Dummy data for test?
I work at a company where the developers ask for some "dummy data" including text, images and uploadable files when they perform their unit tests. Today, everyone get their own dummy text and google their own pictures which takes time. This could be usable me when I perform my functional system tests as well, before "real data" is provided by the customer. The company mainly develop web sites for clients, f.eg. intranets.
I am not sure what kind of images, uploadable files and text I should create.
Do you have any suggestions of what's suitable and what to keep in mind?
Have you tried asking your developers?
What's suitable will be completely within the context of your particular development and what you want to test. You'll need to keep in mind your allowed file types as well as non-allowed filetypes, plus any variations in data size, etc.
For example, you mention "images". Do you require .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .gif, flattened, layered, 15*15, 1280*1024 or larger, do you have a boundary on filesize, etc?
Google does tend to be your friend for these types of dummy data. If you need large Word files (or anything that Word converts into such as .pdf), use the function =RAND() in a new .doc and insert an integer of your choice between the parentheses to automatically populate a document.
For "uploadable files" consider .js, .url, etc, depending on the context of the receiving application.
I like to use generators for dummy text, so they include a timestamp, this allows me to see what tests created that data.
Images I like to use those test images used by TV broadcast in the old days, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Color_Bars.svg, it makes it easier to spot issues with say coloring, clipping, and sizing, than a normal image would.
Great suggestions, thanks, both of you!