On April 1st, Sauce Labs kicked off a contest, awarding an iPad to "the person proposing the most creative, useful, and ethical use of Selenium for something besides website testing" Today, we're happy to announce Chris McMahon as the winner of the contest. Here's an excerpt of Chris' idea:
I live in a small town with very few tech jobs, so I am a dedicated telecommuter. One of the best sources of telecommuting jobs is Craigslist. Unfortunately, Craigslist does not allow a global search, and requires users to search state by state and town by town, which is incredibly tedious... ... So here it is: 30 lines of Ruby/Selenium2.0 to do a global search of Craigslist for telecommuting QA job listings, for every town in every state.
We picked Chris McMahon's idea because:
- It's a useful and practical idea, and more importantly, it worked! According to Chris: "The script landed me one job and several job interviews in two separate job searches."
- Though it wasn't a requirement of the contest, what differentiated his idea amongst the many other great submissions was working code and a job offer to go along with the idea. And as they say, "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions".
In addition to Chris, there were a number of really excellent entries. The runner-up awards of 1000 cpu test minutes on the Sauce OnDemand service go to Thomas Market and Cecilia for their excellent entries:
Cecilia: I could use the Sauce OnDemand services to become a Computational Cluster on Demand service. There are many people using the MapReduce approach to process large data sets.
Congratulations Cecilia and Thomas! Go ahead and create your account on saucelabs.com then email us at help[at—sign]saucelabs.com and we’ll populate your account with 1000 test minutes.