February 8, 2010

I'm In a New Magazine!

My popular Blog article "Optimistic Developers, Pessimistic Testers" was included in the inaugural edition of The Software Testing Club Magazine. http://wiki.softwaretestingclub.com/The+Software+Testing+Club+Magazine+-+No+1

Check it out, and let me know what you think:
  • Do you like the style and tone of the magazine?
  • Do you like the graphics?
  • Do you like "magazines" that are online, PDF-only, rather than print?
  • Should I contribute to upcoming issues?
STC Magazine is a new venture from the folks who produce the online Software Testing Club site. From their website:

The Software Testing Club was founded in 2007 by Rosie Sherry after a clear need for a community for software testers with a *quality approach*.
It started out as an experiment without high expectations. It is now a leading and thriving community for software testers.
The founders are into "social" websites as much as QA and Testing. In addition to the main STC website, they also have blogs, forums, newsletters, a StacExchange-based forum, lots of cutesy graphics, and now an online "magazine".

You can find them at http://www.softwaretestingclub.com/

February 3, 2010

Shorten All Month Names to 3 Letters

One thing that I believe strongly is that QAers should strive to avoid bugs whenever they can, rather than just finding them later on.  Every bug that can be avoided saves time all around.

Now, lots of people make mistakes when typing out month names.  So I have a solution!

All month names should be shortened
to just three letters
to save time,
assist in txting,
and avoid spelling mistakes.
  • January becomes Jan
  • February becomes Feb
  • March becomes Mar
  • and so on
Except for May.  May should be lengthened to Maytober.  May has had it good for too long now, and consequently must pay.

(inspired by JakeBrake's discussion at SQAForums.com http://www.sqaforums.com/showflat.php?Number=612098 )