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Jun 17, 2014 - 3 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

An Odd Approach for Browser Specific Tests for WebDriver

I think I’m allowed to call the approach I document in this post as ‘odd’, because it is an approach I use, and I won’t be offending anyone. Very often we want tests that only run on specific browsers. The obvious way to do this is have some sort of ‘tagging’ facility for tests and suite creation, or manually exclude certain test methods or classes from suites. An ‘odd’ way, which I have used as part of my course, but not in production, is the following:

Jun 13, 2014 - 2 minute read - About the book Java For Testers

Source code for Java For Testers Book Available on GitHub

I knocked off one thing on my todo list: [x] release source code for Java For Testers book You can find it over on github: github.com/eviltester/javaForTestersCode It will still change The source code is likely to change in a number of ways: package restructuring I haven’t decided if the current package structure supports the book reader or not code will be removed Some of the code classes are not relevant to the book.

May 1, 2014 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Schadenfreude Lessons Learned from Training Course Upgrades

On a recent training session, I was describing to the participants, why we need to keep our environments stable, and not just auto update everything. We need to keep our browser versions from auto-updating, and we need to treat each new release of WebDriver as a mini upgrade project. Because: Sometimes there are bugs in WebDriver. But sometimes WebDriver changes expose bugs in our use of WebDriver, or our assumptions in our use of WebDriver.

Apr 25, 2014 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev Conferences

More Speaking Engagements in 2014 - April, May, November

I thought 2014 was going to be a nice quiet year where I could focus on more online course building and writing. Instead I’m speaking at more conferences and onsite at ever more companies. Below is the current list of upcoming events: Test Management Summit 2014 In April, I’ll be presenting a half day tutorial on WebDriver and leading a discussion session on Automation Abstractions. StarEast 2014 In May, Where I will be presenting my “One Day Hands On with WebDriver and Java” Tutorial and a Lightning Keynote Let’s Test 2014 In May, Where I will be presenting a hands on tutorial on Automation Abstractions, and a workshop on skill acquisition.

Mar 14, 2014 - 1 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog Training Courses

Learn Selenium WebDriver Online On Our New Training Platform

All discounts mentioned in this post have now ended. Over the last few days we have been busy uploading the Selenium 2 WebDriver with Java course to a new platform. The new platform is clean, simple and, probably most important for you - cheaper for us. So we can pass on the cost savings to you. The course is the same as we host on other training platforms, and we will keep all versions of the course in step with each other.

Mar 3, 2014 - 2 minute read - IntelliJ Java For Testers Maven

How to fix Java Language Level Issues

When using other people’s source code you might discover that you receive an error like. "java: strings in switch are not supported in -source 1.6 (use -source 7 or higher to enable strings in switch)" Or something similar. Define Language Levels in the pom.xml I tackle this in two ways. One for the command line and one for the IDE. For the command line I add the source and target to the maven compiler plugin

Feb 17, 2014 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Tools

Back to Basics: How to use the Windows Command Line

Those of us that have worked with computers for most of our lives, take the command line for granted. We know it exists, we know basically how to use it, and we know how to find the commands we need even if we can’t remember them. But, not everyone knows how to use the command line. I’ve had quite a few questions on the various courses I conduct because people have no familiarity with the command line.

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.