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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.

Mar 24, 2016 - 2 minute read - Practices Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Coding for workarounds so you know when they are fixed

With most libraries you use to automate your work, you have to code workarounds. I coded a workaround in my Selenium WebDriver tests because there was a bug in ChromeDriver which meant that cookies were created differently than other browsers. When I upgraded to WebDriver 2.53.0 and ChromeDriver 2.21 I discovered I didn’t need my workaround anymore. In the code I had one set of code for Chrome, and another set for other browsers:

Mar 22, 2016 - 3 minute read - Java For Testers Maven

What is a Java `main` method - simple example

One of the topics I don’t cover in “Java For Testers” is the main method. I explain why my coding style ‘as a tester’ doesn’t really require main methods in this blog post. And in this blog post I’m going to start to explain the main method. Why? To round off our Java education a little so that if you do want to start writing small applications or package your well written Java library code into an app, then you know how to go about doing it.

Mar 21, 2016 - 3 minute read - Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Behind the Scenes - "Dear Evil Tester" lessons in risk based release management

On Wednesday the 16th a paperback copy of “Dear Evil Tester” arrived through the post. This was my “final” proof copy. Was it ready for release? In this episode we learn that the “Go Live” release decision is always a business risk decision. Errors found in the staging environment Upon reading it, I found two tiny errors. Did I delay publishing? Heck no. I’m Agile. I’m lean (with a thin layer of fat for winter).

Mar 21, 2016 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog Training Courses WebDriver

Upgrade to Selenium WebDriver 2.53.0 and ChromeDriver 2.21

Selenium WebDriver 2.53.0 is available Upgrade to Selenium WebDriver 2.53.0 I’ve just updated my online Selenium 2 WebDriver with Java course to use version 2.53.0 of Selenium WebDriver. Change Log I mainly update due to browser changes but this update required a code fix. Selenium WebDriver 2.53.0 Minor code fix in the pom.xml to add a dependency on the new Htmlunit driver project. github.com/SeleniumHQ/htmlunit-driver The package structure in the htmlunit driver was left the same so all I had to amend was the pom file

Mar 18, 2016 - 4 minute read - Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Behind the Scenes - The "Dear Evil Tester" Style Guide and its Impact on my Testing

During the editing stages of “Dear Evil Tester” I started to write and maintain a style guide. This was to help me track the ‘basic’ errors I found in my writing, and as an attempt to ensure a consistent attitude and formatting in the text. Most books, and “Dear Evil Tester” is no exception, have a ‘conventions used in this book section’. This is a mini style guide which contains a set of small templates that I can use during the writing process.

Mar 17, 2016 - 2 minute read - Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Behind the scenes of Dear Evil Tester : Hitting Publish

Today became “Dear Evil Tester” launch day. Surprise! I suspect ‘professionals’ create a plan and stick to it. I’m more of a kanban, ship it when it is ready, kind of guy. On the 16th March, I received a final proof copy, and I reviewed that. Then on the 17th I hit publish. I found the free pdf comparison tool “diff-pdf” very useful for final leanpub print ready pdf comparison during my final proof phase.

Mar 16, 2016 - 2 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

Sigist Keynote March 2016 Notes

I have updated my CompendiumDev.co.uk resources page for the Sigist March 2016 Keynote to include the slide deck and the social media commentary that Lisa Crispin kindly provided during the talk. (The above photo was taken by Lisa during the talk) The talk was possibly partially recorded and might partially make its way to YouTube. The Sigist team are experimenting with recording technology and experiencing the normal teething troubles associated with live video recording.

Mar 16, 2016 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Slides released for March 2016 Sigist Keynote

I have released the slides for the March 2016 Sigist Keynote. You can find a link to the slides and the social media updates over on the March 2016 Sigist page. During the talk we gave away prizes of two copies of Java For Testers and one unique, proof copy of “Dear Evil Tester“