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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.

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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!