Re: Developer Testing Masters and Brain Surgeons
Posted: Mar 2, 2007 11:45 AM
> I totally disagree that junior developers should start in
> QA. Junior developers should me mentored by senior
> developers, if they have talent to be developers in the
> first place. I have seenn Engineer in Test positions for
> folks who want to focus on verification and test
> automation, but that is not what is typically referred to
> as QA.
> My core belief is that folks who like to build stuff
> should build stuff. Developer testing is about driving
> design; it certainly does some testing, but its not the
> same testing as in QA.
> > I would have to agree that this perception is based on
> > some degree of reality. QA is a good starting / entry
> > point for junior developers who don't have years of
> > real-world experience under their belt.
I like to build stuff. I had a 3.7 GPA, Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science at Cornell University. I built stuff at Almaden Research Center for a year and a half after that. And then I experienced the Test/ QA world and experienced things that I am certain will make me a better developer. I think developers have to be open-minded about who they recruit into their ranks, and view things in terms of productivity, efficiency, and results, rather than subjective criteria like "who's got talent"