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Mar 8, 2016 - 1 minute read - IDE Java For Testers Training

Use of Java for Technical Testing Case Study

When we learn Java, or think about learning Java, we may have a limited model of the possibilities that the knowledge opens up for us. As we learn we develop skills we may be unaware of: Use of IDE General Debugging Skills Breakpoint running code Inspect variables when debugging Running Java applications from the command line Ability to review Java Code Understanding exception messages All of this can help us with our Technical Testing.

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.