On Becoming a Tester Who Codes
To be a well-rounded and analytical tester, Adam Satterfield says you should learn to code. Learning to code empowers a tester to be more self-reliant and less dependent on someone else to write their test scripts, which can take valuable time from the critical and time-crunched testing process. Learning to code positions a tester for long-term career growth, opens up new professional opportunities, and gives them the perspective to be a better tester with a deeper understanding of what questions to ask and how to approach a meaningful testing plan to gain better insights. However, learning to code can seem daunting. Adam demystifies the perception that learning to code requires years of education and a formal degree. He shares—step-by-step—how he has helped testers increase their skills to learn a programming language, highlighting potential stumbling blocks along the way, and discussing how to overcome them. To help participants advance their testing careers by learning to code, Adam recommends tools and blogs alongside real-world examples of what he has seen work.