employee in case of a conflict between the off-work activities and organizational policy/decision is entirely based on the nature of the conflict (or the conflict of interest). Last weekend I was talking to an old friend of mine. We worked in the same organization when I was in India. Since then he has left for a smaller organization near his home town. Being in the small city he feels that colleges nearby do not teach practical aspects of software development to their students. So he wants to start teaching practical software programming on weekends. Noble intention. The only problem is his organization may not absorb this news nicely. In the past, an employee had been warned for trying to start such a teaching venture.
The question here is how much freedom and privacy an employee should have off the work. Does teaching a bunch of college kids on weekend create a conflict of interest with the nature of business the organization is involved in? I understand when a person dives into another money making part time business, he might spend time thinking about it and stealing time from his work hours to do few items for the part time business. That definitely reduces productivity. But aren’t we already allowing productivity reducers like social media in our workplace?
In my opinion, teaching the college grads does not create a conflict of interest. Rather, it will help his employer and other organizations around the town with ready to hire skilled kids who already know a little bit about the practical stuff they will work in the future. According to a research survey, 80% of engineering college graduates in India are unemployable. So equipping them with some kinds of practical skill is really a help to the society. Big organizations should actually implement this as a part of corporate social responsibility.

*** This editorial was published in Testing Circus Magazine – January 2016 edition.

Testing Circus – July 2015 Edition is Out

Software Testing Magazine Testing Circus’ July edition is out. Another nice edition with Geordie Keitt in our cover page and excellent articles from software testers around the World. Check out the special entry of A Fake Software Tester’s Diary. In this episode FST has revealed some of his tops tips how NOT to retain the best employees in an organization.

I am sure you will enjoy this edition of our monthly software testing magazine available for download is printable pdf.

To get a free copy click here.

Software Testing Magazine – Do You Read Testing Circus?

James Bach on Cover: February 2014

If you are a software tester and you happen to care about software testing outside your day job, you probably have heard about ‘Testing Circus’ magazine. If you haven’t, read on.
Testing Circus is a monthly software testing magazine I started in September 2010. It is a magazine solely dedicated to software testing and software testers. It is almost 5 years we have been regularly publishing monthly edition of this magazine.

Why I started this magazine?
In 2010 there were few magazines which were based on software testing. There were some regular magazines but they are not monthly. Some magazines used to be monthly but they stopped publishing after a while. Another reason was most of the magazines were targeting testing gurus only publishing high buzzword articles and philosophical topics. Those topics were useful for delivering a lecture in a best practices conference but were not useful for beginners who wanted to read new things about software testing and wanted to connect with other software testers. Testing Circus started as an attempt to solve those problems. Initially the magazine was aimed at beginner level testers. We published test ideas and quizzes around testing. Some of the features that we used publish in our initial edition still continues such Interview with testers, testers to follow in twitter and tips and tutorials on one tool/technology/domain. Testing Circus still serves to both beginner as well as seasoned testers in fulfilling their monthly appetite for testing reading.

How did we do so far?
We never missed an edition in last 50 months/editions. This is not a big achievement for any kind of monthly magazine. Thousands of magazines publish regular editions. However, Testing Circus is a fully volunteer dependent magazine with no full time or paid employee. Our volunteers spend few hours a week collecting articles, reviewing and designing the magazine and maintaining the website. This is how we publish our magazine every month. Thank you Srinivas, Dwarika, Pankaj, Sanath and other who volunteered in the past.

I would like to thank…
When I was planning to start this magazine, many people came forward and helped me putting the pieces together. One of them is Vipul Kocher. Without Vipul’s encouraging words the Testing Circus would have never came out. When you are working a new stuff and a little extra motivation helps like grease in a jammed machine. Vipul just did that with our first edition.
After the first edition came out, many testers who had read the magazine suggested many ideas. One of them was Pradeep Soundararajan. Pradeep kept me pushing to make the design and content better. Pradeep can be a disruptive force like a hurricane and I was pretty much caught in that in the initial few months of the magazine.
You will need a very supportive spouse to do this kind of activities. Bharati who I am married to for over 8 years now has been very supportive in running this magazine. I do steal lots of family time to accomplish the monthly editions.

Why you should read it
You should read it because –
1. There is no difference between those who do not read and those who cannot read – software testers included.
2. The only way to survive in this ever changing world is to steal other’s ideas. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just read how they invented it and make your own or use it. Testing ideas included.
3. It is free.
4. It is my magazine.
Well you can ignore the last one.

Going forward –
I need more serious volunteers and good articles and ideas to be able to continue this magazine’s journey. Someday we plan to hire a full time employee or start paying for the articles when we start earning enough from advertising revenue. Till then volunteers are our backbone and article writers are our investors.
I hope you all will continue to support us by writing articles for us. Testing Circus is about to celebrate 5 years/60th editions in few months from now.

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