Out of the Trenches

For this weeks blog post I will be looking into the pattern where are you told to “Stay in the Trenches”. Here you are advised to stay in the trenches even if you are offered release off the front lines into a much safer area. What does this mean in a modern day environment well you are on the “front line” to say of a programming job where you in a “grunt” position where basic programming duties fall upon you. One day you are offered a promotion where you will no longer be programming or doing to say the “dirty work” but in a more comfortable position. As it says in the pattern that most people always assume a promotion into management is associated with success. Thinking that if anyone is offered a position like that it’s a no brainier to take, meaning you are doing good.  The reason going into a management position where you are out of the trenches is that your mastery fades due to you not practicing it anymore. To counter this maybe working with your employer to find other rewards for your good work whether that be more pay or other nontraditional technical leadership roles. If your employer is inflexible then it is perhaps better to seek opportunities elsewhere. This pattern is very interesting to me as it makes a lot of sense to stay in the trenches for experience rather than dwindle. It also falls upon the person to decide whether or not they want to stay on the front line or go up the ladder into a management position.  Someone may feel more comfortable or even get more out of a management position instead of being a front line programmer. But again, that is all up to the individual and isn’t really predetermined in my mind. It all depends on what you want to do with your career and so forth so its hard to tell if I could see myself applying this method to a real life situation.


Regression Testing

Regression Testing

For this week’s blogpost I will be looking at an article from ReQtest that explains what regression testing is and its benefits. Regression testing ensures that previously developed and tested software applications are working the same as they were before recent code changes were done. Tests cases are re-executed to check to see if this occurs. Regression testing is needed when new features are added or when changes in requirements and code are modified per changed requirements. Bug fixing and fixing performance related issues are also instancing of when regression testing is needed.  When a system is changed errors may arise, this is when regression techniques come into play.

  • Retest All: this re executes all the tests that exist in the test bucket. This usually requires a large amount of time and resources making a very expensive resource.
  • Regression test selection: this executes the selected part of the test suites for example re-usable test cases or obsolete test cases
  • Test case prioritization: Prioritization of test cases depends on business impact and used functionalities.

The benefits of regression testing come from its basic idea, when your system is not working prior to changes made. Regression testing increases the possibility of tracking bugs caused by these new changes. It also helps in finding unwanted side effects that might have been caused due to a new operating environment. Of course, this will help identify bugs and errors in the early stage as well. Where this probably shines the most is when constant changes are required in the product. There are different types of regression testing as well. Corrective regression is used when there are no changes introduced in the existing product specifications, usually used to conduct a desired test. Progressive Regression is used when modifications are added in the specifications of the product and new tests cases are created. There are many more types of regression testing that is listed in the article such as Selective, Retest-All and complete regression. Some of the best tools for regression testing are WinRunner, QTP, vTest, Regression Tester and AdventNet QEngine.

All and all I thought this article was very informative, as I learned about a new testing method I have yet to learn or know about. It also seems to be very important especially if your system is working then after a change something goes wrong after said change occurs.



Bug Reports

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For this week’s blog I looked at bug reports and a template to perhaps help create better bug reports. Firstly, a software bug essentially is an error that produces unexpected or incorrect results, therefore when something is not working in the software as it should be it is inferred as a bug in the software. A bug report is a document that is extremely useful in communication to the developers that tell which parts of the software/application are not behaving as expected. These reports should have enough information that helps the developers pinpoint the exact issue helping them resolve it. The quality of the bug reports is crucial as a high-quality report reduces the chances of the bug in the future. While a bad bug report may cause the developer not to replicate the bug and not be able to fix it. Well what does a good bug report consist of? Well a good bug report has the following characteristics

  • A good bug report has a unique identifier number to easily identify the bug and set it apart from the rest
  • It contains all the information required to reproduce the bug and fix the issue while prioritizing the bug for fixing and outlining the expected behavior
  • It usually covers a single bug, for multiple issues multiple reports should be created
  • A good bug report can be easily understandable by the tester and the developer, implicating that the bug report should portray the same meaning between those who created the report and those who will be trying to fix the bug
  • A good bug report follows a standardized bug report template while promoting collaboration between others and allows the bug to be fixed in the shortest amount of time

Bug reporting software’s such as ReQtest will help you in your bug tracking initiatives. Usually bug reporting software will help you report, document, store, manage, assign, close and archive bug reports. ReQtest is one of these tracking software’s that allows you to create a professional bug report. The template consists of fifteen different fields of information ranging from the ID number used to uniquely identify the bug report to the frequency of the bug occurring to the linked requirements that are linked to the bug report. Looking at the site you can see what each field requires and does exactly. Finally, after the bug report template has been used a checklist is usually required. Is the bug report clear to follow? Was the bug reported previously? Have you tried to reproduce said bug with the help of your own bug report? And so forth.


I thought this article was interesting as it gave me some good insight on how a bug report should be and such. The way it explains the bug report template is straightforward to pretty much any audience along with the entire article which is very nice to newcomers of the topic. Coming into this I had a general idea of what bug reporting consisted of but this article made me understand more of it. Overall I liked this article as it was informative and straight to the point.