Monday, April 12, 2010

Bugs - Stop following me!!!

Some not so good news: My mobile phone was stolen!!!

Good news: Time to buy a new mobile phone.

I had postponed the task of getting myself a new mobile for over a week now. I have dedicated some time from testing an iPhone app to buy a phone.

As a loyal to Nokia brand and after my friend suggested the 'Nokia 5800 XpressMusic' I wanted to know how the phone looked like.

Well, at 12:14AM IST, it is stupid to expect mobile stores ready to display a phone to any customer. The next option: Nokia India website.

After going through the specifications listed on the website, I started thinking about the following two points:
* How many customers would read the entire list of specifications.
* How well the author has *literally* sold the product on the website.

Back to my mobile hunt: First question: What is the price?
I hit the next website: Sangeetha Mobiles

The 'Search' feature of the website caught my attention.
I wanted to browse through the phones from Nokia and which cost between 5K -10K.

*Sometimes bugs follow you*

On selecting Nokia and 5000 - 10000 in the respective dropdowns & clicking on Search button, I'm greeted with this greeting: 'StockAvailable is neither a DataColumn nor a DataRelation for table .'

At 12.20AM IST, I'm in no mood for bugs after a to-and-fro journey from Bangalore-Mysore during the weekend.

As a tester, sometimes we are so used to bugs (which I feel is a trap and risk) that we neglect it and move on.

After the ritual(read screenshots, emotional bursts, careful reading...) I pressed the backspace key. On selecting the Price range : 5000 - 10000, and clicking on Search button gave a new greeting: 'Invalid postback or callback argument.'

I end my mobile hunt with two thoughts:
* I will give my best shot as a tester to help the stakeholders understand the impact of bugs.
* I will personally visit the store to decide my next mobile.

Till that time, I can be contacted on twitter , Skype @ajay184f


Fake Tester... said...

2 things...

1) Looking at the "StockAvailable is neither a..." error page, the bottom most part says that they are using .NET Framework 2.0. It's very dangerous stating what framework is being used, since it can easily be misused by hackers.

2) If you see, the values are being passed to the search page using the URL. If I delete the "Search" field from the URL, the page seems to be working fine. You might want to tell them this, if you are visiting them!!!!!

Santhosh Tuppad said...

@Ajay Balamurugadas,
Did you try reporting the issue to the webmaster of that portal? But even if they fix it hackers do have evidence because it is even on your blog :P. But it is good to highlight the issue as they will consider it fixing by seeing your blog :)

Santhosh Shivanand Tuppad

Ajay Balamurugadas said...

@Fake Tester,

Thanks for the comment.
Point noted. I'll definitely inform them.


I have not yet reported the issue. The blog post was more of an emotional outburst.

Thanks for the comment. If they fix it, I have no problem in deleting the images/sensitive content in this blog post.

Ajay Balamurugadas

Anonymous said...

Probably you need to stop following low profile sites. I woudl have prefered to nokia's official site to get to know the right info...

Otherwise we can find 100s of defects like this in these kind of similar sites.

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