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I did this early in my career. But remember not to take it too far. When I used an image of Darth Vader for the CEO and he saw it, we had to revert back to boring test data... The whole IT department got reprimanded once it was found.
When I was testing some data with a coworker I used Lil Bub[^] (a special needs celebrity Facebook cat) to test some picture uploading service (it was really meant for receipts). We've been sending Lil Bub pics to each other ever since
Too bad your CEO didn't approve. I guess humor is unprofessional
..I have learned to first check what the test-data is being used for. If it can end up in a presentation to the customer or the boss, some jokes can be, ehrm.. unprofessional.
But yes, there's often a Bacon Ipsum in each multiline textfield. When creating test-data, I use a fantasized company that insures broom-sticks (complete with logo's ofcourse). The added bonus of reserving for Narnia or Mordor is that when an order actually accidentally makes it to production, it is (hopefully!) easily recognizeale as nonsense-data. So yes, next to humor it is also defendable as being usefull.
Sander Rossel wrote:
I know some people, especially customers, need test data to be "the real thing".
How 'real' is data? And what data is involved? Do take into account that it may have some privacy-implications if you are going to use a copy of 'real data', like that it may need to be anonymized.
Remember, security starts with paranoia
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The added bonus of reserving for Narnia or Mordor is that when an order actually accidentally makes it to production, it is (hopefully!) easily recognizeale as nonsense-data
Or a lawsuit for lots of spilled fuel!
Eddy Vluggen wrote:
How 'real' is data?
I used to work for meat processing companies (yes, as a vegetarian, I know...) so they had a product, like tenderloin, that I would use for testing. So whenever the customer tried to explain what he wanted and we looked at some test data together he would laugh at me for putting a tenderloin in an order by some French customer that never orders tenderloin and then having it shipped by some Russian transporter (while the customer was in France). I really don't care what customer I ship too, or what transporter delivers the goods, none of that mattered for the test, but he just couldn't work like that. So yeah, he'd recreate nearly every test case we had so it fit a real world scenario, whether it was important for the test or not.
Not only test data. Years ago I worked for a company that archived documents. The documents were archived on CDs by robots, along with a viewer to view them when needed. I had to add two menu items, one to activate the toolbar and one to make it disappear.
Instead of naming them 'Toolbar ein' and 'Toolbar aus', I named them 'Einbartool' and 'Ausbartool', just for fun. Then we got the news that the UN wanted to use the archiving system and they quickly needed the viewer translated to French. They literally ripped it out of my hands as soon a I had written my last line of code and sent it to a translator. A day later we got a mail with the question:
"Qu'est ce que un 'Einbartool'?
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?" "You mean like from space?" "No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
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