by Test Vizor

A 20 year IT-generalist’s journey on improving software quality in large corporate environments and small agile ones through the adoption of context driven testing and DevOps tools and principles. Hopefully, you will find insight based both on successes and failures to help you effectively impact the quality of your software projects. We may even have some fun along the way with topics in Ruby, Elixir and pentesting.

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New Context, New Beginning

I started this blog with high hopes. However, due to certain constraints, it has made more sense to hold some commentary until a more appropriate context presented itself. That time is quickly approaching.

I have roughly a dozen articles of much more interest than the pathetic smattering constituting my old content, which I’ve all but removed already, all in some phase of development. I hope you come back to read about some more interesting topics, such as:

  • How much value is there in ranking bugs?
  • Bug advocacy and avoiding bug genocide
  • Serendipity, I love you, but there’s a time and place for you
  • Expertise vs education
  • Developing expertise
  • A series on Toolsmithing
  • Best Practices: an origin story and the future
  • Advanced data collection to supercharge your testing
  • And many more!

Until then … gear up, vizors down and happy testing!

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A simple Ruby webserver for your testing infrastructure

On occasion, I run into the need to host some files on a web server to perform some testing. Whether it’s testing an embedded solution on smart, multi-function printers, serving files for mobile testing or facilitating some piece of automation, it’s nice to have a throw away web server when you need it.

Several scripting languages can pull this off, but since I’m partial to Ruby, I thought I’d offer up the Ruby flavored one-liner I use on occasion. I find this useful as it’s easy to just whip out on a command line any time I need it or fold it into more complex workflows.

Just type this in at the command line, assuming you have Ruby installed, and you’ll have a simple little file server up and running in seconds:

ruby -run -e httpd . -p 5000

Just a quick breakdown on what we’ve done here:

ruby -run -e
  • first, we’re kicking off the ruby interpreter, telling it we’re going to run

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