Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 11 & 12 of 40: TESTHEAD BOOT CAMP: For the Love of Gerry

This weekend, I decided to have a little fun and take a break from aggressively looking at tools and applications, and decided it was time to finally follow up on a few friends' recommendations to read Gerald Weinberg. I must confess I feel a bit like an interloper, having thus far gone through my reading list related to software testing and not read anything Gerry has published. That's like being a Rock and Roll fan and not having heard the Beatles (or the Beach Boys, or the Rolling Stones, or heck fill in with your preferred group, Led Zeppelin or the Cure if it makes sense to you :) ).

I decided it was time to rectify this tragic situation and based on feedback from several testers, I went and purchased the following books:

Perfect Software and Other Illusions about Testing
The Secrets of Consulting
Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method

Understand, I'm nowhere near ready to review any of these titles. I just started them, but I will state that Gerry has a writing style that draws you in and make you feel comfortable reading quickly, and for a technical author, that's no small feat!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks, because after I finish my chapter by chapter review of "How We Test Software at Microsoft", these will be in the pole position to be part of my next set of book reviews.





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