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Feb 13, 2014 - 1 minute read - Maven Selenium Simplified Blog Training Courses

Updated the Getting Started With Selenium WebDriver free course

I just updated the Getting Started with Selenium WebDriver free course. Mainly because IntelliJ 13 has been confusing some people starting out - my main install videos showed IntelliJ 12 and 11. Also, Maven has proven more troublesome than expected. For something that in theory seems easy. In practice, many people (including myself) have issues creating the environment variables and the path. Fortunately, when I created the new version. I also experienced install issues, so the video shows the problem “typing ‘mvn -version’ and windows not finding it” followed by my thinking through the problem with a fix.

Feb 13, 2014 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Introducing Virtualbox modern.ie Turnkey Virtual Machines for Web Testing

My install of VirtualBox prompted me to update today. And I realised that I hadn’t written much about VirtualBox, and I find any videos I had created about it. Which surprised me since I use Virtual Machines. A lot. No Matter, since I created the above video today. In it, I show the basic install process for VirtualBox. A free Virtualisation platform from Oracle which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Feb 6, 2014 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Mobile Testing Technical Testing

How to emulate mobile devices using Chrome browser

Google Chrome continually changes, which usually means good news as new features appear. Unfortunately sometimes it means changes to our existing workflow. This happened recently when Google released a new version of Chrome, but moved the Emulator settings. I eventually found them, and show you how in the video below: Or for those of you that prefer to read, read on. I’ve added references at the bottom. We have to start by using the Overrides in the Chrome developer tools settings.

Dec 26, 2013 - 2 minute read - Firefox Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Problems running WebDriver on Firefox 26?

The Issue I had a quick look at version 26 of Firefox today, because a fair few people contacted me, saying they had been having issues with it. Based on forums and calls for help, these people weren’t the only ones. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20698180/firefox-26-and-webdriver-2-39-0-upgradation-is-not-working https://code.google.com/p/selenium/issues/detail?id=6517 But, not everyone is experiencing the problem, so there is something odd going on. I could experience the problem on my main Windows 8 machine, but I hadn’t noticed, because I hadn’t upgraded to version 26 of Firefox.

Dec 22, 2013 - 2 minute read - FAQ Selenium Simplified Blog

Question: Do you use WebDriverWait instead of Asserts?

I watched some of your lectures and webinars and it looks like you are using WebDriverWait partly as a substitute for assertions. Is that normal? WebDriverWait will throw an exception if it can’t find the item. Which has a similar effect to an Assert i.e the @Test will fail. I do not view this as an assert, I view this as setting up the necessary preconditions for the test, rather than a specific ‘check’ that the @Test enforces.

Dec 17, 2013 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Initial 2014 Speaking Engagements

To mark my last planned speaking gig in 2013, I’ll post the current list of conferences I have arranged for 2014. StarEast 2014 Where I will be presenting a Tutorial and a Lightning Keynote Let’s Test 2014 Where I will be presenting a tutorial and a workshop.

Dec 17, 2013 - 2 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

Software Development Summit 2013

I attended the Software Development Summit December 2013 in Helsinki. I was fortunate in being asked to perform a keynote, and asked to fill in for a keynote speaker who unfortunately couldn’t attend, so I did two keynotes. Lucky me. You can find slides for the talks listed over on my Compendium Developments site. I managed to catch up with Kristian Karl and learn more about the CI and testing regime at spotify, you can watch his Eurostar conference Experiences of Test Automation Webinar online (Q&A).

Dec 17, 2013 - 5 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

SIGIST 2013 Panel - Should Testers Be Able to Code

I attended the SIGIST in December because I was asked to be part of a Panel with the starting discussion title of “Should testers be able to code?”. I was on the panel with Dorothy Graham, Paul Gerrard and Dr Stuart Reid #sigist the panel gets going! pic.twitter.com/bHzcoSsiRm — SIGiST (@SIGiST) December 5, 2013 Initial Notes I wrote the following in an email to the other panel members during the run up to the SIGIST.

Nov 30, 2013 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

Presenting at Lets Test 2014

I will be presenting at Let’s Test 2014 from May 26th - 28th 2014 I’m presenting a half day tutorial on WebDriver Abstraction layers A workshop (double length track session) on skill transference and coaching called “Why you should learn skills that have no real application in life” Hope to see some of you there. It looks like a feature packed conference.