Test Information Space

Journal of Tech, Testing and Trends

Archive for June, 2009


Posted by cadsmith on June 28, 2009

Test categories can be expanded to deal with the new dimensions of online knowledge. As the consequences of errors go up, risk increases. Devices can be reset to restore operations, but this is not as easy for entire networks or groups. Separate levels of representation introduce probability of discrepancies between physical, data and metadata levels. This occurs for example in government, security, or medical databases. Accuracy and analysis at the new scales of storage and transactions are expected to occur in real-time to support services. Stability is usually provided by vendor alliances or regulatory agencies which fund the generation of standards, yet practices are being objectively reviewed for likely survivability in current economic phase. Social requirements sometimes seem to result in a “lunatic fringe” which simultaneously contradicts accepted rules yet may provide solutions which can be adapted to more general cases. News about what works spreads through novel applications of media. Testing and engineering basics may be picked up by users earlier in their experience and systems can be more self-repairing. Eventually some form of this finds its way into the hardware and materials so that people can attend to the matters that are important to them and knowledge interacts at more primitive levels. Hopefully, this can be extended to wider orbits.

Incidentally, in case of artistic inspiration, Aviary can be used as online graphic editor, e.g. for avatars.

Readings: Sanderson 2009 on Google AE in progress, Rubin 2008 usability, Cooper 2008 GWT, Thatcher 2006 accessibility, and Shlain 2009 medical.

Image: Moon occults Saturn.


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Social Weave

Posted by cadsmith on June 21, 2009

Email forms a primary social network according to Jeremiah Owyang. Since more functionality seems to be needed, custom scripts would be appropriate. Asked LinkedIn about practices and it echoed warnings of impending Google Wave. Upcoming open-source cross-browser extensions and API will take advantage of built-in media and contact handling, e.g. using HTML5. It is reportedly coded using Google Web Toolkit (GWT), which is also discussed in  Hanson and Tacy 2007.

Other wiki additions included Croll 2009 on performance, Hurley 2007 on security.

Can use HTTrack to copy web site content. Parts of Test Info Space can be downloaded into a project for off-line review.

A web service can be run directly from a device using Opera Unite for browser-based collaboration which includes darknets.

Twitter beached the fail whale and graduated from recent celebrity status to geopolitical journalism concerning Iran election. There may be more exceptions in the midst.

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Com Posit

Posted by cadsmith on June 14, 2009


Remote testing is now possible using Twitter as a CLI by real-time monitoring in addition to reporting algorithms. Question is how to also recognize and organize new ideas which may become useful.

Have heard that testers, like surgeons, may enjoy classic musical themes while in the zone, e.g. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (MP3), Morricone, 1966. This may help to handle seeming anarchy when myths are merging from all directions. It is also entertaining to see resultant media or special effects from augmentation or remote or mobile sensors or games. An avatar may represent a team comprised of multiple members or types of ware.

Possible web trends: Can share comments, pictures or videos pasted onto existing web pages using a Layer.com account. May be possible to quickly convert data tables to graphic visualization or map using tables.googlelabs.com which requires login.

Books added to wiki this week were Nickull 2009 on web 2.0 architecture, Ford 2008 enterprise software test, Samek 2008 UML, Fine 2002 beta testing, and Miéville 2009 detective fiction. Video series include Charland 2008 on enterprise Ajax and Lemen 2008 on digital painting.

Image: recent avatar.

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Posted by cadsmith on June 7, 2009

Time-keeping rapidly reaches its limits when applied to social networks so there may be a need for more innovative utilities to allow organization of distributed elements in real-time.

Am importing Test Info Space bibliography into Google books to allow user content search, e.g. “unit test“. This is a form of local search which has previously been done on data and documents across synched mobile devices and servers prioritizing relevance with respect to the web. Wider topics can still be reviewed using multimedia search engines such as new Bing. Dedicated video search engines require transcripts or audio phonetic search, and metadata.

Incremental reading this week was Fry 2009 on security and Mirlas 2009 on web commerce. Videos included Sullivan 2009 on CSS, Smith 2008 on Ajax, Reyelts 2007 on unit test, Norton 2007 on usability, and Monroy 2008 on graphics.

Image: Sundial.

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