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INDIA TESTING AWARDS: TestInsane is TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

We always knew that we were doing great work in software testing as a start-up and we believed in our work. I happened to receive call from Unicom and also an e-mail about the nomination of TestInsane for “Testing start-up of the year 2015” category. I did not respond to the e-mail, but again I received a call from Unicom to know about my decision. I spoke to one of the person from Unicom and I said, “We don’t want to participate in this because we already know that we are insanely awesome in our work and wouldn’t be nice if we don’t win the award”. But, again I gave it a thought and said “YES” for the nomination. We had to talk about our various work at TestInsane so that the jury members could decide on one winner. I was pretty confident that we shall win this award for sure because we had done great work for our customers and also software testing community in terms of open-source contribution by developing apps for testers to help them test better.

And on the day 24-July-2015, at 1700 hours India Testing Awards 2015 event started. It started with awards for various people in different categories of awards and when the time was to announce “TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015”, I could feel goosebumps when TestInsane was announced as winner. I was very happy to receive this award and also we were very quick in getting here.

Thank you Unicom & Next Gen Testing for this award. This is special for us. We continue to do great work and amaze the world. Keep showing us the love :-)

Last, but not least I thank all our team members for making us capable of getting this award. Special thanks to Karthik Kini, Sandeep Tuppad and Ajay S Menon. We are awesome as a cool team.

Below are some pictures taken by me :-)

 

TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015 Award

TestInsane - TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

TestInsane – TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015 (Srinivas on the left is our sales bragger) And the beard guy is Santhosh Tuppad!

TestInsane is the TESTING STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2015

WORLD CANNOT IGNORE US

Its been very short time since we started. We never thought that world would start loving us and hating us for what we are doing. We have lovers and haters around the world. Yes, we say that in very much BOLD way. Many people around us doubted us, they thought we are foolish and stupid enough to be running a startup like Test Insane. We thank our lovers and haters both, because you motivate us and you push to our limits in terms of contributing to the Software Testing world and community. And every time you push us to reach the limits, we say —

FUCK, let’s increase our limits to do more insanely fucking awesome.

Many people told us, “Run your startup in this way and you can make more money”. And I was like, “I did not start Test Insane along with my cool team members to chase money, I know why I started!” We are here to shake the brains of Software Testing community with our work. If we wanted to make MONEY, we wouldn’t have chosen our PASSION; but anything else which could be our cash cow. HELL with the MONEY, we are here for a REASON and that REASON is “BEING HAPPY BY DOING WHAT WE LOVE TO” and that’s our vision. We love simple things in life and we wanted a simple vision. People laughed at us for the kind of vision we had, but that was funny for us because “It is our vision and that vision is not about people”. Period!

 

WHY DO WE EXIST?

  • We love to push the human race forward.
  • We want to make the lives better around us.
  • We want to give back to the testing community through our open source contribution.
  • We believe that we can do awesome when we have freedom.
  • We believe that the world is beautiful with LOVE
  • We love to share the love and that’s when we are happy!
  • We exist because we believe that we will be GREAT and we do not want to be AVERAGE!
  • We exist because it is not ONLY about Testing for us, it is about LIVING to the FULLEST!
  • Because there is so much sloppy testing in this world that only knows to make MONEY!
  • We exist because TECHNOLOGY seduces us.
  • We believe that there are no game changers, but game creators. We are here to create.
  • We exist because of the simple reason that WE EXIST and WE SHOUT LOUDER.

 

In short, world cannot ignore us no matter they love us or hate us. Because we are UNSTOPPABLE in terms of great work which we do. We are not just doers, but enablers.

Want to work with us? Got insanity? Visit our careers page.

SOFTWARE TESTING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION – 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

We started our journey during April 2014 and we went through lots of changes in the way we were working due to whatsoever reasons. There were boring days and at the end of the day there is no sense of accomplishment after sitting at office for 8 hours and doing something which did not make us happy. Some people joined our team initially and they left us for good. There were non-technical problems and I never wanted to spend time on non-technical part more compared to technical part of running a tech start-up. The good thing is, I always fixed the problems right-away and instructed the team to do focus on technical things, innovation and more while I take care of things that are under my control. Thereafter, we knew what we had to do collectively as a team and rock the Software Testing space.

No projects, NO BIG DEAL!

We did not have projects for many months, maybe time was the answer. Instead of cribbing about “we are not getting projects”, we said, “FUCK, let us start with some in-house projects and then started to brainstorm“. We started feeling happy and awesome about that time we spend at our startup. An idea hit us and that was, “How about open-source / freeware for software testers around the globe?” And we were like, “That’s kick-ass stuff!” Let us do it. Our rock-star developers started working on building open source apps and then we started to release them under MIT license. We do not like * (conditions apply) when its open-source / free.

Our team-members & contributors

We kick-started our journey with our first utility developed in python and that was HCE (HTML parser / HTML comment extractor). It was developed by our C, Python, and Java programmer Sandeep Tuppad. He loves neat code and with his support, we were able to release our first utility as open-source on web.

 Test Insane - Software Testing Community Contribution 2014 and 2015

Test Insane – Software Testing Community Contribution 2014 and 2015

Later, it was a surprise when our rock-star developer Karthik Kini (The C# and the Web guy) developed RTE (RestFul Test Endpoints) and said, “Hey Santhosh, here is something I have developed and we can offer as micro-service to the world which could help developers / testers to test”. And I was like, “INSANE”.

And the BIG thing of 2014 was on the way and that was an idea about “Developing software testing mind-maps and uploading them on our own platform of mind-maps repository”. Karthik Kini being the Web Guy was agile in developing the platform and then we invited / requested testers around the world to contribute. Today, we have 100+ mind-maps and 16+ contributors who develop the testing mind-maps and then we upload them in MindMaps repository.

What’s up with 2015?

We have realized that, it is time to make MONEY now & we halt these activities it is not ONE TIME activity, but a journey where we keep contributing to the Software Testing community. The simple reason is, we love the journey of being happy in our life and contributing to the testing community in terms of open-source apps, freebies makes us feel insanely happy!

Watch out for more in 2015! We are going to explode enormously in 2015 in terms of community contribution.

Follow @testinsaneapps to keep up with the insane updates. We don’t mind if you want to follow our Facebook page as well.

PDT tool to test combinations of different formats

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What is PDT? PDT (phone number, date, time) is a quick and first of its kind tool developed for the testers who want to test the combinations of different formats of each of these three dimensions – phone number, date and time zone. One click solution to all your test data problems in PDT.

How did this start?

It all started when Ajay Balamurugadas (Founder, Weekend Testing) visited Test Insane office to discuss about “Test Maniac” event with me (Santhosh Tuppad). I call him man of ideas and he keeps releasing his ideas like a machine gun which is insane. I was sitting on a bean bag and he just said this, “Friend, I have an idea” and I was like, “Go ahead, I am excited to listen”. He spoke about test data generator for phone number format, time-zone conversions, Date and time formats. Here is the prototype that he drew on the paper.

PDT Requirement Prototype by Ajay Balamurugadas

PDT Requirement Prototype by Ajay Balamurugadas

Once the sketch was done, the information on the paper was our requirement while we also had an idea to discuss about it and explain how it would work.

Once we had the requirement, our team member Karthik Kini (VP, Web Apps Testing & Automation) joined the discussion and he took this challenge. Within few hours of time, he developed a tiny utility and presented it to us. Wow! It was like a “Mini-Hackathon” at Test Insane where the idea, requirements, development and functional testing was done in just few hours. And all this happened because of the passionate people which included both tester and a programmer. The take-away could be, if a passionate tester and programmer can work together; they can do wonders in testing a software together.

 Without much ado, let us show you the path to use this tiny utility. Visit http://apps.testinsane.com/repo/datagen/index.html

Download the source at http://apps.testinsane.com/repo/datagen/PDT_TestInsane_Apps.zip

Software Testing MindMaps For The World

Software Testing Mindmaps

We would love to start this blog post by thanking Mr. Tony Buzan who showcased the concept of mind-mapping to the world. We do not want to hype the usage of mind-maps in our testing activity, we see it as good way in specific contexts without comparing to any other way of doing it. It is a gut-feeling of our test team with which they feel they can do great with usage of mind-maps. Be it developing a test strategy for a software or be it using mind-maps for test coverage. One of the beautiful thing about our mind-maps is, we do not allow them to die; we keep them alive by adding more nodes or ideas as and when we get. Mind-map without great content or data is not great! We believe that, the content need to have value while the presentation also needs to rock for the projects that we undertake.

Why do we say “Testing Mindmaps For The World”? Good News!

We were just thinking about, open source tools or utilities that exist in this world; and a thought sparked in our brain circuit and we said, “Why not develop mind-maps in testing across various topics and make them downloadable”. When we say, “downloadable” it doesn’t only mean that you can download READ only format which is the image format, but also the source file which you can edit based on your project context (Example: *.xmind). This is our third contribution to the testing community and it is OPEN SOURCE. We wanted to give out completely without conditions. We love unconditional love.
Software Testing Mindmaps

THE IDEA & THE PROGRESS

Building Web-based Application For The Mindmaps Repository

Our team member Karthik Kini started the work on building the web application where we can upload the mind-maps and people can download the mind-maps. We came up with the wishlist feature set like,

  • Mind-map categories like usability testing, healthcare, BFSI testing, accessibility testing, security testing, UI / UX testing and more.
  • Search filters like Most downloaded, most viewed, latest etc.
  • We needed comment feature as well where visitors could add comment which may be “Awesome”, “Thanks for this mind-map”, “It sucks”, “This rocks” and whatever they intend to. Also, not only these kind of comments; but they could initiate the discussion also on the mind-map nodes which could be “Hashing”, or “Encryption” etc.

 

Where’s the data? (Mindmaps)

Now, you learned about the web application platform for mind-maps; but the question is about where do we start with mind-maps creation of various topics? Here is something insane that we came up with, “We would die soon if we did not have the commitment to keep this platform alive, so we need to dedicate some time in a week so that we are continuously contributing to the community”. Now, this being open source; even people around the world can contribute however, there would be moderation to keep the things neat and maintain the quality. As we still do not know how many people would contribute around the globe, we said to ourselves, “We do not have control on others, but ourselves! So, let us have the commitment and dedicate some time in every week for some mind-maps and the beautiful thing about this is, we will learn a lot while we are creating mind-maps based on various subjects”. Thanks to our team member Jyothi Rangaiah for heading the mind-maps creation activity on various topics of her interest for the launch. Not to forget our other supporters / contributors for the launch, and they are Jasmeet Singh & Mohit Verma. So, now you know how the data gets pumped into our mind-map web app repository.

What Next?

Visit our mind-maps repository at http://apps.testinsane.com/mindmaps/ and start browsing and downloading. We are providing MIT license and that means you could do anything with the source that you download.

CREDITS

We do not have control on how the world will use it and whether it will give credits to Test Insane and its contributors. Or people will just use their name by faking without mentioning the credits. So, we can say only one thing and that is, “We have put our efforts to give this to the world before we die! And we request you to mention us and the team wherever possible”. We love to owe credits and even receive them!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH US?

Write to welovetohelp@apps.testinsane.com and we can talk further!