Geekery Testing

30 Days of Tools – Day 1

The Ministry of Testing are my go-to place for all things testing. I have been a member there since the beginning – I was around before it emerged from The Software Testing Club – and while I read more than I post it is one of my more important social networks. It is one of those ‘work-adjacent’ places that is hugely supportive of its members, somewhere to get together and talk about all the stuff we are interested in.

It’s not just about the tech stuff. Testing involves a lot of thinking and planning, and the theory behind our craft is something we often talk (and argue) about. There are loads of talks to go to, conferences to attend, and the social media team are great at encouraging discussion around interesting testing topics.

There’s a regular ’30 days of testing’ thing where we spend a month looking at something useful, and I have been absolutely rubbish at joining in. It’s about time I did just that, so it’s just as well that MoT have kicked off October with 30 Days of Tools. I’ve always enjoyed playing with new testing tools, and while I’m no expert on many of these little widgets and applications that make our job easier, it’s a good way for me to learn more. It’s also motivated me to write in this bloody blog for once too.

Day 1 kicks us off in fairly simple fashion with the following questions:

Share your favourite tool and explain why.

  • What tool brings you joy?

I’m not the most excitable person about tooling, but some tools really do make our jobs easier. While ‘joyful’ is a bit of a stretch I really appreciated using Screenpresso for my Windows-based snipping needs. It was by far the best screenshot tool I found back in the day, and while both Microsoft and Apple have upped their game with this type of tooling in recent years I still have a weird kind of affection for it.

I will no doubt think of something else once I hit publish.

  • What’s the one tool you go to that is a pleasure to use and helps you solve problems

Chrome dev tools, no question. If you’re testing something on the web it’s a superb suite of useful tools that enable us to instantly see issues.

  • What tool helps you be a better tester?

Is Twitter a tool? Let’s say it is, yeah? I have learned more about testing from there than anywhere else. It isn’t just an outlet for sweary opinions or somewhere to shout at celebrities: it’s also a great place to collect the best thinkers about testing, and I have followed a huge number of great testers. The discussions there are superb and have fed my feeble brain with any number of ways for me to be a better tester.

I will attempt to do day 2 a bit earlier in the day, but you never know how my Olympic standard procrastination is going to play out

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