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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.

Nov 7, 2015 - 4 minute read - Conferences Eurostar Evil Tester Technical Testing

Notes from the Eurostar Mobile Deep Dive 2015

I visited Eurostar 2015 and popped in to a few sessions, but was mainly there for the Mobile Deep Dive. Alan Page started with an opening keynote on using instrumentation at the AOSP level to provide usage and defect information automatically for an emulation layer that Microsoft had been working on. He also mentioned that his team aims for “More value. Better Quality. Every week” which sounds like a perfectly splendid goal to remind yourself of every morning, and revisit every evening to reflect on how you are doing.

Oct 23, 2015 - 2 minute read - IDE IntelliJ Java For Testers Mac

Using FindBugs, CheckStyle and PMD from IntelliJ with QAplug to improve your Java Coding

A short video showing PMD, Checkstyle and Findbugs running from IntelliJ Why you would want to use them And hints and tips on getting the plugins working on Mac I’m always looking for simple ways that I can improve my Java programming. Recently I’ve been working with PMD and Findbugs in my IDE. I stumbled across the QAPlug, IntelliJ plugin which makes it easy to bundle in the FindBugs, CheckStyle and PMD plugins.

Oct 7, 2015 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev

TestWorksConf 2015 Keynote Slides and Write Up Available

I have updated the TestWorksConf page to include the slides of my keynote and a little additional information. So if you want the slides you can head off here. I’ve written a short post describing the conference over on SeleniumSimplified.com which is worth reading if you want to find links to all the tools presented: Gatling, Mesos, Selenium Grid Docker, Serenity etc. The conference (#testworksconf) was probably the most ‘hands on’ conference I have ever attended.