Weekly Newsletter: Why would someone use Cucumber?

TESTING AND THE COMMUNITY

5 Ways to Time Travel Test [Whitepaper]
Temporal testing is critical for date sensitive business rules such as insurance rates, billing, and enrollment. Efficient time travel testing can increase your test coverage, accelerate development, and improve software quality. Read our whitepaper to learn the 5 ways to time travel software!

The TestBash San Francisco Experience: A First Timer’s Report by Elizabeth Hurley
I first heard about the Ministry of Testing (MoT) and their software testing conference TestBash around the same time in 2015. I was looking to further expand my knowledge of testing methods and approaches and found MoT. 

Navigating Without a Map: A Software Tester’s Journey in VR Hardware Development with Nick Pass
What happens when you take software tester with a background in enterprise software development and throw them into the world of hardware product development?  This is just one of the talks happening at TestBash Australia - still time to get your Super Early Bird Ticket. 

TestBash Talks To Watch With Your Team
Whether you work in an independent test team or are embedded into a development team, this TestBash playlist contains talks that will inspire and empower you to lead positive changes in your team.

How did you get into testing? by Rosie
Can we inspire the next generation of software testers and share stories of how we all got into testing?

Testers' Island Discs Ep25 - A New Castaway Arrives!
After a great deal of exploring the island, hence the absence, Neil has found a new castaway host for the island: DojoBoss Mark Winteringham (By stealing his boat!). But before Neil leaves, he has one last podcast to share with Mark in this special episode of Testers’ Island Discs.

CI/CD and… PDV by Alexey Sotskov
We all have heard a lot about Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) processes. And there are a lot of great articles about CI/CD. But we barely find any article about PDV (Post Deployment Verification).

Why would someone use Cucumber? by Mark Winteringham
A great conversation starter came up on MoT Slack recently: "I actually would like someone who uses Cucumber or JBehave to convince me, because it’s so prevalent, for some reason".  I wanted to reply on Slack but since this is a topic that comes up frequently, I felt a Club post was more suitable.

Use it or (you might as well) lose it by Greg Paciga
This is a lesson highlighted by three interactions the last couple weeks. I was going to title this post “Existence is insufficient”, but I found myself taking an unexpected turn in the last section. Let’s see if it still makes sense.

Siri and Alexa Reinforce Gender Bias, U.N. Finds by Megan Specia
Why do most virtual assistants that are powered by artificial intelligence — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa system — by default have female names, female voices and often a submissive or even flirtatious style?

 

BUSINESS BLOG POSTS

How WonderProxy Helped Dave Ceddia Democratize Access to His React Book by Justin K
Dave Ceddia is a professional software developer with over 10 years of front-end development experience, currently focused on Facebook’s popular React JavaScript framework. 

5 Ways That Smart Software Testing Can Improve Your Bottom Line by Twain Taylor
As a technology leader or product owner in your organization, you operate with the underlying assumption that your DevOps team’s activities should improve the organization’s bottom line.

Creating Safer Skies: How skyguide Uses the Squish GUI Tester to Improve Safety and Efficiency of the Swiss Airspace by Nicholas Medeiros 
Skyguide, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is a company with a longstanding history of contribution to the development of Swiss aviation.

Women in Testing: Abby Bangser by Rebecca Cramer
This series highlights the contributions and expertise of the many talented women in the testing community. For this post, we interviewed Abby Bangser to learn about her experience. Abby is a key contributor to the community, speaking frequently at industry events, developing educational content and mentoring up-and-coming testers.

 

PODCASTS

Check out our forever automagically updated list of software testing podcasts...

Episode 506 - You Can Now Tell Amazon Alexa To Forget What You Said by Security in Five
Amazon has come under fire for their practices on recording and potentially listening to your Echo devices recordings. Over the next few weeks you will be able to tell your Amazon devices to forget what it heard over the day.

Episode 103: The Croissants are Selenium (with Jason Huggins) by AB Testing
We are joined by the inventor of Selenium, Jason Huggins. Listen in for stories about the early days of Selenium, Jason’s thoughts on our UI rants, and much much more.

Ep 28 Kim Jones- InfoSec With Mission And Purpose by Humans of InfoSec
Kim Jones is a former CSO who has built, operated, and managed information security programs within the financial services, defense, healthcare, manufacturing, and business outsourcing industries. In this podcast, Kim explores how he got into InfoSec and the impact that his military experience has had on his career.

131: Zap yourself from the net, and patch now against BlueKeep by Smashing Security
Microsoft issues warning to unpatched Windows users about worm risk, and how do you delete all traces of yourself off the internet after you murder your podcast co-host?

 

TOOLS

Togglific
Toggle web animations on or off; for people with vestibular disorders, who are prone to motion sickness, or who find animations distracting!

Tenon
Every user should have equal access to your website. Tenon's tools, testing and training fix accessibility for your entire organisation.

TestBuddy
Give your testing notes structure. Define a goal, set a timer, attach screenshots and GIFs and easily categorise your discoveries! Oh, and then simply share all that with your colleagues.

Notepad++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

AUTOMATION

Automation Tools for Mainframe Testing by Joe Colantonio
Let me guess.  You’re thinking, “Mainframe testing? Really?”  Believe it or not, mainframes are still the systems of choice for companies that need high-transaction throughput with guaranteed reliability and the consistent data. Insurance companies, banks, and the retail, and transportation industries, for example.

Use Git More Efficiently: A Simple Git Workflow by Negar Jamalifard
Git without a doubt is one of the essential tools for every developer. As helpful as Git is, not following best practices will make it completely useless. That’s why there are different standard workflows to make most out of Git and its awesome features.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

WCAG 2.1 Accessibility Guidelines with Test Hints by Adrian Stokes
On this page, you can find links to the Word and PDF Versions of the Checklist for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. There is also an image version to view to decide if they will be of use to you. There are a number of links on the last page that may help your accessibility testing.

Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score by Manuel Matuzovic
Google's built-in testing tool Lighthouse judges the accessibility of our websites with a score between 0 and 100. It’s laudable to try to get a high grading, but a score of 100 doesn’t mean that the site is perfectly accessible. To prove that I carried out a little experiment.

Power Hour - Accessibility Testing
Adrian and Matt answered an incredible amount of questions during their power hour.  They shared their knowledge and some really useful resources. 

 

SECURITY

New RCE vulnerability impacts nearly half of the internet's email servers by Catalin Cimpanu
A critical remote command execution (RCE) security flaw impacts over half of the Internet's email servers, security researchers from Qualys have revealed today.  The vulnerability affects Exim, a mail transfer agent (MTA), which is software that runs on email servers to relay emails from senders to recipients.

WA Police trials AI cloud platform for investigation data by Campbell Kwan
The Western Australia Police Force (WAPF) has partnered with Microsoft to trial a pilot cloud-based platform that is aimed toward making it easier for officers to track the digital footprints of criminals.

Windows 10 passwords won't expire: Why Microsoft says this will make your account safer by Macy Bayern
Windows 10 passwords will no longer expire, according to a recent Microsoft blog post. The post announced updated security measures for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903, but one of the most controversial changes is the removal of password expiration policies.

 

JOBS

Quality Assurance Engineer - Munich, Bayern. Germany

 

MEETUPS

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