Author Archives: Alan Page

“Why the UI?”

Readers of my blog know my stance on UI automation. But, as I’ve forgotten my StickyMinds password, and the answer is longer than 140 characters, so I’m responding here. This article from Justin Rohrman talks about the coolness of Selenium for UI testing. In a paragraph called, “Why the UI”, Justin wrote: The API and […]

Star Canada

It’s been a long time since I have had to talk so much, but I had a great time, and met some great people. As promised (to many people in my talks), here are the links to my presentations. My Tutorial My Keynote My Track Session

Building Quality

I mentioned in my last post that I have a new job at Microsoft (and I discussed it a bit more on the last AB Testing). During the interviews for the job, I talked a lot about quality. I used the agile quadrants as one example of how a team builds quality software (including my […]

Twenty Years…and Change

In January of 1995, I began some contract work (testing networking) on the Windows 95 team at Microsoft. Apparently, my work was appreciated, because in late May, I was offered a full time position on the team. My first official day as a full time Microsoft employee was June 5, 1995. That was twenty years […]

Fog Creek Fun

Whaaa…? Two posts on automation in one week? Normally, I’d refrain, but for those who missed it on twitter, I recorded an interview with Fog Creek last week on the Abuse and Misuse of Test Automation. It’s short and sweet (and that includes my umms and awws).

<sigh> Automation…again

I think this is the first time I’ve blogged about automation since writing…or, to be fair, compiling The A Word. But yet again, I see questions among testers about the value of automation and whether it will replace testers, etc.. For example, this post from Josh Grant asks whether there are similarities between automated trucking […]

Forwards and Backwards

What a year it’s been so far. I’ve been away from blogging, and I’m not quite sure if I’m back yet, but I expect so…and here’s why. The project I’m working on at Microsoft is no longer a secret. I’ve never blogged a lot about product specifics, but since a big chunk of my work […]

Bibliographies, Books and Stuff

A while back (no link cause I’m lazy), I mentioned that one thing (among many) missing from How We Test SW at MS was a bibliography of testing books. While we didn’t refer directly to any books when writing the book, the influence of several testing books is definitely there, and worth noting for those […]

My year of working sparsely

Warning, non-software post follows. 2014 was an interesting year for me. The year began with the trailing two weeks of a four week visit to Australia. Then, I spent July and August in France, then took another week off when I returned to take care of my dad. Finally, I took the last two weeks […]

A Little Q & A

I took some time recently to answer some questions about Combined Engineering, Data-Driven Quality, and the Future of Testing for the folks at the A1QA blog. Check it out here.