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User Interface (UI) Testing. The idea is simple — automate some UI tests to ensure your application is still behaving as expected. Usually your first set of tests — running green, no doubt — make you all cheer and pat yourselves on the back. Then you open up the framework to more people. Despite the reviews (so many reviews), the failures start to come, and they don’t [...]

3 Simple Strategies to Get Started With Automation

If your test automation team’s directive is to automate X amount of tests, and you have no strategy as to which tests they should focus on, you are wasting your time. Before you begin writing your first line of automation code, make sure you have a strategy in place. Otherwise, you will have a ton of ineffective tests to maintain. Don’t Choose a Random Goal How many times have you [...]

Write Great Cucumber Tests
Posted by Greg Sypolt in AutomationBest PracticesGuest Blog Posts

Cucumber Testing Using Cucumber with outlined best practices in your automated tests ensures that your automation experience will be successful and that you’ll get the maximum return on investment (ROI). Let’s review some important best practices needed before you start developing Cucumber tests. Writing Features Feature files help non-technical stakeholders engage and understand [...]

A Review of the Google Test Automation Conference (GTAC)
Posted by Joe Nolan in AutomationGuest Blog Posts

Last summer I received an email stating I’d been selected to attend the GTAC. Wait, what? I remembered reading a blog on the Google Testing blogs and signing up to be entered for a chance to go, but hadn’t really expected to be chosen. So last fall I had the opportunity to attend GTAC, a unique and engaging conference, that included presentations from all types of test automators, [...]

Recap: Continuous Testing Meets the Classroom: Testing Online, Interactive Curriculum at Code.org [Webinar]
Posted by Bill McGee in AutomationContinuous DeliveryContinuous IntegrationWebinars

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our recent webinar, "Continuous Testing Meets the Classroom: Testing Online, Interactive Curriculum at Code.org", featuring Brian Jordan from Code.org. In his presentation, Brian discussed how Code.org approaches testing throughout the product development cycle, given their unique testing challenges - developing interactive, game-like curriculum [...]

Re-Energize Your QA Career With Automation and DevOps

It’s time for you to stop being content with the status quo and re-energize your QA career with Automation and DevOps — otherwise, you might find yourself fading away like Marty McFly! I’m talking to YOU, manual tester! And YOU, QA manager! Oh, and YOU TOO, automation engineer! Every one of you who has a vested interest in your career growth needs to familiarize yourself with [...]

Try Making It Smaller - It's The Agile Way
Posted by Greg Sypolt in AgileAutomationContinuous IntegrationGuest Blog Posts

Agile is a must for development shops. Agile is a mature, iterative, collaborative methodology that breaks the development process down into shorter sprints. At its core, Agile development is about small iterations, test automation and a continuous integration pipeline. Waterfall Was Created For a Perfect World, But We Don't Live In One Agile is a reaction to the slower, sequential approach known [...]

Top 10 Resources for Test Automation Newbies

Over the years friends and former colleagues have asked me for test automation training advice. A common comment I hear is that they find it difficult to lock in a goal to learn only one technology and continue building off it. Then, along their journey, they easily become sidetracked. If you are experiencing the same struggles, I’ve included some needed resources for test automation [...]

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