Welcome to our weekly round-up of our picks of the quotes of the week. This includes our favourite comments, articles and quotes from the world of testing and beyond.
You don’t need a degree to be in the Tech Industry
“I was always telling myself that I had to be good at math and that I wasn’t the kind of person who could code. That kept me away from the field. Until I realized that I was sitting in front of a computer all day anyway and I might as well be creating something.” – Melissa Carbone
Melissa Carbone recently worked in mental health. Now she works as a software engineer. A article on how some people enter the software industry from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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You Don’t Need a Degree to have Common Sense
“If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event.”
A hotel in New York got a lot of online attention recently but the attention it had hoped for. The hotel introduced the policy of charging party and wedding organisers $500 for every negative comment that the hotel got on TripAdvisor. When the policy started trending online, many rating the hotel negatively on Yelp. The hotel issued a statement that it was a joke that was never enforced. However emails have surfaced of the hotel threatening to change customers the $500 for the negative comments. Read the full story here
The Perils of Software Testing in a News Organisation
“The app was tested this morning with fake stories, and a technician came up with this as a way of testing a major breaking news story. By mistake it appeared with this headline.” – Philippe Remarque editor of Volkskrant
Philippe Remarque issues an apology after Volkskrant news organisation release a story that Johan Cruyff’ had died. The Editor of Volkskrant said a software tester was testing the newspapers app with a major story and decided to use the example of the death of Johan Cruff. The story was published accidentally. Read more about it here.
UK Government departmental software lacks testing
“Criteria for accepting software involved completely resolving the most severe functional flaws, while action plans were required to resolve existing non-vital or superficial bugs” – Richard Walker, Coverity European marketing director
A software company in the UK submitted a FOI (Freedom of Information) request to various departments to examine if the software they used was developed internally or externally and if the software was tested. The results suggest that there is no set testing or quality standards in Government departments in the UK. The FOI request was made by software quality checking specialist Coverity. Read more about it here.
The Internet is not a safe Place
“What is really eye-opening is that certain programs or products out on the market can have hundreds of those libraries in, Everyone is now exposed to this systemic risk” – Jake Kouns, CEO of Open Security Foundation
A survey carried out by Kymberlee Price of the security company Synack and Jake Kouns, CEO of the nonprofit Open Security Foundation, of the usage and security of open source libraries found that there are many bugs in these open source libraries. The authors concluded that these libraries, used in many companies’ products suggests we may see more incidents like the Heartbleed bug which happened in April. Read More here.
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