Issue #94 : Software Testing Notes
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome as a software tester
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Welcome to the 94th edition of Software Testing Notes, a weekly newsletter featuring must-read content on Software Testing. I hope this week has been good for you so far.
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In one of the previous issue(#86th), I shared a link about how to deal with Imposter Syndrome. This week, I stumbled upon another great article called Imposter Syndrome. This article is the personal account of Angela Riggs on how starting a new job, past experience and certain situations contributed to it and how did she worked towards moving past Imposter Syndrome.
I really liked the last bit, summarizing the heart of it.
Ask for help. Be vulnerable. Trust the people around you. You’ll make it through, too ❤️
Now, on to this week’s curated links. I have lots of nice reads for you this week, let me know what your favorite is!
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Reflect is a no-code/low-code testing platform that supports even the most complex testing scenarios. Accurately record virtually any action you can take in a web browser, including drag-and-drops, file uploads, and interactions with iframes or Shadow DOM.
Successes and failures are part of life. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you intended to. Here is one such story of Joep Schuurkes sharing his experience of taking on a new role of quality engineer, trying to make positive quality changes, ultimately getting laid off, and findings and reflection of quality engineering testing-related roles.
Lots of interesting articles are coming from Jeff Nyman about AI in testing. I’ve curated some in #91st Issue. This week, Jeff Nyman has put out two articles talking about how to evaluate measures and scores used to assess the performance of AI systems.
Also read the second article, AI Testing – Measures and Scores, Part 2.
Ever found a bug that just sitting in the backlog for months and gets fixed only after when customer notices? Lina Zubyte shares how to communicate such bugs to developers and relevant teams to get them fixed on time.
Having proper test models is the key to your testing success. This is a very insightful article by Alan Richardson showcasing how defining models helps in software development process and in testing too.
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Wanna learn how to do Snapshot testing for IOS devices? In this article, Beyza Budak shares the benefits of Snapshot testing, and different types of snapshots, and how to set up and write snapshot tests using SnapshotTesting library in Swift programming language.
Furthermore, if you want to perform snapshot testing in the browser, Kostiantyn Teltov has written a nice guide — Playwright stories: Visual comparisons with Dynamic data.
And speaking Swift language, Pavel Stepanov has written about Three bad ways to test async code in Swift with Nimble and XCTest.
Service mocking is a great way to help developers to get the feature ready for testing and for testers to get started to draft/model various test scenarios. Marcello Galhardo takes a different stand in this article by sharing and showcasing how to achieve testable code without the need for mocks.
Having different Unicode characters might cause an assertion to fail even when visually it looks identical. Saurabh Ranadive dives into one such use-case of “Non-Breaking Spaces” and how to solve it in Cypress automation testing. (Concept can be re-applied in the framework of your choosing.)
Getting started with API test automation with Playwright? This is a really nice 11-part series (Currently on part 6) by Butch Mayhew who also happens to be a Playwright Ambassador. So, bookmark this article to follow along.
Additionally, Pirasanth Jesugeevegan shows a way to integrate Jira into your automation framework to raise a bug ticket using Playwright.
If you happen to like Theater, you are gonna love this article by Rustam Niyazov teaching you all about TestNG by using how theater production works.
👏 kudos to Rustam Niyazov for coming up with this very interesting way of Learning.
There are many ways to manage and parametrized test data with JUnit. One such way is using
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We have learned much about simple SQL Injections in the past issues of the newsletter. But what the hack is “Time-Based” SQL Injections? vikram naidu provides a compressive overview in this article along with how to identify and extract data with Time-Based SQL Injection.
Screen readers are very helpful when you are doing accessibility testing. But do you know how Screen readers works internally? This is a very detailed article by R. Neill Hadder sharing how do Screen readers communicate with different browsers and what their tech looks like. Really interesting stuff.
And if you enjoy reading about this, you are sure to enjoy two more articles by R. Neill Hadder. Part 1 introduced accessibility APIs and the accessibility tree, and Part 2 provided a history lesson of how screen readers learned to cope with GUIs.
➜ Read all curated stuff on Accessibility Testing.
🛠️ Resources & Tools
ColorContrast.App — An online tool to check the contrast and accessibility of different color combinations based on WCAG or APCA standards. You can also simulate various forms of color blindness.
Sniffnet — A user-friendly network monitoring tool, built with Rust, to help you easily keep track of your Internet traffic.
Zeal — An offline documentation browser for software developers for Windows, Linux, and Mac, with support for docs for 200+ technologies.
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