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Naming Conventions

Today I changed the domain of my blog to “Test Retreat”.

From one side – a crazy thing to do, it is just a name and blog has been already linked. All unlinking and relinking… But from the other side, I think a lot about the meaning of things what I do, why I do them and how to name them. The workshop, which I created last month, has something to do with it as well. Because one part of test automation is naming conventions.

How do you name what you create?

I have three kids and we faced dilemma three times to find the names which would sound good in two languages and would fit and work including in two cultures. I think we did a good job and to be sure I just checked it. Positive!

Back to “retreat”. Merriam-Webster offers three definitions for it. With my adaption, this is how I understand and feel it:

  • an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is disagreeable
  • a place of privacy or safety
  • a period of group withdrawal for study

During my work time I have to follow specific rules and standards and sometimes it happens that decisions are made, which from my point of view are wrong. It can be small things, like “it is a feature, not a bug” or something bigger, like because of lack of understanding customer cuts all testing tasks and adds on top of it “no further discussions about it!!!”. During my working hours, I have to accept that and sometimes even represent as my own opinion, which is especially hard.

My blog is the place where I can escape and write about software development like I understand it, on topics which are important for me.

This blog is my test retreat.


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