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Apr 10, 2013 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog Training Courses

Online Selenium WebDriver Course amendments

I’m giving my Online Selenium WebDriver Training courses a bit of minor overhaul. All volume updates have been completed now. I’m in the process of increasing the volume across the “Selenium 2 WebDriver API” course. I’m working backwards through the lectures so that the volume increase becomes a pleasant surprise rather than experiencing a decrease. I try to do a section a day, and I’m currently down to section 19, so I’ll do section 18 tomorrow.

Mar 28, 2013 - 2 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

Think of a Word - a 99 Second Talk

I’ve said in various talks that I don’t enjoy creating, justifying, or applying, definitions. I think creating your own definition does work well as an exercise, because you can explore your vocabulary and try and create an encompassing statement of intent to cover what you mean when you use a word. And there exist, people who do the ‘definition’ thing really well. James Bach and Michael Bolton act as exemplars of this approach and freely share, discuss and debate their definitions via blogs and twitter.

Mar 25, 2013 - 2 minute read - Conferences Evil Tester

99 Seconds at TestBash 2.0

I presented a 99 second talk at the TestBash 2.0 I went to the TestBash with a different talk prepared, but it didn’t feel right for the TestBash so I created something else when I was there. As a result I forgot 1⁄4 of it, so I only hit about 70 seconds. I don’t think anyone noticed, but I’ll link to the recorded video should it ever find its way online.

Mar 6, 2013 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Exploratory Testing Technical Testing Techniques Tools Training

What does a technical exploratory test session look like?

As part of “Technical Web Testing 101” I wanted to provide an example of what an exploratory test session with additional “Technical” focus might look like, at the same time demonstrating some of the capabilities of modern browsers whilst comparing them to proxy servers. Phew, a bit of a mouthful, and you can see the resulting video below. I uploaded the video to Youtube, as well as it forming part of the course, because I think it has interesting elements that can stand alone.

Mar 5, 2013 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques Tools Training

Technical Web Testing

![]http://compendiumdev.co.uk/images/courses/technical_web_testing_75pc.jpg) I have put “Technical Testing” at the top of my agenda this year and have just released a new course - Technical Web Testing 101. You can suggest things you want me to cover by filling in this 2 question survey. I pretty much ‘officially’ started this last year with “The Evil Tester’s Guide to Technical Testing” webinar for Eurostar. I followed this up in February at the Test Management Summit by hosting a session on “Managing Technical Testers”.

Mar 4, 2013 - 1 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

Click on "html" to make User Interactions more reliable

I have been lucky over the years that when I put out some information into the world, and I get to learn from the people who consume that information. I received a lot of good feedback from readers of “Selenium Simplified” about what they found easy to understand, and what they didn’t, and that all helped with future editions and when I was constructing the online course. And I get to learn from the people on the course itself.

Feb 28, 2013 - 2 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver Webinars

Second Selenium WebDriver Webinar released to Youtube

The second in our ‘live coding’ webinars has been released to YouTube. You can find the embed below. Slides have been uploaded to SlideShare Sourcode is under svn with xp-dev: https://xp-dev.com/svn/webdriverwebinars The second webinar follows on directly from the first Webinar. Which, if you haven’t seen it, you can find details on this very blog. In the first webinar I create a basic test after investigating the application under test. In the second I refactor this into page objects.

Feb 13, 2013 - 8 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog Webinars

Patterns for Automation - Some Twitter Feedback

I received feedback, via twitter, on webinar #1 from Roy de Kleijn (@TheWebTester) I don’t really like twitter as a conversation tool. I lose a lot of nuance and the ability to elaborate. The basic twitter conversation read: Roy: "It's a pity that there are no design patterns in the source. Any reason for this?" Alan: "Yes. I don't start with patterns. I code for value, then generalise as needed.

Feb 13, 2013 - 2 minute read - FAQ Links Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

How to practice Selenium WebDriver FAQs

I receive a fair few emails from people asking if they can have the code to the web pages in my training and what other sites they can use to practice on. So consider this an FAQ post. Question 1: Can you have my code? Yes, I released it as open source https://github.com/eviltester/seleniumTestPages/ Please don’t use it to train people, but for personal use and practice. Knock yourself out.