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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Emergent Complexity

This is from an episode I happened to catch when flipping channels tonight. I usually linger on PBS for a few seconds, and caught this exchange about something called “emergent complexity”. Immediately I thought of why software often behaves “irrationally”… From Nova ScienceNow, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3410_sciencen.html#h03 JOHN HOLLAND: Anything I know that exhibits emergence, involves, a lot […]

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Workshop for Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques (WHET)

At the 4th Workshop for Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques held here at the lab on July 7 and 8, 15 colleagues gathered to discuss boundary testing. Aside from presentations from Keith Stobie, Scott Barber, James Bach, and Robert Sabourin to name just a few, there was a breakout session that consisted of two teams. One […]

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The Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST)

Why aren’t there testing conferences in Seattle? There are workgroups like QASIG, SASQAG, ASQ, SPIN, and OWASP, but no full-on conferences. So, I decided to have one. I’m a member of the Association of Software Testing. It’s a non-profit organization started two years ago by Cem Kaner and a handful of other software testing luminaries. […]

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A Note About Peer Conferences

This past July 7 and 8, I hosted the 4th Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques here at the lab. That shouldn’t excite you. But what you may find interesting is WHET’s format. It was modeled after the Los Altos Workshops on Software Testing (LAWST) where attendance is by application or invitation, and limited to […]

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The Seattle Testing Community

Posted by Jon Bach on July 6, 2007 You know about Silicon Valley, but up here, we’re just as much a software community. We have Starbucks and Boeing, Microsoft and Google, RealNetworks and F5 Networks, Getty Images and Corbis, Safeco and Washington Mutual, T-Mobile and Verizon, Amazon and Adobe… With all of these big name […]

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Baby on Board

Posted by Jon Bach on July 1, 2007 An honest admission: I became a father this past February and I *still* don’t know what to do when I see a “Baby on Board” sticker on the car in front of me. Seriously. What does that driver want me to do? NOT carjack them? NOT honk […]

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