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Mar 7, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Upcoming Talks for March and May 2016

I will be presenting at two conferences, both in London, in May and in March 2016: March 2016 in London, at the SIGIST March 2016 Conference, I will perform the closing keynote with a talk entitled”Push your technical testing further - into technology and security” May 2016 in London, at the National Software Testing Conference 2016, I will present a talk entitled “The Art of Questioning to improve Testing, Agile, and Automating”

Feb 29, 2016 - 12 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

Lessons Learned Testing the House of Test contest app

Lessons Learned Testing the House of Test contest app Martin Nilsson and House of Test wrote a small ‘test tool’ which they released as a competition app. I’m sure they’ll release the app later. This is a mix of ‘testing notes’ and ‘thoughts on how to test’ this type of app. I spent about an hour or so looking at the app, so the notes are a little scrappy. I spent about 40 mins or so tidying them up for publication, in the hope that they help someone.

Jan 18, 2016 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

I did not know Firefox could do that: Syntax Error Highlighting in "View Page Source"

I found a feature I didn’t know about today in Firefox. The “View Page Source” view, in Firefox, marks in ‘red’ some simple errors. Rendered HTML e.g. in the source view below you can see I haven’t added a doctype, and I have a </h2> where an </h1> should be. View Page Source Shows Errors in Red This doesn’t catch all malformed HTML you would need an HTML Validator for that.

Jan 14, 2016 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Can I use Selenium WebDriver to automate a Windows Desktop Application?

A question posted on the forum of¬†my Selenium WebDriver course. “Can I use Selenium WebDriver to automate a Windows Desktop Application?” I have updated and expanded the answer I provided on the course forum into this blog post. Answer: No. WebDriver is Web only. But… Since WebDriver has a RemoteWebDriver architecture, people have created RemoteWebDriver implementations which aim to automate Windows Applications: Some¬†options that I have not tried, based around WebDriver:

Jan 11, 2016 - 8 minute read - Books Evil Tester

Dear Evil Tester, Who is Stafford Beer and Why should I care?

Question: Who is Stafford Beer and Why should I care? Vernon asks: “ Dear Evil Tester, I’m reading your post about the word “automation” and why we should stop using it. Cool stuff so thanks for that. My question is twofold: 1) Why do you rate Stafford Beer? 2) Where/how do you find these books? You always have interesting books to share with us and I’m wondering how you wander across them.

Jan 8, 2016 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

Technical Testing with MS Edge and "the user will never do that"

I have yet to update my Windows Machine to Windows 10, and therefore haven’t experienced the joys of MS Edge. Until now. And crikey! I was surprised. I downloaded the VMWare Windows 10 virtual machine to gain access to MS Edge. Tiny right click menu on MS Edge When I right click on MS Edge to see the options available to me as a user I see a tiny menu offering:

Jan 7, 2016 - 5 minute read - Practices Selenium Simplified Blog

Test Automation in Cybernetics And Management

I recently re-read Stafford Beer’s 1967 “Cybernetics and Management”. An overview of Cybernetics and its derivation from Operational Research; because its examples use organisations and teams, it provides immediate relevance to my work. I re-read this because I like to understand ‘automation’ from a more historical perspective, rather than focus on it from the perspective of ‘test automation’. An Unfortunate Word A paragraph towards the end of the book stood out:

Dec 7, 2015 - 1 minute read - Java For Testers Resources

Java Magazine Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec 2015 Subscribe For Free

If you haven’t subscribed to the free Java Magazine published by Oracle then now would be a good time to go do it. The Nov/Dec issue has a good article about JSoup and WebSockets. The Sep/Oct issue has a ‘Testing” focus. If you focus on the code supported articles then there is a lot of useful information in the magazine covering JUnit, JavaFX, WebDriver Grid, JMeter. The magazine is free and published digitally so you can read it online.

Nov 22, 2015 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Released slides and notes from Agile and Automation Days 2015 in Poland

I attended the Agile and Automation Days Conference in Krakow, Poland on the 16th November 2015 to present a Keynote and a Tutorial on Technical Testing in Agile. I have updated the conference page on my site to have a link to the slides and social media mentions. The actual conference was very technical, and was one of those international conferences where I wished I spoke the native language because I missed most of the talks due to the language barrier.