Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 16, 17 & 18 of 40: TESTHEAD BOOT CAMP: DZone Refcards, a Bunch of Them

Here’s hoping that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas holiday (if you celebrate it) and if not, hey, I hope you had a great weekend, too :) ).


It’s time to get back in the saddle again, and I’ve discovered that Newton’s First Law of Motion absolutely applies to writing as well. When I get into a groove writing, I can keep on doing it fairly regularly and without interruption. When I’ve left off writing for a couple of days, getting started again is really frustrating. Thankfully, I realized I was behind on my regular updates leading up to my 40 days, so that gave me a perfect excuse to start writing again.


I’ll have another chapter review for How We Test Software at Microsoft later today, but this chapter is fairly meaty. It deals with Test Automation, and that in and of itself is a huge topic, even if it’s specific to just what Microsoft does.


In my regular reading and poking around, I was happy to find a service called Refcardz from DZone. Anyone who has gone to a college or university will probably remember the quick reference cards sold in the University bookstore for a number of topics (I actually still have several related to Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus and a series for grammar and writing called “What’s The Word?” that I have been using to help me hone my blog posts). Anyway, DZone has a number of these cards for free (Registration on site required) and the cards are formatted almost exactly like the old university quick reference cards are. There are over a hundred of them, and while perusing the list, I found cards related to the following areas:

Ruby

Selenium 1

Selenium 2

Firebug

Fitnesse

Grails

Flexible Rails

Kanban

AJAX

For a quick reference to information and concepts, these are pretty nice.
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