Archive for June, 2014

I Know It’s Like Training Wheels, But….

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by The Director

I know this is just a simple trick that marks me as a beginner, but I like to add a comment at the end of a block to indicate what block of code is ending.

Java:

          }  // if button displayed
      }catch (NoSuchElementException e){
          buttonState = "not present";
      }  // try/catch
		
      return buttonState;
   }  // check button
}  //class

Ruby:

    end # until
  end # wait for browser

end # class end

Sure, an IDE will show me, sometimes faintly, what block a bracket closes, but I prefer this clearer indication which is easier to see.

In Other Words in Other Places

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by The Director

Now on StickyMinds: Picture Imperfect: Methods for Testing How Your App Handles Images.

It’s a list of dirty tricks but without the snark.

The Secret of My Success

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by The Director

Haters gonna hate – but it makes them better at their job: Grumpy and negative people are more efficient than happy colleagues:

Everyone hates a hater. They’re the ones who hate the sun because it’s too hot, and the breeze because it’s too cold.

The rest of us, then, can take comfort in the fact that haters may not want to get involved in as many activities as the rest of us.

But in a twist of irony, that grumpy person you know may actually be better at their job since they spend so much time on fewer activities.

It’s not true, of course.

Haters don’t hate other haters.

But the rest could hold true.

QA Music: Is There Any Hope for QA?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by The Director

Devour the Day, “Good Man”:

You Can Learn From Others’ Failures

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by The Director

10 Things You Can Learn From Bad Copy:

We’ve all read copy that makes us cringe. Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that makes the copy so bad. Nonetheless, its lack of appeal doesn’t go unnoticed.

Of course, writing is subjective in nature, but there are certain blunders that are universal. While poor writing doesn’t do much to engage the reader or lend authority to its publisher, it can help you gain a better understanding of what is needed to produce quality content.

It’s most applicable to content-heavy Web sites, but some are more broadly applicable to applications in general. Including #8, Grammar Matters:

Obviously, you wouldn’t use poor grammar on purpose. Unfortunately, many don’t know when they’re using poor grammar.

That’s one of the things we’re here for.

(Link via SupaTrey.)

QA Music: QA’s Place

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by The Director

The Pretty Reckless with “Heaven Knows”:

Sometimes it does feel like they want to keep us in our place at the end of the process, ainna?

Like A Prometheus of Vocabulary, I Bring You New Tools

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by The Director

The Australians and New Zealanders have a word, rort, that we should employ as part of our software testing lexicon.

I’m going to rort this Web site.

Feel free to drop that in your next stand-up. Bad Australian accent is optional.

A Quiz Where I Proudly Scored 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by The Director

The 32 Words That Used Incorrectly Can Make You Look Bad.

So much of our written communication, including emails, texts, tweets, and online conversations are informal, but I still take pride in using full sentences, correct punctuation, and the right word for the job. It differentiates me from people who don’t, and I hope it serves me well in picking up clients and contacts.


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