Exploration Through Example

Example-driven development, Agile testing, context-driven testing, Agile programming, Ruby, and other things of interest to Brian Marick
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Tue, 30 Aug 2005

Video capture tools

The author of the configuration video I mentioned earlier writes:

I stumbled across Wink whilst looking for a way to more easily describe how to use Hermes - text is woefully inadequate for a complicated GUI.

I've also used Wink to capture examples of GUI bugs and then pass them on to the companies/developers and attach them to bug reports.

It only takes about a quarter of the time to create a quick tutorial or demo compared to trying to describe in words and pictures - it's also more fun as an author and when time is tight on an opensource project it's invaluable.

Wink creates flash which is easily viewable by all - and best of all it's free. Do the author a favour and spread the word as it's a great tool to use in testing."

It's for Windox and x86 Linux. What do people use on Macs? I was going to use Snapz Pro X and iMovie - but I'm completely ignorant.

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Growing a test harness

I'm fond of this article (pdf), by Kevin Lawrence, about growing a test harness.

I have worked with many testing common organizations where a common pattern is repeated over and over. It goes something like this - we realize there is more manual testing to do than time available, we decide to automate the testing, and we begin working on a test harness. Several weeks later, we have the start of a harness, but it's barely useful and we still have not written any tests. At this point, we're behind - so we abandon the harness and revert to manual testing.

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