Monday, January 28, 2013

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) Quiz

HTML5 is the upcoming HTML standard. It introduces a number of new features like built-in video support, geolocation, drawing and so on. It also integrates XHTML, CSS and JavaScript. Check your awareness of HTML5 with this short quiz which is created using HTML5. Each question has one best answer. Your score will always be visible in the bottom left. Please use the latest version of an A-class browser like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer to view this post. The latest versions of these browsers already implement a lot of HTML5 features.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Software Testing Effort Estimation: Questions and Answers

Software test effort estimation is a key skill required of a test manager (for multiple projects), a test lead (for the activities of the testing team) or a tester (for own activities). In this post, I will not explain what software test effort estimation is or how to do it. If you need to know these things, please read my other post titled How to estimate testing efforts or see my video on Test Estimation techniques, formula example and Questions and Answers. 

In this post, I will pose relevant questions regarding effort estimation in software testing. These questions are useful to guide yourself when you do estimation. They help clarify thoughts during discussions among project stakeholders. Also, these questions are useful in interviews for various testing positions. I have also discussed these questions and their answers in the above video on Test Effort Estimation.


Now, you may know that once the effort estimates are agreed, there is a (sometimes unsaid) expectation of commitment to these estimates. Therefore, generating a fair effort estimate in software testing is a serious task. Get the effort estimate loose and the resources and time would be under-utilized. Get the effort estimate too tight and there is a risk of stressing the resources and, in extreme cases, even failure to meet project deadlines. With this in mind, let us see the questions.

Monday, January 21, 2013

JavaScript Quiz Part 1


As you know, JavaScript is a very popular programming language used to create interactive websites. Also, much test automation is also written in JavaScript. Attempt this quiz to find out how well you know JavaScript and see how many questions you are able to answer correctly.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Automation Criteria - Which test cases take less effort to automate?

In software testing, test automation involves automatic execution by your computing device of test cases which would otherwise be executed manually by a tester. Obviously, test automation has to be created for such test cases before automated execution can be done. If you have limited time (as always) to create test automation, you may be wondering which of your test cases you could automate with the least effort. The purpose of this post is to make you aware of several considerations before you select the test cases for test automation. But first, let us see how test automation works.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

HTML and CSS Quiz Part 2

If you haven't done so, learn HTML, CSS and SEO first. Then attempt this second and final part of the quiz on HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). If you have not answered the part 1 of this quiz, attempt that here first. Most of the questions below have just one correct answer. See how many of your answers are green :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

HTML and CSS Quiz Part 1

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are the fundamental building blocks of web pages. Learn HTML, CSS and SEO. Then attempt this quiz to see how well you understand these. Most of the questions have just one correct answer.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Testing Maps

We are all familiar with maps since childhood. Maps are of various types but each one of them visually depicts some space, either in 2D (on a plane) or 3D. Road maps are probably the most common maps. But there are maps of regions as small as organs of the human body and buildings to regions as large as the whole world and even entire solar systems and galaxies. What are the key items to test in a map within any application?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Testing cross-site scripting (XSS)

We have heard about cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks on major websites and also that a majority of websites are open to XSS attacks. How can we test for XSS vulnerabilities in our own web application?