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#25 debtboy

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 02:52 PM

I wonder, did you look for a way to move testing from people into easy test cases (and failed) or you just don't need it? After all, you don't do the hard testing work. No offense. :lol:

Say exactly what you mean, then I'll let you know if I take offense.

You test everything you can,
but you don't have the luxury of spending countless
hours writing test routines because your working
on 2 other programs, making database modifications,
generating documentation and attending meetings
(where you get assigned additional work to do).

While all this is going on, that program you wrote 2 years
ago stopped working due to an environment change
or security update, so now you also have a ticket/work order.

At this point your manager starts leaning on you about the original
program your testing because the users (that you didn't involve)
complained to their manager (due to the delayed release) who in turn
talked to the CFO and so on downhill to me.

Until your in a situation like this, I don't think you can
understand... school is not the workplace.

I involve my users, everything works better that way.

Forgot to mention the normal financial application changes
which have to be written in LDL+ a Unisys bastardized cobol
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#26 tossy

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:11 PM

I would say better it handle to QA persons to test once.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:09 AM

:o Oh, now I see the big picture. Thanks for this whole explanation.

Forgot to mention the normal financial application changes which have to be written in LDL+ a Unisys bastardized cobol


Yay, and I thought that Ada (at uni) is a bit strange.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:40 AM

To clear things up a bit...
I was just giving my perspective as a "Programmer/Analyst"
which is not always the same thing as an "Applications Programmer"
In my opinion, they are 2 very different jobs.
Where I work, I'm responsible for a financial system (scary isn't it :scared:)
about 10 databases and all custom applications, interfaces and systems.
Almost all applications I write are used internally "in house" and usually involve
servers, databases and/or manipulating/transferring of files and ad-hoc reporting.
This type of position is very common, as most businesses of any size
need these functions executed on a regular basis.

The mindset, I see here on the forum is more commonly that of an
Applications Programmer, someone working for software development
company or contract software development company, whose primary
function/focus is to write (or write pieces of) large, feature rich,
function heavy applications designed for customers or to market to
the public, so I try to throw my perspective in the mix.

The reality is, Programmer/Analysts are needed by companies and many of us
are more likely to land this type of job than an Applications Programmer working
for a major software development company (Microsoft, Oracle, etc..).
You'd be hard pressed to find that type of job available.

You can't always trust these titles as companies as well as the industry
as a whole sometimes misuse or combine these terms or even use the title
of programmer generically.

We all have different perspectives and can benefit from each others
experience or situation.
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