Jun 07

Safari 3 for Windows opens .Mac (dotmac) to Windows

Safari 3 for Windows – Engadget

Apple has decided to take allow Windows user to join the Safari, but this also opens .Mac (dotmac) to Windows users, complete with 60-day trial. It doesn’t, however,  make .Mac more compelling (you can get it all, without the eye candy, from Google for free). This was already guessed at earlier this year.

Oct 06

Analyzing folder contents using Firefox and Excel

When a quick analysis of the contents of a Windows folder is necessary, navigate to that folder using Firefox. Firefox will show an html page with a directory index.

Copy the page content into Excel, and the data can then be manipulated, for instance sorted by date or included in a Pivot Table.

The same can be done from a list of e-mails in Outlook to Excel.

Oct 05

PDA Testing

PDA Browser Spoofing

One effective technique for basic PDA smoke testing is to use browser spoofing, in effect making a desktop browser lie about its identity to the server and thereby requesting a PDA version of a page.

Spoofing Advantages & Disadvantages

Spoofing is useful to look at pages and track basic functionality, but it is not subsitute for device or emulator testing, becaus spoofing will not necessarily render the page as intended for the target device. 

On the other hand, spoofing has its advantages:

  1. Allows a tester to make sure a PDA version of a page is present on a test server (since PDAs can’t usually access the internal network)
  2. Allows easy screenshot capture (when the problem is not a rendering issue)
  3. Much faster to go through a set of links
  4. Can test server scripts rapidly, ensuring that the right versions of pages get shown

How to spoof using Firefox

  1. Get Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Firefox can be enhanced by extensions (read more about it). In Firefox, go to this page to install the extension “user agent switcher” – http://www.chrispederick.com/work/firefox/useragentswitcher/
  3. (note: the same developer has also created a “Web Developer Extension”, which I highly recommend). Once you restart the browser, user agent switcher is available as a menu item under “tools”.
  4. You can now add specific user agent strings in the Options. The user agent string is the text that the browser passes to a Web server to identify itself

Oct 05

What color is this?

Many hours are lost by the analyst trying to figure out what color(s) is used in a Web site. To simplify this task, I recommend two different tools:

  1. Colorzilla, a Firefox extension which places a color picker in the status bar, and helps determine the color of any item in a Web page in Firefox.
  2. Cpick, an amazing freestanding utility that allows the same for anything on your screen.

Sep 05

Firefox for Analysis

This is a little bit of a foundational post, but one crucial tool of the web analyst is firefox. Several of the tools referenced here require firefox, so get firefox now!

Get Firefox!

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is also foundational, but the assumption is that you already use it. It is also extensible, but few have bothered to create free useful tools for Web analysts.

Sep 05

A tool to perform repeat data entry testing into a Web form

The “Scribe” extension in Firefox allows to save form entries before form submission (File/Save Entry) and then reload it again later on on the same page (File/Open entry). You can have multiple data sets for the same Web page.

This has great value on e-commerce projects, where tedious form information has to be reentered often.

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=102 (Get Firefox first)