Monday, August 31, 2009

BWT Session No. 5: Google Calendar

I’m very happy to have participated in five consecutive BWT Sessions.
Thanks to all the members for their active participation.

The 5th BWT Session was on 30th August 2009 from 9.30pm to 11.30pm IST.

After a hectic day of writing my MS exams, it was time for the BWT Session.

I logged in at 8.30pm IST to find Amit and Anup online.
Slowly as the clock ticked 9.15pm IST, members started joining.

Finally at 9.30pm IST, we were a group of seven testers ready to prove a point.

Every product has bugs even if it’s a Google Product

Application to Test: Google Calendar
Testing Session: 9.30pm to 10.30pm IST
Discussion Session: 10.30pm to 11.30pm IST.

From the learning perspective, it was challenging for me even though I could find bugs in the product.

After the testing session, discussions were good, heated and interesting.
Members discussed their plan of attack, their learning experience, feel of the product. Rated the product and finally submitted their reports.

Some of the questions out of the discussion:
1. Why do some people assume that if it’s a Google product, it should not have bugs?
2. Should a product encourage easy learning? Is that an issue if it doesn’t?
3. Should products be compared during testing? To what extent that comparison must be done?

Expecting all the questions here???

No way, I’m going to list out all the questions, answers, comments, opinions here.
If you are interested to join us, email to

Please find the Test Report shared at Scribd and a question at TestRepublic.

Hope to see you in the next weekend testing session. :)

Leia Mais…

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Weekend Testing Session 5


Next weekend is nearing and so is our testing session.

BWT Session No.5

Date: Sunday 30th Aug 2009
Time: 09.30 – 11.30pm IST

Please be online on Gmail (visible mode) by 9pm IST. You’d be provided download details.

Testing session: 09.30 – 10.30pm IST
Discussion Time: 10.30 – 11.30pm IST

Please send an email to with the subject
BWT5 Confirmed Participant”.

We’ll include you for the session once we receive an email.

For more details, contact

Leia Mais…

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fourth BWT session was even better :)

After a nice lunch, I started pinging others to add to the Group chat.
Once every registered member confirmed their presence, we started this week's session. Bangalore Weekend Testing Session No. 4

Application: Freemind 0.9.0_RC5

Testing was done on Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista 32 bit.

Testers: Ajay, Anil, Parimala, Rajesh, Ravisuriya and Vivek.

Time: 3.30pm - 6.00pm IST.

As promised, the test report is an improvement. You can check that out for yourself. We followed a common template this time.

Discussion was better than last time. Instead of telling the bugs in a round-robin manner, we discussed what we felt, what we tested, why we tested, what we learnt. Problems faced, challenges, tools used, questions and ideas were exchanged. And we had a lot of fun discussing.

Some of the questions which came up in the discussion:
1. Should a tester learn the product to find bugs? Follow this question on Test Republic here.
2. How working without pressure brings out the best in some testers?
3. Should we test the full application bit by bit or any one feature fully?

And lots more...

Please find the list of issues shared at Scribd.

It is OK to make mistakes but to repeat the same mistake, it becomes a SIN. :)

If you want to enjoy the BWT's 5th session, watch out for this space and register by sending an email to

Leia Mais…

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weekend Testing Session No. 4


Next weekend is ready and so is our testing session.

BWT Session No.4

Date: Saturday 22nd Aug 2009
Time: 03.30 – 05.30pm IST

Please be online on Gmail (visible mode) by 3pm IST. You’d be provided download details.

Testing session: 03.30 – 04.30pm IST
Discussion Time: 04.30 – 05.30pm IST

Please send an email to with the subject
Confirmed Participant”.

We’ll include you for the session once we receive an email.

For more details, contact

Leia Mais…

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Weekend Testing Session Report.

Will it work?
Will it be good?
Will it be enjoyable?

Can we manage?
Will everyone benefit out of it?
Will everyone have fun out of it?
Will it be a learning experience?
Will everyone agree to our motto?
Will there be heated arguments?
Will everyone come on time?

How many bugs will we find?
How long the session it'll be?

How will we coordinate?
Do we need more than one software?

What if we face any distractions?
What if there is a power cut?

Ufff, all these questions were answered once the Bangalore Weekend Testing Session started.
Everyone came on time and wow what a session we had!!!!

Date: 15th August 2009
Session started at 9.30pm IST and ended at 11.30pm IST.

Testing session: 9.30pm to 10.30pm
Discussion Session: 10.30pm to 11.30pm

Every member participated actively and bugs flowed(literally) such that the discussion time was extended from 10.30pm -11.00pm to 10.30pm to 11.30pm IST. :)

I'll not hide the report anymore.
Please find the report shared at Scribd.

Most Important:
We promise to improve our bug reporting skills along with suitable screenshots.

Happy Weekend Testing!!!

Leia Mais…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are you Ready? Join : Bangalore Weekend Testers


Get ready for the next session of Weekend Testing.

Date: Aug 15th 2009
Time: 09.30pm IST(4pm GMT)

If you would like to join the session or need more details,
please send an email to

Hope to see you there.

-Bangalore Weekend Testers

Leia Mais…

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Trio Testing at a distance - Part 1

Testers involved:
Ajay Balamurugadas, Sharath Byregowda and M V Manoj

Website Tested:

To find bugs.

Start Time:
Aug 09 2009, 0022hrs IST

End Time:
Aug 09 2009, 0145hrs IST

About the website:
TinyURL is a web service that provides short aliases for redirection of long URLs. Kevin Gilbertson, a web developer, launched the service in January 2002 so that he would be able to link directly to newsgroup postings which frequently had long and cumbersome addresses.

Our Testing Session highlights:
The entire session was conducted over Group Chat on Gmail.
We started our search for a software to test around 1145hrs on Aug 08th 2009.
The search continued for an hour with Eyeos, Barcode4J and Piwik grabbing our attention.

Lack of prerequisites for the above softwares forced us to test TinyURL.

Bugs were communicated to the group as and when they were found.
The tests were based on learning from the tests conducted by the other testers.

Sharath's tests focussed on the security issues. Wish we had a proxy network setup. He'd have loved to test on a proxy network.

Manoj's tests focussed on the usability and Custom Alias feature. He highlighted the disadvantages of using Custom alias feature.

I focussed on the general functionality of the website.

It was fun testing coupled with good learning for me.
Though the testing session lasted for over an hour, the lessons gained would be for a long time. Thanks to Sharath and Manoj for their determination and passion at odd hours of Sunday.

Please find the testing report shared at Scribd.

If you would like to participate in such testing on weekends, drop an email to me at :

Leia Mais…

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Online or Offline??? Gmail or Gtalk doesn't matter

This is a strange behavior I observed while I was chatting online with my friend.

Application Used: Gtalk and Gmail chat
Reproducibility: 100%
Machine specific: No


I expect people chatting with me to reply within 5-10 seconds after I send them a message.
I also promise to reply instantly unless I'm not infront of my monitor.

It so happened that I sent my friend a message and I did not get any reply for a minute.

I got irritated by him not responding and I started banging the keys on my keyboard.
Infact I banged only one key - the DOT '.'

I pressed the '.' (DOT without quotes) and pressed enter key.
This continued for 15-20 times continuously.

Then these messages were displayed on Gmail chat window(pop up) and Gtalk application respectively.

As you can see on both the screenshots, the user is still Online indicated by the Green dot against the name.
And the message reads: "The user did not receive your chat" or "The user's email is offline and can't receive messages right now"

I liked this bug... Use of emotions helped me find this bug.
I don't really care if this is fixed or not but the behavior definitely brought a smile on my face.


Leia Mais…

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Paired Testing at a distance - Part 1

Date: 01 August 2009 Saturday

Time: 2030hrs IST

Mission: To test the website and find bugs.

Time Limit: 2030hrs to 2100hrs IST.
2100hrs to 2130hrs IST: Discussion of bugs.
2130hrs to 2200hrs IST: Prepare the blog post.

Browser: Google Chrome v2.0.172.37
First I planned to collect some colorblind images.
Googled 'color blind images' for Images.

* Entered the URL in the Google Chrome address bar and pressed enter key.
Webpage was loaded.

* Clicked on 'Run Vischeck!' button without entering any URL. A pop up appeared. Ok, Test passed.

* Entered some random characters in the URL field. Error message was displayed.
"There seemed to be a problem with that URL- please try another."

* I wanted to check what would happen if I typed some custom error. So, I replaced the text 'There+seemed+to+be+a+problem+with+that+URL-+please+try+another.' with some text and the new text was displayed on the webpage. This seemed to a major security vulnerability as a coder/hacker might take advantage of this.

* My first Test URL with a valid colorblind image: ''. Clicked on 'Run Vischeck!'

Following text and hyperlinks were displayed.

* Clicked on the image link to open in a new window: Opened the same image.
Clicked on the 'Deuteranope simulation' link to open in a new window:
A window full of JUNK characters was displayed.

* This gave me idea to change the number after the uploads/. I typed some random number. File not found 404 error was displayed.

* Removed the number part of the URL and pressed enter key.

Then clicked on some of those folders and some random files were displayed.

* Appended '/?', '/', '?', error=.
Sometimes, only some part of the webpage was displayed.

* Also googled for large size images and tested them.

End of Testing. Time 2106hrs IST.

What could have been better:
I feel lot of time was wasted on testing the "Append text after error=".

Please feel free to comment, critique, suggest, question, discuss.

This is just the first report and intentionally titled Part 1.
More to follow...

Please find the report uploaded at The report is intentionally left as it is without any modifications.

Please find my testing partner's report and blog post at :

My special thanks to Parimala. :)

Leia Mais…