Monday, April 26, 2010

Oh Variable Name!!!

Do you find anything interesting in the above image?

Do let me know how do you feel when you get such emails...

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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

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