Episode 328

In Testing We Trust


October 8th, 2018

54 mins 38 secs

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About this Episode

Mike makes his case for realism when it comes to automated testing, and a readjustment of expectations in the wider community.

Plus the guys define what makes a “Dark Matter Developer”, and gauk at the possibility of this young hip upstart’s automated build pipeline, and share memories of large scale QA testing teams.

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