Testing for Open Source projects

If you’re really passionate about software testing, testing an open source project is a great way to expand your skills and learn more about the process. Lately I’ve decided to do some testing for Drupal, a content management platform.

drupal_front_page

Why did I choose Drupal? For one thing, Drupal has a number of active IRC channels where newcomers can get answers from others working on the project. I’ve found that a tester doesn’t get far unless they communicate with developers, business analysts, and anyone else who can give them a clear picture of what the software is supposed to do, and how close it currently is to doing that.

drupal_irc

Now, Drupal has tons of patches with a “Needs Review” status. Each patch focuses on a single change, so it can easily be reviewed, tested, and documented. Once you’ve got the platform installed, you can find a list of patches to review.

drupal_needs_review_list

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