Archive for the ‘Forensic QA’ Category

Parse Your Own Exception, User

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 by The Director

An Amazon.com blog passes through an exception from one of its subcontent providers:

Hey, users are XML-consuming applications, too!
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I’ll leave it to you to play QA Quincy, MD, and figure out why this is popping up in a JavaScript alert box.  Personally, I suspect it’s debug code in production.

Forensic QA: The Cat Power Case

Friday, August 8th, 2008 by The Director

Isarian sends in this screenshot to the Yahoo! Music page for a band called Cat Power and asks, “See the “{$” at the very end of the Biography section. Looks like they were trying to insert a string?”

Cat Powers include random tag markers or something
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First of all, the question I have is Does Isarian actually listen to a band named Cat Power?  Brother, if you want to really get into QA, you’ve got to listen to real music.  Heavy metal.  Like Tragedy.

Aside from that, let’s delve into the problem he notes.  It’s a little game I like to call forensic QA. (more…)


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