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Reading Recommendations # 45

The 45th edition of the reading recommendations contains 6 blog posts with different topics and one podcast. This edition contains an interesting series on buying your next testing devices. The series was published on uTest by Patryk Raba. Furthermore, this edition contains the following topics: “Testing Challenge Project Balto”, “Talking about Testing”, “Why testers are not taken seriously” and “An approach to refactoring test automation”. The podcast is from the testing podcast “Testing in the Pub” and has the topic “Leaving Testing”.

I highly recommend to listen to the podcast, there are some very interesting insights in it.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottBuying your next testing device

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93 Most Popular Software Testing Blogs In 2015

93 Most Popular Software Testing Blogs In 2015 - Adventures in QASince 2014 TestBuffet is creating a list of the most popular software testing blogs from the last year. TestBuffet defines itself like this:

“Our goal is to bring structure in this web of information. We gather software testing related blogs from around the world, assign them a category and rank those blogs by their popularity. This could be a good place for testers to start reading.”

And TestBuffet is a great place to find various software testings from around the world. In order to be considered in the ranking a blog has to meet specific entry criteria. The criteria are:

  • At least three blog posts between 1st of January to the next year January.
  • The blog is offering a feed and can be accessed without any errors.
  • The blog is about software testing.

Last year 114 blogs were ranked to be worth reading and my blog www.adventuresinqa.com was ranked on position 29, which was a huge success for me. For the best blogs in 2015, 353 software testing blogs participated in the ranking, but just 93 passed all the criteria and this list is now available here. Read more

Blog Review 2015

Blog Review 2015 - Adventures in QASince 2011 it’s a tradition for me to post a blog review of my blog to give you as my readers some insights. The year 2015 was again a very exciting year for me and the blog. One thing was my absolute highlight this year. It was the release of my book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” in the printed edition by Addison-Wesley. When I released the book in 2014 on leanpub, I never expected that a book publishing company will ever print my book and this makes me really proud :). But today is not about my book, it’s about my blog which helped me to shape my knowledge in the software testing industry and which led me to write a book at all.

Before I go into details, I want to say thank you to all of my readers. Thanks for checking my blog from time to time and to read the content that I am producing. The feedback I got in the last year was just great and feels really good. It made me proud to see that the numbers of unique users, page impressions and comments have increased also in 2015.

Blog Review

Today I want to share some numbers and highlights with you. While collecting all the numbers for this post I was kind of surprised by one number which is 104. During the year 2015, I wrote 104 blog posts which is amazing (I would have never guessed this number).
Most of my posts where dealing with mobile testing, people in testing and my reading recommendations. Read more

Reading Recommendations - Adventures in QA

Reading Recommendations # 43

It’s Wednesday again and that means, it’s reading recommendation time. The 43rd edition of the reading recommendations is packed with 10 great blog posts and is the last issue for the year 2015. The 44th edition will be published in January. Since you have 10 posts to read this time, it should be enough to cover the christmas time :).

This time there are blog posts from Google, wrapping up the GTAC 2015, how Dan Ashby is interviewing software testers, 6 Things a Product Manager is not, What is an Agile Leader?, Why the testing pyramid is misleading, Top app predictions of 2016. Katrina Clokie wrote a great post about Hiring Junior Testers, then there is a nice paper about the average interaction time from smartwatches and smartphones, a post about questioning skills and last but not least a post about the device wall of awesome.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me posts that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

GTAC 2015 Wrap UpGoogle Testing Blog: GTAC 2015 Wrap Up

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Behind the Scenes of Hands-On Mobile App Testing

This article was published in the Testing Circus Edition 5 – Volume 6 from May 2015. Today I want to share this article with you on my blog, to give you some insights on how I wrote my book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing”.

It all started in 2010 when I had the opportunity to work on my first mobile project. The mobile team I worked in was responsible for developing a mobile web app, a native Android app and a native iOS app. This was the company’s first mobile project and a completely new testing environment for the quality assurance department. Together with a colleague, I had the chance to build up a mobile testing strategy from scratch. We evaluated several test automation tools to see which one fits best in our software development lifecycle. At that time, mobile testing tools were few and far between, and at a very early development stage. We then tried several testing approaches and tools. Of course we failed with some of them, but in the end the whole team, the company and our customers were happy.

Another reason why I wrote this book was because of my blog http://www.adventuresinqa.com. I started blogging in 2011 after giving a presentation at the Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany. This was my first talk at a major testing conference and I was the only speaker on the agenda who spoke about mobile testing. After my presentation I was very busy for the rest of the conference as a lot of people approached me to ask about mobile testing, the approaches I use, what kind of tools I use and so forth. The huge interest and the lack of knowledge in mobile testing convinced me to start writing a blog. The goal was to share my knowledge of mobile testing and to exchange views and ideas with other mobile testers, while also improving my written English skills. So far I’ve written about 90 posts covering mobile apps and testing, and I never expected so many people from around the world to take an interest in my blog. The feedback I got so far has been great and it convinced me to take the next step. Read more