In Response to James Whittaker’s GTAC Post

I found James Whittaker’s latest post on Google’s Test Blog very interesting. To think that we could use a Chrome extension to automate tests that could identify bugs in the UI and take us directly to them is exciting to think about not only for testers but also for developers. Not only would this extension identify the bugs in the UI but it would also record and store all the tests that identified them. It doesn’t get much easier than that! However, like many other tools I’ve seen, this will still probably require the skills and trained eye of an experienced tester to determine what truely is a real bug and what is not. However, having a tool like this would certainly aid the tester in identifying places of concern to make those decisions.

To summarize…great advancements are happening in software testing and I believe the combination of a Chrome extension like this with well designed manual test scripts or exploratory charters would greatly enhance the quality of any web application. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this and see what demonstrations, presentations, or papers are released after GTAC.

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