Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Help me work out when to run the next Exploratory Testing class in the UK.

I tend to run an Exploratory Testing course in London once or twice a year. A bunch of people have recently asked me when the next one would be.

Rather than set a date and see who can come, I thought it might be better to gather suggestions for dates. I've set up a survey to help you tell me, and I'm giving contributors a discount. It's a two-minute job, if that. Click here to help.

Note - if you're in mainland Europe, I'll be running a class in Berlin, June 4-5. Details in the most recent Testing Experience.

Cheers - James

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Gotta love* Safari Books Online.

Every book I was about to buy this afternoon, I find I already have**. It's not the first time, either.

No*** Kaner, no Bach, no Whittaker, no Weinberg, so I still need my library. But for everything else**** – from visualising data to Ableton Live, from Python to a guidebook for a 2-versions-old iDVD, there's Safari.

* I agree that it has a frustrating interface, clunky search, single-source issues, is slow for page-flipping, and the 'tokens' make me cross - but I can read those books right now. And there's no new money to find. And I can search. And copy/paste.
** Or, rather, have access to, while I'm online, while my subs continue, and while the service yet lives.
*** I understand the reasons for all these authors not being on SBO, but pure-testing books are generally under-represented. Use this to see the books in the
Testing and Debugging section.
**** Of a technical bent.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Funny bug

Facebook. Hardly unusual, but made me smile.

Just back from Amsterdam and Copenhagen; enjoyable classes, nice feedback, new contacts. Took the train from A to C - lovely.