Best software testing articles of 2008

The year 2008 was very productive for software testing help in terms of new subscribers and site traffic. We covered many interesting and (I hope) helpful articles in this year.

Here is the recap of some popular posts from the year 2008. I know it’s very difficult to select few posts to show here. Still, these are some most popular posts, in random order, you can enjoy. Don’t forget to bookmark this page :-)

How to get your all bugs resolved without any ‘Invalid bug’ label?
I hate “Invalid bug” label from developers for the bugs reported by me, do you? I think every tester should try to get his/her all bugs resolved. This requires bug reporting skill. Check out this article to know what troubleshooting you need to do before reporting any bug.

Software testing questions and answers
This was a very successful article on reader’s queries on software testing. Read the answers and ping me if you have any questions.

Learning basics of QTP automation tool and preparation of QTP interview questions
This post is in continuation with QTP interview questions series. These questions will help for preparing interview as well as learning the QTP basics.

Developers are not good testers. What did you say?
Developers test their own code. Then why testers needed? What are the drawbacks of developer testing his own code? Why can’t it be a success? If developer testing is always not sufficient testing then what things developers should test and what the test team should? To know answers to these questions read on.

Top 20 practical software testing tips you should read before testing any application.
This is a collection of top 20 practical testing tips for testing any product or web-based application I learned over time. I wish all testers read these software testing good practices and try to implement them in your day to day software testing activities.

Global Software Testing business to reach $13 Billion – Good news for Indian software Testers
The most frequently asked questions to me till date are – What is the future of software testing business?, Should I consider software testing as my career option? – Now you don’t need to ask these question to me anymore. See what was the good news in this post.

Tips to design test data before executing your test cases
I have mentioned the importance of proper test data in many of my previous articles. The tester should check and update the test data before execution of any test case. In this article, I will provide tips on how to prepare test environment so that any important test case will not be missed.

Check your eligibility for CSTE certification. Take this sample CSTE examination
CSTE testing certification is the basic certification to check testers skill and understanding of software testing theory and software testing practices. If you are applying for CSTE certification check if you can answer at least 75% of the test questions mentioned in this post.

What you need to know about BVT (Build Verification Testing)
Build Verification test is a set of tests run on every new build to verify that build is testable before it is released to test team for further testing. Read on to know how to perform BVT effectively.

Manual and Automation testing Challenges
Software testing is full of challenges. Testers face many challenges in a manual as well as automation testing. A tester who manages to address these challenges effectively can become a successful tester. In this article, I have included most of the testing challenges you need to overcome.

Smoke testing and sanity testing – Quick and simple differences
Despite hundreds of web articles on Smoke and sanity testing, many people still have confusion between these terms and keep on asking to me. Here is a simple and understandable difference that can clear your confusion between smoke testing and sanity testing.

An approach for Security Testing of Web Applications
How to make sure your web application is secure before release? Website security testing is an important part of software testing life cycle like other functionality and performance testing. This article will guide you with a different type of attacks on web applications and information on how to test a web application for security.

Some Interesting Articles on Software Testing Career:

How to prepare for software testing interview
This article will help for the preparation of software testing interview for freshers as well as working testing professionals who want to switch their current job. Know the key areas you need to prepare and how to keep yourself updated on testing methodologies.

Career options for Software Test Professionals
See what are the career options for software testing professionals. Great article showing all the possible career paths for the software tester.

Software Testing Advice for Novice Testers
Novice testers have many questions about software testing and the actual work that they are going to perform.  As novice testers, you should be aware of certain facts in the software testing profession.  The tips mentioned here will certainly help to advance you in your software-testing career

Money making, software testing career and secrets of the richest tester
These days a lot of people who pass out of engineering and science colleges are interested in software testing as a career. Also today there isn’t a huge difference between what testers and developers get paid. How can testers make more money than what they have been making?

How to keep motivation alive in software testers?
The title says all about the post content. Know what are the different ways to keep motivation alive in software testers.

How to build a successful QA team?
There are plenty of things to be considered while building successful software testing team. After reading this article look at your team and question yourself “Are you working in great test team” or ” Will you make every effort to build great test team”.

Apart from software testing articles we also covered some topics on soft skills for testers:

How to ask for a promotion and salary raise in this appraisal?
Yearly performance appraisal review is the key process to major employee performance and rewards him/her by promotion or salary raise based on the performance. If you think you are eligible for this reward then read this article to know on what basis your performance has majored and how to put your best efforts to get salary raise and promotion.

How to keep good testers in testing positions?
Here I have answered one interesting reader’s question “how to keep good testers in testing positions?” Nowadays due to high compensation packages, it’s really hard to keep good testers in testing. Many of the really skilled testers are always looking for a switch. Here are some ideas on how to keep good testers in testing positions.

Top Three Tips to Survive in this Recession – Economic Downtime
Everyone is talking about recession. Many of your close friends might have experienced this. Every day we hear news about pink slips, reduction in IT recruitment, bleak prospects etc. How can software testers survive in this recession? Here are three simple and effective tips to survive in this recession.

How to crack the GD (Group Discussion). 10 simple ways with ppt on GD
Software tester needs to communicate with project members like team members, developers, managers and customer. For an effective team player, you should have command over communication and interpersonal skill. Read the top 10 simple ways to crack the GD.

Soft Skill for testers: How to improve communication skill
Good communication skill is a must for software testers. You might have seen this line in every job requirements especially openings in QA and testing field. As a tester you need to communicate with different project team members including clients, communication skill plays the important role. Read this post if you want to improve your communication skill.

Recommended reading


#1 Deepa


this is a very good site for all the software testers, it helped me when i was looking for software testing job , those who are looking for testing jobs can refer this site

thanks to the team

hope more infomation on testing will come up in 2009

whishing u all a very happy new year

Deepa gopal

#2 Arijit Dhar

I have been getting good updates on Software testing form here. This post will be of great help, since I can go through some of the best posts of 2008 I have missed.
Thanks for the good job you all are doing. We hope to receive much more information on testing in 2009.
Wish all of you a very happy new year.

Thanks and regards,
Arijit Dhar

#3 Anil Ambani

Happy New Year 2009

#4 hitesh shah

this is a very good site for all the software testers, hope more infomation on testing will come up in 2009 such as
1. more detail on security testing & client-server testing with example.
2. database testing steps with example

#5 Shilpa

Wish u a very happy new year. Looking for killer articles as usual from this site.
Will definitely cross check if I missed any one of above article.
It’s of great help. Keep it up!!

#6 Arun Vats

Great effort by all.This site gives all the updated & required information in very simple language.
Hats off for the whole team. keep it up.

Arun Vats

#7 Leena Goutam

Thank You Guys !
For the great tips & help !

#8 Thirumal

Here you all given information is very usefull for all tester refresh once again,Give some more example further articals. WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!!!

Thanks &

#9 zYz

Hi, Vijay:
I didn’t read all articles above, but this is really a excellent

Thanks & Happy New Year!

#10 Nihar

Nice list of testing softwares of 2008. Will check this out.

BTW, I visited your site for the first time. I came to your site from Techzoomin.

#11 Test

Hi all, :-)

#12 Abhishek Kumar Sony

Please can any body provide me QTP Study Material.
& How can I use this Testing tool for the software testing. & please provide the full details of every command & menues options in details.

My Email Id:-

#13 Arun Vats

Please send same (QTP Material) to me also.


#14 Sherin

You can find QTP material here.

#15 Ngoc Vu

Thanks for all.
Really useful site. Hope you will share many many interesting articles to me any everyone.
Very Happy new year.

#16 deepti rawat

Hi All,

Please suggest me good software testing course institute in delhi. I a graduate and having 3.5yr bpo exp.

Deepti Rawat

#17 Kishore

hi Deepti

forget about institute and all. Buy some good books and go through the site named as follows
3. testinggeek

I would recommend the first two site
As far as books are concerned buy a book by Dorothy Graham.
This is sufficient for manual testing.


#18 Mallikarjun

Beautifu article.

#19 Jayant Chauhan

Hi my name is jayant chauhan and my age is 23. I am from Mumbai and i have got 1 year experience in software testing, I was working for STC Third Eye Technology in Chennai on the Manual testing Platform as a trainee software test engineer. I would like to know that if i want to make my carrer in this profession then should i upgrade my self with Automation Testing and if Yes then which tool should i go for. Currently i am learning Rational Robot and QTP & also Silk Test so will it be helpful for me in my future if i learn this tools and will i get the job in this profession.

#20 Sonal

I am looking for job in s/w testing, i have exp of development of arond 3 yrs. but after that i have got a gap of abt 3 yrs …. :(
now want to start again I have any good prospects in this is field, i have done a short course also in testing as to come back in flow..but as u know how institutes works ..please suggset ..
Thanks & Regards

#21 Akash


I’m Akash, working in a software company as quality control engineer. I’ve 1year experience. I just wanted to know that I’ve just done my degree BCA and want to do master degree. Can anyone please guide me should I go for MCA or MBA? Along with my job I’m learning QTP from an institute. I want to make a great career in testing field.

I want a guru who could guide me. I never got a good guidance from anyone in my life so I’m struggling so much but now I don’t want to waste time.

Thanks and Regards,

#22 enigma

I have 1 year experience in manual testing of web applications in a company, currently I have joined another company where I am testing a desktop application.
I wanted to know ,Will this affect scope of my carrer in testing in any way, that I have shifted from one form of testing to a completely different one, where there are no servers or databases,etc involved. ??

#23 Santosh.R

godd article

#24 smasho

am glad to know more

#25 Jhangora

Great collection of articles. Thanx a lot. Will download them. Keep up the good work.

#26 nisha

very useful site…..

#27 nisha

Can someone tell me about “Agile process ” ?

#28 Hyma


Can anybody provide the information about Test Harness and How we can build test harness for a portal application or any application.

This is really an excellent & useful site for software testers. Please provide some more articles.

Thanks you,

#29 Shaik

Hello, i need to connect to remote database server which has a firewall, how do i bypass the firewall which keeps on switching the ip address. Plz suggest me some options in this regard. Thanks ~ Shaik

#30 duke

Great site.. Keep it up

#31 Arun Vats is a jackass

Arun Vats, you’re a stupid jackass. Stop trying to act like you know what you’re talking about. You can’t even follow simple directions. Stop wasting everyone’s time, jackass.

#32 vinod


currently im into functional testing of a product software related to banking
please tell me any IT related courses that can help me in the career
i am a btech and mba worked in a bank

#33 ruchi

Could u through some light on Testing IVR Applications

#34 kishore

throw some light? There are lotta power cuts these days. Not possible to throw light.
LOL, jokes apart

#35 arjun

The site is really very helpful ,am introducing my self as a aspiring software tester help me to build my career by informing requirements regarding testing

#36 JayKay

Hi Folks..

I am in need of Daily and Weekly status report…
And one more thing…

How to maintain Test Case ID numbers when new feature is added or removed from the build.
Test Case ID numbers should not affect for additon or deletion of TCs…..

Suppose: I have TC IDs from 001 to 010….Now I need to add a TC in b/w 1 to 10.
But it should not affect the previouscly created TC ID numbers…How to include new one…Pls help me out..





software testing is process of finding defects so that the product is defect free and ensures quality product to the customers and it enhances the clients satisfaction of making the product a quality product and also ensuring that the customers are satisfied. this is a definition according to me

#39 waqas

Awesome Information

#40 Cherry

I want to send you an award for most helpful innrteet writer.

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