Book: Alan Page – The A word

When not working on testing and test automation myself, I like to read books, articles and blog posts that are related to my profession. One book I have recently finished reading is The A Word by Alan Page. Although it’s more of a collection of revised blog posts from his blog The Angry Weasel than a book, it’s been a very interesting read nonetheless.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with his writing, Alan writes a lot about his experiences with testing and test automation. He is pretty well known for his skeptical view on how a lot of people see automated testing as the solution for everything, especially when it comes to GUI-based test automation. Although I do tend to write regularly about test automation using Selenium, I am not a big advocate of using UI-based test automation tools for all things test automation related myself (see for example this post). Therefore a lot of things covered in The A Word resonated with me and I found it a very pleasant read, although it is rather short at around 70-80 pages.

Book cover for The A Word - Alan Page

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anybody that has anything to do with test automation, as Alan offers valuable food for thought for test engineers, test managers and all others doing or relying on automated tests. It might just make you think about whether you’re doing the right stuff and doing your stuff right..

The A Word is available on LeanPub. All profits go to the American Cancer Society, so that alone should be a reason to pick it up and leave a donation.

Podcast: Test Talks with Joe Colantonio

While browsing the Internet for news and interesting articles on trends in test automation this week, I stumbled across Test Talks, a podcast on testing and test automation hosted by Joe Colantonio. Since then, I have listened to a couple of episodes during my daily commute, and so far, I’m enjoying it very much. Joe describes his podcast on his website as follows:

TestTalks is a weekly podcast hosted by Joe Colantonio, which geeks out on all things software test automation. TestTalks covers news found in the testing space, reviews books about automation and speaks with some of the thought leaders in the test automation field. We’ll aim to interview some of today’s most successful and inspiring software engineers.

During the interviews, the spotlighted engineer will tell us about his or her testing experience, sharing their successes and failures as well as which testing techniques are working for them right now. We’ll all learn more about testing through these talks — hence the name TestTalks.

This description really sums it up very well. The episodes I have listened to so far feature in-depth interviews with some interesting people in the testing and test automation world, such as Matt Wynne (author of The Cucumber Book) and Rosie Sherry (founder of the Software Testing Club). It covers subjects ranging from API testing via building robust Selenium frameworks to Agile and the role of test automation therein. Exactly the type of topics I am interested in. I’ll definitely try and catch up with all past episodes in the weeks to come.

So, for those of you looking for an interesting podcast on the subjects that I write about at, definitely check out Test Talks. You can find the Test Talks website here, or you can directly subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

Test Talks with Joe Colantonio