August 8, 2008

Quality Recipes



I warned you. In my first post to this blog I promised that I would occasionally discuss a topic whose only redeeming value would be bringing a little fun to a stressed out day. This is one of those posts. I’d like to share a fun web site I recently discovered, Cooking for Engineers. Some of you who've had the misfortune of eating something cooked by me might at first be surprised (and a little alarmed) that I was exploring a cooking site. Guest: Mmmm…, er, what is it? Me: It’s an experiment. It’s something new! Guest: There’s a lot of it, isn’t there?Me: Fine. I’ll order pizza. But Cooking for Engineers does a good job of summing up its appeal.
“Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!”
If you appreciate a well-written, reproducible bug report or delight in a tester independent test case, then I strongly suspect you will enjoy this site. Check out the recipes for English Toffee, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Barbecue Pork Ribs. There's hope for me yet! Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the recipes. That’s where you’ll find a novel way of representing a recipe’s steps and ingredients. You won’t want to go back to a normal recipe format again! (BTW, let me know if you explore using this format to model process oriented test cases.) Thanks to Jeff for introducing me to Cooking for Engineers. Don’t worry. I won’t bring anything I cook into the office.