Software Testing Vs. The Blind Warrior
Software Testing Vs. The Blind Warrior
About the Bundle
Software Testing as a Martial Art is all about how martial arts has aided my learning in software testing. It provides many examples of how a situation in martial arts can be directly related to a situation in software testing. Along the journey of writing I have met many wonderful software testers who are, or have been, martial artists. One such person is Gerald Weinberg. Since reading Software Testing as a Martial Art he has once again found his passion for martial arts, and has kindly offered one of his wonderful fiction stories to accompany my book.
The Blind Warrior is a short story that captures Ember Wells learning to control her anger so that she can defend herself without using her Stringer power to incinerate her attackers. What could be a more perfect way to achieve this than the beautiful martial art of Aikido?
I hope you enjoy learning about software testing, martial arts, and then chasing it all up with some fantastic fiction from one of our industries greatest writers!
Software Testing as a Martial Art
There is no One Style
For as long as I can remember I have loved martial arts. In more recent years I have come to love software testing. That may sound strange, but to be passionate about one’s chosen career is a truly wonderful thing; and it makes it a lot easier to get up in the morning.
In these recent years I can attribute a lot of that passion to my alignment with the Context-Driven approach to software testing. As my knowledge of Context-Driven Testing grows, and software testing in general, the more I can also align it with my beliefs in martial arts. These are the seven basic principles of Context-Driven Testing:
The value of any practice depends on its context.
There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices.
People, working together, are the most important part of any project’s context.
Projects unfold over time in ways that are often not predictable.
The product is a solution. If the problem isn’t solved, the product doesn’t work.
Good software testing is a challenging intellectual process.
Only through judgment and skill, exercised cooperatively throughout the entire project, are we able to do the right things at the right times to effectively test our products.
In my own way I relate these to personal principles that I follow when studying and training in martial arts:
Your art is only as good as your environment and situation allows.
There is no one style, you must adapt to survive.
Sparring partners will teach you far more than a bag or a pad; the better they are the better you will become.
NEVER underestimate your opponent.
Seek to understand why there is conflict before becoming part of the conflict.
In order to discipline the body you must discipline the mind.
Only when every element is in alignment – mind, body, and spirit – can you achieve true success and mastery.
Who is this book for?
The selfless answer is anyone that is interested in software testing, or better still, anyone who is interested in both software testing and martial arts. The title of this book may be somewhat misleading as I do not intend to create a new martial art from software testing. My goal for this book is to share my thoughts on various aspects of software testing, and how my love for, and teachings in, martial arts has helped my understanding of it. This may not be evident upon first read; however you can ‘join the dots’ when thinking a little deeper.
The selfish answer is me. It has been a goal of mine for many years to write. This book marks the first significant achievement towards that goal. I feel that I still have a long way to go and I’m hopeful the journey will never end.
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The Blind Warrior
This short story introduces Ember Wells, the formidable heroine of the Quantum Stringer Series. Through an accident of birth, Ember possesses mental control over heat and cold. She wants to learn to defend herself without using her power or allowing it to take over. That's why she's studying Aikido, the gentle art of self-defense.
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