2016 In Review


It’s a new year which means it’s time to look back at the previous year. Although this isn’t a lessons-learned or a progress report, these reviews are like a snapshot in time, forever preserved in writing. Unlike the past years I had no specific writing goals for 2016. I knew my attention would be focused elsewhere and yet I still managed to write 13 posts, bringing this site’s total to 108!

Popular posts don’t mean much but they are an interesting barometer of what others have found valuable.

Most popular posts of 2016, written in 2016:

The most interesting and/or valuable for me differed a little bit from this list. I enjoyed writing the Selenium GuideBook review and was something I had wanted to do for a while. Writing the post on Debugging Selenium Code was great because I don’t use an IDE when developing Ruby scripts, I kept forgetting the steps, couldn’t quickly Google and so found it immensely valuable to write it down (and eventually share). Selecting Platform Configuration Tests didn’t come out as great as I had envisioned it. However writing it forced me to deal with a combinatorial problem (device or configuration explosion) and then try to systematically make a choice about what I was going to test (sampling). It was fun and I keep thinking of other ways to apply it.

The Future

It’s 2017 so technically I mean the short-term future (including the present). I started a new job at a startup called Laurel & Wolf which means all kinds of fun changes and challenges (hopefully I will write about a few of them). I have yet to take the State of Testing 2017 but will be doing so shortly, so don’t you forget to sign up!

There are a number of testing topics I have been slowly tackling and unlike 2016 which seems to have been dominated mostly by tooling challenges, I plan to write about non-tooling topics. I haven’t yet sent out the first email to the amazing people on my email list but that will happen soon! 2017 is the year! If you haven’t already, join the email list!