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Jun 13, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Education Exploratory Testing

Released Text Adventure Game to Improve Technical Web Testing

Text adventure games are a great way to learn basic fundamental testing skills: exploration modelling mapping experimentation tracking/logging And they are fun to play. So we’ve created a Test Adventure game designed to help you boost these basic skills and cross over and augment the basic technical skills and knowledge that you need to master for web testing: HTTP, JSON, Browser Dev Tools, URL Manipulation. You can download a free single player map on the RestMud page.

Jun 13, 2016 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

Text Adventure Games for Testers

TLDR; Announcing RestMud, a free text adventure game designed to improve your technical testing skills. I love text adventure games. Playing. Writing. Programming. Love ‘em. And now I have created a text adventure game for testers to improve their technical testing skills. I wrote about text adventure games before, in the context of keyword driven automated execution. I studied AI, compilers and interpreters because I wanted to understand Text Adventure Games I’ve written more text adventure game parsers than I have adventure games.

Jun 7, 2016 - 2 minute read - Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Some "Dear Evil Tester" Book Reviews

After publishing “Dear Evil Tester” I forgot to setup a Google Alert, but I set one up a few days ago and this morning it picked up a ‘book review’. As far as I know, there are two book reviews out there in the wild: Jason Ogayon’s Takeaways and Notes Mel The Tester’s I never know quite what I’ll find when I click on a book review, and having written a few reviews myself, I know how cutting they can be if the reader didn’t get on with the book.

Jun 2, 2016 - 6 minute read - Java For Testers JUnit

Does dependency between test execution imply lack of abstraction layers?

TLDR; I try to write tests at an appropriate semantic level so I never need to create dependencies between @Test methods, I re-use abstraction calls instead of dependencies between @Test methods. People often email me the question “How do I make a test run after another test?” I ask “Why do you want to do that?” “Because I have a test that creates a user, then I want to use that user in another test.

May 19, 2016 - 5 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

National Software Testing Conference 2016

On 17th May, 2016 I presented “The Art of Questioning to improve Software Testing, Agile and Automating” at the National Software Testing Conference. It was only a 20 minute talk. So I had to focus on high level points very carefully. You can read the slides over on my Conference Talk Page. I also wrote up a the process of pitching the talk, which might provide some value if you are curious about the process that goes on in the background for an invited talk.

May 19, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Slides and Write Up Available for National Software Testing Conference 2016

I have uploaded the slides I used for my talk “The Art of Questioning to improve Software Testing, Agile and Automating” on the 17th May at the National Software Testing Conference, held in London at the British Museum. I’ve also written up some notes on the key points of the talk  construction of the talk and  the pitching process that the talk went through. The slides have been written as readable for offline study.

May 5, 2016 - 1 minute read - Articles CompendiumDev

Article published in Testing Circus Magazine April 2016

I have an article published in Testing Circus Magazine April 2016 edition. The title has a click-bait-esque ring to it ‘Join the Anti-“Test Automation” Brigade’. The title, however, misleads. The article really does describe one of the most powerful strategies I know for improving the incorporation of automated execution into your Test Strategy. You can find out more on the article page, or jump direct to the Testing Circus Magazine April 2016 edition online.

Apr 25, 2016 - 2 minute read - FAQ Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

How to use the Firefox Marionette Driver

Note: This post was triggered by a blog post on David Burns’ Blog which states that FirefoxDriver will stop working at version 47 of Firefox.  It is easy to switch to using the new MarionetteDriver. I suggest you try it on your code, and if your tests work, then keep using it. If your tests fail, then it is most likely some defects in the newer MarionetteDriver. In which case: raise defects to the Mozilla team, switch back to Firefox 45 or 46, and periodically try new versions of MarionetteDriver until your tests are working enough that you can use that as your main ‘Firefox’ driver.

Apr 21, 2016 - 1 minute read - examples Java For Testers

Source Code for House Of Test Java Technical Testing Case Study Videos Released

I have released the source code github.com/eviltester/houseOfTestDataGenCaseStudy for my Java Technical Testing Video Case Study There isn’t too much to the source code. A single @Test method in an Test .java file. The pom.xml was really just to create a basic project in IntelliJ to use the inbuilt IntelliJ decompiler. The source code is the code used to ‘test’ the random generation. This won’t work unless you add the data generation tool as a dependent jar as described in the case study videos.

Apr 14, 2016 - 5 minute read - examples Java For Testers

An example of creating a 'tool' using @Test methods without building a Java application

I previously mentioned that “Java For Testers” teaches Java without writing main methods, and in fact uses @Test annotated methods for all of its code. I write tools like that, certainly for short lived tools that I might otherwise have to use a scripting language, or MVPs to try things out. It is only after I have the basic MVP code, and then demonstrate the re-use value of the code (i.