From a knowledge availability standpoint, being involved in testing in 2009 is probably much easier than 15 years ago. The community is not only larger but also, thanks to the Internet, able to share easily and broadly to a large audience. While there are some excellent commercial books on any testing topics (It is becoming a very large business …), and plenty of interesting blogs, there are also a number of very good free magazines out there which are worth our attention. I regularly read some of them and thought it was a good idea to point out my favorites. If you’d like me to add a magazine to the list, send me an email or send a twitt my way !
Method and Tools
Methods & Tools is a free magazine with PDF and text issues that provide practical knowledge and information on all topics of software development and software engineering: UML, Agile Methodologies (eXtreme Programming, Scrum, TDD, FDD,..), Software Testing, Software Configuration Management, Database Modeling, Java, .NET, RUP, Software Project Planning and Management, Test Automation, Programming, Software Analysis and Design, Quality Assurance, Software Process Assessment and Improvement, Software Development Tools, Risk Management, Refactoring, IT News, etc.
- Coding and Testing: Testers and Programmers Working Together
- Responsibility Driven Design with Mock Objects
- How to Quantify Quality: Finding Scales of Measure
- Scrum Roles – an Unsolvable Puzzle?
- TDD – FDD – BDD… Why not PDD?
- Open-Source Messaging Servers
Better Software Magazine
Better Software is the magazine for software professionals who care about quality. Each issue brings you relevant, timely information to help you build better software. Continuing to deliver in-depth articles on testing, tools, defect tracking, metrics, and management, it’s the only commercial magazine exclusively dedicated to software professionals. Within the pages of each issue you’ll find heavy hitting articles about solutions to common management problems, coverage on emerging technologies, and more. You’ll benefit from expert analysis and real-world case studies in the areas of Testing & Analysis, Managing People & Teams, and Tools & Techniques.
Software Test and Performance
My favorite !
Download June 2009 issue here
A bit more Software Engineering oriented but with regular articles on testing.
CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering is an approved Department of Defense journal. CrossTalk’s mission is to encourage the engineering development of software in order to improve the reliability, sustainability, and responsiveness of our warfighting capability and to inform and educate readers on up-to-date policy decisions and new software engineering technologies.
(IN) Secure Magazine
(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics.
T.E.S.T is a publication that gives a ‘real reflection’ of the issues taxing the software testing market. What this means is that the content by its very nature is challenging but informative, pragmatic yet inspirational and includes, but is not limited to, in-depth thought leadership pieces, case studies, news articles, opinion pieces, best practice, and strategy and leadership.
Consequently the types of articles to be expected in T.E.S.T range from Test Methodologies, Effective Unit Testing, Testing Web Services and SOA’s, right through to Security & Code Analysis, Configuration Management, and Application Profiling to name but a few. As a generalisation T.E.S.T aims to highlight the importance of software testing in modern business and capture the current state of the market .
Software Quality Professional
The Software Quality Professional (SQP) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, published by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Its mission is to help software professionals apply quality principles to the development and use of software and software-based systems. SQP publishes case studies, experienced-based reports, and state-of-the-art reviews in order to provide practitioners with an understanding of those software quality practices that have proven effective in a wide range of industries, applications, and organizational settings.
Automated Software Testing Magazine
The Automated Software Testing (AST) Magazine is a quarterly Automated Testing Institute magazine geared towards IT professionals involved in Software Quality Engineering. This magazine is an excellent source of relevant, up-to-date information from the world of automated software testing. Each issue contains contemporary test automation concepts and approaches provided by industry experts and practitioners, which will help the reader more effectively implement test automation in their own projects