I’m a Black Box Software Tester

More accurately I should say I’ve passed the Association for Software Testing‘s Black Box Software Testing Foundations class.Here’s the proof:

What does this mean? It means the instructors think I understood enough of the material to pass me based on the work I did throughout the course which includes discussion forums, assignments, quizzes and a final examination. I feel like I learned a lot from the exercises, readings and watching Cem Kaner’s videos.

For those who don’t know, Foundations is an intense 4 week class covering the basics of black box testing including the mission of testing, the oracle problem, the measurement problem and the impossibility of complete testing. I’d definitely recommend the class as long as you can spare at least 12+ hours a week to commit to watching the videos, reading the required and recommended readings and participating in the assignments. You must take the Foundations course before you can take any further classes so you learn how they are run.

One of my goals for 2013 is to take the other courses: Bug Advocacy, Test Design and then Instructor!

The Bug Bounty Hunter

I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like thanks to an intense software testing class, travel, a few too many energy drinks which lead to some bad sleep and other life musings. New topics keep coming to mind and although I haven’t had the time to complete my thoughts, I plan to get a few more things out before the end of the year. In the meantime I thought it would be fun to share a graphic my friend Jeremy created for me a few years ago called The Bug Bounty Hunter:

Nickname from Jeremy Romero

Boba Fett is my favorite Star Wars character. The combination of Q.A. (Quality Assistance aka Software Testing) and Boba Fett as a “bug bounty hunter” was too awesome to pass up. This photo is so awesome that I enlarged it and hung it up over my test lab a few years ago.

Naturally In my attempt to share this image I came across a little usability problem with Blogger’s upload file function. To insert an image into a blog post a user clicks on the Insert Image icon. The upload feature gives the user no indication of limits just that “[y]ou may upload multiple files at once. Use JPG, GIF, or PNG files.” I became a bit confused when I got an error message saying “Upload failed: Image too big”.

Wait a minute I don’t see a limit posted anywhere. Once I get past the confusion I start to think, what about the image is too big? I assume blogger means the file size is too big so I make the file size smaller and try again. I get the same problem. The size of the picture is 10800 x 7200 which is large enough to be blown up and printed out. I think the error message meant to say was my resolution was too high.

Bugs are fun. Enjoy the photo courtesy of the Bug Bounty Hunter. =)