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Teach Automated Testing With More Show and Less Tell

Writing automated tests can be daunting. Teaching someone else is even more intimidating. For many technology professionals, testing just doesn’t seem worthwhile and certainly isn’t as interesting as writing new code. Far too many organizations boast impressive-looking test suites that, on close examination, don’t add value. However, high-quality automated testing not only [...]

Unit Testing Chef Cookbooks with ChefSpec
Posted by Greg Sypolt in ChefDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

I recently had the opportunity to get involved with Chef cookbook development, and begin learning how to write some tests for infrastructure code by using various testing frameworks. One critical aspect of developing any code is writing unit tests. We use ChefSpec - it's a unit testing framework for testing Chef cookbooks. ChefSpec is simple to write. It reads a whole lot easier than other unit [...]

The Case for End-To-End Testing in the Age of DevOps
Posted by Mike Mackrory in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

In the age of DevOps, virtual machines, continuous delivery, and microservices, is end-to-end testing necessary? Is it even viable? The short answers are "yes" and "yes". But don’t just take my quick word for it. Let me explain why end-to-end testing is crucial for effective DevOps. Defining End-to-End Testing Before we consider what value end-to-end testing brings to an organization, let [...]

SeConf UK 2016 - A Recap of What’s on the Horizon for Selenium
Posted by Dan Cuellar in Guest Blog PostsSeleniumSelenium Resources

So, I made it out to the London Selenium Conference last week and I thought I'd share with you a quick recap of some of the bits I found interesting, several of which reveal what may be coming next in the world of Selenium automation. Moving Beyond the Page Object Model Whenever I've used page objects in the past I've always felt that while they have many benefits, but also that they were only [...]

Mobile App Testing: A Brave New World
Posted by Cordny Nederkoorn in AppiumGuest Blog PostsMobileMobile Development & Testing

Is mobile application testing any different than normal software testing? While software testers' lives might be easier if the answer to that question were "no," that is not the case, of course. Mobile testing is different in all sorts of ways. You need to test for different things, and there is usually a wider range of devices to support when it comes to mobile. But perhaps the biggest [...]

Appium Tips & Tricks
Posted by Dan Cuellar in AppiumAppium ResourcesGuest Blog Posts

As part of my work giving conference talks about Appium and providing onsite training for organizations, I often encounter creative solutions to common problems people have with Appium. I thought I'd share some of those with you in this blog post. One of the most common questions I get from teams is about how to have one set of tests for both their iOS and Android applications. It's not always possible to share tests between your applications, but if you’d like to give it a try here's my advice.

A Deep Dive Into Continuous Integration Using Jenkins Pipeline

Jenkins is an open-source continuous integration (CI) tool that helps orchestrate the development processes (build, test, and deployment) with automation. The CI pipeline offers many ways to create the automated pipeline, from freestyle project to the first-class plugin called Pipeline. You can quickly build out an end-to-end CI solution by developing and loading pipeline scripts from the source [...]

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