By Thao Vo from Ho Chi Minh City Software Testing Club
Being successful in software testing requires a wide array of knowledge and skills. No matter whether you are a fresher or having 10+ years of experience, to be a great software tester, non-stop learning is a must. There are many ways to gain testing knowledge and experience including hands-on skills through daily works, reading books, attending testing courses, reading testing topics, participating in conferences, meetings and discussing with experts, and among others. The following popular resource websites are particularly useful for software testers.
1. Sticky Minds
This is an excellent source with various topics focusing on software testing, development and management. Most of the articles are well written and comprehensive from knowledgeable and experienced experts and practitioners. The website also offers interesting interviews and webinars with many experts in the field. A minor disadvantage for testers living in Vietnam is that webinars are usually conducted in late midnight, Vietnam time (around 2:00AM).
2. Software Testing Club
If you are a sociable person, Software Testing Club is a good place for you. This is a source of networking and meet-ups for local testing communities to exchange knowledge and experience in a variety of testing topics ranging from basic to complex ones. Unlike Sticky Minds, blogs are short and suitable for junior testers.
3. Software Testing Help
STH offers “low fruit” testing knowledge, which consists of step-by-step and easy-to-do tutorials. With sample resources and guidelines for popular tools, this site is actually useful for students and junior testers to support their daily works. Its sources would be supplementary to Sticky Minds.
4. Ministry of Testing
This website offers different information ranging from jobs, news and events to education materials and blogs related to software testing. The monthly newspaper letters are useful for learning up-to-date testing knowledge. It is intended to serve a wide range of readers with various interests and expertise.
5. Tech Well
Tech Well is an outstanding website with a variety of insightful stories ranging from software testing to full development life cycles and personal excellences. Top experts and well-known consultants working in software industry all over the world provide great insights on software development and trends. This site offers tremendously thoughts and new ideas to worldwide readers. No matter what role you play in software development, you should visit it.
6. SD Times
Different with Tech Well, SD Times offers a collection of news and stories related to the entire technology space with a lot of breaking news, new tool releases, and global technology trends. Just a minor inconvenience, it has many ad popups, which I don’t like.
7. Tea Time with Testers
If you like reading magazines, this website provides good monthly publications that cover trends, tools, theories and opinions in the testing community. Just take a cup of coffee on your free time, enjoy and grasp some testing stories in the world.
8. U Test
U-Test forum and U-Test “University” are great spaces for you to enrich testing knowledge and gain valuable experience. A wide array of blog posts toward mobile and in-the-wild testing methods. This website is really useful for crowdsourcing testers.
9. Develop Sense
This site provides articles and blogs written by Michael Bolton who is an established leader and promoter of rapid software testing, a context-driven testing approach.
Like Michael Bolton, James Bach is also one of the well-known promoters of rapid software testing. This site has various testing materials such as Heuristic Risk-based testing, exploratory testing, testing books, and other resources.
To wrap up, there are many testing resources available on the Internet, but perhaps the websites listed above are, from where I stand, the most popular and useful for testers. Whether you choose software testing by chance or by choice, education is a way to help you move forward and always excel in your career. Depending on your learning effort, pick up one or more suitable resources for you and embark on learning.
Thank you for your reading. If you find other useful resources you want to share or any ideas, please share by leaving your comments.