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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.

Apr 12, 2016 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Tabara de Testare Feb 2016 live stream slides now available

On 3rd February I presented a live stream “Lessons Learned When Automating” to Tabara de Testare. I have now uploaded the slides on the conference talk page for Tabara de Testare 2016 The slides are readable for offline study. The blurb is pasted below to whet your appetite for more: I’ve been asked some very challenging questions about lessons learned, and how decisions are made during the process of automating and performing technical testing.

Apr 8, 2016 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

How to Watch Repositories on Github via a NewsFeed

TLDR; subscribe to master commits on github with /commits/master.atom There exist a lot of ‘lists’ and ‘notes’ on github, not just source code. e.g. List of ‘Awesome’ SecurityTalks List of ‘Awesome’ Lists Awesome Penetration Testing List CSS Refresher Notes List of public APIs Big list of naughty strings I would like to be able to be notified when these lists change. There are official ways of watching repositories on github:

Apr 6, 2016 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

Behind the Scenes: Tools and workflow for blogging on blogger and writing for other reasons

TLDR; Write offline. Copy/Paste to online. This blog is powered by blogger. I still haven’t spent a lot of time creating a template that formats it nicely. Partly because I tend to read all my blog feeds through newsblur.com so I really don’t know what anyone’s blog looks like. I have ‘fix blogger formatting’ on my todo list, but it never seems to rise to the top. I don’t particularly like the way that blogger uses html for posts: it avoids paragraphs and uses span, div and br.

Mar 31, 2016 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

Everyday Browsing to improve your web testing skills - Why?

Who doesn’t like looking at the innards of a web page and fiddling with it? Inspect Element Find the src attribute of an image on a page Edit it to the url of another, different image You could, as my son enjoys doing; visit your school website, and replace images of people with blog fish and much hilarity doth ensue. In my Sigist slides you’ll find some ‘tips’ for improving your web technical skills which cover this type of skill.