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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.

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.