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European Testing Excellence Award from EuroSTAR to Kari

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I feel very honoured, humble. I'm awarded for my work over the few decades but certainly especially for my work in the past few years with the Dragons Out book and trying to get the software testing message across to children and schools through this ground-breaking approach of fantasy book storytelling. I feel that the world has noticed the great initiative to bring the testing message to children. Feedback from children is of course most touching. I especially remember that the son of a friend of mine said after reading my book on his own: "Mom, I want to be a software tester when I grow up!" Many adults have read the Dragons Out book, too, and describe it as fantastic! It is so rewarding to hear this praise. The EuroSTAR conference explains on their award page  that "The EuroSTAR European Testing Excellence Award is the highest honour bestowed by our community. It is driven by peer nominations and is the ultimate recognition for those that continually give to the

Dragons Out English edition publishing party

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It is time for a publishing party for the English edition of the Dragons Out! book! The Covid-19 is still out there, making meetings a bit challenging, although slowly possible. As for the publishing party of the English Dragons Out!, maybe the pandemic is even an opportunity. We are now used to meeting and even celebrating online, and because Dragons Out enthusiasts are spread in many countries, it is even suitable to have the celebration online, in Teams. So, get those bubbly bottles close by, glasses chilled, dress up to your best party gear and show up at my publishing party on Oct 7, 2021, at 16-17 CET. Send me an email kari.kakkonen at dragonsout.com if you don't already have the invitation email directly. I'll be certain to have a bottle of champagne to open at the session. There were many preorders of the books and those preorders have been shipped to those kind souls who supported the book project by preordering books and even donating them to schools. Many more have b

Dragons Out! webinar, translations, celebration

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 A lot of interesting things are happening around the Dragons Out! book. These are interesting times for me and all the stakeholders in the Dragons Out! scheme. Tomorrow August 19, 2021,  I'll speak about the Dragons Out! book in the ExactPro webinar. This is going to be an interesting one, as I'll be discussing experiences and learning gathered in the past half a year, building on the presentations I delivered earlier. I also will have interesting interactive exercises! You can register for the free webinar here . It is 16.00 CET so it will fit the schedule of many people. I am planning to have an English Edition Publishing Party, online via Zoom in a few weeks. More about that then the time comes. Already, I and my illustrator Adrienn Széll celebrated the publishing of English Edition privately, marvelling at the look of the new book (the author copies were the first to be delivered). You can join in our joy of finally getting the book published by looking at the below pictur

Happy Day - Dragons Out! in English published today!

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And here it comes, after what feels like a long journey of countless publication process actions. The Dragons Out! book is published today on July 30th, 2021. I can't describe how happy I am to be able to share this book with all the English readers in the world. It works for children and adults, for non-native and native English speakers.  Dragons Out! - a book about dragons, knights and software testing - is meant to be a fascinating, introductory book to the world of software testing. You get to read appalling fantasy stories about knights battling dragons, and children helping the valiant knights. While you read the stories, I also explain what they mean in the world of information technology and software testing. It is often easiest to learn by comparison.  There are interesting exercises about software testing, some involve drawing and some actual testing. There's also the supporting material for teachers here  https://www.dragonsout.com/p/presentation-for-teachers.html

English edition of Dragons Out! published tomorrow July 30, 2021!

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The time for waiting is almost over! I'm so thrilled to get "Dragons Out! - a book about dragons, knights and software testing" published in English tomorrow, on July 30, 2021. The book is available at  https://www.austinmacauley.com/book/dragons-out for purchasing. If you like to utilize a publishing offer of 25% off for softbacks of Dragons Out!, use the code AUTHOR0721. You can also buy the book from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Waterstones and a great number of other international bookstores! I've processed orders for those kind people, companies and associations, who supported me early in the book project and preordered the book from me. I can't thank all of you enough! You'll get your books soon. I've set up social media pages for my Dragons Out Oy company / the book. Please, go ahead and like them, and spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/DragonsOutOy https://www.instagram.com/dragonsoutbook/ https://twitter.com/DragonsOutOy https://www.linked

Dragons Out in English now at publisher webshop and preorder deliveries under way

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My English publisher Austin Macauley has now opened their webshop  here  for orders of Dragons Out book! They have announced a special 25% off discount code off Paperbacks on our website. This code will expire on the 30th of September 2021. Use code AUTHOR0721 at checkout.  I am closing the preordering capability of the hardback version of the English Dragons Out book at my own web site at this time. For further purchases of the English Dragons Out book, published on July 30, 2021, I would invite you to use my publisher Austin Macauley's webshop  here . We will be soon delivering the books to everyone who preordered and paid for the Dragons Out hardback books from me. The plan is to have them shipping in early August. I have been reconfirming the mailing addresses from everyone, and currently, I have responses from most people. If you haven't confirmed your address to me in July, please do it now. Once more I would like to extend my thanks to all those who preordered either my

Challenge to translate Dragon Lesson in Software Testing to all languages

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Upon discussion in social media and many volunteer approaches to help in translating the Dragon Lesson in Software Testing into many languages, I decided to up the game. Let's translate the free Creative Commons presentation to as many languages in the world as we can, so that the presentation can serve as the easy first step to software testing for all the children in the world. So, let's target all the languages out there! The Dragons Lesson in Software Testing is an easy to present, visual (with Dragon and Knight pics by Adrienn Széll!) PowerPoint presentation made for all the teachers in the world. It works as a 1-2 hours session, or more, at any class in school, as an extra-curriculum topic. I issue the challenge on this video . Already I have promises from volunteers in 10 different languages. And, the first translation is already uploaded to  https://www.dragonsout.com/p/presentation-for-teachers.html .  It was done by Olivier Denoo, in French. Thanks very much, Olivier!