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Programming for Testers

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This paper supports the ‘Programming for Testers. It’s Easy.’ webinar.

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With the advent of agile approaches to development testers are facing ever increasing pressure to take a more active part in development, including learning to read code, and sometimes even coding themselves. Programming for testers has become essential.

The main stumbling block to the tester actually learning to code is usually getting started. There is no doubt in our minds that testers can be perfectly good coders. We believe that testing is a comparable discipline.

We hope that reading this eBook will inspire you to find out more. If you have been inspired then follow the references, download the assets, and give it a go yourself.




graham thomasGraham Thomas currently works in two key areas of software testing; program test management and testing change & transformation.  His current focus is on helping testers and the organisations he works with in transitioning to more agile ways of working.

Graham has extensive experience in IT across a number of industry sectors including; Finance (Banking, Treasury & Insurance), Utilities and Retail.  This has been gained in software house, consultancy and end user environments. He has specialised in software testing since the early 1990’s.


Phil IslesPhill Isles currently works as a Test Manager for a UK bank.  He has worked in the field of software testing since 2000, mainly for banks, but has also had roles as a Tester in media organisations.

Phill’s software testing interests are in process improvement (by whatever means), and also in Tester education.  He is a volunteer for the BCS and for the UKTB, for the ISTQB range of qualifications and other IT qualifications.

Phill has presented a paper at the Geological Society, Burlington House, London, and also at a BCS London Central Branch event.  He has co-presented workshops on topics ranging from flow-charts; to programming for Testers; to the Internet of Things at national and international conferences.




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